So how do artists afford the opportunity to fail? Failure is inescapable in a complex world, and the more we are in denial of that fact, the more we cling to bad ideas. Artists actively claim the space of failure. Most artists fail eventually - but that’s not a bad thing -  just an iteration in a process of seeking new, unexpected situations.

This month we highlight artists whose practice connects and with the idea of seeking new situations. Our Artist of the Month features Nikkita Morgan, an Irish political textile artist, Nikkita’s practice derives from her exploration in the North of Ireland’s troubling landscape.

As media partner for Tempting Failure 2018 - London’s Biennial of International Performance Art and Noise (9 July to 22 July 2018), we talk to founder and artist Thomas John Bacon about creating a space that could hold genuine risk, where if failure occured, the fact that the chance was taken was celebrated. Watch out for an Instagram Takeover during the Biennial.

Ellen Bell writes about her own very public investigation into the idea of creating the space to explore what she calls “stuckness”. Her practice and performance of sewing becoming both a manifestation of her stagnation and her relief.

We are also launching 48 Hour Micro Residency. A small bursary available to support member artists to undertake a time-based challenge of experimentation in one of our Vacant Spaces.



Artist of the Month - Nikkita Morgan

“I make the my artwork for the public, exhibiting my work internationally, enabling audiences to grasp and understand my version of social and political issues through the medium of textiles”.

Tempting Failure 2018 (TF18)

With a focus on underrepresented and risk-taking creative practices, Tempting Failure biennial festival of performance art and noise returns to Croydon this summer with a programme of over 50 international artists, workshops talks and more.

Tempting Failure 2018 (TF18): Interview with Thomas John Bacon

The artistic director and founder of TF gives us some insight into the festival origins, what to expect.

Tempting Failure 2018: Instagram Takeover

Artists at TF18 will use our Instagram feed to document and share the programme.  

Ellen Bell: Performance Practice II

Part two of an essay by Ellen Bell exploring her forays into performance practice and the idea of stagnation. 

48 Hour Micro Residency (Deadline 27 July 2018)

To reflect Axisweb's temporary occupation of ex-commercial properties we're looking for artists that can turn a short time frame into an advantage. Fee £250.

What’s On: July 2018

We highlight some of our favourite events happening in July 2018 by Axisweb Members.

Playlist: Performance

We have selected four artist films around performance. Featuring Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Candice Jacobs, Jo Ray and Rebecca Glover


An Axisweb film sharing the artist gobscure’s challenging and presenting of alternatives to institutional narratives of psychiatry and the vocabularies we use to discuss mental distress. Filmed during his residency at The Art House Wakefield. 

#Five2Watch Costume

We've selected five artists who create costume for performance and participation: Victoria Rance, Morwenna Catt, Charlotte Barlow, Rutter and Bennett and Eldi Dundee. 

#Five2Watch Political (COMING SOON)

Watch this space. Five artists + Political 

Mitra Saboury at the Art House (COMING SOON)

In July our friends at the Art House Wakefield will be hosting LA and London based artist Mitra Saboury for a month long residency. We will be making a film with Mitra exploring her process and the opportunity afforded through the residency. 

From the Archives: Mitra Saboury - MAStars

In 2013, Eleanor Nairne selected Mitra Saboury from Goldsmiths, University of London for MAstars.

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