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Artist Talk: Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

4 April 2020 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm BST

Covid-19 Update (2.4.2020): We are closely monitoring developments relating to Covid-19. We are working hard to reschedule the date for the early Autumn. For everyone who booked a ticket, we will contact you directly when a new date has been confirmed. 

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva will be giving a talk at OVADA, on Saturday 4th April.


Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva is a contemporary visual artist working across varied media of sculpture, installation, video, sound, photography and architectural interventions. Her materials range from the extraordinary to the ordinary and the ephemeral or discarded to the highly precious; they have included organic materials, foodstuffs and precious metals, such as caul fat to gold leaf. Central to her practice is a response to the particularities of place; its history, locale, environment and communities. Elpida has worked in collaboration with many other professionals and organisations including the RSPB, and the Forestry Commission to The Vatican, and from Cathedral settings to National Trust properties as well as contemporary visual arts organisations such as MIMA and Djanogly Gallery, and understand the complexities of place and negotiations necessary to realise work in diverse often fragile settings. Hadzi-Vasileva is interested in how the exchange of knowledge might develop through collaborative working and in the contexts of landscape, heritage, science and community as offered by each location.


Hadzi-Vasileva was commissioned by the Vatican as part of the Pavilion of the Holy See, at the 56th International Art Exhibition, and represented Macedonia at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. In 2017 she received Grand Prix, Osten Biennale for Awarded Authors in Macedonia, and in 2016 Golden Osten Award, at the Osten Biennial of Drawing in Macedonia. Other awards including from Wellcome Trust, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Arts Council England, Ministry of Culture of Macedonia. Her artworks have been commissioned and developed in urban and rural sites, in interior and exterior spaces, including The University of Nottingham; Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham; Daniele Arnaud Gallery, London; Nymans Gardens; Fabrica Gallery, Brighton; Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey; Pied à Terre, London; Gloucester Cathedral, Bennachie, Aberdeenshire; L’H du Siège, France; Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Ireland. In 2020 her largest to date commission ‘Cusp’ for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail will be permanently sited.


At the end of 2019 Hadzi-Vasileva completed an Artist in Residency at LuxeLakes A4 Museum in Chengdu, China as the only UK artist to participate and has now been invited to develop a proposal for a permanent site-specific installation at The Eco Centre at Luxelakes A4 Museums to be realised in 2020.


Hadzi-Vasileva will be sharing her residency experience in China, the process of developing the proposal for the commission with A4, and talk about exhibiting at the Venice Biennale as a representative of her country (Macedonia, 2013) and commissioned by the Vatican (Pavilion of the Holy See, 2015) and other recent exhibitions and commissions

Booking for this event is essential – Please only book a place if you are certain that you will attend. There are very limited places available.


Opportunity – Mentoring Session with Hadzi-Vasileva 


In addition to the talk, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva is also offering the opportunity for three OVADA Associate artists to have a half day (each) 1-2-1 mentoring sessions, at her studio in West Sussex. During the session, Hadzi-Vasileva will be able to support artists with advice on the progression of their work, applying for commissions and supporting future ambitions. A particular area of interest is advising artists on how to develop creative opportunities in China.

This opportunity is extended to OVADA Associates and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Three places are available. There is a booking fee of £20.

No places remaining for this opportunity. 



These events are kindly supported by Arts Council funding.


4 April 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm BST
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