Camden Artist Residency Autumn 2021
We are delighted to announce that we have chosen the Camden based artistic duo Abel Shah to be our artists in residence from September to November 2021.
Find a short video by artists Alex Bell and Giulia Shah here.
Abel Shah: Speak Easy… Monolith, 2019
With many thanks to Camden Giving charity for their support.
Hot Desque – August to October 2020
Founded in 2018, Hot Desque is a curatorial partnership by artists Lizzy Drury and Neena Percy, showing emerging and established artists within site-specific exhibitions, writing publications and hosting events.
Hot Desque have worked on projects in temporary settings across the UK, including a former nightclub. The exhibitions aim to bring artworks together as part of a theatrical mise-en-scène, providing a platform for experimentation and interdependence.
At the end of the residency, Hot Desque showed the exhibition Model Village at the Swiss Church. The exhibition took the form of a series of artist- made scale models. These were used as alternative exhibition spaces as part of the resulting project of nomadic curatorial platform Hot Desque’s residency at the church.
Hamed Maiye – August to October 2019
Hamed Maiye is a multidisciplinary artist and curator based in London that uses portraiture as a means of expressing emotional identity and heritage. Maiye founded the arts movement ‘Afro-Portraitism’ which documents the multifaceted image of the contemporary youth of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora whilst exploring the concept of self representation. One of the key drivers in Maiye’s collaborative practice is the introduction of new personal narratives and creating visibility for those who are often marginalised.
During his residency Maiye wishes to explore the parallels between spiritualism, surrealism and reality:
“I am interested in the space between reality and surrealism and how these can reflect/inform each other. This space of cross reflection will be grounds to research a visual language and aesthetic of personal utopias and safe spaces. My research will include exploring different forms of iconography and implementing it into my practice in order to create a body of work.”
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Photograph: A collaborative installation and performance by musician Roxanne Tataei and artist Hamed Maiye, commissioned by the V&A museum. With permission of Hamed Maiye, Roxanne Tatei and the V & A Museum.
Miriam Laura Leonardi – August 2018
The 2018 Swiss Church August Artist Residency was awarded to Zurich-based artist Miriam Laura Leonardi. Miriam was in residence at the Church from 6 – 26 August 2018, where she developed her project The Church (after Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives) – a live reenactment of the THE CHURCH (AFTER THE FACT) – an episode of Robert Ashley‘s Television Opera Perfect Lives.
Miriam Laura Leonardi, Angels of Chaos 1 & 2, 2016, various media, dimensions variable
Kindly supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum and Maecenas.