Residencies at Elephant Lab
Elephant believes that visual thinking triggers societal thinking. In the spirit of this belief, we have established Elephant Lab; a space to foster creativity and feed curiosity. We encourage experimentation and collaboration, bringing artists together with scientists to investigate the correlation between life and art.
Elephant Lab offers artists time, space, materials and access to specialized knowledge. Housed in a large (34m²), well-lit and fully equipped artists’ studio, Elephant Lab is located next to the Innovation & Development laboratory of Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris at the Studio Building in West London, close to our new home of Elephant West.
Practising artists are invited to make proposals for a one month residency at Elephant Lab. Here is an environment where artists can investigate and innovate with materials offered by the fine art brands, supported with specialist technical knowledge from the chemists in the I&D laboratory and art professionals on the Elephant team. All proposals should have one or more of the following attributes:
Who Can Apply
Practising artists other than students are eligible to apply. Elephant will provide all necessary materials, studio space and professional support free of charge. Overseas artists are welcome to apply but there is no provision for transport or accommodation.
Proposals are reviewed quarterly in January, April, July and October. Shortlisted artists are invited to the Studio Building for interview and successful applicants can expect to take up their residency approximately three months after the review date. The next deadline is 26 January for two residencies in March 2020. There is no charge to make an application. Click below to request further information and an application form:
Open Studio 30 January
I experiment with new ways of combining photography and painting. The process involves creating the painting in layers, pouring, transfer-printing and then continuing to work over or remove layers until an image emerges. In the past two years I have been travelling around major European cities photographing statues of women, which are rare and often hard to find. I have tried different ways to tell the stories of the statues and biographies of the sitters, in a way that pays heed to their complexity and sense of adventure or revolt in the face of immense obstacles.
The figures range from royalty and revolutionaries to actresses and artists but they share a surprising amount of common fortunes across class, centuries and countries. My images aim to allow the sculptures a changed context and the formal abstraction introduces an element of movement and rich possibility, where the viewers own imagination can propose a storyline.
Open Studio 30 January
My project conducts the idea of 'The snake that eats its own tail’; the snake and the tail lies here as metaphors to explain the painting process which often uncertain and intuition involved methods. Colours, brush strokes and appeared images in the surface mediate two conditions remembering and forgetting like Ouroboros. In the process, not negating the image, the surface of tension carries an essential ambiguity. In other words, The surface experiences the perpetual cycle of remembering and forgetting. For instance, I oscillate between the conditions of empty and full, fast and slow, erase/shred and overlap or between offering and withdrawal. What offers and what withdrawals simultaneously go on within attention to close to the finding certainty within oil medium. The project is clearly finding a way of using oil medium itself to explain how painting medium can be translated into different effects and to exaggerate uncertain moment, doubt and failure which all artist experience during the creative process.
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