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 10 November for two residencies in January 2020. There is no charge to make an application. Click below to request further information and an application form:
2–27 September 2019
Open Studio 26 September
Primitive is a term used for the naive icons of Italy, Greece and Russia, richly decorated with beads and embroidery and most often created by non-professional painters. My residency project is very close to “primitives”, creating something like soft sculptures or canvas painting. In the Moscow part of the project I used recognizable and ordinary local plants and flowers. In London I intend similar research and the hero of this piece of art will be weeds or vegetables, like the potato flower from my country house.
7–31 October 2019
Open Studio 31 October
My studio practice uses painting as a means to explore how objects act as crossing points for successive layers of cultural narrative and history. These paintings and textile works owe much to the historic Dutch still life genre, in which the mundane is elevated through painting. Previous series of work have focussed on artefacts including suits of armour and the customised ‘battle jackets’ made by heavy metal fans.
I will develop a series experimental paintings constructed from canvas, denim and other fabrics. These will be worked with fluorescent pigments in acrylic medium as a way of creating grounds for printed and painted images. Accompanying works will feature representational ‘copies’ of the textile works as a visual ‘call and response’.
4–29 November 2019
Open Studio 28 November
In musical language, deconstructing a pre-existing harmony offers new creative perspectives. Sampling, for example, combines sounds and patterns sometimes randomly. I realize this kind of combinations on a visual level. The discovery, during a trip to Cuba, of altarpieces of the cult of Palo monte, gave me the idea of associating my images with an organic world with the intention of creating a singular atmosphere. With this in mind, I have associated very large black and white photographic prints (2.70 meters high) with real elements such as potatoes scattered on the ground, a bunch of oranges hanging in a net, mackerel vacuum packed on the ceiling, etc. I am looking for an open dialogue between the street (the outside world) and the studio. I want to reconnect with this type of association: paintings and photographs (street markets, religious altars, food displays).
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