Join us for the launch of SPACE’s 2021 Online Collaborative Residency digital showcase, with a live presentation and discussion of the artist’s final outcomes. Book your free place here.
In April this year, SPACE selected 12 artists to take part in a new Online Collaborative Residency, as part of our Creative Practitioner Support Programme.
The selected participants worked remotely in pairs over a period of 12 weeks to develop their projects through mentoring, advice and dedicated peer-to-peer sessions.
Click on the artists’ names below to view their finished pieces:
Millicent is a painter and textile artist interested in the human condition and the female gaze. Sam is a painter of portraits and still lives who is interested in the intercreativity of colour schemes. Together we aim to bring the surrealist technique of Le Cadavre Exquis into a contemporary light. We are hoping that by combining our two practices and disparate painting styles, we will be able to communicate several layers of feeling within the same piece.
Through a digital exchange of sketches and digital assemblages of said sketches we have create a series of experimental works which we are planning will lead to finalise a finalised pieces.
Lucy Gayler is a process-led artist who explores ergonomic, biomorphic, sculptural form in relation to the body, usually resulting in wearable or performative sculptural pieces which endure a process of activation through the body and its movement. Gemma Garwood is a multidisciplinary artist, visual storyteller and ‘Cunning Woman’ based in Colchester, Essex. A collaborative cultural magpie; begging, borrowing and building in order to create beguiling and locally significant works reflecting on how people, place and story collide and collude together.
Within the collaborative residency, we have both produced a film based upon our engagement with a specific route in the Essex landscape, OTHERLAND. Collating and collaging experiences, site-specific materials, sounds, memories, narratives and imagery we aimed to weave a work which emphasizes both a physical, figurative and historical perception of the Essex landscape. The work pays tribute to the unifying power of walking and talking, which is how we have been finding and exploring the intersections of our practices and personal historiographies.
We began our collaboration by exploring the intersections in our practices. We both have an interest in alternative ideas of the landscape; the value and division of land and our connection to it. Andrew has taken wide-angle, idealised shots of the sites, concentrating on the flora and fauna and both natural and man-made divisions in the landscape. While Holly gathered soil samples and created chromatographs and grew micro-landscapes in Petri dishes from it, bringing attention to the biological and geological make-up of the soil.
Ekaterina Adelskaya is a London-based artist working on abstract sculptures and watercolours, mostly revolving around materiality, destruction and transformative processes. ‘Matter transformation is part of our existence; it’s life itself. We adapt, thrive and decay in a constant flow of change.’
Beth Holmes is a painter based in Colchester. Her practice is concerned with the language of painting within the domain of abstraction. ‘My visual dialogue aims to investigate the importance of gesture and the painted mark. I am realising the therapeutic qualities they possess for both painter and viewer.’
Shared notions of materiality, adaptation and constant flow of change within their practices have also transpired into their daily lives, experiencing and exploring their environments during lockdown. Therefore, initial aims are to investigate the process of pigment making. Currently collecting materials from their local surroundings (urban/nature) to be shared as finished pigments and incorporated into their practices.
Bethan Briggs-Miller and Shane Wimbledon explore the face we present everyday and the struggles that go on beyond what people perceive. Looking at both physical and mental health conditions, they explore the contrast of the strength portrayed on the outside and how various symptoms manifest themselves on the inside; sometimes overwhelming the image and at other times contained behind a delicate façade.
Tim Healey, acrylic artist, and Cally James, ceramic artist, have come together for the Online Collaboration with a mutual interest in nature. The initial meeting sparked a conversation about the warmth of the colours on Mars. This became the focus of their project. Tim and Cally continue to explore materiality, surface, texture and take inspiration from natural forms such as The Moeraki Boulders, formations of bark and Kandinsky’s Several Circles. Following several virtual meetings and a platform to share visual ideas they are working on ‘Zen Martian Garden’, combining an interplay of objects and elements of both their practices. Cally and Tim are creating a mini universe combining ceramic and painting.