We are delighted to welcome three new residents to the Museum this month – and a new residency programme coordinator (me!). All three residents have fantastic project ideas that they would like to carry out during their time here so please watch this space to follow their journey.
Amy Hughes, our new ceramics resident, moved into her studio in the Ceramic Galleries (Level 6) last week. Our first Ceramics and Industry Resident at the Museum, in collaboration with 1882 Ltd., Amy is interested in exploring how industry can be used to create individual items within small production runs. Working with and responding to the Museum’s vast collections, her work is particularly informed by the socio-political history of French Porcelain. For the past 3 days, Amy has been busy setting up her studio and wandering around the galleries, getting inspiration and looking for starting points for new work and public programmes. Don’t miss her first Open Studio on 22 April between 1 and 4 pm!
Jamie Jenkinson is our new Exhibition Road resident and also moved into his studio in the Sackler Centre last week. Working predominantly with his iPhone, Jamie will be delving into the Exhibition Road Building Project, using the site as inspiration for a new series of digital works that will develop a connection between the materials used on site and those found in the Museum’s collection. Inspired by the ceramic tiling that will be used in the new Exhibition Road entrance of the museum, he is interested in looking into ceramic processes such as Japanese Kintsukuroi and Korean Confucian, using these as the starting point for a new series of works where imperfections become the focus. During his first week at the museum, Jamie has been keeping busy meeting with staff and curators throughout the museum. We will be announcing Open Studio dates for Jamie very soon!
Liam Byrne, our new and first ever music resident just moved into his studio today. An accomplished viola da gamba player, Liam is particularly interested in looking at historical social and spatial contexts for music-making and finding analogues and parallels within the museum’s public spaces. By exploring these dynamics, Liam hopes to deepen his understanding of old repertoire and uncover its potentially successful performance contexts in the 21st century. Liam has been meeting with our curators and digital team to discuss future performances throughout museum galleries, commissioning new pieces for baroque instruments and even building a new electro-acoustic instrument in his studio! Follow this blog for updates on Liam’s projects as they unfold during his residency.