Café Chat episode one: Keepers with Vanessa Rolf

I would like to introduce you to Café Chat, a new podcast bringing you closer to artists, curators and staff at The Arc, Winchester. Interviews from the heart of The Arc café will provide you with fresh insights and juicy behind-the-scenes details relating to the exhibitions held in The Gallery and City Space within The Arc, Winchester. 

At The Arc, we are privileged to host some excellent exhibitions. A lot of pre-planning goes into these displays, often with artists making new work. I have had some brilliant discussions with the creatives that we work with, and I would like to share some of these with you. This is where the idea for Café Chat came from; if I can manage to distil one iota of the fruitful conversations I have with artists and co-workers into these audio offerings, you will be in for a treat.  

In this first episode, Vanessa Rolf talks to me about her exhibition, Keepers, which is currently on display at City Space. From conception to installation, to the exhibitions’ legacy, Rolf takes us through all aspects of the exhibition - her love of archaeology, collections and museums shines throughout.  

As this is my first recording of this series, and I am still experimenting with equipment, the sound quality suffers from background noises. But I promise the content is worth it! Subsequent episodes will be a lot cleaner. 

The full podcast is available here: 

Vanessa is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a member of the 62 group of textile artists. Alongside her art practice, for 20 years Vanessa has been working with people of all ages to make, as a collective act of enquiry, agency and community building. She currently works with BA and MA Level students at Winchester school of Art, Chichester University, Southampton Solent and University of the Creative Arts, Farnham.  

Keepers is open now until Sunday 21 January. All works are available to purchase.  

Keepers | Hampshire Cultural Trust
“Keepers” questions the value of things, what we choose to keep, how we treasure objects, and how these shape our ideas about being human.

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