Ey Up Jade Montserrat
Since seeing a really quite powerful performance by Jade last year, and learning that she lives in the not too far away seaside town of Scarborough, I had been meaning to meet and get to know her properly. It wasn’t until now, however, that I had the honour of speaking with her, and was finally able to ask her about that work, her life in Scarborough, and learn much much more in the process. I was particularly taken with her sensibilities concerning care, both in terms of self-care (or lack thereof) and the responsibilities of our public institutions, and where these larger structural problems are already leading us. As an artist and academic, her sense of responsibility, relentlessness, and connection to her hometown, much like her work, left a lasting impression on me, and I’m sure will on you too.
Jade Montserrat is holding an open conversation about her recent project ‘Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement’ in Leeds this Tuesday evening (5th December) at Live Art Bistro as part of Steakhouse Live’s Artist Residency Programme.
For reference, the full text that Jade reads from is ‘The New Conservatism: Complicity and the UK Art World’s Performance of Progression’ by Morgan Quaintance.