Stephanie Misa (Jul 2013 - Feb 2014)

Stephanie Misa (Jul 2013 - Feb 2014)

Berwick Visual Arts is pleased to announce Filipino born, Austrian based artist Stephanie Misa as its second artist in residence in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University. The residency provides the opportunity for an artist working in any discipline to explore to explore current rural issues, changing concepts of rurality or rural identities whilst living and working in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

On her appointment Stephanie said ‘It’s a great honour to be selected as Berwick Visual Arts artist in residence and I’m really looking forward to becoming resident in Berwick. The town provides the perfect context to develop my areas of artistic research and produce a new body of work.’

Stephanie works across a range of artistic disciplines including, sculpture, film, printmaking and sound. Using ethnographic methods, her work examines questions of identity, immigration and historical and cultural authenticity.

In relation to the residency Stephanie said 'The rural issues I would like to engage and bring to the foreground are the particularities of geographic landscapes (particularly in Berwick-upon-Tweed), the natural and man-made borders that surround it, and the idea of the rural as a uniform, unremarkable space (often held in juxtaposition to cities). I would like to be able to contribute to the Berwick Residency by bringing forward the idea of the “un-mappable” space and how we can engage it.'

The Centre for Rural Economy 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 Stephanie in the development of her work and support the distribution and display of work that is produced during the residency period.

Stephanie will be undertaking the six month residency in two stages between June-August 2013 and November 2013 - February 2014