Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects



Taking place within the North East of England, Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects is a co-produced programme examining the possibilities and positions of an independent curatorial organisation, the relationship we hold with our locale and our approach to working with artists. Within this programme, various platforms from the canon of arts programming and exhibition making will be considered and challenged. CIRCA Projects will continue to work in multiple towns and cities – drawing on both art and ‘non-art’ expertise.

Since 2009, CIRCA Projects have ‘learned through doing’, examining the possibilities of arts programming in a wider and continually updated sense – engaging within regional contexts while contributing to an international discourse of both short-term and abiding issues in arts and socio-politics. These are the guiding objectives behind CIRCA Projects.

Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects will focus for an extended period on one artist and CIRCA Projects’ three members: Adam Phillips, Dawn Bothwell and Sam Watson. Each bringing their individual interests and relationships into a conversation, they will collectively produce a number of art projects shown across North East England in 2016-17.

Giles Bailey (°1981, York) works largely with performance, writing or strategically appropriating texts that he performs himself. These works are often conceived to propose alternative approaches to the assembling of histories and set archival footage, narrative video or particular images against experiments with language. Increasingly, he works closely with others to facilitate collaborations in order to explore these themes and is developing longer pieces of experimental writing. At the heart of these interests is an abiding preoccupation with conventions and archetypes, why they persist and how we might challenge the thinking that perpetuates them.