Bee Eaters: A Virtual Residency focuses on developing art practice through a supportive communal structure. This intensive 3-day residency brings artists ‘together’ via online platforms for conversations, thinking and/through listening, while working independently within our individual studios. The residency’s core focus is on developing creative practice in a critical and supportive environment without any pressures of outcome. Committing to a small group of individuals the time will be spent within our own studios experimenting, testing, developing, thinking, contemplating, reading, doing/not doing intermingled with two checking in periods within the day and a small group social (virtual) lunch. Working with the spirit of a ‘Thinking Environment’ (Nancy Kline) during these checking in moments we will share, talk, and listen to enable individuals thinking and practice to grow. This is a record of our individual actions and developments through our time collectively ‘together’.
Louisa Chambers (UK) studied an MA Painting, Royal College of Art (2007) and is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. She has worked on various public site-specific commissions and has been a finalist in prestigious national competitions. Recent exhibitions include: Expanded Studio Project, PS2, Belfast, 2019, Enough is Definitely Enough, General Practice, Lincoln, 2019, Pacific Breeze, White Conduit Projects, London, 2018 and Manuscript – Letter Home, China Academy of Arts Museum, Hangzhou, China 2018. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham scheduled in September 2021. www.louisachambers.com
Julia Wenz-Delaminsky (DE): Media artist Julia Wenz-Delaminsky lives and works in Stuttgart and nomadic. Conceptual work with collections of everyday objects or written and pictorial works are inspirations for a playful approach. The further processing takes place with different techniques. Photographs, objects or interventions in public space find their origin in a picture idea or an everyday experience. In their openness, they can relate with the place and other positions.
Tamara Dubnyckyj (UK, MA painting, RCA 2007) creates paintings and drawings that form part of an ongoing series of staged spaces, evolving from collected ephemera. Shapes are defined and echoed across the surface, piled up, assembled, curated; colour picked out and heightened, or flattened. Exhibitions include, Strangelands, Collyer Bristow, Nightswimming, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Ghost Changing Room, Wimbledon Space, London. She was selected for the BEEP prize in 2020, and had a solo exhibition Stage, Stone Space, London, 2018.
Traci Kelly (UK/DE): My interdisciplinary curiosity engages audiences in surprising ways to create open and evolving dialogues. Works often unsettle notions of corporeal and socio/political subjectivity, opening up a space for doubt around the status of the lived and material body. Intuitive work emerges in relation to specific contexts and sites, embodying the hauntings of history, the specific vernacular of place and a poetic turn of materials.
Danica Maier (USA/UK) is interested in iterative variations or the un-repeating-repeat, through site-specific installations, drawing and writing; as well as the dialogical nature of joint projects that foster collaborative independence. Through various collaborative projects she jointly and independently explores processes of practice as opposed to outcome; investigates unseen parts of archives as catalysts for artworks; and the drawn line as graphic score. She is an artist and Associate Professor in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Clare Mitten (UK, MA Painting, RCA, 2006) works across 2d and 3d, employing construction, drawing, painting and collage to filter the actual and imagined appearance of objects. Exhibitions include: Silent Disco, Greystone Industries (2021); Backyard Sculpture, Domo Baal (2019); The Machine Stops, Danielle Arnaud (2018). Plantworks: A Factory As It Might Be, William Morris Gallery (2017); Awards include: Jerwood Painting Fellowships (2011); Bow Arts Award (2014); British Council residencies to Dhaka (2008), Tbilisi (2010).
Artist website: www.claremitten.com Instagram: @claremitten