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Spring Residencies

This spring Arnolfini will be hosting a series of artists’ residencies in our gallery spaces.

Between Inbetween Time Festival and BABE 2017, we are excited to be hosting a series of residencies at Arnolfini, by artists working with performance. These will mostly be taking place in our first floor gallery spaces. There will be some open-studio sessions and presentations of work-in-progress where you can see what the artists are working on - a schedule for these will be confirmed soon.

14 – 17 Feb (Auditorium), 11 Feb – 26 March (Gallery 2): We Are Family

Through half-term week, We Are Family will be taking over the auditorium. Artists will be leading family-friendly workshops each afternoon, and developing designs for learning activities that will be available to use right through to the end of the season.

23 Feb - 26 Feb, Galleries 3 and 4: Interval

Interval is an artist led support network that shares a base at The Exchange on Corn Street, Bristol. They are a group of performance makers whose work spans, live art, contemporary theatre, dance, visual art, community work and sound art. Interval provides not only space to make but a collective within which to share, critique and push new ideas and research.  Interval will be working within the gallery spaces experimenting and playing with new ideas. 

 27 Feb – 17 March, Galleries 3 and 4: Ferment

Ferment is the artist development department of Bristol Old Vic. They describe their job as creating ‘a playful structure through which artists can explore their theatrical ideas in an ongoing dialogue with audiences’.

1 March – 2 April, Reading Room and Bookshop: Collective Investigations

Collective Investigations (Egidija Čiricaitė and George Cullen) is a London-based platform for collaboration to indulge in experimental publishing, printing, book history and book culture. Egidija and George explore matters of the book though collective and individual projects, including those with other artists and institutions. They exploit a range of outcomes that vary from conventional publishing methods to innovative arts installations. They will be working at Arnolfini in the run up to BABE 2017, developing work for our Reading Room and Bookshop about a hypothetical line that connects Arnolfini with libraries all over the world.  

18 – 23 March, Galleries 2, 3 and 4: Lisa May Thomas

Dance artist and Bristol University research student Lisa May Thomas will be working on her project Touches, Tuning and Resonance – Beyond the Body. This is a multi-disciplinary project which explores the ways in which we touch, and are in-touch: it looks at the responsibility we have for ‘the other’ through revealing the ways in which different ‘networks of touch’ operate in our bodies and lives – such as the dynamics of molecular biology; the movement of migrating animals and peoples between localities; and the rhythms or algorithms of connectivity in the global virtual domain. The project will enable cross-disciplinary exchange between micro-biology and dance to develop original choreographic material which will enable dancers and spectators to become part of responsive and responsible networks.

 27 – 31 March, Galleries 3 and 4 and Dark Studio: Luke Nickel

Luke Nickel is a Canadian composer based in Bristol. His residency will be themed around the words speaking sound hidden hearing, and will be an exploration—and a sonification—of often-hidden musical artefacts found in literature and recorded sonic documentation. This will include presentations of two voice-based works-in-progress, After Glen Gould and Literary Field Recordings.

In addition, the writer Mary Paterson will be co-hosted by Arnolfini and Spike Island from January to March next year, on a residency supported by the Art Writers Group. Mary is a writer, artist and producer who works between text, poetry and performance. Her work is widely published and ranges from articles in (for example) The Guardian to artists' books like the self-destructing A_Impossible Reader (Norwich Art Centre, 2010). Her practice is driven by collaboration and dialogue.