An artists’ residency is when an artist or creative is invited to work on their practice in a different environment, different studio and often a different community. The website ResArtis also says they are:
- Enablers of creative process
- Crucial to the arts ecosystem
- Bridging different arts disciplines and non-arts sectors
- Essential professional opportunities
- Profile raising with ongoing artistic, social and economic impact
On our trip to Aldershot, a town where we were told to walk and find ideas for this project based on site, I felt drawn to nature as I always do. Amongst the industrial run-down landscape, my first thoughts were urban ecosystems.
I have begun a new journey – studying a BA in Fine Art. It has felt like a tricky undertaking; as with any new experience, you carry a fear of disappointment, a fear to get started. But I am trying to immerse myself in the art, and I’m hoping that with every day I’ll feel more and more creatively inspired.
In mid August, with the new uni year approaching, I felt I would need somewhere to jot down my thoughts and feelings. I have had sketchbooks, diaries, notebooks and all manner of other things, but never a journal. *Cue excellent excuse to buy more stationery*
A few months ago, I was working on an art project in which I used the poetry from Ted Hughes’ ‘Birthday Letters’. Extracting the last phrases from every poem in the book, I constructed a poem of my own.
I don’t know about anyone else, but for me songs are like bookmarks in my life. I can associate a song with an event, a feeling, a place, a friend. Songs become attached to my personal timeline, and listening to them can transport me back.
Here are the main songs that have stuck to me this past academic year, what they represent, and what I now feel when I listen to them
Today was deadline day for the final project of our foundation diploma in art and design. Here is a list of the lessons I have learned and the things I have experienced in this rollercoaster of a year: