Atelier Outotsu. Osaka, Japan : July – August 2019
Time in this vibrant community of experimental printmakers was spent in five ways; firstly to explore my current practice through printmaking techniques including Japanese woodcut; secondly to observe and absorb the cultural and habitual norms within the studio and everyday life; thirdly to explore new practice in response to this, fourthly, to exhibit my work in Kyoto, to visit exhibitions, network with local artists. Last but not least, to make new connections within Arts and Health. Many new opportunities have emerged from this period including several exhibitions in both countries, artist collaborations and another small residency. The project was supported by Wales Arts International, Atelier Outotsu and Gallery Art Spot Korin.
You can read more about my experiences in Japan in my blog between July 31 and August 18 . https://heatherparnell.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/project-japan-2019/
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studios, Japan : August 2018
There were three aims to this short residency. The first was to create a new work for my Pocket Remains studio project, exploring another approach to recording objects. This exploration was in part fuelled by an interest in finding ways to include other people in the project, looking at how to record and then return property to owners. I tested out using ink, water and paper to do this. The second aim of the residency was to explore ways to exhibit some Pocket Remains objects and to reflect on the results and responses. Lastly, the residency and trip to Japan created opportunities to connect with other artists and groups, offering the potential to develop new practice and collaboration. The project was supported by Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studios and Wales Arts International.
Cwm Taf University Health Board : 2002 – present
This residency began in 2002 at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and has involved the engagement of staff, members of the community and patients in arts projects in and around the health board. Site specific artworks have been created for each of the five stairwells in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and have also been commissioned or purchased for other healthcare facilities. An exhibition and performance programme was initiated at the outset as another means of inviting amateur and professional individuals to engage in and contribute to positive and stimulating environments. Projects were undertaken in collaboration with Carol Hiles (2002 – 3) and Nigel Talbot (2003 – 4). Since 2007 my role has evolved to include involvement in commissioning art for new healthcare settings within the Health Board and responding to other opportunities for the arts and health to connect.
Llandough Hospital NHS Trust 1990 – 1998
This residency began in 1990 at Llandough Hospital and grew to involve the engagement of staff, local schools and some patients in arts projects, exhibitions and classes in and around the hospital trust. Site specific artworks were created for a range of locations. There was a touring exhibition programme at Llandough, Barry and Sully Hospitals, supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ Moving Pictures Scheme. In addition to making and leading art projects, I also commissioned other artists to create artworks and engaged post-graduate art teacher training students in schemes.
Ashton Gate Primary School : January – April 1990
Mapping and the Self was the theme for this project commissioned by The Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and Avon Education Authority. I created a series of large scale drawings using mapping concepts and drawing to plot physical postures and pupils used the same methods to create body maps of their own.
Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt : February 1988 – February 1989
Commissioned by the Leverhulme Trust, this Study Abroad Scholarship provided an opportunity to make a series of large scale drawings and investigate a range of other materials in response to living in Egypt for one year. The resulting pieces reference the experience of living in Cairo.
1987 Artists in our Schools
This residency ran between 6 Powys Primary Schools over a period of 36 weeks, supported by Powys Education Authority and the Arts Council of Wales. I divided my time between studio practice and workshops with pupils. In both I was exploring notions of ‘Self’ through markmaking, colour and object, using the mediums of drawing, painting, printmaking and construction. As part of this, the project involved trips to visit local people such as the fireman and fishmonger and led to other material in the classroom such as descriptive and creative writing, performance and group crits.