1 – 29 May 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 1 : Farwa Moledina (1 – 29 May 2020)
Farwa Moledina works primarily with photography, pattern and textiles to create works that explore issues around feminism and the representation of Muslim women and women of colour. Her residency will coincide with Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and celebration. Family, friends and communities traditionally come together at the end of the day to share food and celebrate the breaking of the fast (Iftar). This year, Muslims will experience Ramadan in lockdown, which Farwa recognises will be challenging and heart breaking for many. Farwa will use her residency to develop alternative celebrations, hosting virtual Iftars on a daily basis, sharing through social media to encourage participation and interaction. She will also use the imagery she collects to create a pattern for a sufra, a floor mat used in Arab and Asian communities.