Created by Jodie Marks and Martyn Cross in December 2016, couch has been devised as a friendly, supportive space to encourage dialogue across creative practice.

couch will also provide opportunities for artists based outside of its hometown to present and co-curate practice development within couch’s local peer network, currently in Bristol.

By providing a creative structure to support the founders' own practice through networking, critical engagement and curation, the aim is to grow a mutual exchange with other artists operating within contemporary art practice, to share ideas and make connections between artists across the UK (and ultimately, beyond).

Very much in its infancy, couch will be feeling its way through 2017, visiting other artist led projects, researching, cultivating and germinating ideas towards its ethos and future operations.

An inaugural show at BV Open Studios, Bristol from 21 - 23 April 2017, presented a collaboration between Jodie and Martyn as a means of creatively exploring commonalities between the two artists and as a means of beginning to establish ways forward for couch. Analysis of the assemblage took place over the Open Studios weekend via Instagram @couch_space.

couch at BV Open Studios, Bristol, 2017

Creative conversation via assemblage