Making it home as we go along: Julia Vogl
September 2018 – April 2019
Artlink is working with artist Julia Vogl, who’ll be using her social sculpture practice to engage residents and the greater community around three new extra-care housing schemes in Hull. These are Cecil Gardens, Redwood Glades and Harrison Park and were developed by Riverside Housing and opened in 2017 for disabled and older residents. The project will take place over eight months and will involve a series of mixed media workshops, engaging participants in in eclectic art making and discussion to help develop designs for permanent artworks for all three schemes. Workshops will include arm knitting, Virtual Reality painting, block printing and more, all to unearth themes of what makes somewhere home.
The FEASTival Residency: Jerome Whittingham
May – September 2018
Hull based artist and writer Jerome Whittingham was commissioned as artist-in-residence for the Freedom FEASTival 2018 project, delivered by Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Artlink Hull and Hull Harvest Festival. For the FEASTival, throughout the year, gardeners and growers in Hull and East Riding agreed to grow and share produce for a large scale social feast on 8th September for over 1,500 people as part of Freedom Festival 2018.
The event brought together people from all walks of life, local, national and international to share food and conversation, encouraging strangers to come together to meet, talk, eat and remind one other that connectivity is as vital as the food we eat. All the food was produced in the local region and as part of his residency, Jerome connected with, interviewed and created portraits of the many and varied groups and organisations growing food for the feast, from Youth in Nature to Pickering Park Community Orchard. Jerome spent several months exploring local growing, food sustainability and urban gardening, communicating with wider audiences through social media in the run up to the event and producing a publication gathering together his work in time for the FEASTival event itself.
Reflecting on his residency, Jerome wrote: “Food, not hunger, is what unites humanity, bringing people together to eat. First dates around restaurant tables help to establish relationships. Food binds families together at all of life’s rites of passage, the birthday cake, the wedding banquet, even the funeral wake. Historically, communities established as people worked together to grow and farm food, or to trade it with neighbours both locally and globally. All of the world’s religions mark their special days by gathering their adherents together, on feast days. FEASTival was our feast day this summer. It illustrated not the hunger in the city, but the abundance of provision here. Growing food locally, I found during my visits to growers, is an opportunity to develop people in their communities. I met people whose mental health has improved, from severe depression to a healthy self-worth and appreciation. I met children who are growing an understanding of who they are, how they will become active citizens, how they will have a positive impact as adults. I met entrepreneurs that grow food to reduce environmental impacts. I met people that just grow food for fun, sharing their harvest with neighbours and friends. FEASTival is a recipe for the continued development of the city, the people I met are a snapshot from a movement of people feeding this development. It’s not about hunger, it’s about nourishing ideas.”
You can download the publication Jerome created, FEASTival people, here.
You can listen to Jerome’s podcasts created as part of the residency here.
You can find out more about the wider FEASTival project here.
Freedom FEASTival artist-in-residence commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust and produced by Artlink Hull.
Unexpected Engagement: Jason Wilsher-Mills
Square Peg Residency April – December 2017
Exhibition January 12th – 6th April 2018
Unexpected Engagement is the first solo show by artist Jason Wilsher-Mills. The work was created during Jason’s Square Peg Residency with Artlink Hull during UK City of Culture 2017. The residency was an opportunity for an artist who identifies as disabled to work with Artlink throughout the year, responding to the Square Peg programme and Hull in general. Jason’s approach, inspired by his long history of working with communities, was to engage a wide range of different people in Hull in a series of workshops, to enable them to tell their own stories through art. This in turn has influenced the creation of his own work for the exhibition.
This residency has inspired a whole new collection of multi-media work by Jason that can be viewed and interacted with in the exhibition. It includes characters such as ‘East Hull Elvis’, ‘The X-Factor Princess’, and ‘Mario Lanza and the Stolen Hedge Trimmer’. Artworks in the exhibition will include digitally painted wallpaper, sculpture-including augmented reality, 3D printed figures, and images in vibrant lightboxes.
Jason says: “The Square Peg Residency enabled me to engage with individuals from diverse communities in Hull. Through the workshops participants felt able to share their own unique stories with me, which ultimately demonstrated that everyone has a story to tell, it’s just that sometimes we don’t have time to listen or hear them. Although sometimes stories were sad, or difficult to hear, there was always humour and hope there. These stories have inspired me to create new work which hopefully serves as a tribute to those engaged with throughout the residency.”
2017 Turner Prize, artist residencies in schools
October – November 2017
As part of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture, Artlink placed artists in residence in four Hull primary schools in some of the city’s most deprived areas and 142 students aged 9-10 took part. The artists were Jon Keen, Steve Elliott, Peter Snelling and Jess Aylen. They worked with pupils to explore and respond to the themes and concepts of the four artists on the Tuner Prize Shortlist when it was exhibited in Hull. Jon Keen worked with Stoneferry Primary to create large scale monoprints based on the work of Andrea Buttner. Workshops focussed on the ideas of limitations of the body, challenging their ideas on vulnerability, embarrassment and forgiveness. Jess Aylen at Thanet Primary School focussed on the works of Hurvin Anderson to create large scale mixed media pieces exploring identity. Peter Snelling worked with the students at Greenway Academy to create a series of films which responded to the work of Rosalind Nashashibi with a focus on relationships. Finally Steve Elliott worked with students at Parkstone Primary to create life size dinner ladies, challenging institutional invisibility inspired by the work of Lubaina Himid. The artists also provided CPD sessions for school staff which proved very popular. Work created by children at the four schools was later showcased as part of the No Limits exhibition and festival.
Tanya Rabbe-Webber: Portraits Untold
1st February 2017 – 25th February 2017
Artlink’s first show in 2017 was Portraits Untold by Tanya Raabe-Webber. Tanya is a well-respected portrait artist whose Portraits Untold project opens at the National Portrait Gallery this December. During the first week of her exhibition , Tanya took up residency in Artlink and conducted a series of portrait workshops with anyone who wanted to take part. Four local sitters for Tanya were chosen to take part in the open conversation with some of Hull’s leading figures on arts, diversity and culture as they had their portrait’s painted. The exhibition also featured some of Tanya’s other work.
Tanya Raabe-Webber is an acclaimed disabled artist challenging the notion of identity within contemporary portraiture, often creating portraits of high profile disabled people during live sittings in high-profile public art galleries and venues.