February 2019 Artist Residencies

February Artist Residencies  11/2/19-3/3/19

SHIFT is a multi-disciplinary research & development arts space. SHIFT offers space and support for artists to develop their artistic practice, offering practical support, peer-to-peer networking and opportunities for wider public engagement.
We offer short term residencies in a shared environment. These residencies can lead to showing & sharing work within the space, programming talks & debates, performances and screenings. 

February residents 

Rebecca Wyn Kelly

 is a multi-disciplinary Land artist creating work that delves deep into the human psyche.
Her practice explores and visualises the subjects of death, loss and  loneliness and is driven by a compelling
emotional consistency. Her excursions  to various isolated, geographical landmarks permeate her practice with a solitary melancholia. Her deep connection to the landscape is reflected in her use of natural materials that she collects from places that she feels the “Hiraeth “ (longing) for. She graduated from central St Martins in 2004 and is currently studying for her MAFA in UWE.


Joao Saramago. 

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, 1985. Currently living in Cardiff. Joao studied graphic design and then in the University of Fine Arts in  Lisbon. His practice is drawing using cheap ballpoint pens as a medium. He is inspiredby nature and music. He draws intricate lines and circles referring mostly totime, transformation, and contemplation. Drawing is a practice, an exercise  of mindfulness and meditation.

Ian Watson

is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Cardiff, having studied Fine Art at Howard Garden’s campus, UWIC and prior to that at Hastings College near to his childhood home. During his residency at Shift Ian will be working on documenting a new AV performance set-up

Ethan Dodd

 practice has evolved to suit the environment and little space that he has. Moving into digital collage and 2-d painting, he has made great developments, but hopes to return to his 3-dimensional practice sooner, rather than, later. As he’Il still look for a space, he is interested in returning to his installation and sculpture-based practice. Taking inspiration from Gargoyles, colour theory and mass production of religious iconography; he wants to teach myself the process of resin casting, from the creation of a singular object, all the way up to mass production. He feels that the space at SHIFT will provide him with the ability to pursue this work, furthering his explorations into mass-produced large-scale installation.

Jodi Ann Nicholson

 is a dance artist interested in the construction of the self and identity. Life experiences have led her to believe that ‘society’ perceives identity as something that is culturally inherited; as an adoptee she struggle’s with feeling at peace with these idea’s. Jodi thinks our identities are also made up of our experiences, our memories and our relationships. When these aspects do not align with our cultural inheritance a displacement occurs with the self and identity. Jodi’s work manifests and explores these ideas through an autobiographical narrative. Movement, embroidery and textile installations give structure to her ongoing interrogation of the question: what makes up our identity?
Jodi wants her work to provoke the viewer to a place of reflection on these wider ideas of identity for themselves.
To lead them to think about their own identity and the experiences, memories and relationships that shape it.

http:// www.jodiannnicholson.weebly.com

Jemma Roper 

is a Cardiff-based, female-based, artist and musician with a keen interest in costume and fashion design. During her February residency at Shift she aims to continue to create a grotto filled with wearable art inspired by dreams and distorted half memories, a place where textile bodies morph into the future and back again.

Jason Rouse

is a multi-disciplinary artist creating work exploring conflict, community, immigration and simulation through the skewed view of contemporary internet culture. His work can take the form of computer games, sound, video, paintings and digital objects and is often immediate and reactive. He has been shortlisted for the 2018 Lumen Prize for Digital Art and recently received a Wales Art International grant for SWITCHed, an exchange programme between Arcade Cardiff and Galerie RDV, Nantes.He is hoping to use his time in Shift to further realise some new work for upcoming exhibitions and experiment with using the large space.

Kate Woodward

has developed her practice as a multi-disciplinary artist since graduating at Glasgow School of Art, Fine Art Photography in 2015. Her practice includes the use of photography, video, sculpture, illustration, poetry and sound. Her core interest is in exploring and visualising the impact humans have on their environment and on each other. As well as exhibiting as part of Cardiff Contemporaries, Made in Roath and TactileBOSCH; Kate has also worked on developing and presenting a range of projects and workshops, specifically targeting inclusivity in art. In collaboration with Disability Arts Cymru and with the help of the Lottery fund and Arts Council Wales funding, she has worked with brain injury patients, disabled charities such as Vision 21 and communities from Cardiff and the Valleys.

Jo Sheehy

is an artist from Newport, but residing in Cardiff. They prefer to collect their artistic output under the name Slow Murder. Their art tends to centre upon mental health and gender identity at the moment. They enjoy working in sonic and visual capacities, these generally taking the forms of noise compositions and paintings, although this always subject to change.
Slow Murder’s latest project, being worked upon here, is called Amygdala and is focussed on the irrational fear that they experience about their mental health problems.

Myles Leadbeatter

creates site specific  installations and structures that embed, reflect and manifest data collected via sensors or networks. Using modern techniques Myles manufactures custom designed mechanisms and electronics to enable structures to move; the movement of these structures is informed by collected data manipulated through coding. His work is based in research around creating architecture and structures that absorb data created by its inhabitants/ users and dynamically express it in the physical composition of the space/ piece.

Pete Williams

is a print-maker, with a long-standing reputation as a professional artist in Wales. He is the co-founder & director of the Print Market Project Cardiff 1996 to the present day. Originally at Chapter Arts Centre until 2007 but relocated to a converted 18th Century Barn on Market Road which now operates as a fully equipped printmaking studio and small gallery. Williams calls it ‘A most Important Space’
Educated at Cheltenham School of Art BA Hons’ Printmaking 1986-89 then went on to Brighton University completing a Fine Art Printmaking Post –Graduate Degree in 1989-91.

Exhibiting both nationally and internationally for over twenty years Williams has formed strong links in the world of Print in particular USA & China. He was made International Projects manager for Wales Arts International during this time and completed many residencies in both Wales and the Republic of Ireland from 2008-10 In 2009-12 he was the temporary exhibition curator for the Howard Gardens Gallery and the CBAT Gallery in Cardiff respectively.He’s currently an associate lecturer in Carmarthen School of Art & UWTSD Swansea University and more recently runs various print related projects at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff. In 2014 he was made Fellow of the RSA Wales/Cymru and Chair of the 56GroupWales in 2016.

http:// www.printmarketproject.com

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