Sander Van Raemdonck (Nov 2015 - Apr 2016)

Sander Van Raemdonck (Nov 2015 - Apr 2016)

Berwick Visual Arts and the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University are pleased to announce Sander Van Raemdonck as their third joint artist in residence.

Sander Van Raemdonck is a sculptor and printmaker from Belgium whose work explores the contemporary built environment, looking at how we manage the space in which we live and how the friction between its plan-based design and hands-on transformation informs how we interact with the world.

Berwick Visual Arts residency in partnership with the CRE, provides the opportunity for an artist working in any discipline to question what and who is rural, and explore rural life and society beyond idyllic representations, whilst living and working in Berwick-upon-Tweed for six months. This year the residency called for original artist-led conceptualisations of rural housing issues that would instigate creative thinking, expressions and research questions about rural homes.

During his residency, Sander will explore the notion of the ‘rural home’ by researching Berwick and Northumberland and its collective ideas about home, architecture and identity.

The Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University is a research centre specialising in interdisciplinary social science, researching rural development and policy, food and society, and the wellbeing of rural communities. The centre will provide access to research staff, facilities and equipment to support Sander in the development of his work and support the distribution and display of work that is produced during the residency period. 

Upon appointment to the post Sander said ‘I’m honoured to be appointed as Berwick Visual Arts new artist in residence with the CRE. I’m very curious about how living and working in Berwick and Northumberland will influence my practice and exploring the residency theme of rural homes’

Sander was selected by a panel consisting of James Lowther - Head of Visual Arts, Berwick Visual Arts; Dr. Menelaos Gkartzios, Lecturer in Rural Development, Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University; Kate Parkin, Relationship Manager - Audiences and Engagement, Arts Council England and Peter Sharpe – Curator, Kielder Art & Architecture.

Guy Garrod, Director of The Centre for Rural Economy said 'This is our third art residency in collaboration with Berwick Visual Arts and we are delighted to welcome to the Centre for Rural Economy Belgian artist Sander Van Raemdonck to work with our researchers and students on this year’s theme ‘making homes, making rural’.  Research on rural housing has been a key focus for us and we look forward to innovative and inspiring contributions  from Sander that will challenge our established ideas and enable us to reflect on an alternative perspective.'

James Lowther, Head of Visual Art for Berwick Visual Arts said We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University and announce Sander Van Raemdonck as our new artist in residence. The selection panel were impressed by Sanders’ approach to the theme of the residency and the potential for his practice to develop over the duration of his time in Berwick.’

Sander will be resident in Berwick-upon-Tweed from November 2015 to April 2016.