ArtsLab international is a studio / laboratory, for collaborative art projects.

Founded in the UK by artists, Darryl Georgiou & Rebekah Tolley-Georgiou

A partnership joined indelibly by an ampersand, the duo often collaborate as Georgiou & Tolley, in the making of intellectually engaging artworks; having previously realised projects in the US, South Korea, Italy, Germany, Russia, India, Brazil, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Japan, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Currently based in the English Midlands, they are working on a portfolio of interdisciplinary arts practice, including new projects for the UK City of Culture 2021 and Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art (4th October - 24th November 2019).

Georgiou & Tolley’s work often explores the tension between truth and fiction, history and memory. Interlinked projects often question the way that we map and classify the world in order to understand it. Their research is also linked to the subject of ‘historical memory’, often re-negotiating the archive, by mining image and sound to construct new contemporary artworks. Recent projects attempt to reveal the disparity involved in ‘re-presenting’ the past; the research question being, how this re-presentation shapes the image of the present, with a bearing on the here and now?

Their work investigates a range of interlinked subjects and practical approaches, including documentary research, socially engaged practice, field surveys and mapping the psychogeography of ‘how places feel’. Current research and fictional narrative project themes include: mass surveillance, data gathering, digital identities and doppelgängers.

Darryl Georgiou & Rebekah Tolley-Georgiou have previously worked with private and public partners, including: Arts Council England, Henry Moore Foundation, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Open Eye Gallery, Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), DECK (Singapore), New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), Ikon Gallery (Touring), Arts & Humanities Research Council, British Film Institute, BAFTA LA, BAFTA UK, BBC, Channel 4, Film4, United Nations, Irish Film Board, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Heritage Lottery, Pitt Rivers Museum, The Deste Foundation, Ergo Bank.


Artists’ Statement

We are Artists, educators and curators, Darryl Georgiou & Rebekah Tolley-Georgiou (Georgiou&Tolley), who have been devising interdisciplinary (or anti-disciplinary), collaborative and socially engaged projects in galleries, the public realm and broadcast media for three decades. The work often emerges from the social and cultural context within which our projects are produced and delivered. We adopt a number of creative or collaborative strategies, media and research methods of enquiry, which includes placing an emphasis on socio-cultural histories and identities, in our creative and curatorial practice. For us 'context' usually means involving collaborators, communities or active partners in the making or delivery of the creative work, and subsequently the making of meaning.

Although our practice is fundamentally that of an ‘artist duo’, (jointly making single works of art), we sometimes work individually as a commissioner or researcher - dependent on the nature of the specific 'role' that we take within the context of the work, or wider project.

We believe that artists can and should assist in the shaping of society and its future. Current research examines the implications of where arts and technology creation and its application has led us - and where we want to go next?

We feel strongly about access to the arts, accessible arts education, and multicultural aspects of collaborative projects and networks. We are passionate about connecting different worlds, disciplines and ideologies. We speak the languages of hybrid art forms, including but not limited to: design, film, media, sound, performance, politics and creative business. We encourage risk, experimentation and innovation in our collaborative work. We understand how to engage audiences though participation, access and inclusion; socially engaged practice as residency, workshop or digital distribution.

Few artists today work without some sort of exchange or collaboration. As Georgiou & Tolley we believe that working together is like a marriage. In our case, it is a marriage.

In 2018 we founded ArtsLab International (an Artists’ Laboratory & Studio), as a new platform for our collaborative and increasingly global ventures with artists, organisations and participants. Recently, this has included Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF 2018), under the artistic direction of Lee Gim Lay, in which we exhibited our audio-video installation, ‘Magician: Walking Back the Cat’ (alongside international artists, including Ahn Jun and Berndnaut Smilde), in the ‘Entity of Spatial Existence’ group show, curated by artist, Yoon Suok Won.

We believe in #ART as: #Action #Activism #Antidisciplinary #Architecture #Archive #Aesthetics #Ampersand #Artwear #Blockchain #BodyPolitics #Chance #Coalition #Collaboration #Collective #Conflict #Connected #Consent #Control #CounterCulture #CulturalStudies #ClimateChange #Context #Community #Creative #CulturalMemory #CriticallyEngaged #Decentralisation #Design #Duo #Ecologies #Education #Equality #Encounter #Engagement #Exchange #Fashion #FieldRecording #Film #Future #Health #Here #Heritage #History #Hybrid #Idea #Identity #Image #Immigration #Individual #Interaction #Interdisciplinary #International #Live #Location #Making #Memory #Moving #Now #Object #Opportunity #Partnership #Play #Process #Practice #People #Performance #Placement #Places #Politics #Present #Projects #Protest #Participation #Photo #PublicSpace #Psychogeography #Question #RadioFilm #Relationship #Research #Resistance #Representation #SiteSpecific #Spaces #Still #StillMoving #SubCulture #Subject #Story #Society #Sound #Surveillance #Time #TimeBased #UrbanHistory #Voice #Web3 #WellBeing

#WORK Reflecting on the way we live today…


Image: ‘Eustatic Earth: Blue Monday (portent)’

Lightbox & Duratran 841 x 1189mm ©Georgiou&Tolley (2019).