Four organisations in the West Midlands will lead on TPWN new artist residency opportunities and one organisation on a critical writing project:
The West Midlands based artist Faye Claridge will develop new work that engages with the work of Sir Benjamin Stone photographic archive in the new Library of Birmingham. Faye Claridge uses photography, video and installation and shows work internationally and through Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art.
Faye Claridge says:
I’m excited about the TPWM funded residency because it will allow me to work with a collection that I’ve been interested in for years, both for its content and its ostentatious ambition of creating ‘A Record of England’ in photographs. It’ll be fantastic to bring a new audience to Sir Benjamin Stone’s work and use the opportunity to look at how photographic projects from the turn of the 20th century can be part of a critical debate about the role of photography today.
The Library of Birmingham is building on its recent programme of exhibition and publication projects, these include Brian Griffin; Face to Face A Retrospective, Take to the Streets, Magnum Street Photography, Perspectives, Ghosting the Archive: Keith Piper and Reference Works, Library of Birmingham by establishing this Artist-In-Residence commission in 2012/13. There will be an exhibition of new work in 2014.
Artist-duo Juneau Projects are to create an album of songs for people to download at locations in Worcester.
Juneau Projects will be in Worcester in early 2013 to research and develop new work in, for and with the city. Building on their long-term project of collaborative music making, they will produce a short album of songs downloadable for free via contemporary ‘shrines’ to the sometimes perverse and always weird back-to-nature techno-urban 21st century culture of modern Britain.
The shrines will relate to the city centre venues in which they are housed. After a period of on-site research in February and March, they plan to write and record a song for each venue, collaborating on the songwriting and recording process with venues’ users. Juneau Projects will present the outcomes of their work in May, when Worcester residents and visitors will be invited to gather all the tracks that have been produced by plugging a USB stick into the shrines located in each venue taking part. They hope that experience of collecting the songs will offer an antidote to the ever increasing speed of the worldwide web.
The Residency opportunity will focus on research and development and studio experimentation. Two short term residency opportunities for West Midland based artists will be offered to emerging and established artists. Eastside Projects works with a network of prestigious arts organisations outside the West Midlands and the artists will be hosted by these organisations to develop their ideas, thinking and networks and to develop new work in contexts outside the region. Mentoring will also be offered as part of the residencies.
Elizabeth Pearson, a recent graduate of BA Visual Arts by Negotiated Study at BIAD, Birmingham City University has been awarded the TPWM New Art Writing Bursary for 2012-2013 with Grand Union, in association with Eastside Projects.
We received several strong proposals and although not possible to fund them all, TPWM will work and help support groups and organisations that are keen to collaborate with each other. The proposals that have been selected all demonstrated a high level of support for the artist, a strong knowledge of quality and ambitious work and clear plans to develop links with others beyond the lead institution.
Each lead organisation (with the exception of the Library of Birmingham) will put a call out to artists to apply in due course and this will be included in TPWM's Artists' News & Opportunities Bulletin.