Jointly organised by THIS and Askeaton Contemporary Arts, the residency gives Eleanor the opportunity to live and work in London next summer, following an open call for applications earlier this year.
About Eleanor Duffin:
Eleanor Duffin is a visual artist whose works are predominantly sculptural in nature and are characterised by the tension between materiality and form. Her research is driven by a curiosity to understand material intelligence and how matter can shift and escape control. She is drawn to the connoted and historical value of material and this intrigue also informs the production of her works. Eleanor’s work oscillates somewhere between the domestic and the alchemical. Through the adoption of scientific processes from an autodidactic position, her current intention is to produce work that is autopoietic. She employs a process of speculative questioning that draws influence from varied disparate ideas and anecdotes within anthropology, literature, metaphysics and scientific history. She is interested in things that have a sense of self conscious autonomy and the potential to be generative agents.
About Askeaton Contemporary Arts:
Since 2006, Askeaton Contemporary Arts commission, produce and exhibit contemporary art in the locale of a small town in County Limerick, Ireland. An annual residency programme entitled Welcome to the Neighbourhood situates Irish and international artists in the midst of Askeaton each summer, while thematic exhibitions, publications and events often occur. Through these methods, over eighty artists projects have been realised.
With no ‘white-cube’ gallery spaces in Askeaton, artists work in public spaces throughout the town. This form of engagement focuses on the existing dynamics of the locale, intending to bring forward the diverse layers of daily life and create a rich framework for subjective encounters. A local audience are often actively implicated into the development of projects through their assistance or participation. Such an approach is built on a belief that contemporary art can be used as an active hub for local society, as a form of critique, investigation and celebration where artists are at the center of these dialogues playing a primary and fundamental role.
About Tottenham Hale International Studios (THIS):
Tottenham Hale International Studios is a non profit, artists run space housed in a late 19th century Church in North London. Opened in 2010, the studio currently contains 22 artists, offering an affordable, innovative working environment where a critical dialogue, and open engagement are core to the studios approach. The open plan layout of the studios support these cooperative ideas, where each artist plays a key role in the running of the space. This collective share in the direction and management of T.H.I.S reflects a real need for artists to feel in control of their studio practice.