For part 8 of Toadball.TV (ne Agrifashionista) Birmingham based Juneau/Projects in colaboration with pupils from Virginia Primary School filmed a Krypton Factor meets Rock Band game show called The Royal Race for Nature.


Cripes a lordy if you haven't been to GSK yet or can't be bothered you can get it all here:



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The Urbania Films document the practice and perspective of the members of the Urbania Collective, in the run up to their Soup Night at the Royal Academy on the 8th of January 2009, and documents their residency at Grizedale Arts Park-a-Moor 'Thinking Space For The North' in 2008.

Watch them here


I was lucky enough to catch Agrifash/Toadball @ the RA on the 31st, and I'm glad I did, good work all!  I must say it was the most interesting thing in the building, no amount of hot drug money could make dead work less dead.  Men-in-red, you know I encourage poo in the prop toilets, nothing like poo to keep it real.  Plus, poo has a good cost-to-dramatic-effect ratio.

I do hope that somehow, in the future, the original idea as it was meant to be, will find a way to be.  But it should be interesting times over the next few years, with austerity measures all around, are we already seeing art production equivalents of shit on a shingle?

Speaking of which, I know a little Italian lady who's got the emotional pitch of a boom economy down.......remember how good it was?  And the fashion!  And then we all went tumbling down........Paul McCarthy, you shyster!


Village Produce Films
Village Produce Films

Exploring the stories behind comunity produced goods, alternative channels of distribution and the value of goods we have now added the Village Produce Films produced by and public works to the growing body of work that was Agrifashionista.TV and is now ToadBall.TV

These films are part of an ongoing project, which has crossed over with Somewhere, Grizedale Arts and Nomad as they start create a network of Village Kiosks selling local produce, a network that anyone can join and evolve over time.

View the village produce films


On Thursday 13 November I shall be travelling down to London with a bounty of local produce for the toadball village shop, such as these fine hams made from the Tamworth pigs as seen in the Agrifashionista posters. Other Grizedale products include Anti-Ruskinian baseball caps, Peter Hodgson cups (as collected by Peter Greenaway, Jurgen Teller and Maria Benjamin) and wooden animals by Peter Inman (as colleceted by Giles Deacon). Get it now while stocks last....

On Thursday 13 and Friday 14 November Myvillages will be running a village shop in the Royal Academy Toadball room whilst screening their new Village Shop films to be launched on the site. There will also be a launch event on the Thursday evening with films, village food and shop talk. See attached pdf for more details.



The view of the GSK factory in Ulverston seen from my bedroom window
The view of the GSK factory in Ulverston seen from my bedroom window

Back up in Grizedale after a fraught week of negotiations to make some sense of the GSK Contemporary shenanegins and sure enough the critics start to pull apart the show. Ben Street’s review for Art Review  centres on the disparity between the financial might of GlaxoSmithKline and the critical framework for the GSK season and quite rightly so. But what is missing from this picture is the complex push and pull that goes on between host institution and the ‘curated’ invitees, how these shows are far messier than one would be allowed to imagine.


Our original proposal to the RA was how Toadball should be; a live artist run TV studio that produces an ongoing programme of material that critiques the host institution and the concurrent exhibits. And what rich material that is: the RA as Britain’s oldest art collective, corporate sponsorship, Middle England’s expectations, culture powerplay, the advance programme for the looming Haunch of Venison art showroom and how all this relates to our dear local culture of British Romanticism, etc etc.


But as it happens, as it often happens, the plan got squeezed and the budget got reduced to absolute zero for us whilst other bigger name exhibitors got the hot drug money.


The idea that a show like this is curated is up for debate, as it is inevitably prone to so many divergent forces. I had one discussion last week with a significant curator of a significant galley working on a significant show who found that just when they thought they had managed to eject a dodgy overblown work from the selection on cost grounds, the artist’s gallery had weighed in to stump up the deficit. No one gets round to saying says that’s shit and we’re not putting it in; not because no-ones got the balls but because no one knows who to say it to. The days of pure curation and pure criticism are over for this particular era and there has to be an element of contingency in any project. For my part I quite aspects of this messy situation in that it’s more like how the world works and leads to more complex and nuanced work that is ultimately more effective in the wider world when art has to work for its living. Grizedale’s ‘coalface’ work is with communities and political situations that won’t stand for rigid viewpoints.


In this particular case, it came down (see below) to whether we should do it or not given that we were expected to do something great (you know how art people say that word) with no money at all (although I did manage to get a contribution to travelling down and our IT programmer at the eleventh hour). Our Might Atom project manager will I am sure testify that you get dragged along by these things whilst there are so many hooks in you (see Hellraiser).


The Convenience Store Project
The Convenience Store Project

The fifth episode on Agrifashionista has just launched, William Pope L.'s take on Convenience Store culture in modern society, at times bemusing but generally thought provoking.

The Convenience Store Project by William Pope L., 2008