Our Associate Artists Programme provides ongoing support to artists who have been commissioned by Fermynwoods. The approach is based on one of the strengths of the commercial arts sector and its long-term relationships with artists, enabling them to develop their practice within a critically supportive environment.
Artistically we are exploring the notion of “Return of Investment”, as we work with artists over a long period of time and in diverse contexts, leading to deeper and more productive relationships between the artists and the organisation and between artists and audiences.
Associate Artists for 2016/17:
Sophie Herxheimer is a London born artist and poet, who trained in painting at Camberwell and Chelsea. She has held residencies for LIFT, Southbank Centre and Transport for London. Exhibitions include The Whitworth, The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. Recent publications include The Listening Forest, created during her residency at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, The New Concrete and Voyage. Sophie teaches and collaborates extensively.
Rebecca Lee is a musician, artist and educator, with an MA in Music (with performance) from Nottingham University. She produces audio works, performances, site-specific installations, film scores, broadcasts and publications. Location is an important consideration in her work, as are the relationships between experiential, intellectual and cultural understandings of sound and music. Recent activity includes two commissions for the National Trust and her work was featured in the Full of Noises Festival, Barrow-in-Furness. She has also performed with various ensembles including the Standard Hill viol consort, Los Grecos, The Rosa Trio, and Rarescale Flute Academy.
Virginie Litzler is a French artist and photographer based in Brussels, with an MA in Photography from The Royal College of Art. Her work is concerned with the dialogue between people, urban spaces and motion. She observes and interacts with people in their everyday lives; exploring moments between improvisation and staging, how elements of the body, such as the spine, phalanges and other bones, communicate with gravity. Virginie’s resulting installations — often existing in a state of equilibrium — explore the shift that occurs between seeing a photograph, its constituents and its surroundings. Virginie has recently exhibited at 57th Venice Art Biennale.
Nikki Pugh is an artist interested in the intersection of people, place, playfulness and technology, with an MA in Art, Media & Design from UCE in Birmingham. She uses tools and techniques from locative (GPS) and digital media, walking, computing and collaboration to explore how we perceive and interact with objects, spaces and landscapes. Nikki is currently researching prototyping and play-testing as tools for knowledge production and is a fellow at Birmingham Open Media. Recent projects include an exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery around the physical and emotional experiences of cycling, and lectures around play and learning, technology and interaction.
Tim Simmons is an artist and photographer based in Norfolk, with an MA in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts. Using photography and film, he explores themes of time, motion and place, and the idea that landscape acts as a link between the past and the present. Attempting to make the unseen visible, he encourages the viewer to consider on the constancy of the land, and our inherent relationship to it. Tim’s video and photographic work has recently been exhibited in Kings Lynn’s new art gallery GroundWork and his photographs were selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 exhibition at the ICA, London.
Jason Singh is a musician, composer, sound artist, creative facilitator, producer and performer. His musical beginnings started with drums, percussion, turntables, computers, electronic instruments and samplers, which developed into an ongoing exploration between the voice, body and music technology. Alongside solo commissions and collaborations, Jason has facilitated national and international music projects across the world. His current project, Following the Fleet, involves the creation of a live sound performance to accompany screenings of the silent film Drifters, by documentary-maker John Grierson. In 2017 he will be resident artist in Hull as part of the Hull 2017 City of Culture and PRS New Music Biennial.
Simon Woolham describes his practice as primarily concerned with occupied spaces and the narratives that unfold in them. He uses biro drawings, paper interventions, animation, video and text to unearth the unpredictable and fragile process of memory. School playing fields, a tree stump or a broken fence are filled with the meanings of the events that go on around them. Simon has recently been awarded a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University, following his MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art. His current work for D-Lab, the Barnaby Festival and Junction Arts has focused on retracing walks starting from the house where participants were born or spent the majority of their childhood, and guided towards different locations by their memories.