1- 29 July 2020
The New Art Gallery Walsall has adapted its Studio residency programme in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic to support three artists based in the West Midlands to produce work from their homes between May and July this year.
Following an open-call to artists based in the West Midlands, the Gallery received 60 varied proposals from a diverse range of artists working across the region. The many challenges that artists are facing during lockdown were well articulated. In selecting, we were keen to see opportunities for artistic and professional development during these challenging times, to support creative approaches to practice amid imposed restrictions and to explore the benefits and possibilities of sharing with an online audience.
Residency 3: Antonio Roberts (1 – 29 July 2020)
Antonio Roberts is an artist and curator. Through his practice, he explores ideas around ownership and authorship in an age impacted by digital technology. Usually Antonio prepares and produces his videos and performances in the home for exhibition in gallery settings or dissemination live. Now that his creative output must be confined to the home, he is interested to explore ways in which the home can act as both a malleable material and a space for the dissemination of the work. Using tools and materials he has available at home such as programmable lights, projectors, screens and other electronics, Antonio will use his residency to explore how he can illuminate his immediate surroundings using digital art, light and projections. He plans to make a series of short abstract films with ambient sound modified with digital techniques. This work will be shared on his website and through social media. The residency will afford Antonio the opportunity to study and learn film production techniques and provide much-needed time for him to experiment, expand his practice and develop himself at a more natural pace without the pressure to produce exhibition-ready work.