Peter Richards

Peter Richards

Things left undone…

Things left undone…

artist residency: July - August 2020

exhibition: 20 - 28 August

Peter Richards

During my time on the Art Arcadia residency at St. Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse, I aim to develop a project under the working title of Things left undone… Starting with the proposition that through time… things change… how we see things change…  Changes to things and changes to how we see things inevitably impact on an understanding of the other. Employing myself as both the subject and observer, I will attempt to depict: how my portrayal is beyond my control; how I can see the back of me; and, how I can redact my appearance. I am approaching the residency as a period of time to enjoy thinking through doing.

 

Richards often engages with interactions between re-presentation, time and referencing. His works can be seen as artistic enquiries into subjects, such as: how understanding is formed and truth is subscribed to; how we each have the capacity to suspend disbelief in order to continue believing in our chosen truths. In 2020 Richards participated in the Art Arcadia Lockdown Residency and grappled with how his image of self appeared inadequate under scrutiny. Since the early 1990s he has presented work nationally and internationally. Further details about his artistic practise can be found at  https://richardspeter.co.uk/

This project is in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage Site and is kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Ireland Funds.

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Aimee Melaugh

Aimee Melaugh

white walls

White Walls

artist residency June 2021

exhibition 2 - 10 July

Aimee Melaugh

Entrapment, identity and the dehumanisation of society, all core themes of White Walls. 

During her residency at St Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse, Melaugh has drawn upon poetry and literature to respond to the setting of St Augustine’s graveyard.  As a result her most recent work has been influenced by memento mori whilst depicting the malleable distortion of objects intertwined with desperate figures.

Sylvia Plath’s writings, in particular ‘Munich Mannequins,’ is referenced throughout the work.

‘So, in their sulphur loveliness, in their smiles
These mannequins lean tonight…’ 

Narcissism, suppressed individuality and our modern day image-obsessed society are all explored.  Distorted masks which appear throughout the work offer up anonymity, disguise and protection for the wearer.

These themes of entrapment, identity and a dehumanised society all resonate with events of the past year.

Aimee Melaugh is a painter based in Derry.  She studied at the Belfast School of Art, graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting.  Melaugh was the recipient of a Belfast Print Workshop residency award in 2018 and has since exhibited at Platform Arts Belfast, PS2 and the ArtisAnn Gallery.  She has taken part in various group exhibitions as part of Gallery 545.  Melaugh has had a solo exhibition at The Glassworks, Derry, supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland and has also exhibited her work online as part of Abridged Magazine in 2021.  Melaugh’s work is included in public collections such as the Belfast School of Art, The Arts Council Northern Ireland’s permanent collection and the Northern Ireland Civil Service Art collection.

www.aimeemelaugh.com

This residency is in partnership with St Augustine’s Heritage Site and is kindly funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City & Strabane District Council and The Community Foundation NI.

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Damien Duffy

Damien Duffy

souvenir

Souvenir

artist residency FEBRUARY - May 2021

exhibition 28 May - 5 June

Damien Duffy

Always within the medium and discourse of painting, the artist draws on numerous references from poetry, philosophy, music and art history.

The accumulation of references point to the pandemic and the legislative restrictions of lockdown.
Borne out by reference to the states of emergency that prevailed in the 70s and 80s.
These “Heavy Manners”* -restrictive practices enclose a doubled found image.

( A parergon** from Richard Hamilton’s -Subject Citizen and State triptych.)

A boy and girl tend flowers on a grave.
In the distance a reaper reaps.
All of this under the arc of a black rainbow.
All of this under the corona of an eclipsed black sun.

As with Poussin’s Arcadian shepherds painting itself is the tomb,
A blank panel – defers inscription, suggests an end yet to come.

Metal postcard, a momento, Souvenir.
From one who consoled in the tombstone night- 
Nerval’s poem rendered  as dis-astor. Without stars.

The world hangs like a bell in the air, put out of tune by a light dusting of snow.
Holderlin’s fragment a sign of the times: his / ours / always. Happy days.

* heavy manners- Prince Far I
**Parergon- besides the work, Derrida- The Truth in Painting.

Originally from Derry, Damien Duffy studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Resident in London between 1986-2002 he took part in numerous artist led initiatives,exhibiting in London and Europe. On his return to Ireland he was awarded the ACNI Artist in Education Award in 2002. He set up and led Void Art School between 2007-15. As a member of Void Gallery’s Curating committee  he curated Cathy Wilkes in 2007, Dan Hays 2007, Matt Collishaw in 2010, amongst others as well as numerous Void Art School exhibitions within the programme. In 2016 he was awarded the ACNI Fellowship at The British School at Rome and a subsequent residency with Fondazione per L’arte in Rome 2016-17. He has been guest lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, London and Universitá Bocconi in Milan. 
Exhibitions include Milch Gallery London 1998, fuori uso, Caserta 1997, Fantasy Heckler, Liverpool Biennale 1999, Void Gallery 2011, Accademia Britanica, Rome 2016, About Blank, Macro, Rome 2016, Wild Tulips, Derry 2019.

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This residency is in partnership with St Augustine’s Heritage Site and is kindly funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City & Strabane District Council and The Community Foundation NI.

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Francesco Capponi

Francesco Capponi

a journey round my room

Lockdown residency

9 - 21 november

Perugia, italy

Francesco Capponi

As Italy entered its first lockdown last spring, an unconventional invasion took place in Francesco Capponi’s home: a crew of space explorers had landed. As Italy now faces new restrictions and a regional shutdown, he revisits those close encounters leaving the scene open perhaps for new cosmonauts to join the residency-orbiting mission, acting as Ground Control and documenting the invasion with his self-build camera.

Francesco Capponi is a photographer and sculptor based in Perugia, Central Italy. His work is a cross-contamination of different media and techniques, with a focus on experimental photography, combining analogical and digital processes. As a sculptor he approaches photography three-dimensionally, often building his own optical devices, from dark room equipment to pinhole cameras and magic lantern.

You can view Francesco Capponi’s projects and exhibitions here.

 

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Without - Collezionando Assenze

Without - Collezionando Assenze

Paola Bernardelli

Without - Collezionando Assenze

Paola Bernardelli

Paola Bernardelli’s one month artist residency in Rome was arranged in collaboration with and curated by Maria Rosa Sossai and Claudia Rampelli, co-curators at Accademia Libera delle Arti. The studio was provided by ISFCI School of Photography, courtesy Ottavio Celestino, and the resulting exhibition/performance took place in the courtyard of the School over a three days period.

In an improvised living room Paola heard the stories relative to personal objects that the public was invited to bring along with them, subsequently photographing each personal object with a Polaroid camera and exhibiting the photos. Later in the evening the stories were hand written on individual cards and, together with the Polaroids, formed an archive of memories as imperfect and precarious as memory itself. Choosing to use a Polaroid camera and relying on memory rather than a faithful recording for the transcription of the stories, emphasize the imperfection and impermanence of the mechanisms of memory itself, thus evoking a sense of loss and absence. The title references absence and also its externalisation.

This residency kick-started four collaborative exchange residencies between the two roman institutions and the Void Art School in Derry and was also the prelude to further international collaborations between Art Arcadia and artists and art institutions from Italy, Canada and the UK.







Mourning Becomes Electra I

Mourning Becomes Electra I

Collaborative Artist Exchange

Mourning Becomes Electra I

Collaborative Artist Exchange

Mourning Becomes Electra l was the first instalment of a collaborative artists exchange programme that enabled young artists from Derry to take part in a career development experience in Rome, based on the comparison and dialogue between cultures and disciplines. The four young artists used diverse creative approaches, working in collaboration with four graduates from the Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata.
This programme was the result of a conversation between Art Arcadia’s Paola Bernardelli and Rome based curator Maria Rosa Sossai and was developed as a collaboration between Void Art School and ISFCI. Curated by ALA Accademia Libera delle Arti, a platform for contemporary art and education based in Rome, the programme successfully ran for two years, had four residencies and helped 19 young artists develop their professional career in an international context.

Artists:
Eamonn Brown | Claudio Cerasoli | Nicole Furlan | Carlo Lazzari | Eve Logue | Richard Magee | Emma Nicholas | Agnese Sbaffi

Photos by Agnese Sbaffi and Claudio Cerasoli




Mourning Becomes Electra II

Mourning Becomes Electra II

Collaborative Artist Exchange

Mourning Becomes Electra II

Collaborative Artist Exchange

This was the second leg of Mourning Becomes Electra, following on from the previous collaborative residency exchange that had taken place in Rome. In this second instalment four young artists from Rome took part in a career development experience in Derry, continuing the dialogue previously initiated in Rome with the four local artists. The participants teamed up in order to explore diverse creative approaches to the theme suggested by curators Maria Rosa Sossai and Claudia Rampelli, using resources and support from the Void Art School.
During 2013 Derry was host to the UK City of Culture and the Italian graduates had the opportunity to visit major exhibitions and events and also to receive tailored talks from curator Gregory McCartney and artists Ackroyd & Harvey and Locky Morris.
The work resulting from Mourning Becomes Electra I & II was exhibited both in Rome and Derry, and for most of the participants this represented their first opportunity to take part in an international exhibition.

Artists:
Eamonn Brown | Claudio Cerasoli | Nicole Furlan | Carlo Lazzari | Eve Logue | Richard Magee | Emma Nicholas | Agnese Sbaffi







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St Augustine's Old Schoolhouse - N. Ireland

In 2018 Art Arcadia established a partnership with the St Augustine's Heritage Site in Derry. As a result, Art Arcadia set up a studio & exhibition space in The Old Schoolhouse, moving its headquarters to the adjacent 18th century cottage where office and artists' accommodation are located.

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Pietrafitta FR - Italy

Since 2014 we have been running artist residencies at our Italian site located in the village of Pietrafitta FR, in central Italy. The Pietrafitta residency is aimed at artists and arts professionals who seek to retreat in a remote and rural environment.

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LICA - Canada

From 2013 to 2019 we worked in partnership with The Lewyc Institute Of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg MB, Canada. LICA is an experimental space situated in the home of Theo Sims – it exists to present site and context specific art within a domestic setting.

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Residencies

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Aimee Melaugh


Damien Duffy


lockdown residencies II


EDY FUNG


Catherine ellis


lockdown residencies


Caake


Liverpool Irish Festival


Paul Sullivan


Locky Morris


Sue Morris


La Bratts


Valeria Pierini


Intra Muros


Anne-Marie McKee


Gail Mahon


Stephanie Gaumond


Sue Morris


Pascale Steven


19_Nicola Renzi

Umbriamico


Sara Riel


Irene Bindi


Mak9


Tracy Peters


Homecoming II


HOMECOMING I


Theo Sims


Lay Devotions & Flawed Recollections