The inaugural BODY and PLACE funded residencies aim to reframe the drawing of the body within unusual contexts outside the confines of the life room. Drawing and mark making is a recognised way to access and unleash the creative process. As it falls out of favour in art schools and in the art curriculum generally, we invite artists across generations to rethink drawing the body as an essential and key part of their artistic practice.
We aim to reinvigorate the drawing of the body by placing it within three distinct contexts:
LANDSCAPE: the hills, lake, woodlands and interiors of an historic Arts and Crafts house and its collection at Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire; and
ARCHITECTURE: the unique architectural environment and experience that is Walmer Yard W11;
Experimental workshops will be held for up 10 professional artists for each of the three residencies by passionate and well-respected drawing practitioners with many decades of experience of teaching, seeing and working with the model. They are: Jo Volley of the Slade School of Art who will lead the Historic residencies; Martin Morris of Kingston School of Art who will lead the 4-day residency at Owlpen Manor and Rebecca Cartwright of the Royal College of Art for the Architecture residency.
Participating artists will practise in the fields of sculpture, drawing, architecture, painting and related disciplines, with an emphasis on sculpture. The hope is that for many participants, life drawing will be outside their normal practice and their comfort zone and that the residencies will open new artistic avenues.
This opportunity is open to artists of any age and we are aiming for a cross-generational mix of artists with varied skills and approaches. ** We welcome applications from around the world for the LANDSCAPE and ARCHITECTURE residencies but the HISTORIC residency is only open to UK residents.
CLOSING: 26th of February at 12pm