Three Points of Contact

Judit Bodor (Curator), Jenny Brownrigg (Curator), Blair Todd (Curator), von Calhau! (Artist)

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    Three Points of Contact was an experimental form of residency for international artists to develop new ideas and collaborate with artists across UK regions. This collaborative project was initiated by Judit Bodor, developed and curated in collaboration with Jenny Brownrigg and Blair Todd and involved York St John University, The New School House Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art, and Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange as partners.

    Following curatorial research in Portugal funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation,Three Points of Contact invited the artist duo von Calhau! to be resident artists across the three regional hosts sharing their creative process in public. The residency begun in November 2012 and finished in January 2013.

    Three Points of Contact was a collaboration based on shared resources between curators and hosts that created a network for artistic and cultural exchange. The conceptual starting point was the 'theory of three points of contact', borrowed from climbing and Health & Safety good practice. It refers to the minimum three points of contact that should be maintained to prevent falling. Three Points of Contact residency used this analogy to build secure, long-term cultural networks, which develop sustained relationships with the place, community and audience. The project website (, now defunct) launched October 2012 offering live updates and opportunities to participate throughout the project.

    von Calhau! brings together musical and visual projects of Portuguese duo, Marta Ângela and João Alves, who have worked together since 2006. Their work often explores rituals, myths, landscapes and sound. They work across music, performance, film and graphics.They have shown their work across Portugal and Europe in places like NetMage Festival (Bologna), Riam Festival (Marseille), MUSAC (Leon), Cristina Guerra Gallery (Lisbon) and Serralves Museum (Porto). Calhau! means stone or pebble in Portuguese. It was taken from the popular saying 'Stupid like a stone!'and was also informed conceptually by the wordEINSTEIN = EIN STEIN = ONE STONE. The regional artists selected from Glasgow, York and Cornwall will have things in common with their practice to discuss and build on.

    Other artists included: Stuart Gurden, Hrafnhildur Halldorsdottir, Michelle Hannah, Rachel MacLean, TAaP, Mark Vernon, von Calhau!, Megan Wellington, Kate Walters, Emma Saffy Wilson, Ann Haycock, Martha Jurkshaitis, Delpha Hudson, Janet McEwan, Thomas Rodgers, Catherine Scriven, Dominick Allen, Sue Bleakley.
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeCurated residency research project
    Media of outputexhibition and publication
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • artist residency

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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