The Artist in Residence programme was initiated at the beginning of 2010. 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, curator, and Nora Foster, assistant 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 Paul Tecklenberg's residency (2009-2010) is now available. It contains a conversation between Nora Foster and Paul Tecklenberg regarding Paul’s work and his thoughts and reflections on the residency. Madeleleine Waller's residency (2011) is recorded in Portraits, a iimited-edition book featuring forty-four colour plates, plus an Introduction and Q&A with the artist by photography critic Sean O'Hagan.
Our Arists in Residence for 2012 were writer and performance storyteller 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. The Society is preparing two publications, featuring interviews with each of the artists. These will be released in 2013.
We have one confirmed Artist in Residence for 2013: the painter Peter Cartwright, who has exhibited internationally and is represented in the UK by Bend in the River gallery. Peter's final exhibition will open on 17 October 2013.
Stephen McNeilly, Curator & Nora Foster, Assistant Curator
We are extremely pleased to announce that our former Artist in Residence (2011-12), Sally Pomme Clayton, will be performing Night Visit at an international storytelling festival in Ljungby, Sweden in the summer of 2013. Night Visit was premiered in Swedenborg Hall on 20 October 2012, and represented the fulfillment of Sally’s artist residency at Swedenborg House, 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. Jim Lockey’s Artist in Residence exhibition met a very positive response in October, and we will soon publish an interview with Jim by James Wilson, discussing his work in Swedenborg House.