We are very pleased to announce our final round of artists in (remote) residence. Each artist was selected from our local communities and will be developing their work from their home or studio, with access to our support, networks and resources. We look forward to welcoming our March artists and seeing how their practice and ideas develop and the conversations. Throughout their residency you can keep up to date with what they are doing over on social media platforms @MetalCultureUK.
Brendan Curtis (he/him) is the co-producer of the Liverpool Queer Poetry Collective, local drag dinner cabaret Eat Me and scratch night SPEW. He is a writer, performer, maker and vegetarian chef. Read more about Brendan here.
Jessica Reeves is an artist from Southend-on-Sea, where she manages Project Space for The Other MA (TOMA), an artist-run art education programme. In Jessica’s practice she uses low-hierarchy materials such as household waste and embraces the amateurism of DIY and craft skills. Learn more about Jessica here.
Artist Kolia Bene makes theatre work for mixed-ability audiences (physical or mental health challenged groups), independently and in collaboration. Her work is community-driven and includes performance, installation, participatory public art, drawing, digital media and writing. Read more about Kolia’s work here.
Matthews Challengers work is a reaction to his environment, of both social and physical spaces. His work is biographical and, in some cases, direct snapshots / recreations of things he has seen. His working class and rural market town background highly influences his work, especially the visual culture of his immediate surroundings, such as butchers’ signs to homemade posters advertising a ‘sensual massage’. Learn more about Matthew’s plans for his residency here.
Michelle Peterkin-Walker is a socially engaged artist, activist and videographer. Her practice combines photography and design to create digital artworks and often focuses on positive everyday images of life that take inspiration from people, places, symbols within African history and culture. Read more about Michelle’s work here.
Kelly Ann Buckley
For 25 years Kelly Buckley’s day job has been a journalist, whilst her ‘hobby’ alongside it has been music – songwriting and performing. As her technical and sound design skills have grown, so has her passion for combining technology with nature, to create music and sound art. Learn more about Kelly here.
Image credit: Kolia Bene.