Category: Residencies

Rosendale to Peckham

I left Rosendale over a week ago after a wonderful six weeks and Women’s Studio Workshop have written a great blog post about the work I made during my residency there. Here it is. 

WSW work during filming

Next Friday I will be unveiling a new cake work at 38b in Peckham along with architectural-themed cocktails. There will be a discussion on Saturday afternoon, which will be broadcast live on Radio Anti. Details are as follows:

Emily Speed Model Village?
Opening party Friday 19 June 6-9pm 
Exhibition continues: Saturday 20 June 12-4pm & Sunday 21 June 12-6pm

Emily Speed’s interests lie in the connections between people and buildings, and the physical relationship of the body to architecture. For her exhibition at 38b, Emily considers the significance of bombastic large-scale city planning on a personal scale in the domestic. Constructing a unique architectural model entirely from cake, Emily invites visitors to indulge in shaping the model city to question the role of planners and inhabitants, of those that decide and those that occupy.

Model Village? Planners and inhabitants
Saturday 20 June 4.30pm

Join us for an afternoon of town planning over cake led by Emily Speed and Eva Rowson, to discuss the roles architects, planners, and inhabitants play in shaping our buildings and village-town-city-scapes.
Spaces are limited. Please email info@38bprojects.com to bag your place.

All the women

As it’s International Women’s Day it seems like a good time to mention that I shall be off to the states in May and June for six weeks to work on a Rosendale Cultural Crossroads Public Art Residency in New York State with Women’s Studio Workshop. I did one of my first ever residencies at WSW back in 2007 and made a limited edition artist’s book called ‘Unfolding Architecture’. I am thrilled to be going back! The picture below (a detail from Masaccio’s Saints Jerome and John the Baptist) is a tiny clue to what will be going on when I am looking at the relationship people in the town have with the architecture there.

MasaccioI also have a group show coming up in April called Indefinable Cities but more about that soon…

Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz

On Tuesday I am heading back to Austria to work for six weeks at Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz. I was there for three months in 2009 as part of the Urban Interventions exchange with Liverpool Biennial so I’m thrilled to have been invited back. The City of Linz have purchased ‘Inhabitant’, the work I made during my last visit, for their collection, and it will also feature in a publication about their new collection in 2013. Here is a shot of the last visit with me performing Inhabitant and having some kind of encounter or stand off with the little yellow train and its occupants!

Photograph by Jens Sundheim, who was fantastic company last time, wish he was going to be around again. The first picture on his website is from Bellevue, the ‘Yellow house’ – one of the 2009 commissions in Linz, a great reminder of how strongly yellow featured in my last visit. I still haven’t gone through all the images he and Mehmet Dere took of that walk so it’s nice to look back through occasionally and find new ones.

The Emely Cafe and Reading on wheels

Last week I finished working in Cambridge after building a pod structure on wheels. I had a great time getting on with some constructing and also chatting to artist Rosalie Schweiker, who is running the ‘Emely Cafe’ at Aid & Abet at the moment.

The ‘Reading Space’ that I made was especially for Kobo Abe’s book ‘The Box Man’. The idea is that the reader can get into this space, wheel it around until they find just the right spot and settle down to read. There is a cup holder for coffee too of course and a plush red seat. A hole in the floor allows the user to out one foot through and scoot themselves about flintstones-style.

Rosalie kindly filmed some short snippets of me road-testing the reading pod. Here I use it to steal cake.

Reading Space on The Emely’s vimeo channel

Artist Corinna Spencer has also taken some great photos of the exhibition – see them on Flikr here

A Curriculum

Blade factory at A FoundationI’m excited to have been chosen to take part in A Curriculum, a new residency programme at A Foundation in Liverpool, during March – May 2010.

The residency is described thus:
“The programme will be scheduled over two months and will include input from visiting artists, curators, gallerists, collectors and commissioners. A Curriculum will give participants the chance to explore a broad range of perspectives which build a picture of the artist within the wider professional context.”

I will be starting a new body of work; working towards my first ever solo show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park early in 2011. Can’t wait to get stuck in.

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/acurriculum/

Linz

I am here, it is lovely and my studio is enormous. Just about settled in now so looking forward to really getting stuck in to some new work. My head is overflowing with ideas so I shall have to try and start somewhere, I find myself gravitating towards writing again. Seems like there is a lot to see here too so, excited about seeing some new artists and perhaps a different approach to showing work?

More about the residency, Linz and the other artists can be seen here.