Swallows: 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 individuals 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 Summer 2021. www.louisachambers.com
Edy Fung (IE/SE) is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and curator currently based between Derry and Stockholm. Working at the interface between the physical and the digital, her practice seeks to understand how our material world is conditioned. These include exploring underlying systems, ecologies, and technological shifts that are dominating our everyday values. She works with images, videos, sound, text, installation, and exhibition-making, treating them as ingredients and tools to test her inquiries and speculations about the present world phenomena. She holds an MA in Architecture at the Royal College of Art with a distinction in her dissertation. Her approach from the expanded field of architecture has taken her to pursue directorship at Catalyst Arts Gallery 2017-19 and fellowship at CuratorLab at Konstfack 2020-21, crossing from design disciplines to the visual arts and intermedia.
TRACY MACKENNA & EDWIN JANSSEN: Tracy and Edwin began collaborating in 1997 after meeting as participants in Manifesta, the roving European Biennial of Contemporary art. Prior to this each had solo careers. Their collaborative art practice is a creative and discursive site where production, presentation, exchange, learning and research meet. Together they curate the art project The Museum of Loss and Renewal, that offers space and contexts for making and sharing. www.themuseumoflossandrenewal.life
Tracy (SCO/IT) is an artist and educator, Professor Emerita, and an alumna of The Glasgow School of Art and The Hungarian University of Fine Arts. She exhibits internationally and has had solo exhibitions at e.g. Barbican Centre, London; CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; Arnolfini, Bristol. In her individual practice and research she employs drawing and writing as dialogical processes to activate playful, provocative and non-linear properties of language within visual art practice, giving new and refreshed voice to collaborators and subject-matters.
Edwin (NL) has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums such as Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany and Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria. His PhD project explored artist-led curatorial practice, institutional critique, museum culture and cultural recycling. (Dr) Edwin has returned to full-time art practice after an academic career (-2019).
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 process 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 Associate Professor in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Michelle McKeown (IE/UK) is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Ulster undertaking research in Critical Posthumanist philosophy and painting in the expanded field. Awards include the Basil H. Alkazzi Scholarship and Loughborough University School of Art & Design Artist-in-Residence Bursary. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her paintings are held in private collections in the UK, Ireland and Europe. Recent exhibitions include The Widening Gyre Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, 2020 and Progressions, Ulster University Gallery, Belfast, 2019. http://www.mariancramer.com/exhibitions/
Stefanos Pavlakis (GR/DE): Born in Athens, I spent my formative years in a bilingual environment. I believe this sparked my interest in cultural differences and relatedness. I studied in Scotland: B.A. in Film & Photography – Napier University; M.F.A. – Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design; and a practice led Phd research at the same institution. Since 2009 I live in Berlin. I have exhibited across Europe, in Russia, Canada and the US. I predominantly work with film (video), sound, text and photography.