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As part of the Cardiff Contemporary festival, a major international art exhibition is being held in one of Cardiff Bay s most iconic disused buildings. Paradise Lost is being staged in memory of the dynamic artist and curator Kim Fielding, who passed away in early 2014. It will also serve as the launch for the Kim Fielding Award, a new award in his name to recognise and support experimental arts. Kim Fielding was born in Cardiff, Wales, and spent a number of years living and working in New York and San Francisco, before returning to Cardiff in the 1990s. He was a well-respected photographer, and also worked with experimental video, installation and performance. Fielding was prolific in artist-led activities, co-founding the studio collective and gallery tactileBOSCH, in Llandaff North, curating exhibitions across Cardiff, mentoring emerging artists and running photography workshops.

The tactileBOSCH collectiveinhabited an old Victorian laundry in Llandaff, Cardiff, for 12 years, providing artists studios, gallery space, and international exchanges. Since 2012 it has worked peripatetically across the city and beyond, in venues ranging from shops to basements, galleries to alleyways. tactileBOSCH s notorious reputation and infamous ability for unique multi platform exhibitions always keeps the dialogue between artist, curator, gallery, location and audience fiercely in motion.

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For this show in tribute to Kim Fielding's memory, in a building as redolent of history and memory as the original tactileBOSCH space, Paradise Lost brings together emerging and established artists from across Wales and the UK, Dublin, Brazil, Berlin, Moscow, China, Sweden and New York. The exhibition , staged by the tactileBOSCH collective, showcases some of the best in contemporary and experimental arts practice; from painting to performance art, photography to multimedia installation. It takes place in the faded grandeur of the former, now semi-derelict Customs and Immigration Building in Cardiff Bay, which is usually inaccessible to the public, in keepin gwith the Cardiff Contemporary theme of Reveal/Conceal.

A group of artists, friends and family established The Kim Fielding Award as a small charity earlier this year. It's aim isto continue the legacy of Kim Fielding. Itwill work to advance experimentation in the arts through the provision of opportunity for those with an interest in innovation and creativity. The inaugural 2015 award will be launched on 25th October as part of Paradise Lost To donate and support the award please go to www.kimfielding.org Paradise Lost opens on 25 October and runs to 01 November 2014 at the former Customs and Immigration building, Bute St Cardiff.

Paradise Lost

 

You can read tactileBOSCH co-founder Simon Mitchell's tribute to Kim Fielding in issue 2 of CCQ on Issuu here (pp6-13)

Paradise Lost artists: John Abell | Sam Aldridge | Cheri Allcock | Jonathon Anderson | Iwan Ap Huw Morgan | Kieron Beckerton | Jan Bennett | Katcha Bilek | Tim Bromage | Fergus Byrne | Kathryn Campbell Dodd | Jenny Cashmore | Shaun Caton | Phil Cheater | Helen Clifford | Andrew Cooper | Leah Crossley | Dave Cushley | Barrie J Davies | Claire Davies | Freya Dooley | Matt Duncan | Ed Elliott | Chris Evans | Deej Fabyc | D Teez | Veronica Feeling | Kim Fielding | Alex Fleming | Tim Forster | Bob Gelsthorpe | Rich Gravelle | Beth Greenhalgh | Tom Harrup | Rose Headley | Tina Hitchens | Gail Howard | Mair Hughes | Nicklas Hultman | Paul Hurley | Jason and Becky | Rebecca Jones | Jaron Lionel | Melville Mitchell | Chris Moore | Mike Murray | Wendy Nicole Keys | Jo Osborne | Katie Osborne | Kira O Reilly | John Michael Parry | Rob Pepperrell | Graham Phillips | Jason Pinder | Jon Poutney | Jonathon Powell | Sara Rees | Amanda Rice | Helene Roberts | Soozy Roberts | Dave Sheppard | Barrie Sutcliffe | Liz Waterhouse | Lee Williams | Jessica Worden | Sara Younan