Artist in Residence

After a competitive interview process, this January The Earls Court Development Company (ECDC) has launched an Artist in Residence programme selecting twelve artists to work with the local community over a three-year period to deliver portraits and community arts projects. Each residency lasting three months, with the artist based locally in a studio at The Community Hub in West Kensington.

As part of the ECDC community outreach, the Artist in Residence programme will provide opportunities in and access to the arts for local people and children. The programme will focus on the local histories and hidden stories of Earl’s Court, with each artist using a different medium – from ceramics to painting – to engage the community, uncovering and capturing their memories. Artists will host weekly art classes for local people as well as contributing to talks and workshops for the community.

Illustrator Helen McCallum, was selected as the first artist to launch the three-year programme, and has created drawings of local heroes who contribute to the community in unexpected and often unacknowledged ways.

Sol Golden-Sato, London-based Malawian artist who specialises in large-scale paintings, community murals and sculptures was the second artist in residence. His final artwork celebrates six female leaders from the local community.

Last month, artist and art tutor Adam Hennessey started his residency.

2023 will also see one additional artist take up residency at Earls Court. This includes London-based South African artist Kimberly Gundle, known for her bold and vibrant use of colour across an extensive range of mediums, including sculpture, ceramics, painting, and drawing.

Exploring many different styles of portraiture, the commissioned artists will work from a variety of mediums and from a breadth of backgrounds. The artists’ work will be displayed around the Earls Court site, providing an artistic record of community members who contribute to this remarkable neighbourhood. The programme is part of ECDC’s focus on involving local people in the transformation of the development site, both now and in the long-term.

Over 200 applications were received in response to the open call-out. All applications were judged by an independent panel. In addition to studio space, the selected applicants will also receive a financial grant for their residency.

The independent judging panel included renowned contemporary artist Marc Quinn, a member of the National Portrait Gallery’s learning team, as well as representatives from ECDC, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

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