Ania Bas

Through her practice Ania Bas creates situations that support dialogue and exchange and question existing frameworks of participation. She is interested in the ways that narratives shape understanding, mythology and knowledge of places and people. Her work is presented through text, events, walks, performances, useful object and publications.

Bas is a co-founder of The Walking Reading Group, a project that facilitates knowledge exchange in an intimate and dynamic way through discussing texts whilst walking together. In this reading group, the table is broken up by the street and the dominant voice is replaced with the sound of conversation partners talking simultaneously. Anyone can participate and the walks are free to attend. Since 2013 three editions of walks took place in London and one in Bilbao.

Bas recent work includes Show Me How, commissioned by Radar, Loughborough in 2015. Bas instigated Show Me How events that provide a paid opportunity for local people to share their practical skills of making, reusing and upcycling during a series of hands on workshops. The project explores the place and the value of practical skills, hands on work, sharing and co-working in contemporary culture and daily life of market towns.

Bas was an artist-in-residence at The New Art Gallery Walsall (Walsall, 2009) Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2009-201-), Yorkshire Artspace (Sheffield, 2012). Bas was Open School East associate (2013­ 2014).