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Space/Time Artists' Residency
This week we're running our paid online residency for experienced artists. Space/Time is a creative retreat for artists from any art form that asks the question “How can you continue to thrive as an artist?”. Normally participants travel together to a location in Scotland. However, due to the pandemic, we have rethought Space/Time as an online residency. The residency aims to refresh participants through a stimulating examination of creativity in this new way of working and living. The residency artists are:
Apphia Campbell is originally from Florida. After graduating from college, she moved to New York, where she performed Off-Broadway, before moving to Shanghai in 2009. In 2013 she wrote the critically acclaimed Black Is The Color Of My Voice, which opened in Shanghai to rave reviews before a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014. It has been touring the UK since, including a sold-out West End run in 2019. Her latest show Woke was co-written with Meredith Yarbrough and presented as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, winning a Scotsman Fringe First. She was a member of the BBC Writers Room (2018-2019) and was commissioned to write a children’s story called Zachary the Zebroid, which was broadcast in February 2020.
Marion is a freelance performer, theatre-maker, creative practitioner, and the artistic director of Theatre Sans Accents. Theatre Sans Accents is a bilingual theatre company that promotes language learning through the arts to children and adults, which also produces original pieces of theatre by diverse artists based in Scotland. The company has worked with local schools in Edinburgh, higher institutions (Edinburgh University, Bilingualism Matters), cultural and artistic organisations (Fringe Central, Institut Francais, Imaginate, Culture Edinburgh, EIF) and community groups. Since its inception, TSA has produced several productions: Lost in Translation: A Bilingual Journey (2017), KNOTS (2018-2020) and Les Doigts (2020).
An award-winning painter, Audrey's work is underpinned by intellectual ideas derived from poetry, literature and philosophy. In 2019 she had her first major exhibition in a public gallery: The Long Look / The Making of a Portrait with the National Galleries of Scotland. This was a collaboration with photographer Norman McBeath and author Val McDermid which explored portrait drawing beyond the conventional artist and sitter relationship. In September 2020 she had her fourth solo painting exhibition, Paradise, with Panter and Hall, London. Awarded the RSA Residency for Scotland Audrey began a major new project called the Morgenthau Plan for Creative Renewal. This took place in March and April 2020 during lockdown.
Glasgow-based producer Michael John O'Neill has worked with companies including Blood of the Young, Tron Theatre, Theatre Gu Leòr, National Theatre of Scotland, SUPERFAN, Little King, The Arches and Traverse Theatre. He is the inaugural recipient of the Bruntwood Prize Original New Voice Award for his first full-length play, AKEDAH.
A Scottish-based dance artist, performance-maker and educator, Skye's work navigates the edges of dance, including post-war zones, live art and traditional stages. Current projects include solo work ALIVE co-created with director Susan Worsfold (produced by Open Road). Plans for 2021 include an Artist Residency @Citymoves with Aberdeen University; and a collaboration with Sweden-based artist Khamlane Halsackda. S/He in the Flesh is a duet examining the female nude from Renaissance art until today, from a feminist perspective. Recently I was Movement Director for The Panopticon, National Theatre of Scotland 2019.
A dancer, choreographer/director and teacher/lecturer internationally, Jack has worked with numerous companies and choreographers, most recently with Liz Roche Company, Dublin, Coisceim Dance Theatre, Dublin, Damien Jalet/Hussein Chalayan for Sadler's Wells, London, Company Chordelia, Scotland and Scottish Dance Theatre (guest artist) amongst many others. Recent commissions include Haud Close, a digital project for participants living with Dementia, MS and Parkinson's for Scottish Ballet Health, Other Each Other, Of a Place, a digital project for the Contemporary Performance Practice course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2020 he joined the board of trustees at Heart and Minds Limited, Edinburgh and was selected for the Made in Scotland showcase.