International Artist to Create New Work at The Arthouse in Partnership with Yorkshire’s Leading Sculpture Destinations

The Art House announces a unique residency this June with British artist Veronica Ryan. Selected to take part in The Art House Change Makers residency programme running throughout 2017, the artist is being supported by venues included in the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. A co-commission by The Art House and The Hepworth Wakefield will enable the artist to create a new piece in response to the Masterpieces exhibition at The Hepworth, which examines the work of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore and their deep connections with Yorkshire. To complete this ambitious work the artist will make use of studios at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Veronica Ryan, photo credit Axisweb

In 2000, Ryan completed a residency at Tate St Ives, where she worked in the former studio of Barbara Hepworth and used marble gifted by the Hepworth Estate. During her time there, Ryan made a series of works that responded to Hepworth’s sculpture, the Cornish landscape and to her own interests in interior and exterior forms, identity and place. A number of these works have since joined existing works by the artist in the Tate Collection and Arts Council Collection. During her residency at The Art House, Ryan will have the opportunity to re-examine her connection with Wakefield-born Barbara Hepworth and to continue her explorations of ancestral history, mythologies, migration and loss. With reference to Ryan’s birth place of Monserrat and the devastation caused there by a volcanic eruption in 1995, the artist will consider ideas of mapping narratives of place, home and memory. Stacked structures will be created from items including found objects and textiles.
An exhibition of the work produced during this residency will be launched at The Art House during Artwalk Wakefield in November 2017 and the new commission will become part of the Wakefield Permanent Art Collection at The Hepworth Wakefield, recently announced as a finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017.

The residency will take place from 1st-30th June 2017.

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