These have been created to serve as an antidote to the language of ‘lockdown’ and social control. In contrast, the Summer Residencies are intended celebrate freedom and creativity through collaboration.
Selected guest writers have been invited to respond to the work of visual artists with whom the Festival has been working during early Spring 2020 and previously – with a view to the Festival producing fully illustrated catalogues for each residency as a record of these collaborations. The catalogues will include works for sale, individual and shared writing and any other content that the artists and writers choose to create.
These will be published online and emailed to Festival supporters and followers.
The collaboration and response is by invitation. It can therefore be as much or as little as feels right or comfortable for the artists and writers involved : there is no expectation for artists and writers to produce particular work or to perform. The absence of expectation and room for freedom of expression and creative association feels really important.
From the Festival’s perspective, the purpose of the Summer Residencies is simply to see what evolves; and to welcome any emerging material for the Summer Exhibition, catalogues and accompanying online content, including Zoom talks and Instagram posts. This may extend to spoken or sound content that contributors also want to include.
Each Summer Residency has as its starting point a selection of one or two works by each artist, to which writers are invited to respond.