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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 provide artists the opportunities they need, such as engaging with University of Hertfordshire research, learning new skills, using the workshops and gaining 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 a new body of work for exhibition, they work amongst students and contribute to the research, teaching and environment of the School of Creative Arts.
Following our series of projects that explore the collections of the St Albans Museum during its period of closure, UHGalleries has commissioned artist Abi Spendlove to engage with the artefacts during spring/summer 2017. Abi works in a variety of mediums exploring themes of temporality, memory, process and exchange – often inspired by the natural landscape. Responding in her own way to the museum collection, Abi is currently developing two key ideas; working with fragmented stained glass, and exploring broken objects that people keep and why they hold on to them.Her final artwork will be presented in St Albans later this year.
UHGalleries, in partnership with St Albans Museums, are delighted to be hosting Lyndall Phelps as artist-in-residence over a three-year period. She is charting the closure of St Albans Museum on Hatfield Road through the construction of the New Museum and Gallery in the Town Hall to the grand opening at the end of 2017. Stage One of the three-part project was formed by Lyndall’s exhibition Abundance (September 2015) which celebrated the Museum of St Albans’ building and objects with a quietly ambitious installation that transformed the collection display on the top floor. Lyndall is currently developing Stage Two of the project – while the collection is homeless, she proposes designing a mobile or pop-up museum that will tour around St Albans and the University campuses, taking selected objects and their histories to people that may not otherwise come into contact with them. Finally, Stage Three will conclude in late 2017 with Lyndall creating a permanent legacy artwork for the new museum.
UHGalleries is excited to invite artist Harriet Riddell to the University campus to perform her impromptu stitched drawings. Over the course of two weeks, Harriet can be found at various locations around the two University campuses, as well as the Hatfield town centre with her bicycle-powered sewing machine. Inviting the public to sit on the bike and pedal away, which in turn will create electricity to power her sewing machine, Harriet will be stitching improvised artworks of the landscape, people and conversations around her.
Having graduated from the Contemporary Applied Arts programme at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012, Harriet Riddell works as a performance textile artist called InStitchYou and specialises in observational drawings in stitch. Encouraging interaction and experimenting with the location, her artwork responds to and interprets the transient world on to a permanent tapestry.
Harriet Riddell will be performing her artwork on set days during 26 April – 3 May 2017.