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Examining the current role of the artist-in-residence

A panel of invited speakers will unpack the freedoms, responsibilities and occasionally absurd experiences of this ever more popular job description. This candid event will be ideal for artists, host institutions and those curious about what it means to undertake a residency.

With an ever-growing spectrum of residencies now available, offering various levels of support, commitment and expectation, it is important to continue questioning what this ambiguous job title can mean. What particular freedoms, duties and behaviours can it offer? What separates it from the commission, the fellowship or the working holiday? Are you more visiting talent, amateur anthropologist or itinerant worker?

In conjunction with his current residency exhibition Sociable Hermit, Sykes and Edge Arts host an afternoon symposium examining the awkward role of the Artist-in-Residence. Join us for a series of candid talks, discussions and workshops based on anecdote, opinion and personal experience.


HANNAH STILL will be the afternoon’s Writer in Residence.

BARRY SYKES is an artist based in London. Working across sculpture, performance and basic digital media he often makes work in response to a particular place or situation. His previous residencies include Grizedale Arts, Cumbria, UK; Platform, Vaasa, Finland; Kunstfabrik, Berlin, Germany; and Galeri Maskinen, Umeå, Sweden. He has recently presented events at Tate St Ives; Spike Island, Bristol; Arnolfini, Bristol; Enclave, The Showroom and Limoncello, London.

EMMA SMITH is an artist with a social and site-specific inter-disciplinary practice. She exhibits widely internationally including Tate Modern, UK, Matadero Madrid, Spain, and Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland. Residencies include Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK; Grizedale Arts, Cumbria, UK; 98weeks, Beirut, Lebanon, National Art School, Sydney, Australia, Triangle Trust, Mauritius, and Fabrikken, Copenhagen, Denmark as well as in Kenya and the Canadian Arctic with the Commonwealth Foundation and in India and China with the British Council. She is an Associate Artist of Artsadmin and recently presented the exhibition and events series ‘5Hz’ at Arnolfini, Bristol, UK. She is currently Artist in Residence at Tyntesfield National Trust, Bristol, and Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK.

LINDSAY HUGHES is an independent curator and producer, most recently she was Creative Producer, Visual Arts at Edge Arts, commissioning the current Barry Sykes residency and exhibition. During her time at Edge Arts she worked with artists such as Simon Faithfull, Mark Boulos, LOW PROFILE, Dinu Li and Ruth Maclennan. Previously Lindsay was Head of Visual Arts at Arts Council Wales, where she co-commissioned the Wales Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale.

DAVID CALDERBANK is a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath. His specific interests include the geometric representation theory, the geometry of continuous and discrete integrable systems, and special structures in differential and algebraic geometry. David has just taken up the post of Mathematician in Residence within Edge Arts, inverting the usual model of placing an Artist in Residence within a University faculty.

HANNAH STILL is an artist and writer. She studied writing and performance at Dartington, completing an MA thesis on processes and procedures of memory and forgetting within experimental practices. She went on to study fine art at the Slade School of Fine Art. Her work spans performance, writing and moving image. From 2005-2010 she made projects in Eastbourne, Zagreb and London with a group of artists called Sprout. In 2013-14 she was co-director of the residency and critical programme Detroit.

This event accompanies Barry Sykes’ current exhibition Sociable Hermit and will end with a drinks reception at 5pm to view the exhibition.

(includes light lunch and refreshments)

Advanced booking essential, limited spaces