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SELF SERVICE Present Pub Conversations: Ryan Gander and Bedwyr Williams

Introducing a series of talks & discussions by an invited speaker and guest of their choosing, to take place in the Lily Langtry Room of the Lamp Tavern, 257 Barford Street, Birmingham, Thu 5 July 2007, 7.30pm.

About the conversationalists

Ryan Gander is a London based artist who makes works in a variety of media that draw on multiple layers of fact and fiction, often hinting at obscure narratives that reference contemporary culture, everyday happenings or personal histories. Gander’s achievements include being awarded residencies at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, after which he won the Prix de Rome for sculpture (the national Dutch art prize) in 2003. In 2005 he was short listed for Becks Futures at the ICA in London and won the Baloise Art Statement Prize at Art Basel. He won the ABN AMRO prize of the Netherlands and was also included in the Tate Triennial in 2006. Previous solo exhibitions include shows at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Marc Foxx, LA; Massimo De Carlo, Milan; and Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, as well as several shows at Store Gallery in London. Alongside his artistic production, Ryan is founder and director of Associates, a not for profit gallery with a programme of twelve exhibitions by artists who have never previously had a solo show in London. This year Ryan is on a one year sabbatical, and will be having a solo exhibition at Ikon gallery in Birmingham in 2008. Ryan is represented by Store, London, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and Tanya Bonakdar, NY.

Bedwyr Williams is an artist who lives and works in Caernarfon, Wales. He uses a wide variety of media including video, photography, drawing and performance, stand up comedy and even karaoke to explore themes such as provincial pathos, macho stereotyping and art-world pretentiousness from the perspective of an artist born, living and working in north Wales. He was awarded the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Art in 2004, represented Wales at the 2005 Venice Biennale, and was shortlisted for Beck's Futures in 2006. Bedwyr’s exhibitions and performances have taken place at Camden Arts Centre, London; Chapter, Cardiff; PS1 New York, Ffotogallery, Cardiff; Store, London; and Oriel Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno. Williams is represented by Store, London.

Please note that although the events are free places are limited and book is essential. To book a place email selfservice@hotmail.co.uk