AER Yorkshire Sculpture Park Residency Application
In applying for this residency I knew that it was a long shot as my practice essentially is not sculpturly led. However, having visited the Park previously and looking back on work I have created in the past it was not a completely unreasonable, inappropriate application. Essentially I was looking to build on my social observational areas of interest in a different locality and environment. My submitted portfolio did stretch backwards to my BA degree course when I had been experimenting prolifically with scuptural languages. Unfortunately the sculptural pieces that I had been working on in ny MFA were not in a finished state to show but I did have progress images of the bronze casting process I was working on.
On reflection the work I put forward was not cohesive and did not necessarily demonstrate a total commitment to the sculptural language. That said the successful applicant both this year and last had a PHD under their belt so perhaps this residency should not be offered to less experienced artists. However from my perspective the thought of doing a residency at a place that I have visited and enjoyed the experience was hugely appealing. I know that I did think cohesively about how my work may fit within that environment and how I would gladly be challenged to create work that responded.
This was an incredible opportunity to work in a collaboration with my peers and alumni. The hardest part was the fact this felt as though it was a rush to accomplish this knowing that summer was just around the corner, college was closing equipment was very limited and none of us specialise in videography. Sadly one of our group decided to drop out of the challenge and they were the only one who had experience in editing with Adobe Premier. Although I feel that this was a much more accomplished video challenge than the one set last year there was still room for improvement and refinement. I feel that if we were given more time and instruction the results would show through. I did feel that the remaining group really worked well together and was really grateful for that, but maybe, if there is a next time, I would be more inclined to pick who I work with rather than it be decided via a raffle from a hat.
Again, although satisfied with the result I feel that the video editing, given time and experience could have been slicker. Because I have very little experience in this field I understand that this was not necessarily possible given the time frames.