4 July 2011
Its been just over two months since my return from France as part of an artist residency at CAMAC (centre for art, science and technology). I stayed in the rural and remote surroundings of the Champagne region for a month and developed three audio- visual installations: ‘The End of the Line’, ‘Egg Box Messages’ and ‘Under the Seine’. All three pieces would not have been possible if I hadn’t been given a fantastically large studio to myself where I was able to make lots of noise, record sound and play it back (very loudly).
Since I’ve been back in Leicester I have been trying to recreate the studio environment I had at CAMAC. The Great Central Gallery have been kind enough to let me use their gallery space (during change over periods), although I’ve only used this space twice, it has allowed me the time to reflect on the work created at CAMAC, to listen to sound recordings and visualise ideas in a practical way, that I find impossible at home. There are a number of studio spaces in Leicester, including The Great Central Gallery, Knighton Lane artists group, The Attic, LCB Depot and Fabrika. CUSP are an artist collective made up of DMU Fine Art graduates, who will be opening a new artist-led gallery and studios in the Highcross, I’m hoping to have a space in the CUSP studios when they open in August.