HOME have announced the first cohort of resident artists that will be part of HOME’s latest Artist Development programme ‘At HOME with Jerwood’ – a transformative support programme for early-career artists in the North West.

This new exciting programme offers a 12-month bespoke residency for selected cross art-form artists to make a step-change in their practice and career. Working closely with the Artist Devel-opment team the programme of support will be tailored to the specific needs of each artist,their circumstances and aspirations.

This year’s artists are:

Manchester based theatre maker and producer Afreena Islam-Wright whose work is rooted in her experience of being the youngest child of old-school Bangladeshi parents. With this resi-dency Afreena hopes to expand her practice and scale up her work by exploring different artis-tic mediums to tell her stories.

Digital Artist Lisa Mattocks whose work is mainly conceived and created digitally. Lisa experiments with new technologies and makes work in unexpected places. After many years supporting and collaborating with other artists, Lisa wants to focus more rigidly on her own solo creativepractice, exploring the use of emerging technologies and creating an interactive online web-exhibit that showcases all the work she never made. Through the project, Lisa hopes to connect with viewers in a unique and accessible way, offering a glimpse into a life and body of work,that as a result of a debilitating illness, would remain unrealised without the power of technology.

Visual artist and storyteller Alina Akbar whose work spans film, photography and installation and explores the complexities of working-class representation and issues of diversity. During her residency Alina would like to further explore the use of film and video with a specific interest in a moving image project that looks at faith behind bars: how having an existing faith shapes people’s experience of life in prison and how prison might have an impact on people converting to a faith.

Manchester based, Bermuda born Gherdai Hassell a multidisciplinary contemporary artist who uses mixed media techniques to thread and weave layers of history and the complexities of Caribbean heritage and identity. Gherdai will use this residency to expand her artistic practice with a specific focus on sculptural and textile work, with a particular interest in post- and anti-colonial histories via the intersections of gender, nationality, race, and Afro-futurism.

A call out for the second cohort of residency artists will be live in the autumn (2023). We will beback in touch ahead of the applications opening.

At HOME with Jerwood is supported by Jerwood Developing Artists Fund and the Noël Coward Foundation.


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