G Â S T (October 2017 - April 2018)


G Â S T (October 2017 - April 2018)

We are pleased to announce G Â S T as our new artists in residence in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University
 
G Â S T are visual artists Laura Mahony and Dale Fearnley and their practice uses found photography and objects, sculpture, performance, print and time based media, to survey folklore, myth and its curious relation to site. 
 
Recent works have included ‘Beacons’ (2017) a temporal landscape intervention made in partnership with The Woodland Trust, which celebrated the uncovering of a secret fire control bunker on the site and ‘Old Town New Town,’ (2016) undertaken with the University of Lincoln, which explored the third wave of ‘New Town’ model planning through the Media Archive for Central England. 
 
G Â S T have recently completed a MLitt in Fine Art Practice at Glasgow School of Art, which included research into the cultural identity and hidden histories of rural areas in Scotland, that are linked to the historical trade of Scottish freshwater pearl fishing.
 
The residency in partnership with the CRE is now in its fifth year and provides the opportunity for artists 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.
 
During the residency G Â S T will explore the theme of ‘materials and materiality’ enableing them to develop their ongoing research into the representation of cultural identity within social anthropology.
 
CRE is a research centre within Newcastle University 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 G Â S T in the development of their work and support the distribution and display of work that is produced during the residency period.  
 
Upon appointment to the post Laura and Dale said “We are very happy to have been selected and looking forward to beginning this residency and working with the CRE and the community of Berwick, approaching the theme of Materials and Materiality. This opportunity will give us the room to expand our research, delving into the visual dialogue that surrounds the material object and human relation to site, and the narratives that unfold through these avenues."
 
G Â S T will be resident in Berwick-upon-Tweed from October 2017 to April 2018.