Canada Council Project complete. Residency and commissions for the Fall
It’s been a busy year of work, thanks to the generous Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant I was awarded in Spring 2012. The grant provided living and material expenses for 10 months of artistic creation – and resulted in 6 large new sculptures, as well as smaller pieces. I’m still preparing the final images for my portfolio, but wanted to write a quick post here in the brief period of calm before the next set of projects begin.
The summer is going to be busy as I’m currently working on a commission with Julien Masson for 10 Days/Creative Collisions – a city-wide exhibition in Winchester, UK. Our proposal was selected for a bursary to create a new large-scale sculpture in the spirit of our Transformer (please see the Porfolio page for images). The new piece, titled TOTEM, will be themed on intersections between science and history.
I am also still working on a Woolgather commission to produce a series of mini artworks for ArtVend (vending machines full of art! Each artwork comes packaged in a small plastic bubble and can be found at selected sites across Leeds); I have also recently been commissioned by East Street Arts to create a new packaging sculpture for Juliana’s Bike, a major new initiative.
Finally, I’ve been invited by the curators of Ethnographic Terminalia 2013 to take part in their residency-as-exhibition event in Chicago this November – a very exciting and challenging opportunity. Ethnographic Terminalia is a yearly exhibition occurring in tandem with the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting, and seeks to explores intersections between art, curatorial practice and anthropology.
In the meantime, I’m soon to be off to Turkey to join the University of Southampton / University of York’s visualisation team at the site of Çatalhöyük, a 10,000 year old Neolithic settlement. This will be my 5th year with the team, led by Prof Steph Moser and Dr. Sara Perry. Read more about it here.