We’ve sold a third of the tickets for The Story 2019 already, and we’re very pleased to announce our next two speakers – comedy writing duo Joel Morris & Jason Hazeley, and curator Patricia Fleming. We’re huge fans of Morris & Hazeley at Storythings, not only for their hilarious Ladybird books for Grown-ups series, but also for the excellent Rule of Three podcast about the secrets of writing comedy.
Patricia Fleming started a ground-breaking project called Fuse in Glasgow in the early 1990s, giving emerging artists the time, resources and networks they needed to grow their careers. Many of the ‘Glasgow Miracle’ generation of artists in the 1990s came up through Fuse, and it is a fantastic example of how to create support networks for emerging creative talent. As we were developing our Story Academy project, we have been using Fuse as an inspiration, so we asked Patricia to come along and share the history of how Fuse started, why it worked, and the impact it had on the Glasgow Art scene.
We’ll be announcing more speakers in the next few weeks, but tickets are flying out the door, so if you want to join us in February, get your ticket now! And if you’re interested in helping us with The Story Academy, we’re looking for sponsors or hosts for paid internships. Meanwhile, here’s a bit more information about our latest speakers:
Joel Morris & Jason Hazeley are among Britain’s busiest comedy writers. They have worked with Charlie Brooker, Mitchell & Webb, and just about everybody else, winning a BAFTA for the howl of pain that was 2016 Wipe and a Broadcast Award for Touch of Cloth. They write TV dimwit Philomena Cunk, worked on the Paddington films, and created the best-selling Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups series, as well as brooding Scandinavian detective Knut Angstrom for Radio 4. They were behind the spoof local newspaper The Framley Examiner, co-wrote the travel guides Bollocks To Alton Towers, and crafted artisan knob jokes for Viz comic for many years.
Patricia Fleming is Director at Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow. Patricia Fleming Projects represent eight of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists; Jacqueline Donachie, winner of the inaugural Freelands Award (2016), Christine Borland, Turner Prize nominee (1997) along with Ilana Halperin, Steff Norwood, Kate V Robertson, David Sherry, Jane Topping and the estate of Kevin Hutcheson.
She was born in Ayrshire and studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. After graduating in 1990, she moved to Glasgow and established the ground breaking initiative Fuse, an arts charity providing free studios, exhibitions and a monthly stipend to support contemporary artists living and working in Scotland. It ran from 1991-1999, supporting over 500 artists including Martin Boyce, Will Bradley, Jacqueline Donachie, Douglas Gordon, Jim Lambie, Ross Sinclair, Simon Starling, Mary Redmond, Eva Rothschild and Richard Wright. During this time Fleming established Fly, the first contemporary art gallery in the East End of Glasgow (now Market Gallery). She was curator at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow between 1999-2002. In 2003, she was the first curator for Wales at the Venice Biennale with the critically acclaimed exhibition Further – Cerith Wyn Evans, Bethan Huws, Paul Seawright and Simon Pope.