We are pleased to announce that Helen Scalway has been selected as our Artist in Residence for 2010. She will be based at the studio at St George’s Church in Esher working on her project until the autumn.
Helen Scalway is a graduate of the MA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art. She has just completed an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project as a visual artist in collaboration with the V&A (read her V & A blog here) and Royal Holloway, London University. In 2007 and 2008 she held residencies at The Drawing Centre, Wimbledon College of Art, London, University of the Arts. Recent London shows include Moving Patterns at the Royal Geographical Society, and loadbearing at Ada Street Gallery. Her work is held in numerous collections, including the Artists Book Collection at the V&A. Scalway is currently working on a contribution to a book to be published by V&A Publishing.
St George’s is a lovely little church, full of patterns and ornament if we look for them. As an artist who draws patterns, I hope to focus on the many patterns in and around the building during this residency. I shall be drawing in many different ways, using various media. Over the months of the residency I hope to produce a drawing installation, a large composite piece comprising many differently shaped, unframed drawn components, in response to the patterns and rhythms of the church and its setting. This work will grow and change.
Alongside this work Helen will run various workshops and talks encouraging visitors to share the visual patterns in their own lives and participate in the project. The studio at St George’s will also normally be open for visitors every Thursday from 11 am – 5 pm.