Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Wednesday 31 July 2019
Regional Interference has been and continues to be an extremely valuable experience for me. Having just graduated in 2012, the support offered and the opportunity to develop a solo project was very attractive indeed. Having spent the summer after graduating adjusting / resigning myself to a stupor of uncertainty, procrastination, Yazoo milkshakes and a general skepticism in most of the half-baked items I was making, the opportunity for a bit of external obligation, a deadline, was very welcome.
The opportunity to show the work, instead of collecting dust in the vacuum of the studio has been essential in its development – having to make an exhibition forced me to take a stance, to commit and stand behind the ideas, but also gave me the opportunity to really delve into it and take the work in a direction that I’d thought about but not yet materialised. But also, after the exhibition had opened, a lot of this was down to conversations. It’s easy to stay in your own head, where the internal logic of your practice makes complete sense – but through showing the work, people seeing it, conversations begin, and new avenues and angles, both conceptually and professionally, open up. An ongoing conversation with writer and curator Laura McLean-Ferris, whom Simon Morrissey invited to write on the exhibition, has been incredibly interesting and useful.
The support I have received has been across the board: conceptual, practical and professional. As a very recent graduate, I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it. Keeping a practice going straight out of university is all about momentum, and Regional Interference has given me just that. Taking part in the program has lead to a number of exciting new things. I have sold some of my work to collectors from London and Bristol, which was unexpected and very exciting, and have secured a number of residency and exhibition opportunities. In September, I will undertake a month-long residency at the New Art Gallery Walsall, and later in the year will show in a group show in Los Angeles and show new work as part of ‘Dumb Shadow’, a project with Menna Cominetti and James Parkinson, at SuperCollider in Blackpool.
Sebastian Jefford was born in Swansea in 1990 and studied at The University of the West of England. After graduating in 2012, he received the UWE Spike Island Graduate Fellowship, and now lives and works in Bristol.
Recent exhibitions include, Records of Garden Keeping, Works|Projects, Bristol (2013), Enlighten us but make it quick, New Gallery, London (2012), and Soft Laminate, Horton Gallery, Berlin (2011).
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network