I am incredibly pleased to share that this month I have been awarded three grants that will allow me to keep my studio and produce work while the coronavirus prevents me from teaching at museums and universities.
Teaching in public institutions has been a robust source of income for me for the past 5 years. It has been my ambition for some time to find financial support for the production of my work, which requires very specialised (and expensive) equipment and materials, to be able to dedicate more time to this aspect of my practice. It seems that I have now managed, in this strange context, to find the support I needed, and I am happy I’ll be able to dedicate the rest of 2020 to the development of my practice in this manner.
I would like to thank the Richard and Siobhán Coward Foundation, the Eaton Fund and ACAVA for their support of my practice.
I am beyond thrilled to share that I have been awarded the BMW 2020 residency. A panel formed by Maryse Bataillard, Manager of Corporate Communications at BMW France, Nathalie Berriat, Director of GOBELINS, François Cheval, Artistic Director of the Residency, Hervé Digne, Collector, Chantal Nedjib, l’image par l’image, Consultant for the BMW Residency, Sam Stourdzé, Director of Rencontres d’Arles and Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of the Paris Photo fair has chosen my work unanimously.
The residency will take place from September to December 2020 and the award includes:
- An € 8,000 grant.
- Access to support from experts (especially in the fields of video, motion design, 3D, VR), and from the residency artistic director, François Cheval.
- Production of two exhibitions at prestigious venues for the Rencontres d’Arles and Paris
- Publication of a book included in the BMW Art & Culture collection.
- A set of exhibited works.
- An assistant photographer to support me with the production of the work.
- Provision of a workspace.
- Use of shooting studios and school’s equipment.
I am very glad to share I have received £2.5K from Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund, which allows me to continue to work and relaunch my practice despite having had major cancellations due to COVID-19.
During these months I have also been running online workshops and taking part in an online art auction run by The Auction Collective.
This month I am delivering a particiàtory art project funded by the London Community Foundation and PeaBody.
I have also been interviewed and asked to demonstrate the wet collodion process by BBC Four for a 60-minute episode focusing on the Victorian Era led by Lucy Worsley.
I was invited by Nunnery Gallery to take part in the London Art Fair 2020. The works were very well received and included in the photography highlights tour of the fair run by Diane Symth. Read more about the series on this link.