Thamesmead Texas are proud to present: Miyuki Kasahra and Liam Scully, two artists in residence, as part of our Spring 2021 programme, offering time and space to two Thamesmead based artists. Located across two sites in Thamesmead, Miyuki Kasahara, originally from Japan will produce a new body of work in situ during a one-year residency at an allotment in Thamesmead Texas. Whilst Liam Scully will produce a new body of work during a one-hundred-day residency at the Lakeside Centre’s Media Space, to map the time during Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office as the 46th President of the United States of America.
Miyuki, A recent convert to ‘balcony’ gardening as a result of the first (UK) lockdown, will embark on designing a living vegetable patch taking inspiration from Masanobu Fukuoka, a pioneer of organic farming in Japan. Living organisms will be extracted from the soil, examining microorganisms and nutrients central to the health of plants and of those who eat them; this will be documented utilising drawing, casting, photography and printing.
Describing his drawing as ‘blunt and essentially diaristic in its approach’. Liam comments, observes, and confesses, on the activity around him, from the personal to the political, taking inspiration from, and embracing low-brow culture. For his residency at the Lakeside Centre, Liam will be mapping Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office through the act of drawing, mark-making, and spillages, covering live the rolling content of mainstream and social media platforms.
For more information visit our website which features a Q&A with both artists. We miss you and hope to open throughout Spring 2021 in line with the Covid-19 Government guidelines. Please see our social media channels for updates.
This is a self-funded project, based on goodwill and friendship. With thanks to Bow Arts for their generous support in kind. Artists eat food too. Works are for sale – please contact [email protected] for information.
Image top: Miyuki Kasahra on location at the Thamesmead Texas allotment
Image bottom: Liam Scully, Amerikkka Drawing Black Power Mixtapes 1968-1975, 2020, 420 x 594 mm, Graphite on paper
Miyuki Kasahra Bio: Working across a broad range of media including Drawing, Sculpture, Installation and Performance, Miyuki’s work is grounded in research that examines the factors affecting the global environment, including that arising from politics and societal change. We caught up with Miyuki here:
Liam Scully Bio: Constant drawing underpins most of Liam Scully’s work which is often expanded upon and develops through painting, performance, video, music and installation. Describing his drawing as ‘blunt and essentially diaristic in its approach’. Liam comments, observes, and confesses, on the activity around him, from the personal to the political, taking inspiration from, and embracing low-brow culture. We caught up with Liam here:
Thamesmead Texas is a nomadic artist run initiative based in Thamesmead, South-East London. Anchored by an art bar, the group is led by the necessity to be social and organise public exhibitions and events. Thamesmead Texas are currently artists in residence in the Thamesmead Community Archive (2020-2021), supported by Peabody and funded by HLF.