For the Artcore residency, I am working on a project surrounding the pub culture and the issue of the disappearing of the public houses in the UK.
I am concerned with the disappearance of the British Pub, as it functions as a social forum where different generations meet and socialise. By losing Pubs within the cities, we lose focal points for our communities and places of a unique tradition and character.
With this project, I want to create an awareness about the problems and changes that affect our coexistence within urban space in order to initiate a discussion about the future of our cities and the cohesion of society within it.
For the realisation of the project I have chosen to work with the object of the metal beer keg. I am intrested in the keg as it is moved around the city between the pubs creating connecting points between them, creating an invisible infrastructure within the city.
During the residency, I will be creating a series of moulds from a used metal keg and cast terracotta sculptures from them.
Meet the artist: Katharina FitzKatharina Fitz is a Nottingham based artist. She has recently taken part in a group show at Nottingham Contemporary called Aftermath.The Aftermath exhibition is an annual collaboration where students on the MFA course at Nottingham Trent University respond critically to the winter exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. The show offers insights into the influence that exhibitions can have on an artist’s creative process and challenges viewers to meticulously observe this process. Katharina’s practice is focused mainly on conceptual photography as well as sculpture. Since 2016 she has introduced different mediums such as casting, mould making, woodwork, and ceramics into her practice. Within her practice, she is concerned with subjects surrounding urban sociology showing the structures, processes, phenomenon, and problems that are part of urban life and human interactions with a special interest in shared memory and social and cultural aspects of life. She is one of the two artists selected for the Re-imagine the City residency, first of 4 artist residencies organized and curated by Artcore between 2018/2019. We visited her in the artist studio, where we discovered some interesting aspects of her research concerning the British Pub culture as a forum where different generations meet and socialise. Have a read of what she says! Where are you based? I am currently based in Nottingham. How would you like to use this residency to develop your current research and how do you think the
Meet the artist: Jess Price
“Jess Price is going to graduate in Fine Arts at Derby University on the 1st of June. She is one of the two artists selected for Re-imagine the City residency, first of 4 artists residencies organized and curated by Artcore between 2018/2019.
We visited her in the artist studio, where we went through her current research in term of productions, experimentation with materials and cross media with a particular interest on how she will use this residency to develop her career and artist research.
Have a look of what she says!”