Meet Our Residents

Meet Our Residents

Johanna Naukkarinen

Finnish Artist & Photographer

In Johanna Naukkarinen’s current project, she draws connections between historical and contemporary images of women, in particular, looking for similarities between the hysteria imagery born in 19th century Parisian hospital La Salpêtrière and contemporary images of women in popular culture. During her 3-week residency she focused on developing this project through digital drawing, alongside collecting source material for new works using uses photography and image montage. Our black Labrador Dougie became her muse for the duration!

Weblink: johannanaukkarinen.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Caroline Kinkead

Canadian Artist

As a recent graduate from Concordia University in Montreal Canada, Caroline Kinkead was searching for a micro-residency that would allow her a short break from her daily routine as a mother of a young child, in order to continue to develop her painting skills. During her 1-week residency, Caroline worked on a small painted canvas depicting the ‘Pavillon des Bains du Roy’ in Nérac.

Weblink: www.carolinekinkead.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Étienne Pelletier

Philosophy Student

Although Étienne is not a practicing artist, he is a talented draftsman and lover of painting, writing and reading. He applied to Studio Faire for a 1-week residency to accompany his partner Caroline Kinkead (see above), and to take some time away from the city to enjoy the fresh air in the garden at Studio Faire, whilst sketching the house and working on his doctorate project.

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Jane Tolerton

New Zealand Writer

Biographer, journalist and historian, Jane Tolerton spent her month at Studio Faire digging deeply into the history of New Zealand suffragists who won their campaign for the women’s vote within a quarter of a century – in stark contrast to many other countries. She is writing a book that will re-spin the suffrage story in the light of research that has revealed that there were three distinct movements for the vote, all of which contained both women and men.

Weblink: janetolerton.co.nz

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Jen Thorpe

South African Writer

When feminist writer and a gender equality researcher, Jen Thorpe, arrived for a 4-week residency at Studio Faire, her goal was for some dedicated time to focus on writing, as she had multiple projects already on the go. These included finishing her second novel and embarking on her third, and reading, selecting and editing a collection of invited non-fiction essays.

Weblink: jen-thorpe.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Rebecca Curling

Irish Artist

During Rebecca Curling’s micro-residency, she spent time in the studio working on a series of paintings depicting views from her train journey’s ‘Leaving the city, travelling fast through the green fields and countryside. Home.’ She also spent time in the garden gathering sketchbook ideas for future use.

Weblink: www.instagram.com/rebeccacurlingart

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Colin Andrews

Irish Artist

The river Baïse was the focus for Colin Andrew’s 2-week residency and he spent his days walking and paddling sections of it’s course, observing and recording life around and on the river. Following the residency, he returned to his home in Scotland to review, edit and transform his film clips and stills into a ‘poetic exploration of water, flow, level and the importance of waterways to community’.

Weblink: www.colinandrews.org

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Hazel Kelly

Scottish Filmmaker

Hazel Kelly enjoys creating narratives and characters, and spent her micro-residency at Studio Faire working on a piece for a stand up routine, as well as exploring the area with her camera and modelling for Jennifer Kelly’s clay bust (see below).

Weblink: www.instagram.com/hazelleekelly

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Jennifer Kelly

Scottish Artist

During Jennifer Kelly’s 1 week residency she spent time in the studio creating a clay bust of her daughter Hazel (above). With tongue sticking out and eyes tightly closed, the predominant aim was to express emotion. Jennifer’s series of clay busts are inspired by the work of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, a German-Austrian sculptor from the 18th century, most famous for his “character heads”, ‘a collection of busts with faces contorted in extreme facial expressions’.

Weblink: jennifermkelly.co.uk

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Gretchen Elizabeth Smith

American Playwright

As an Associate Professor and teacher of playwriting, performance studies & theatre history at SMU in Dallas Texas, Gretchen Elizabeth Smith feels it is crucial that she stays current with her own work in order to keep up with her students. Her one week residency at Studio Faire allowed her concentrated time to focus on completing a rough draft of an original two-act play.

Weblink: www.facebook.com/gretchen.smith.2164

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Deborah Whitney

American Artist, Writer & Curator

Following on a project entitled “The Talkies” from 2013, Deborah Whitney’s focus during her month long residency was on developing an idea for a book project of recollection, incorporating both text and image. You can see some of the pencil and collaged tissue works she developed here in her ‘Pageants’ series.

Weblink: www.deborahwhitney.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Alana Dawes

Canadian Designer & Photography Student at Studio Faire

For Canadian Web Designer, Alana Dawes, the opportunity to visit Studio Faire to develop her photography skills in portraiture and still life was invaluable. She worked with Colin Usher (our in-house Photography tutor) over the course of the week long residency, particularly focusing on studio lighting and composition. Alana spent independent time developing these new found skills in the studio, which resulted in some fantastic self-portraits.

Read more about our Residential Photography Courses.

Weblink: wildwood.studio

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Sherri Jean McCulloch

Canadian Artist

Vintage French linens became ‘canvas’ for Sherri Jean McCulloch during her 4 week residency and colour exploded in our studio. Sherri’s paintings were developed intuitively, drawing from all of her senses and clearly showing the inspirations of her surroundings here in South West France, from the fortified Bastides to the stripes of the vineyards.

Weblink: SherriJeanMcCullochArt.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Nicolette Daskalakis

American Screenwriter & Poet

French cinema has had a profound influence on the work of Nicolette Daskalakis and is the reason she found herself drawn to Studio Faire in South West France as the ideal location for her 4-week residency. She made best use of her time by completing revisions on her feature-length screenplay, making a start on a short French-language script and writing several new poems for her next book of poetry.

Read more about her residency and her work.

Weblink: www.nicolettedaskalakis.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Wendy Rolt

English Artist

For Wendy Rolt, a residency at Studio Faire meant a focused period of time to prioritise her artwork, away from her usual daily work with the charity she founded for women from difficult and broken backgrounds in East London. A time to read, sketch and paint new ideas relating ‘our internal to our external being’ and to experiment with how she might express this through abstract painting.

Weblink: www.wendyrolt.co.uk

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Julie Duffy

Scottish Artist

Julie Duffy spent her residency researching and drawing inspiration from the dancer, choreographer, teacher and artist, Margaret Morris. In particular, from the ‘Margaret Morris Movement’ (MMM) and it’s crossovers with her own expertise in the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do. On the 23 March, Studio Faire hosted a one off event devised by Duffy, who invited two professional artists to create an improvised performance inspired by her art installation.

Find out more about her ‘Organised Improvisation’.

Weblink: julieduffy.wixsite.com/artwork

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Lilli Huttula

Finnish Dancer

Lilli Huttula is an amazingly versatile dancer, dance teacher and choreographer, primarily focusing on three different street dance styles: house, hip hop and voguing. During her 4-week residency at Studio Faire, she focused predominantly on developing a new solo performance piece, which tells a story of a personal experience through a dance performance.

Weblink: lilliyamamoto.wordpress.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Victoria Negri

American Screenwriter

The main purpose of Victoria Negri’s 1-week residency was to focus on the script for her second feature film, ‘Ultra’. She sees this film as an expansion of her first film, ‘Gold Star’ (which Victoria starred in alongside Robert Vaughn and Catherine Curtin). Victoria successfully managed to push through major writing blocks she’d been struggling with, allowing her to complete her script during her short residency, much to her delight!

Weblink: www.victorianegri.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Brittany Loar

American Artist & Designer

The main goal of Brittany Loar’s residency was to have time and space to focus on her fine art in order to create a new body of work that she could exhibit on her return. As a full time Senior Designer at an agency in Boston she has little time left over to dedicate to her artwork. Brittany fully immersed herself in her creative activities during her residency, being consistently found drawing, painting and thinking in our ‘garage’ studio.

Weblink: brittanyloar.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Holly Knox Rhame

American Artist

Holly Rhame visited Studio Faire to experiment predominantly with paint, colour, texture and scale, and drew inspiration from her imagination and the figure. Though the works created during her residency were intentioned to be sketches to be developed into larger works on her return, she was happy with the outcome of many of these works, feeling that they could be exhibited in their own right.

Weblink: www.hollyknoxrhame.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Meredith Alloway

American Screenwriter

Meredith Alloway’s residency’s main focus was to work on her next feature script, but she got more out of it than she’d bargained for when two other short film scripts started to develop during her initial research into the history of the area. The feature script she predominantly worked on was a development of her pilot for a horror series called ‘Deep Tissue’. Studio Faire organised a test screening of this new short film to our own private audience in Nérac, along with her debut short film ‘Interior Teresa’.

Read more about her residency and her work.

Weblink: www.meredithalloway.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Justine Gaubert

English Writer

Justine Gaubert visited Studio Faire with her creative partner Vicky (see below) to develop a collaborative project that focuses on neurodiversity, in particular, exploring all things Aspergers. They considered their own personal triggers and personal experiences as creative women in their 40’s and also helpful strategies to share with others. They began developing a website whilst at Studio Faire, with support from Colin, and intend to launch this very soon.

Weblink: www.linkedin.com/in/justinegaubert

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Sarah Gittins

Scottish Printmaker

Sarah Gittins chose to split her four-week residency into two shorter visits and, for this first fortnight, she predominantly spent time at Chateau du Frandat, a vineyard and orchard just ten-minutes bike ride from Studio Faire. Her project is focused on the history, cultivation and celebration of plum growing in this region and, during this visit, Sarah was able to watch the plums ripen and then, experience the beginnings of the harvesting process.

Find out more about her residency in her own words.

Weblink: sarahgittins.wordpress.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir

Icelandic Musician & Composer

Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir’s residency involved recording environmental sounds and developing these into musical compositions on her computer. The theme of one of her compositions was Thoreau’s Walden, which will be premiered in Iceland in October and also some theatre music that will be premiered in Iceland in November 2018.

Weblink: soundcloud.com/elin-gunnlaugsdottir

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Alan McGowan

Scottish Artist

In 2012 Alan McGowan published ‘The Language of the Body: Figure Drawings in Four Chapters.’ and in 2017 ‘Unstill Life; Paintings, Drawings and Writing.’ These publications not only demonstrate Alan’s fabulous figurative oil paintings but also written quotes, thoughts and observations. Alan focused his residency at Studio Faire on developing his writing, with a continued spotlight on the figure in art. He intends to edit these after his return and develop a new publication.

Weblink: www.alanmcgowan.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Vicky Morris

English Writer

Vicky Morris arrived with her creative partner Justine (see above) to develop a joint project focusing on neurodiversity. They worked together on research and their plans for the project and created their first in a series of podcasts. They also began developing a website to house it all whilst at Studio Faire, with support from Colin, and intend to launch this very soon. Vicky also worked on some personal projects and her poetry practice.

Weblink: www.vickymorris.co.uk

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Brigid Collins

Irish Artist

In order to make the most of her seven-day residency, Brigid Collins  immediately started to gather natural objects of inspiration from the surrounding area, the local farmer’s market and the gardens here at Studio Faire. For the rest of the week, she could be found in various locations around the garden, standing in the sunshine, submerged in these objects and creating beautiful watercolour paintings and mixed media studies.

Read more about her residency and her work.

Weblink: www.brigidcollins.co.uk

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Robin Gee

African American Choreographer & Dancer

Robin Gee came to Studio Faire in order to develop [movement] material for a screen dance inspired by the local environment. Even though she has a fantastic studio space at UNC Greensboro, where she is Associate professor, she feels it’s necessary for her to remove herself from her place of work for the ideas to really start to flow, without distraction, both physical and mental. This is why a residency at Studio Faire was so valuable for her development at this point in time.

Read more about her residency and her work.

Watch the video ‘sketch’ that she made with Colin and his drone.

Weblink: www.greensborodancefilms.org

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

James McGinley

Scottish Musician

For James McGinley, music is his ‘medicine‘ and during his residency he spent time developing new music on both guitar and piano, as well as working out the best method to get some of his music down on paper, to ensure he doesn’t forget these tunes!

Read more about his residency and his work.

Weblink: soundcloud.com/james-mcginley

Karl Stern

Scottish Painter & Printmaker

Karl Stern used his residency to develop a new body of work.  He has a rare approach to creating his works of art, initially he created collographic plates, which he then painted into. These will be finished off during the printing process after his residency. The images he created were inspired by the characters, buildings and landscapes in and around Nérac. They all reflected Karl’s interest in people and his environment.

Read more about his residency and his work.

Weblink: www.facebook.com/Karl-SternStern-Art

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Rebecca Wilson

Scottish Ceramicist & Jeweller

The gift of solitude, time, and space, was just what the doctor ordered for mother of two young children, Rebecca Wilson. She spent her residency collaging, sticking, drawing, painting, and gathering inspiration to take home and develop into fresh designs for upcoming summer shows.

Read more about her residency and her work.

Weblink: www.rebeccawilsonceramics.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Louise Ritchie

Scottish Artist

As Louise Ritchie has been exploring the Philosophy of Music within her humanities studies, she decided to use her residency to engage and challenge herself in that area through her drawings and by beginning to learn the guitar.

Read more about her residency and her work.

Weblink: www.louiseritchie.com

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Paola McClure

Scottish Artist

For Paola McClure, inspiration came in the form of our tangled wisteria and some old slates, twigs and chicken wire found in the barn. Sculptural ‘stacks’ and constructions began to pop up around the grounds like characters in their own right.

Read more about her residency and her work.

Weblink: www.facebook.com/paolamcclurevisualart

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

Leena Nammari

Palestinian Printmaker

During her residency at Studio Faire, Leena Nammari took some time to reflect on her personal MFA program and consolidate some of her ideas. She also used the wallpapers at the house as inspiration for some stunning cyanotype made outside in the sunshine.

Read more about her residency and her work.

Weblink: www.leenanammari.co.uk

Photo by Colin Usher at Studio Faire.

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47600 NéracFrance

General enquiries and residencies
Email:
 julia@studiofaire.co.uk

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Email: colin@studiofaire.co.uk

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