James Prevett makes objects, text, images and video often combining them together as sculpture. His work deals with the vitality of things – images, ideas, memories as well as objects – and the way the sculptural is experienced and understood. Sometimes uncomfortable and sometimes humorous, James makes nuanced and highly crafted work that resists simple thematic readings, rather, his work produces a sense of an atmosphere or a feeling.

James Prevett has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Finland, Thailand, Singapore, USA, Austria and Brazil. He represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2006. His ongoing project Parties for Public Sculpture (2017) invites artists to make a ‘party’ for an existing public sculpture. James lives and works in Helsinki, Finland where he is currently Lecturer in Sculpture at Helsinki Fine Arts Academy.

TACO! have invited James to develop a new project -  Things for Homes / Homes for Things. James research takes as its starting point the objective to make a sculpture for an individual in their home. Historically sculpture has had a direct relation to public space, public office or public institutions such as the state or the church. Where sculptures have been made for specific individuals these have been for wealthy individuals and their estates to demonstrate social status. It is rare that sculpture is thought about in relation to the site of the home or domestic space. These traditional sites and contexts for sculpture have conditioned our understanding and reception of sculptural objects and how the scultpural is understood and defined.

During his residency at TACO! James will spend time with people in their home, locally in Thamesmead and with peopel in different parts of the country. He aim’s to make a sculptural artwork specifically for them and their home. Each work will result out of a period of getting to know each other through home visits, conversations, and discussion.  Through this exchange and the production of sculptural objects, James will develop a series of public outcomes over a 2 year period that seek to open up ideas and debates around what constitutes a sculpture and its public, why sculpture is made and for whom.

Images courtesy of James Prevett, Distension @ SIC, Helsinki 2017



Frances Scott works with moving image, presented through film screenings, installations, events and publications. Her work considers the material that exists around the periphery of the cinematic production, to propose a film composed of its associations and fragments. Where earlier projects evolved out of the script, her recent work explores the experience of moving image through non-linear film scores or their substitution through associated materials.

In her latest work, PHX [X is for Xylonite] (2019), the first semi-synthetic plastic, cellulose nitrate, is reimagined through the chemical and industrial development of photography and film, and its use as the base for film stock. Collaging digital animation with hand-processed 16mm, plastics are proposed as strata. The layers that make up the film, its emulsion and substrate, are made evident - like the material seams in future sedimentary rock layers that signal our Anthropocene era and its flawed capitalist productions.

PHX [X is for Xylonite] (2019), courtesy of the artist

CANWEYE {  } (2016) is a single channel film presented with a fly-poster series and trailer. This expanded film is installed within a construction that recalls a sound recording booth, with glass viewing panel into the space of projection. Commissioned by Focal Point Gallery CANWEYE {  } presents the image of the film set between states of construction and deconstruction. Filmed on 16mm in Canvey Island, Essex and Venice, Italy, parallel architectural and geological sites signify another kind of set.

Canweye{ } (2016), courtesy of Focal Point Gallery

 At TACO! Frances will continue her interest in the site of film production to develop a new moving image work, Wendy, looking at the extraordinary work of pioneering composer and musician, Wendy Carlos. Carlos famously arranged the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 'A Clockwork Orange' (1962), in which several key scenes were shot on the Thamesmead estate, as well as 'The Shining' (1981). Carlos spearheaded developments on Moog Synthesiser and use of the Voice-Encoder (Vocoder), and Frances' research draws on this history, exploring the synthesised, un-bounded voice across fields of music, literature and film. 

In the development and production of Wendy Frances will work with a number of collaborators including musician Tom Richards and his handmade music synthesiser-sequencer 'Mini-Oramics' (designed in 1976 but never realised by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram), as well as dancer and performer Valentina Formenti, using volumetric filmmaking and three-dimensional modelling techniques.

She will also continue her ongoing collaboration with sound designer Chu-Li Shewring, who she worked with on Incantation, Wendy (2018) a recorded broadcast for radio, commissioned by TACO! and first presented on RTM.FM. 

Incantation, Wendy includes excerpts and full tracks from Carlos' work, including unused material, combined with new scripted readings and recordings.  A public programme connected with Scott's research includes a performance with Tom Richards and a screening selected with Mat Jenner, as part of the ongoing film programme Viddy Horrorshow (VHS).  A publication commissioned and produced by An Endless Supply and TACO! will be launched in spring 2020.

Frances has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her recent exhibitions and screenings include: 57th New York Film Festival (2019); Close Up Film Centre, London (2018 / 2019); Institute of Making UCL (2019); Het Bos, Antwerp (2018); RTM.FM/TACO! (2018); Tate St Ives (2018); The Bower, London (2018); Annely Juda Fine Art, London (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015/2017); Peninsula Arts and South West Film & Television Archive, Plymouth (2017); Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2016); and ‘Selected III’ videoclub and FLAMIN screenings in the UK and USA including Anthology Film Archives, New York, Seattle International Film Festival, and LA Film Forum, Los Angeles (2014). In 2017 Frances was recipient of the inaugural Stuart Croft Foundation Moving Image Award.


Laura Wilson

The raw materials of basic production- bricks, mortar, stone, dough and their interaction with light, time and movement. In the work of Laura Wilson these elements form the focus of an ongoing inquiry into the everyday materials of the world we inhabit. Her inquiry is often presented as performative, sculptural, or architectural interventions comprising of physical objects, performers or events. Laura's interests lie in the potential of materials to create, pass on, translate or store memory, knowledge and cultures. Collaboration with other practices and professions is central to her way of working, and she has worked with bakers, choreographers, millers, musicians, archaeologists, and scientists in the realisation of artworks that invoke tactile pleasure, immediacy and familiar physicality.

Laura Wilson has exhibited nationally including at SPACE, the Delfina Foundation (both London) and Site Gallery, Sheffield. Her ongoing research, Brick Project (2010-2018), investigates the history of bricks across the world and their architectural deployment in different cultures and historical periods. In 2017 she was commissioned as part of the Hull City of Culture Programme, presenting - Milling About (2017) - a choreographed performance piece responding to the archaeological collections in the Hull & East Riding museum and the history of grain production in Yorkshire. Milling About continued Laura’s ongoing research into the material properties and cultural meaning of dough, yeast, and bread. 

During her residency at TACO!, Laura will be researching and developing her project - Trained on Veda, an exploration of Veda Bread, a dark brown malt loaf produced only in Northern Ireland, that has not been consumed in mainland UK for over 100 years. Laura will be exploring ways of reintroducing Veda Bread as a health food and as a ‘social object’ – generating a series of events, exhibitions, and workshops with local people and groups by working with TACO! and a network of galleries and bakeries across the country.

Images - Folds, wood, stone, dough, 2017. Photo by Tim Bowditch / Fold and Stretch, 2016 performace @ Site Gallery, Sheffield. Photo by Jules Lister

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