The Artist Residency programme was initiated in 2009. It aims to create a forum for researchers and artists to engage in projects with The Swedenborg Society’s remarkable library and building. The Society welcomes both emerging and established artists and applications are dealt with on an individual basis by Stephen McNeilly, Executive Director & Curator. In addition, and as a means of recording the residency, the Society produces a publication associated with the final artwork.
The first booklet, recording the residency of artist Paul Tecklenberg (2009-2010) is available upon request. It contains a conversation between assistant curator Nora Foster and Paul Tecklenberg regarding his work, thoughts and reflections on the residency.
The residency of artist Madeleleine Waller (2011) is recorded in Portraits, a limited-edition book featuring forty-four colour plates. It also includes an Introduction and Q&A with the artist by photography critic Sean O'Hagan.
Our artists in residence for 2012 were writer and performance story-teller Sally Pomme Clayton and visual artist Jim Lockey. Sally presented four performances in Swedenborg Hall, culminating in her final piece Night Visit which was premiered to a capacity audience on 20 October 2012. On the same evening, Jim opened his site-specific exhibition featuring three new works in response to Swedenborg's writing, installed througout Swedenborg House. Both events formed part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2012.
Our artist in residence for 2013 was painter Peter Cartwright, who has exhibited internationally and is represented in the UK by Bend in the River gallery. Peter's final exhibition was opened on 17 October 2013.
We are extremely pleased to announce that Bridget Smith is our new artist in residence for 2015-2016.
Bridget's practice involves documentary films and photography and has seen her work exhibited internationally, featuring in public collections in Austria, Spain, Mexico, USA and the UK (including the V&A and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art). Bridget has worked with the Swedenborg Society before, having participated in the 2010 bicentenary exhibition Fourteen Interventions and being an invited screening at the 2011 Swedenborg Short Film Festival with her film Killing Time. A photograph of Swedenborg Hall features in her 2007 book Society. She is represented by the Frith Street Gallery in London.
Our former Artist in Residence (2012) Sally Pomme Clayton performed Night Visit at an international storytelling festival in Ljungby, Sweden during the summer of 2013. Night Visit first premiered in Swedenborg Hall on 20 October 2012 and represented the fulfillment of Sally’s artist residency at The Swedenborg Society (supported by the Arts Council England). You can read about the performance and listen to a sound clip here. Video clips from the premiere are also available here.