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Aidan Moesby

My practice is mainly divided between projects which I initate and manage as an artist and those which have a more curatorial focus. Within my arts practice these projects tend to be socially engaged. I extensively work within Arts and health. As a curator I am interested in projects which address our social, physical, urban and natural evironments - particularly where they intersect with elements of our well-being. My work is underpinned through conversation - real, overheard, imagined or visual. I am particularly interested in weather and climate change as a metaphor for wellbeing.

Posts by Aidan Moesby

Producers and Curators : The Legacy and Power of Knowledge

Earlier this year I did a Clore Intensive – a 2-week residential course for leaders in the cultural sector. This course has allowed me to think differently about things. About many things in fact, particularly to do with leadership and the cultural sector. So it kind of did what it ...

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I’m tired of saying it…. but I am committed to change….however slowly this occurs

It’s been a long month. The equinox came and went without me even realising it. I was down in Wakefield at The Art House printing work for OutsideIn which will be taking some of it to Manchester Art Fair. It’s a long time since I have been to one – ...

It’s been a long journey…

Four and a half years to be precise. Back in 2014 I received a small project grant from Creative Case North to work on a collaborative project. I wanted to place a disabled artist with an organisation to be able to do a residency which was about their professional development ...

Creating the Climate for Change: Curating and Disability Arts in Mexico City

My practice used to be wide and shallow. I did lots of different things, kept so many plates spinning I often didn’t know what I was doing or where I was doing it half the time. There is always the fear that if you say no to something you’ll never ...

Witchcraft

In the 17th century they burnt 91 people as witches in Finnmark. On the island of Vardø is a memorial to them. A 125m building containing 91 windows and a plaque, detailing each of those burned and why, by architect by Peter Zumther and ‘Flamhuset’ by Louise Borgeois. I cannot ...

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The View is Different From Here

I woke up on the Tuesday morning with the sudden realisation I was already on day 6 of my residency. Panic. How did that happen? I haven’t done anything. I haven’t enough time. What am I going to do? Everything felt all too real. If this was the movies there ...

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After the Party

I’m not one of those artists who goes from residency to residency, an eternal nomad. I am no longer as restless as I once was or have the energy to sustain that lifestyle.  On this point, from what I see, a lot of those artists who do, produce the same ...

Being Welcomed as a Stranger

ISAN CONFERENCE 27/28 November 2017 Milton Keynes When I go to a conference I go because I want to engage, be engaged with, learn, be challenged and maybe have a bit of fun. I applied and was successful in getting a ‘New Faces’ bursary for the National Outdoor Arts Conference (Independant ...

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Where are the disabled Curators?

How do disabled visual artists get to have their work taken seriously when the Art world is so hell-bent against placing value on artwork placed within a disability context? Aidan Moesby discusses the thorny issue of the Curator - gatekeeper for the work we see in public and commercial galleries. I ...

New Years News

Happy 2017. Hopefully better than last year. This is a little of what I'm up to. I'm looking forward to making new collaborations and re-igniting old ones. I'm hoping to further my work around Weather and Climate Change and how that ties in with wellbeing. This will combine making and curating. UNFIXED ...

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Artists Union of England

I have recently been elected to the Executive of the Artists Union of England. There has never been a time more relevant for unions or when thay have been needed as much as today in the face of pernicious austerity and dogmatic cuts that benefit the rich and leave the poor ...

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Disability Associate at Salisbury International Arts Festival

I have been appointed the Disability Associate for Salisbury International Arts Festival. I am looking at the organisations activity within a Disability context. For exampe one of my first 'actions' was to ask all the staff what came to mind when they heard the word 'Disability' and when had they felt ...