Please also visit UH Arts – Artist Residencies for information about the artists in residence at the University of Hertfordshire.
Katy Gillam-Hull (October 2016)
During the twelve-month period as artist-in-residence at St Albans Museums, Katy Gillam-Hull was drawn to the beauty and craftsmanship within the Salaman Tool Collection; a vast collection of trade tools united by local resident Raphael Salaman, belonging to St Albans Museum Service. Katy saw the tools as treasured artworks in themselves and was intrigued by the evidence of wear-and-tear on handles and blades. She selected parts of the collection to share in public handling sessions at Verulamium Museum and Homebase, and invited visitors to handle these special artefacts – drawing connections between the historical collection and modern power tools.
A recent graduate from the Contemporary Design Craft programme at UH, Katy creates exquisite jewellery and objects that act as contemporary relics. She works in copper and often incorporates found objects into her work.
Permindar Kaur (September 2015-May 2016)
Spanning three decades, Permindar Kaur’s artistic practice has consistently explored the human condition; who we are and where we belong. Her signature polar-fleece protagonists combine the innocence of cuddly toys with an underlying threat or vulnerability. During her residency in 2015-2016, the artist worked with researchers from the areas of Psychology and Creative Arts, and explored new concepts and theories as start-points for her sculptural works which examined notions of ‘fitting in’ and ‘belonging’. Permindar’s residency culminated in her evolving exhibition, Interlopers, for which black, faceless, fleece-teddies were released into the Art & Design Gallery, climbing, travelling, exploring and infesting, perhaps considering escape.
Permindar Kaur completed her MA at Glasgow School of Art, and has exhibited widely both in UK and internationally. She lives and works in the UK and Sweden.
Elizabeth Murton (June-October 2016)
Elizabeth Murton’s twelve-month period as artist-in-residence culminated in her first major solo exhibition and symposium, Between Materials and Mechanisms, at UH Galleries in September 2016. During her residency, Elizabeth engaged in dialogue with specialists and participants, explored cross-disciplinary ideas, processes and materials and used the gallery as her studio to test and fabricate her ambitious and evolving sculptural installation. Expanding traditional textile processes such stitching, basketry and weaving to work on a vast scale, the artist used the pillars and structures of the gallery as a ‘backbone’ – whereas the yarn, resin and hand-made mesh suggested the softer components of muscle fibre and fascia.
Elizabeth Murton studied Textiles, Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College and is currently a resident of Bow Arts, London. She has exhibited widely within the UK and was awarded a_n The Artists Information Company Re:View Bursary in 2013. Elizabeth was the co-founder and chair of cross-disciplinary discussion forum Ideas-Matter-Sphere (2011-12) and since 2007 she has facilitated peer critique Engine ChatChat in Bow Arts, London.
Watch the short film for Between Materials and Mechanisms, created by R&A Collaborations.
Lyndall Phelps (2015-2018)
UHGalleries, in partnership with St Albans Museums, are delighted to be hosting Lyndall Phelps as artist-in-residence over a three-year period. She is charting the closure of St Albans Museum on Hatfield Road through the construction of the New Museum and Gallery in the Town Hall to the grand opening at the end of 2017. Stage One of the three-part project was formed by Lyndall’s exhibition Abundance (September 2015) which celebrated the Museum of St Albans’ building and objects with a quietly ambitious installation that transformed the collection display on the top floor. Lyndall is currently developing Stage Two of the project – while the collection is homeless, she proposes designing a mobile or pop-up museum that will tour around St Albans and the University campuses, taking selected objects and their histories to people that may not otherwise come into contact with them. Finally, Stage Three will conclude in late 2017 with Lyndall creating a permanent legacy artwork for the new museum.
Lyndall Phelps studied Fine Art at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She moved to the UK in 1999 and since then has exhibited widely in London and across the country and undertaken many high profile commissions, notably ‘Superposition’, an installation in an underground ice well, for the UK Institute of Physics (2014).
Abi Spendlove (from April 2017)
Following our series of projects that explore the collections of the St Albans Museum during its period of closure, UHGalleries has commissioned artist Abi Spendlove to engage with the artefacts during spring/summer 2017. Abi works in a variety of mediums exploring themes of temporality, memory, process and exchange – often inspired by the natural landscape. Responding in her own way to the museum collection, Abi is currently developing two key ideas; working with fragmented stained glass, and exploring broken objects that people keep and why they hold on to them.
Abi Spendlove graduated from Central St Martins in 2008 and is currently doing her Masters Degree at the University of Hertfordshire. Her work has been exhibited in and acquired by several collections such as the Zabludowicz Collection and the Franks-Suss Collection.