Second year BA (Hons) Fine Art student Ben Allan has been selected to take up a six week long residency based at Grizedale Forest in the Lake District National Park.
This new opportunity pairs an early career art student with a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors to explore how creative ideas can evolve and how new ideas and innovative thinking can cross generations of artistic practice. Ben will be paired with artist Karolin Schwab, a Royal Society of Sculptors member and visual artist living and working between Berlin and London.
Throughout the residency the artists will have access to a studio in the heart of the forest and will be given an introduction to how the forest is managed from forestry through to wildlife, from the team based at Grizedale.
The opportunity also includes an exhibition of work produced during the residency at the Forest Artworks Project Space. The exhibition will run 20 September – 31 December 2019 and will be supported by a programme of talks and events.
Ben told us:
“I applied as it looked like such a good opportunity to develop my practice over the summer and I think the chance to have a dialogue with Karolin Schwab (a Royal Society Member) will be really beneficial to me. I was also intrigued with the residency being based at Grizedale in the Lake District as my practice often looks at areas where the distinction between the natural and the artificial becomes blurred.”
The residency will run from 2 August – 13 September 2019, and will also include an exhibition at the Forest Artworks Project Space. The exhibition will run 20 September – 31 December 2019 and will be supported by a programme of talks and events.