Ptarmigan inaugurates the Tallinn chapter of the Labyrinths and Rings series with two groups, both operating self-organised initiatives in different corners of Europe.
Sam West is the alias given to a group of artists who met informally in spring 2010 through the Top Floor Studio group at Spike Island, Bristol (UK). They actively encourage artist-led activity, dialogue and exchange; seeking sustainable solutions outside of traditional economic frameworks - especially apposite in the current climate.
B-galleria is a non-profit art gallery in Turku, Finland run by a group of young local cultural actives. They have been running the gallery since December 2004. The B-mission is to provide inexpensive and easily approachable gallery space for young emerging artists and their ideas. The gallery doubles as a project room for gigs, film screenings, lectures, workshops and other art activities and happenings. Within the gallery space there is also a shop called B-butik presenting limited editions of clothes and jewelry from contemporary designers.
In addition, B-galleria member Elina Minn will screen two video works: Dragon Beach by Aada Sigurlina Niilola, 18 mins (animations by Elina Minn) and her own Stage Fright (2 mins).
Labyrinths and Rings is a monthly series of talks and presentations by visiting creative practitioners, followed by a brief moderated discussion/Q&A. It aims to extract fun from artist talks, emphasisng the social aspects of these events. Tonight's DJ will be Elijah Värttö of East gallery fame/infamy.