Deadline: 05/05/2019

Place, People and Time: publishing as an artistic practice

Guided Group Residency for creative practitioners focussing on printed matter and publishing.

TAKING TIME / PRENDENDO TEMPO, The Museum of Loss and Renewal Residency Programme is located in Collemacchia, a small village within Italy’s National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, a protected area of exceptional significance and beauty. The cities of Naples and Rome are within easy reach.

Engagement with the natural world begins on the doorstep and the stunning mountainous landscape surrounding the village offers an excellent environment for reflective practice. The ancient, undisturbed and extensive terrain holds a rich and complex history visible in its architecture, customs, agricultural lands and forests.

The area is sparsely populated by villages that are largely trilingual Italian-French-English due to the large community of emigrants who continually move between European nations. The Museum of Loss and Renewal fosters strong links with the local community which is highly supportive of the Residency Programme.

PLACE, PEOPLE and TIME: publishing as an artistic practice

This group Residency has been devised by The Museum of Loss and Renewal in partnership with My Bookcase. It is offered for creative practitioners working with printed matter and publishing as an artistic practice and for those who have a strong interest in this area. This Guided Group Residency offers participants a discursive environment for exchange and production in both a individual and collaborative mode.

Focal points of the Residency

  • - Publishing as an artistic practice
  • - Independent publishing
  • - Co-learning
  • - Individual practice
  • - The book as a platform for encounters
  • - Artist’s Books
  • - Natural environment

9 places are available on this year’s Residency. The minimum number of participants is 6.

Live/work accommodation in 2019 has expanded to include two fully furnished houses consisting of multiple bedrooms, desk space, studio space, central heating and internet.

The Residency will be lead by Cristina Garriga and Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen.

Cristina Garriga is an artist and designer based in Amsterdam. In 2014 she founded My Bookcase, a creative project that explores the role of the book and its reader in today’s society. In 2017, Katie Reid and Julia Doz joined Garriga to expand My Bookcase across Glasgow, Barcelona and Amsterdam. They launched the project ‘Readers & Publishers’: connecting readers and independent publishers with an online directory, projects and conversations. Garriga is a founding member of Publication Studio Glasgow and has led many courses and workshops in a wide variety of art organisations and institutions. She holds a Masters from The Glasgow School of Art, a BA and Masters in Architecture and an Expert Class in Type Design by the Plantin Instituut voor Typografie in Antwerp.

Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen are the Founders and Co-Curators of The Museum of Loss and Renewal. Their collaborative art practice is a creative and discursive site where production, presentation, exchange, education and research meet. Publishing is a core component of their artistic practice. Key areas of focus are social relationships, the way places are inhabited and how personal objects reflect who we are. They work with international partners to devise and present multifaceted exhibition projects that address issues of societal concern such as well-being, ageing, end of life and sustainability. Tracy and Edwin are highly experienced, award winning educators who have devised and lead multiple group learning projects situated within the international museum and gallery sector, and higher education.

Application Information
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Duration of residency
Sun 25 – Sat 31 August 2019
Day 1, arrival and orientation. Days 2-6, Residency programme. Day 7, departure.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
This opportunity is aimed at creative practitioners working with printed matter and publishing as an artistic practice and for those who have a strong interest in this area.

The aim of this Residency is to provide a supportive and stimulating environment to develop your production skills and knowledge of artists’ publications, printed matter and publishing as an artistic practice. Alongside individual practice, the Residency will have a focus on knowledge exchange, creating opportunities to learn from each other. A series of group sessions supported by the model of ‘Socratic Dialogue’ will be offered to enable you to explore your own practice and the Residency theme. The group will be brought into conversation without hierarchies, practicing slow dialogue to give value to the individual knowledge and experience of each resident.

During this Guided Group Residency residents will be able work in two shared studio spaces with internet access and print facility.

Fees and support
The Residency programme is operated on a non-commercial cost covering basis, and is financially supported by The Museum of Loss and Renewal in order to keep fees low. The Residency fee is €900 (Euro), to be paid by the artist. This fee includes accommodation in spacious twin rooms with full board (3 meals each day). Ingredients are locally sourced and meals are cooked by a local chef. Special diets can be catered for.

We do not have external funding for this project, so we are unable to offer assistance with fees, flights, production costs or other subsistence. Typically, successful applicants source funding by applying to their national arts funding bodies, personal fundraising, or through academic institutional support. Formal letters of invitation can be provided to assist in this process.

Place, People and Time: publishing as an artistic practice

Place, People and Time: publishing as an artistic practice


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