In October 2015, I began a residency at Liverpool Hope University through AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges). Its a fantastic UK national scheme that supports artists and allows them access to workshops and facilities over several months to undertake a period of research or realise a project. Being part of the AA2A scheme at Liverpool Hope is opening up an exciting ‘laboratory’ where I can work with others to trial relevant processes, techniques, imagery and materials, as I move towards the next phase of activity. There is information here at the AA2A.biz website.
Responding to the Art School atmosphere.
The Cornerstone Building at Liverpool Hope University was once St Francis Xavier School and the building, an imposing example of 19th century architecture has been converted for its current use as an art school. One of the pleasures of my AA2A placement has been having the time to meander through the building, absorb and respond to its mood and atmosphere. There are many stairways linking different areas of the building – workshops, studios and performance areas. I enjoyed using my camera to document the layered traces of the movement of others: the marks and patina that tacitly signal what kinds of activity are permitted and encouraged in the building.
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