29 MAY / RTM.FM
taco! presents a day of specially commissioned artworks made for online radio broadcast on RTM.FM as part of the Estuary Festival 2021. Commissioned artists include Anne Hardy, Belinda Zhawi, Benedict Drew, Natasha Bird, Raju Rage, and Time is Away.
Each broadcast is availble to listen to below.
The Estuary Festival is regional wide festival taking place across parts of London, Essex and Kent.
Anne Hardy has exhibited in the UK and internationally with recent new works / solo exhibitions at Tate Britain – ‘The Depth of Darkness, the Return of the Light’(2019/20), ‘The Weather Garden, Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection’,Towner Art Gallery (2019), and group exhibitions at Marta Herford, The Hayward Gallery London, New Art Gallery Walsall, V&A Museum, Barbican Art Gallery. Her work is held in major public collections including Tate, V&A Museum, Arts Council Collection, Leeds Art Gallery.
Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean literary & sound artist. She is the author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018), co-founder of literary arts platform BORN::FREE & experiments with sound as MA.MOYO. Belinda’s work has been broadcast & published on various platforms including The White Review, NTS Live, Boiler Room & BBC Radio 3, 4 & 6. She lives and works in London.
Benedict Drew lives and works in Whitstable and Margate, UK. He works across video, sculpture, music and their associated technologies. He creates large-scale installations, often concerned with ecstatic responses to socio-political anxiety. Solo exhibitions include Trapped In A Sticky Shed With Side Chain Compression, iMT Gallery, London; The Trickle-Down Syndrome, Whitechapel Gallery, London; KAPUT, QUAD Gallery, Derby; Walker Gallery, Liverpool; The Anti Ecstatic Machines and Heads May Roll, Matt’s Gallery, London.
Raju Rage is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. Based in London and working beyond, they explore the spaces and relationships between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. Their current interests are around sustainability, economies, care, and resistance. They are a member of Collective Creativity arts collective and are a creative educator and with an interest in radical pedagogy.
Natasha Bird is an artist, producer and educator.
Past exhibitions include Earth Eaters curated by Cole Projects, Moloko Plus Six at Thamesmead Texas, London and Testbed Alice at The Old Waterworks, Southend. Natasha has participated in residencies at Cultureland (NL), Catalyst Arts at the Curfew Tower (NI) and the Trelex Residency (Switzerland).
§Time is Away (London-based duo Jack Rollo and Elaine Tierney) work across radio, research and site-specific sound-works. Over seven years as residents on NTS Radio, they have combined spoken word, field recordings and music as part of an ongoing reflection on the relationship between time, place and power. Recent commissions include the Arts Council England-funded solo exhibition ‘Fable of the Bees’ (Black Tower Projects, UK, 2020), ‘Prospect Cottage 1989–90’ (La Becque, Switzerland, 2020) and ‘Countercultural Bohemia as Prefiguration’ (Repeater Books / ICA, UK, 2021).
Image: A Tuning, 2020, Benedict Drew, HD film 23mins