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Artist Residencies 2022

 

Two artist residencies will take place this summer

The first artist will be Lucy Wright

followed by a collaborative residency by Laura Phillips and Luke Godden

The residencies will each involve an open studio session, exhibition at The Bug

and a community workshop

Lucy Wright is an artist and researcher based in Leeds. Her work, which combines painting and socially-engaged practice, sits at the intersection of folk(lore) and place, often using as source material the large personal archive of photographs and research she has gathered over nearly a decade of documenting female and queer-led folk customs. Many of her projects reference and subvert traditional practices to comment on contemporary issues, from migration to climate change. www.artistic-researcher.co.uk

 

Recent projects have included Plough Witches for Meadow Arts and Apotropaia for Leeds Piano Festival, a residency with Jersey Heritage and exhibitions at Lancashire Encounter, Compton Verney and the People’s History Museum. She has a practice PhD from Manchester School of Art and works as a Social Producer for Axisweb, delivering the ‘Mental Health for Artists’ programme and Social Art Library. Recent talks and consultancy include Creative Folkestone (2022), Art House Worcester (2022), Littleborough Arts Festival (2022), UNESCO Creative Cities (2021). In 2021, she launched the ‘Folk is a Feminist Issue’ manifesta, at www.folkisfeminist.com/manifesta.

 

During her Analogue Farm residency, Lucy will take as her starting point convergences between the ‘wild woman’ trope and Renaissance images of Mary Magdalene as an ascetic, covered in thick body hair, to produce a series of paintings reflecting on relationships between women, loss and the landscape, as well as how ‘folk’ iconographies and symbologies have been co-opted by institutions towards various political agenda. Legend suggests that after Jesus’s death, Mary Magdalene lived alone in the desert for many years, praying and fasting until her clothes became ragged. When they eventually fell away, she grew thick body hair to protect her from the elements. This story has become a potent symbol of Lucy’s own recent bereavement, speaking to women’s hair as adaptation, defence and sanctuary, as well as the reflective, potentially cathartic power of time spent in natural landscapes and in solitude.

 

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Laura Phillips & Luke Godden's project ‘Plague Letters’ is an enquiry into sites of transmission within the landscape around Analogue Farm. 

The artists will unite at Analogue Farm for the summer residency, taking research into evidence of how plagues affected Whitworth, to build an anatomy of transmission and exchange embedded in the landscape.   

 

Site visits, field recordings and access to resources such as Whitworth Historical Society, will form a foundation. Historic local figures Alice Hartley and the Whitworth Doctors give a sense of grit and character to the area, although a wider network has been discovered, linking Whitworth to long ranging and ancient routes that trail through histories of labour, healing and faith.  

 

Outcomes will draw on both artists' skill sets. Techniques in 16 mm film and hands-on processes in experimental filmmaking will be developed to become modes of describing findings, accompanied by endeavours in visual music and public speaking. 

 

The tactility of the historic environment will be gathered through efforts at analysing the ethnography of a landmark or a meeting place. The fruits of the labour will be shared with the community via workshops and events; the stories and memories of the community are integral to this. 

 

Laura Phillips (B. 1986 Bristol) is an artist that uses photochemical processes, sound and film;  her work explores obsolescence, precarity and collective histories that reflect ideas of the commons, ecology & information infrastructures. Her outputs include films, writing, installations, podcasts, photography & printmaking. https://www.lauraphillips86.co.uk/

 

Luke Godden (B. 1985 Preston) has a career as a Town and Country Planning Consultant, specialising in development and rural affairs. He also holds a Diploma in Crochet design. He explores the formative period of history which shaped the North West of England and its unique people, presenting this research as dynamic ‘lantern lectures’. 

 

Both artists have worked together over many years, as part of Bristol Diving School, or participating in other collectives such as BEEF and The Pheasantry Society. Both artists advocate for neurodivergent womxn, queer and trans folk; a family they are part of.