A Hundred Seas Rising by Suki Chan at Aspex Gallery and on the isle of Wight

18 May-2 September at Aspex Gallery; at Quay Arts later in the year

Suki Chan is working with 100 participants to create ‘A Hundred Seas Rising’, responding to Charles Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, taking ‘Revolution’, ‘the Sea’ and ‘China’ as themes for the work.
Commissioned by Aspex Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight and Space Offsite Programme, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth


Image: A Hundred Seas Rising, Suki Chan (work in progress)2012. Courtesy of the artist


Stian Ådlandsvik artist in residence at Stoke Mandeville work to be shown in the MK Gallery project space

27 June – 29 July

Norwegian artist Stian Ådlandsvik's new work will explore the Paralympic Games archives. Sir Ludwig Guttmann, a neurologist working with World War II veterans began the Paralympic Games at Stoke Mandeville in 1948.
Commissioned by MK Gallery 


Image: Stian Ådlandsvik


Hang on a minute lads I’ve got a great idea by Richard Wilson at the De La Warr Pavilion

7 July – 1 October

The recreation of the final scene of the film  The Italian Job. Artist Richard Wilson will balance a full-sized replica coach, from the roof of the building providing a jaw-dropping spectacle.


Image: A maquette of the installation, shown at the Royal Academy in 2011, Richard Wilson. Part of the London 2012 Festival. Principal sponsor Eddie Izzard.


Gold Run and The Bow Porcelain installation by Bouke de Vries at Pallant House Gallery

From April

Gold Run marks the return of learning-disabled athletes into the Paralympic Games following a 12 year ban. The Bow Porcelain installation responds to the history of the site of the Olympic Park. 
Gold Run is a commission and partnership project between Pallant House Gallery, Glyndebourne and Carousel


Image: Choir rehearsing for Gold Run, Andy Hood. 

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I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another by The Otolith Group at Fabrica and Sea of Voices by Invisible Flock on the Brighton seafront

14 April – 27 May, The Otolith Group
5 May – 27 May, Invisible Flock

Two new works: film by Turner Prize nominated The Otolith Group at Fabrica and artist group Invisible Flock’s interactive sound walk from Fabrica to Brighton Marina developed with University of Brighton students.
Commissioned by Fabrica, Blast Theory; Lighthouse; Photoworks; University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts and Brighton Festival


Image: Hydra Decapita, film still, 2010. The Otolith Group. Courtesy of the artists. 


John Gerrard’s Exercise presented offsite by Modern Art Oxford

July - check Modern Art Oxford website for more details  

John Gerrard’s commission uses the latest digital technologies to explore aspects of sport, spectacle, military exercise and the representation of power. A large-scale simulation depicting three Olympic athletes will premiere in Oxford.
Commissioned by the University of Oxford and Modern Art Oxford


Image: Found ‘Exercise’ Research Image. (Pfc. Travis English, scout observer, Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, applies camouflage paint after donning his homemade ghillie suit). Photography: Staff Sgt. Marc Ayalin.


Horizon by John Smith at Turner Contemporary and a new dance work 
by Dog Kennel Hill Project at King’s Wood Ashford

1-17 June at Turner Contemporary

August Bank Holiday at King's Wood Ashford

Video work by artist John Smith and a dance work by choreographers Dog Kennel Hill Project which explores movement, action and rest within different Kentish landscapes; ancient woodland near Ashford and the North Sea beyond Margate. The choreographers will work with local sporting groups to create a site-responsive dance.
Commissioned by Turner Contemporary, Stour Valley Arts and South East Dance, with Canterbury Christ Church University


Image: John Smith © 2012


Memory Marathon by Simon Pope at John Hansard Gallery’s city centre space

10-21 July; the Olympic Torch will be travelling through Southampton 14-15 July

Artist Simon Pope’s film of his 26-mile marathon route walk through the five 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games boroughs accompanied by over 100 local residents, who recall their Olympic memories. Preview footage here.


Image: Simon Pope, conceived and produced by Film and Video Umbrella. Commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority and funded by the London Development Agency and Arts Council England

Look About by Jon Adams

Touring the South East throughout 2012

Mapping and collecting project led by artist/ geologist Jon Adams in response to London 2012. Inclusion, accessibility and shifting cultural attitudes towards disability in the arts lie at the heart of this project.


Image: A cabinet of 'fossils', part of Look About by Jon Adams. Courtesy of the artist. 

RELAY is a programme of free contemporary arts events, exhibitions and performances taking place around the south east of England from April onwards.

RELAY celebrates the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by taking sport, art and location as starting points for a series of new artist commissions.

The RELAY baton will be passed from major contemporary arts organisations across the South East from Fabrica, Brighton; to Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; on to MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; handing over to Modern Art Oxford and finally to Turner Contemporary, Margate and Stour Valley Arts, King's Wood Ashford.

In addition to the new RELAY artist commissions, there will be other RELAY events organised by the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.

RELAY is presented by Turning Point South East, the regional network for the visual arts. The programme is a unique collaboration between the south east contemporary arts organisations, universities, often working closely with the Creative Campus Initiative, and with local sporting groups.