Through funding from Arts Council of Wales and with studio support from Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Groundwork have been able to offer residency commissions to support Wales based artists and artists with strong connections to Wales to develop their artistic practice through mentored residencies.

In 2020, as COVID19 arrived, Groundwork offered residencies at home – ‘Seeds Dispersed’, and commissioned artists Eeva-Maria Mutka, Kitsch’N’Sync and Emily Robinson shared their work online.

Seeds Dispersed 2020 Artists:

Announcement… Please welcome our Seed’s Dispersed Artists for November 2020!

In our final round of remote residencies these three artists will each be nurturing the seeds of new ideas supported by mentors and the Groundwork team, thanks to funding from Arts Council Wales. 

A huge thanks to Chapter Arts Centre who are once again able to offer studio space at their Seligman Theatre this month.

headshot images of the three selected artists. left to right: white caurcasion female blonde hair, green shirt top, white italian female, brown hair, red lipstick, white shirt top, black male, very short hair, dark crew neck t-shirt
(artists pictured from left to right)

Indigo Matthews
Indigo Matthews responds to the government’s controversial ‘Re-skill, Re-think, Re-boot’ campaign through an exploration of her experience in various manual labour jobs and her relationship to a pair of work boots that serve her equally well dancing and working and working on dancing. Bringing new meaning and depth to the term ‘transferable skills.

Gaia Cicolani
Gaia Cicolani will use the residency to become better acquainted with her character of ‘Miss B’. The way she sits, moves and interacts with her environment, like a proper lady should, and her bizarre acts of misbehaviour. Is she any less of a woman when she chooses not to conform?

Bakani Pick-Up
Bakani Pick-Up’s project ’93 Interlude: Pilgrimage to an Alternate Dimension’, is an investigation into the autonomy for Black performing bodies through improvisation. Bakani will look at the Black performing body as a metaphor that encompasses difference and otherness. He will proposes this work as a means of occupying space and questioning the way in which we acknowledge aesthetic economics through the use of western techniques and critique.

 

Our Seed’s Dispersed Artists for September 2020 were Eeva-Maria Mutka, Kitsch’n’Sync and Jessie Brett:

Eeva-Maria Mutka shares film clips and images from her residency here, exploring the interweaving of body and the physical terrain of home, in the unprecedented time of a global pandemic. Mentor: sculpture artist Mandy Lane

Kitsch’n’Sync’s TikTok videos are now live! Meet the Maxi Muffs, highly visual characters that entertain and educate about gender inequality and the ‘phenomenon’ of the Pink-Tax. Mentor: Lea Anderson

Emily Robinson released her dance film Seedlings of Time, created with her father and exploring themes of nurture and care in their garden in Port Talbot. Mentor: Kimberley Harvey

You can read details or listen to an audio recording of the open call in welsh and english for these Autumn 2020 residencies here.

SEEDS artists 2018 – 2019

Groundwork commissioned the following artists through SEEDS residencies 2018 – 2019, supported by Chapter Arts Centre: (Images from left to right) Luke Divall and Natalie Corne, Shakeera Ahmun, Kip Johnson and Eddie Ladd.

Headshot images of the three Seeds residency artists, Luke Divall, Natalie Corne and Shakeera Ahmun

These commissions were paid, week long residencies at Chapter in December 2018 and June 2019. 

Here are some edited sections from their sharings:

 

 
 

 

Artists Luke Divall and Natalie Corne sit on chairs next to Groundwork founding member Deborah Light
Luke Divall and Natalie Corne held a discussion on their findings from their residency.
(Photo Dan Green)

 

Other Residencies include a partnership with M.A.D.E. Cardiff

Through a partnership with Zoe Gingell at M.A.D.E. art gallery and cafe in Pontcanna, Cardiff, the following residencies were also supported through mentoring and free space. Here are two short edited films of their sharings.

Header image Eeva-Maria Mutka, Kitsch’N’Sync and Emily Robinson.

 

 

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