St George’s Arts had an overwhelming response to its call out for an artist or maker for the 2009 residency. The shortlisted proposals included sculpture, filmmaking, textiles and installation. After a difficult decision making process we are delighted to announce that Louise Nason, a textiles designer maker will be our resident artist for 2009. Her proposal to build a loom within the North Aisle of St George’s upon which she would make work responding to the light and colours of the building has gained her this year’s residency. The launch event will take place on 29 April at 4.30 at St George’s Arts. During the residency she will be making work inspired by the beautiful Tudor building and running a series of free workshops giving people the opportunity to learn about texture and colour by spinning and weaving their own yarn or by contributing to a piece of collaborative artwork. She will also be working with local schools and community groups and hopes to involve people of all ages.
Between now and the middle of October the studio at St George’s will be open to visit on Mondays from 9.30 – 4.00 and during exhibitions and events.
Louise trained as a weaver at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. Since then she has continued to work using fine silks and cottons to create beautiful hangings and textiles.
Coming up soon is the residency launch on 29 April, drop-in days during May and workshops and an exhibition as part of Surrey Artist’s Open Studios in June.
We are very grateful for support for the Residency from The Churches Conservation Trust, The Friends of St George’s Church, The R C Sherriff Trust, Elmbridge Borough Council and to Surrey Community Foundation for their Grassroots Grant.