Monday, 24 August 2009

John Jones Second Artist In Residence Sarah Kate Wilson

We are delighted to announce Sarah Kate Wilson as our next Artist in Residence at John Jones.

Sarah will be working in the lower gallery of the Project Space. Her residency will result as a solo show in the Project Space in October 2009.

Throughout her residency Sarah will be documenting her experiences on arthudddle. Sarah will also be available to introduce her work to anyone who is interested in knowing more, as well as to clients and to her peers; we will also be planning artist’s talks and a panel discussion.

Please see below for Sarah's first entry to Art Huddle talking about what she has experienced in the first weeks of her residency with us.

Firstly I would like to take the opportunity to thank Lizzie and Sam at John Jones for inviting me to be the second artist in residence at John Jones Project Space.

I have been provided with a huge studio giving me the room to scale up the size of my paintings to 2 1/2m x 2m etc. The studio is the entrance way to the Project Space, thus meaning that the general public coming to see the Show 'Meet Pamela' walk through the studio on route to the show. This has created many interesting dialogues between other artists, the public and myself.

The opportunity to work alone in the studio but have on hand the professional skills of the staff force at JJ's has been incredible; ranging from the conservation department to the artists surfaces team. I plan to visit the gilding department over the coming weeks to watch them at work. As my work contains many mixed materials I am always looking for new processes and application of materials to incorporate into my work.

I am currently working on 5 paintings simultaneously, this is how I tend to work to keep the energy in the studio high I move from painting to painting throughout the day. I rotate the works constantly, 90,180 degrees, on the floor and keep working the paintings until they find their own completion.

The paintings I complete during the residency with be exhibited in the Project Space as part of a huge installation I will be creating with the team at John Jones. This will feature an adult sized ball pool (more on this to be blogged later!) I am currently contacting companies with the hope that they might sponsor the show by donating swings, slides and plastic balls for the ball pool installation.

If anyone reading this blog can help in sourcing these materials in the form of sponsorship I would love to hear from you.

Please do contact myself at I will be working in the studio until the first week of October, so please do feel free to visit the John Jones Project space and the studio, and see how the work is developing.

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