Social Substance at AirSpace gallery

by William Cobbing

AirSpace director Glen Stoker curates William Cobbing’s series of new video, sculpture, and performance, exploring a playful and ambiguous interaction between people immersed in mounds of formless clay.

The raw clay connects the performers, extending body boundaries and merging individual identities as they make and remake themselves. The figures are caught in an endless transitional moment, as if in limbo. The clay is a character, an equal player rather than a passive subject to the creative process. This approach to the material is displayed in the exhibition through combinations of video and sculpture; creating an interplay between the digital and physical experience of clay and broadening our sensory perception of it. 

Complementing Social Substance, AirSpace has developed a series of weekly, weekend performances in response to the exhibition’s themes. From a mix of invite and Open Call, these performances take place across 3 venues – AirSpace’s main gallery, its window exhibiting space and the Spode Rose Garden.

See the full performance schedule here.




Social Substance is in AirSpace gallery, ST1 4HL, which is open Tuesday – Sunday from 12-5pm. The biennial runs from 23 September – 5 November.

There is free parking at the Tesco Hanley Extra car park for up to three hours.




This exhibition has funding from Arts Council England and has support from The Portland Inn Project.

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