New Year updates from the residency programme

The New Year marks just three months left of James and Sophia’s residencies! Both have a lots lined up between now and the end of March and we’ll also be welcoming our new visual artist in residence, Marcia Kure, in a few days time. Open studios are still running regularly – the dates of which you can see on the artists’ individual web pages – and now’s a great time to visit.

Sophia will be experimenting with her open studio format a little. We’ll be at the Museum of Childhood this Saturday (11 January), showing children the Strawberry Thief game that Sophia has been working on and encouraging them to have a play.

Also, on Wednesday 29 January, we will be in the British Galleries (gallery 125G), placed next to the William Morris pieces that Sophia has been inspired by, getting visitors to try out the game on the iPad. As always, it’s free and everyone is welcome between 13:00 – 16:00.

James' castle

James’ studio is bursting with colour, shapes and experiments. As part of our Schools Programme, James will be doing a project with a school group this month, where he will take them exploring around the Museum to find hidden spaces and then make clay works inspired by what they find. As always, I cannot recommend James’ instagram account enough – it’s fascinating to see where his ideas come from, and you can see these reflected in his work.

Marcia Kure's work

Marcia’s first open studio will be on Wednesday 15 January. She has a busy schedule for the next three months with regular visits to the Clothworkers’ centre and the Museum of Childhood for research, as well as staging some sessions for teachers,  people affected by homelessness, and a Digital Kids workshop on 9 March.

Already 2014 is looking like a jam-packed year for the programme – I can’t wait!

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