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. Antonio usually prepares and produces his videos and performances at home for exhibition in gallery settings or live dissemination. While his creative output continues to be confined to the home Antonio is interested to explore how a place of residence might act as both a malleable material and a space for the dissemination of work.
Using tools and materials he has available in the 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. Aspects of this work including sketches and influences on the artist’s practice will be shared on social media and collated here on the Gallery’s website. 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 pressure to produce exhibition-ready work.