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Chisenhale micro residency

Following on from their micro residency at mac birmingham in March as part of the Artist Development programme, the five selected artists Andre de Jong, Matthew Gale, Bruno Grilo, JD Haigh and Elizabeth Lake were invited to Chisenhale Studios in London for a follow-up micro residency.


The group were based at Hannah Honeywill’s studio and explored the connection between Hannah’s practice and their micro residency at mac birmingham. 

Some feedback from the follow-up residency:

 'I presented a 2 minute film shot at a concrete works and breeze block distributers in Bow, and also some photographs taken from the Chisenhale archives. The week was a very productive time and has since led onto me being accepted for their 3 month Winter Residency where I will develop this work further. The residency enabled us to continue working in a group format, which was first initiated at mac, developing and making new connections between ourselves, our work, and other artists.'

- Liz Lake

Work developed as part of Chisenhale residency, Andre de Jong

'Personally speaking the Chisenhale Studios residency was a huge success as it not only gave me the opportunity to make new work but also discuss the merits of having a London studio. Having spent the first day exploring the studios and discussing practices we all set off on various trajectories. The two sets of work I produced was in response to Hannah's interest in the troubled relation between Slavery and Mahogany, one drawing on the hidden/ invisible bodies of the slaves and the other on the industrial revolution as a latent state of exploitation within slavery.'
- Andre de Jong


Atascadero, Matt Gale. Intervention of Hannah Honeywill's piece 'Atascadero
'I explored how the accidental inclusion of fairly ordinary objects in (natural tree) resin can eventually elevate these objects, making them precious and desirable in amber. I duplicated this with synthetic resins in both natural and urban settings. I also responded directly to Hannah's piece 'Atascadero (You were born too soon, I was born too late)' which she made in response to an image of a young man that was lobotomised in the late 1960s to 'cure' his homosexuality. I wanted my intervention to appear fairly brutal - depicting the extraction of 'gayness''
- Matt Gale



mac birmingham micro-residency

From Monday 21 to Thursday 24 March 2016 Andre de Jong, Matthew Gale, Bruno Grilo,  JD Haigh and Elizabeth Lake took part in a micro-residency at mac birmingham.The residency was based on Philip K. Dick's 1969 science fiction novel UBIK. On Thursday 24 March there was a sharing event at mac, sharing outcomes, works in progress and potential next steps.


mac birmingham micro-residency - artists announced

We are pleased to announced that five mid-career artists have been selected for a micro-residency at mac birmingham from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 March 2016. Led by Simon Poulter, this intensive artist-lab - a partnership between mac and the Artist Development programme - will provide the chosen artists with the time and space to exchange ideas, materials to prototype work, and a test-bed opportunity to bring outputs to audiences in the public realm.

The selected artists are Andre de Jong, Matthew Gale, Bruno Grilo,  JD Haigh and Elizabeth Lake.

From 2-4pm on Thursday 24 March there will be a sharing event at mac birmingham; a sharing of outcomes - works in progress and potential next steps. The event is free and can be booked here.



mac birmingham micro-residency


mac birmingham, in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands, is offering an intensive Artist Lab development opportunity for five mid-career artists to work in collaboration from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 March 2016.

Facilitated by artist and curator Simon Poulter, the format of the Artist Lab is designed to encourage experimentation and foster the development of projects at the embryonic stage. The five selected artists will be provided with time and space to exchange ideas, materials to prototype work, and a test-bed opportunity to bring outputs to audiences in the public realm. The outcomes are intended to be determined through the collaboration, and will culminate in a sharing with arts professionals and audiences from the city and beyond.

The Artist Lab coincides with New Art West Midlands 2016 at mac, an exhibition of work by 43 graduates from the region’s art schools. Selected by Sonia Boyce (artist), John Stezaker (artist) and Katharine Stout (Head of Programme, ICA London), the exhibition is intended to inform the shape of the lab, providing a starting point and a resource to focus enquiry.

Applicants must live and work in the West Midlands region and have a minimum of 3 years experience as a practising artist. Participating artists should be available to attend each day from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 March, including evening sessions which are an integral part of the Artist Lab format. Applications are invited from artists engaged in cross-practice, live art, installation and transmedia, along with other visual art forms.

To apply, please complete an application form and send it to visualarts@macbirmingham.co.uk along with your CV and a maximum of 3 images or digital files as specified in the submission checklist.


Budget: £300 allowance per artist, to cover materials and travel.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 4 March 2016.

Applicants will be notified by 11 March 2016.



Shiny Surface Amnesty

Joanne Masding, Shiny Surface Amnesty, Window View. 2015

Over the last two weeks, Joanne Masding has been working at AirSpace Gallery as part of a micro-residency delivered with the gallery in partnership with New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands's Artist Development programme.

For Shiny Surface Amnesty her aim has been to to capture the glitz of the festive season, celebrating the overload of shiny surfaces attached to tinsel, baubles and lights. Masding asked for donations of festive materials. Through exploring and remaking them through video, sculpture and 3D modeling, she has drawn out the differences between recorded translation in comparison to direct human experience. Masding is interested in the way we consider the worth, ownership and production of physical stuff, and how this translates to an increasingly digital, immaterial and reproducible world. Through this garish and celebratory project, Masding hopes to convey the absurdity of the human practices that take place at the peak of the consumer year, consider the superficiality of decorative surfaces and bring a sense of hectic, party and overload.

Shiny Surface Amnesty will be on display in the window space of AirSpace Gallery until 6 January 2016.