So what is a Residency?
For a stone sculptor a
residency usually means -
Two or three days a week in which the artist leaves his/her
studio in order to work very closely with a commercial enterprise, public
facility (like a museum) or educational establishment - described henceforth as
A sculpture (or perhaps a series of sculptures) or a sculpture-based
project is commissioned by the venue to be produced or conducted at the venue,
or at least to be strongly represented at the venue, with displays and
publicity material throughout the venue. The commissioned piece will be
appropriate to the venue, its values and its ambitions.
During the course of the residency the artist will offer
workshops to the staff or the venue’s public as well as regular presentations
to do with the commission and about the art form being employed to produce it, explaining
its relevance to the venue and its values or aspirations.
The residency will end with the completion, dedication and
installation of the commissioned piece of work. There will usually be a public
exhibition held on site, showing the work’s preliminary drawings, maquettes,
resource materials, practise pieces and possibly showcasing the artist’s other
What’s in it for the
Almost always the venue will be trying to ally itself to the
public’s connotation about stone sculpture. Classical stone sculpture often
represents civic virtue, permanence, imperial power, precision and
timelessness. Contemporary sculpture is seen as forward thinking and
contemptuous of the past or its values.
The venue will in all likelihood want to associate itself
with and support an artist who is well-known throughout the region and is
frequently featured in the Press both regionally and nationally.
The unveiling of newly commissioned sculpture is always a
newsworthy event and usually attracts the town’s “great and the good” on the
day. It’s great publicity!
What’s in it for the
Inclusion within the venue’s publicity and media mechanisms –
thereby maintaining or raising the artist’s profile.
Why choose McAlistair Hood?
Hood and his work are constantly in the national,
regional and local Press: most recently featured (2 pages article) in Berkshire
Life Magazine and Craft & Design Magazine (2 pages photo feature). Local online
and newspapers report on the studio’s output closely.
Get in touch and we can discuss the practicalities such as venue
suitability with regards public safety, and costs.
You can reach me here via the Artweb contact form or
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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