Henry VIII’s Wives are a collective of artists founded in 1997, and include Rachel Dagnall, Bob Grieve, Sirko Knupfer, Simon Polli, Per Sander and Lucy Skaer. They are based variously in Scotland, Denmark, Norway and Germany, and are all graduates of the Environmental Art Department at Glasgow School of Art. Since 2005 the group has focused on their ongoing project Tatlin’s Tower and the World, an attempt to build the famously unbuilt tower in full size in different locations and venues across the world. Henry VIII’s Wives have shown in major venues internationally including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, 2014, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2009, Kunsthalle Friedericianum, Kassel, 2006, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2004, PS1, New York, 2004, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, 1998.
For Studio Jamming, Henry VIII’s Wives present a video installation and undertake a road-trip to the group members’ studios across Europe to gather together their extensive archive of works. Until now this archive has been scattered across Europe in their different members' studios, but for the first time since they formed in 1997, their archive is assembled in public at the Cooper Gallery creating a new body of works.
Taking its cue from the live improvised excitement of musical jamming, Cooper Gallery in Dundee presents Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland; the first discursive survey to foreground the grassroots character of artists’ collaboration that has contributed to the remarkable achievements of contemporary art in Scotland. Among the highlights of Studio Jamming is the presentation of works from artists’ collaborative groups including Graham Eatough & Graham Fagen, Full Eye, GANGHUT and Henry VIII’s Wives. The artists’ collaborative groups occupy the Studio Jamming Hub, a structural intervention designed by Studio Miessen, for a week each to present new works and events between 30 June – 2 August.