Installation view of April Lin 林森: (Tending) (to) (Ta) at Obsidian Coast, 2021.
Obsidian Coast is a space for unhurried artistic and curatorial practice, envisioned as an otherworldly destination opening unforeseeable horizons.
From 2018 till 2022, the coast was located in Bradford-on-Avon, UK. We hosted exhibitions, residencies, events and a library project, with a commitment to artist moving image and environmentally sustainable and feminist practice. On this mythical coast, the ethics of the most intimate interactions that compose everyday life constituted the fundamental conditions from which to pursue sensitive approaches to research, practice and political thought.
Built upon a desire to approach, stay with and transform in the presence of others, Obsidian Coast is envisaged as a coastal ecosystem, in which ever-shifting assemblages constitute a resonant web of ideas and ways of being. Giving space for unhurried development of ideas and co-emergence of multiple perspectives in lasting encounters, the coast is a life-affirming platform for gathering with principles of care and generosity. Now a nomadic and sporadic entity, Obsidian Coast is run by Nella Aarne and Sam Smith.