What is Art Furnace?
Art Furnace is the name for conceptual artworks given as Bettakultcha presentations (20 slides, 15 seconds each, no sales pitches). If art is anything that an artist says it is then it follows that an artist is whoever calls themselves an artist.
Bettakultcha calls itself a curator of ideas therefore we invite submissions from conceptual artists (remember you only have to call yourself an artist to be an artist) to perform their works at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club. Assistants of artists can of course, perform the work instead should the artist be unavailable.
You don’t have to be anything at all to just attend the event and enjoy the exhibition as a member of the audience.
How does it work?
Here is an example. I have the idea of creating an installation in a gallery. Instead of attempting to realise the installation by raising funds, negotiating with galleries, drinking with the ‘right’ people etc, I simply put together a Bettakultcha presentation using 20 slides which describes the installation and the desired response I am trying to elicit from the visitors. The presentation of the idea will be deemed to be the artwork which, on completion, will have a creative commons licence so that anyone can take the idea and do whatever they want with it so long as they give a credit to the original artist. This makes exposure for an artist easy and cheap—no Arts Council needed.
Because we can. Because we make stuff up as we go along. Because the art market is another product of consumerist society and has no relevance to the people outside of that market. Because we like to cause trouble.
We’re not sure … we’re starting a furnace and we’re going to forge something by destroying some other things. If people find these new artefacts interesting then we’ll produce some more, if the furnace becomes starved of oxygen then at least we’ll have warmed our hands and excited our brains for a short while. And we’ll have created a furnace.
Tickets for the event and where to email your intention to present can be found here:
It’s been a long time coming but we’re proud to announce that, on Tuesday 7th May, Bettakultcha will be making it’s debut in the fair city of Hull. As well as our first excursion to the coast, it’s also the first time we’ve worked with a local to help get things up and running.
Hull with a little help
Myself and Ivor are pleased as punch to be working with Annalieza Landa, who’s arranged for Bettakultcha’s first event in Hull to be held at Fruit a place well know for culture in the city.
Myself and Ivor will still be hosting the night so you can rest assured that the standard of Bettakultcha will be as you’ve come to expect. Of course you’ll still have no idea what to expect from the presenters.
As always the rules of Bettakultcha stay the same:
- 20 Slides
- 15 Seconds each slide
- NO SALES PITCHES
Come and share your passion with Bettakultcha
If you’d like to share your passion with the Bettakultcha audience all you need do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch. Of course each presenter will receive an exclusive Bettakultcha speakers badge!
See you in Hull!
It’s been a long time coming. On April 9th Bettakultcha returns to York at Orillo Studios near the city walls. The York Bettakultcha was a great success before, just getting the right venue proved to be an issue. It just goes to show that the best idea can sometimes to wait.
Bettakultcha York Tickets are already selling fast, there are only 50, so if you want to come you’ll need to be quick.
We’re looking for presenters for Bettakultcha York
If you’ve got a passion you want to share in 20 slides and 5 minutes please email us: Bettakultcha@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the list.
Here’s all the talks from the last Bettakultcha York for you to enjoy again.
Due to popular demand Bettakultcha is returning to the beautiful city of Huddersfield on March 19th. Thanks to the lovely Jacqui Pybus at the University, we’ll be returning in style in one of the amazing rooms on campus.
Tickets for Bettakultcha in Huddersfield are on sale now for just a fiver, there are only 50 available so you’ll need to be quick.
If you’d like to present on the 19th please email email@example.com and we’ll add you to the list. Look forward to seeing you all there.
Bettakultcha at the Town Hall update
You did it! Thank you for buying all the tickets for Bettakultcha at Leeds Town Hall! If you missed out, fear not we already have the next event lined-up. The best way to find out when and where it is, and have the chance to book before everyone else, join the Bettakultcha mailing list.
Thank you Richard and Ivor
Yes you read that right. Myself and Ivor are proud to announce that on January 9th Bettakultcha will be held in the historic Victoria Hall in Leeds Town Hall, yes the one with the massive organ! (couldn’t resist)
Needless to say we’re very excited and are working like idiots to ensure that this will be a very, very special Bettakultcha. One fitting for such an outstanding setting. The Victoria Hall will be set out “Cabaret” style with tables and chairs, so you get the Bettakultcha atmosphere and we have some amazing speakers lined up.
The rules are the same.
As always the rules of Bettakultcha won’t change. 20 slides, each change every 15 seconds, NO SALES PITCHES.
The Price is the same
Earlybird tickets are £5 rising to £7.50 closer to the event. Tickets are available from the Town Hall Booking office online and in person.
The setting is different!
We’ve been on a hell of a journey in the last three years in Leeds: Temple Works, Left Bank, Dock Street Market, Corn Exchange, D-fusion (remember that?), Shine, Brudenell Social Club. All amazing venues in their own right, for different reasons. The Town Hall really is special, just climbing the steps will be giving myself and Ivor goose bumps.
We’ve already lined-up some amazing speakers. We’re going to break with tradition and announce that Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds Council, is one of the lucky people to be getting a Bettakultcha badge on the night for presenting. We don’t know what his slides will be about be but he WON’T be talking about the council you can bank on that.
If you’d like to present please email Bettakultcha@gmail.com with a short note on the subject you’re passionate about.
Betta be quick!
Tickets will sell fast for this so be quick and bag yourself a little something to brighten the New Year!
Look forward to seeing you in January