The residency far exceeded all my expectations. The Art Centre in the Township was a serene location and a contrast to the bustling Vadodara town. You could acquire your own space here to refine and develop your own ideas, but there were also plenty of opportunities to converse and bond with the other artists in the camp. The Indian hospitality was incredible and it was through these breaks in the programme that gave you the perspective on the opportunity and allowed conversations to organically develop. There were always lots of people to meet and talk about your work to, reinforcing the fullness of this opportunity.
The chance to taste local foods, experience the carnival kite-festival with locals, see how the Indian artists live and work, visit local exhibitions and the historic vs new architecture, get a taster for the complex language of the country, learn local dance and experience the different music was truly magical. The experience was visually and emotionally rich.
The chemistry of the group was fantastic, everyone wanted to make the most of this unique opportunity and the other UK artists were highly motivated to absorb and respond to their surroundings. As a result the engagement from the public and the press far exceeded all expectation, with articles in the newspapers and even TV exposure.
I’ve included the 3 key points, outlined with photographs, which I will really take with me as an artist at the start of my career:
Artist Community – building connections that
Where are you based?
I’m a born and bred Londoner. I live in Bermondsey and have a studio in Woolwich, right next to the Thames Barrier… that I scoot to on my little Vespa!
How did your artwork start out?
My interest in art actually started in painting at school, but over the years I became more influenced by live theatre, performance and set design. This in turn gave way to an interest in ‘the object’ and especially the object within certain theatrical environments.
How do you get ideas for each piece of art?
If I’m preparing for an exhibition, the exhibition space itself is always a source of inspiration for me. The less conventional the better, as the more I can embrace my inner set designer and transport my audience away from the confinements of the gallery space! However, at the moment I’m exploring the concept of ‘flow’, both the psychological meaning as well as the physical meaning. Because my work is immersive in experience, I’ve become interested in the process of immersion and how it manifests. ‘Flow’, is known colloquially as being ‘in the zone’. It is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus and enjoyment in the process of the activity. It can be characterised by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one's sense of space and time. Space and