The London-based filmmaker and painter Rosalind Nashashibi has been chosen as the National Gallery’s 2020 artist-in-residence, which is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Art Society and The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney.

Nashashibi, who was nominated for the 2017 Turner Prize, is the first artist to be announced since the launch of the National Gallery’s new Modern and Contemporary programme. She will work in the gallery’s on-site artist’s studio, starting this month.

Nashashibi was chosen by a jury of artists and curators that included: Alessio Antoniollo (director, Gasworks, London), Katrina Brown (director, The Common Guild, Glasgow), Caroline Douglas (director, Contemporary Art Society, London), Neil Firth (director, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney), Daniel F Herrmann (National Gallery Curator, Modern & Contemporary Projects), and the artist Louise Wilson.

The year-long residency includes an award of £30,000 and also recognises the ‘personal or familial responsibilities’ of the selected artist, with a further award available to support this should it be required. In total, Nashashibi will receive £47,100.

Nashashibi, who will enjoy ‘unparalleled’ access to the gallery’s collection during the residency, said she was “very excited” to be invited as artist-in-residence.

She added: “The National Gallery is of tremendous inspiration to artists from all over the world and I look forward to exploring its collection and history, as well as those of the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney.”

“I am glad that the set-up of the residency is made for the actual working lives of artists today, enabling both work and the caring for family responsibilities at the same time.”

As well as being shown at the National Gallery, the work produced by Nashashibi during her residency will travel to The Pier Arts Centre. It will also be acquired by the Contemporary Art Society for the permanent collection in Orkney.

Caroline Douglas, director of the Contemporary Art Society, said: “It has been a real pleasure to work with the National Gallery in developing this new residency. The purchase of work for a UK museum means there is a genuine legacy and benefits for the artist and for audiences far beyond London.

“Its structure – a partnership involving a UK regional museum and the consideration for the needs of the artist – will hopefully prove an example for other similar programmes across the UK.”

Born in Croydon of Palestinian and Irish heritage, Nashashibi was previously based in Glasgow having completed the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2000. She won the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2003 and in 2007 exhibited as part of Scotland + Venice at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

While based in Liverpool, she was nominated for the 2013 Northern Art Prize which was eventually won by Margaret Harrison.

National Gallery curator Daniel F Herrmann said the artist-in-residence programme was a continuation of a long tradition of the gallery supporting contemporary art practice.

He added: “We are delighted to work together with Rosalind Nashashibi, one of the finest and most astute artists working in Britain today. Her critical acumen, visual innovation and curiosity for the stories of images in our lives are of outstanding importance, poignancy, and beauty.

“We look forward to collaborating with our UK Partner Museum, The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, to presenting the artist’s work to our visitors.”

Nashashibi’s new two-part film commission for this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival is currently on show at the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern One) until 27 October 2019.

1. Rosalind Nashashibi outside The National Gallery, © The National Gallery, London
2. Rosalind Nashashibi in front of Gustave Courbet’s Still Life with Apples and a Pomegranate, © The National Gallery, London

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