The first day on my arrival I visited mima’s collection with Curator and Creative Apprentices, Alice and Helen selecting and talking about work that reflects local heritage, history and industry, preparing for our Wednesday sessions.
Friendly fishing sanctuary where apparently no woman allowed, except myself and Claire!
I was so surprised to see the vastness of chemical factories outside Middlesbrough, it’s like a small city.
Feedback from our 1st Event at mima:
“I feel the project offers alot of opportunities for exploring and reinterpreting the very elements that underpin M’boro’s past, present and future” T.W.
“I can’t wait to see Elpida’s response, through her art, to our rich heritage, proud people and fascinating landscape; always thrilling to see what a visitor makes of us!” I.L.
An amazing sanctuary between such a heavy industry.
With mima’s help we have selected a range of local businesses, industries and educators to get involved in an exciting new mima adventure.
My award comprises an artist residency culminating in a commission in the public realm. At mima this will be in response to Middlesbrough, local people, communities and industry. The work will take pride of place in mima’s garden as a semi-permanent sculpture, incorporating sound and forming part of mima’s collection.
To begin the project we are hosting a special event this week, a drink reception followed by an introduction of my work. I will discuss my practice and opportunities to welcome everyone and they organisation and invite them to get involved with the project. I will offer a numerous exciting opportunities to follow for people to be part of, including workshops, artist talks and one off bespoke sessions in mima and/or their place of work.
The end of this week I very much looking forward to meting with the Mayor of Middlesbrough.
I have won another great project. I have been appointed to undertake the 2013 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency at mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. The residency award provides an opportunity for an artist to inspire young people by enabling them to interact in the making of an artwork in the public realm.
During the ten week residency, starting at the end of January I will be working closely with mima’s Creative Apprentices. With mima’s help we will develop an education programme with young people and their families, local industries and businesses, leading to the creation of a sculptural sound work to be installed in mima’s garden in autumn 2013. The work will also become part of mima’s collection.
The award was established in 2005 in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt who died in 2004 aged 43 having battled with a rare blood disorder and profound deafness all her life. It is currently facilitated by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.