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The Politics of Friendship Tour

The Grubby Mitts
Politics of Friendship Tour
with special guest Pete Um
Aid and Abet with Changing Spaces and Bad Timing
9  Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD
Wednesday 30th July 2014
tickets £5 or (£7 with LP preorder)

This Summer Andy Holden and his band The Grubby Mitts will tour the UK performing only at artist-run spaces.

The band will use the form of the rock tour as a way of curating a series of events exploring the concept of friendship, and will be performing live a body of music they have been writing and recording for the last seven years.

The music is described as post-MI!MS: short loops, repeated phrases, post-everything, and non-hierarchical; a delicate balance of pessimism and optimism, irony and sincerity, electronics and melody, art and pop. The band perform with numerous objects, such as a marble, alongside a more traditional band line-up of guitars, drums, samplers, keyboards, and saxophone.

For this tour Andy Holden’s video projections will be combined with new projections by a selection of artists who are linked to the spaces in which the band will perform. For each event a designer has been commissioned to create a new poster, which will provide part of the archive of the project. The band will play nine artist-run spaces around the country, linking these together for the first time and transforming each space into part concert venue, part exhibition; with banners, posters, projections and specially selected support acts. The tour will be filmed as the basis of a new video work by Holden, also provisionally titled The Politics of Friendship.

To celebrate the announcement of the tour the band are giving away a free MP3, a re-mastered version of their debut single, To a Friend’s House the Way is Never Long. There will be a new single and album released to coincide with the tour.
Link to free download

New Artists-in-Residence appointed for North West Cambridge development

We are pleased to be able to announce our selection as one of the three new Artists-in-Residence alongside Bedwyr Williams and Fernando Garcia-Dory at the North West Cambridge, University of Cambridge development.

The Artist-in-Residence programme encourages collaboration between artists and departments within the University. Public engagement is central to the art strategy: the residencies may result in exhibitions, events, performances, art installations, talks and workshops, which support the development by creating dynamic community experiences. The Art programme seeks to set a standard for public art that has the potential to be a benchmark for best practice nationally and internationally.

We will be working with the Land Economy department at the University of Cambridge. We’ve been on site in the new studios since the middle of April and will update shortly on our activities.