UHGalleries’ approach

UHGalleries works in partnership with the School of Creative Arts to offer an artist-in-residence programme to inform, support and extend exhibitions.

We are committed to supporting the professional development of emerging and established artists. We tailor residencies to give artists the opportunities they need, these include engaging with University of Hertfordshire research, learning new skills, using the workshops, testing new ideas and critical feedback from the curatorial team.

Artists are selected annually and are invited to take up a studio space within the School. Whilst resident artists are primarily focused on developing new skills and a new body of work for exhibition, they work amongst students and contributing to the research, teaching and environment of the School of Creative Arts.

Previous artists-in-residence include:

  • Caroline Achaintre.
  • Augustin Rebetez.
  • Valerie Inns.
  • Permindar Kaur.

Current artists-in-residence

Elizabeth Murton until September 2016

We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Murton as our artist-in-residence in anticipation of her exhibition in the Art & Design Gallery this Autumn. Over this summer, Elizabeth will use the gallery as her studio to test and fabricate a new sculptural installation. More about the Elizabeth Murton events.

Lyndall Phelps until end of 2017

UHGalleries, in partnership with St Albans Museums, are delighted to be hosting Lyndall Phelps as artist-in-residence over a 3-year period. She is charting the closure of St Albans Museum (Hatfield Road) through the construction of the New Museum and Gallery (Town Hall) to the grand opening at the end of 2017. Using her unique research approach and aesthetic sensibilities, Lyndall offers residents of and visitors to St Albans a fresh look at the museum’s collections and stories.

Lyndall’s installation Abundance (September 2015) celebrated the Museum of St Albans’ building and objects with a quietly ambitious installation that transformed the collection display on the top floor. By selecting new objects, introducing artworks and altering the colour-scheme, the artist told a new story about St Albans and demonstrated the unique contribution visual artists can make to re-animating collections.

Over the next 6 months, Lyndall is developing the second part of her 3-part project. While the collection is homeless, she proposes designing a mobile or pop-up museum that will tour around St Albans, taking selected objects and their histories to people that may not otherwise come into contact with them.

Katy Gillam-Hull until October 2016

Recent graduate from UH’s Contemporary Design Craft course, Katy Gillam-Hull will work alongside Lyndall Phelps to develop her own response to the museum’s collection. Mentored by the lead artist, Katy is developing new work inspired by the renowned Salaman Collection of Tools which she plans to represent this Autumn in the Clock Tower, St Albans.

Abi Spendlove from April 2017

Following on from Katy Gillam-Hull, artist Abi Spendlove will respond in her own way to the museum collection under the mentorship of Lyndall Phelps. An established artist who is currently doing MA in Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire, will to realise her own presentation and engagement work spring/summer 2017.

Supported by

  • Museum of St Albans
  • St Albans Museum and Galleries Trust
  • Arts Council
  • School of Creative Arts