DD Artists Programme with THIStudios

Residency exchange project with Holly Keasey and Carla Cruz.

Hospitalfield is pleased to announce the next phase of the DD Artists Programme which gives a new opportunity to artist Holly Keasey, who graduated from DJCAD in 2011 and was the Chair of Generator Projects until 2015 and London-based Portuguese artist Carla Cruz.

Our partners for this phase are Tottenham Hale International Studios who have created a 250 square foot studio specially for an international residency programme at their building in north London.

The aims of our DD Artists Programme are to provide useful opportunities for artists from our region to make new connections and develop their work with the aspiration that this will have a positive effect on their individual practice and the artistic community here on their return.

A panel of studio holders at THIStudios selected Holly Keasey’s application after an open call to DD Artists in September 2015. Hospitalfield selected Carla Cruz after consulting artists who had undertaking previous DD Artist Programme residencies. The two artists will provide a key anchor point for each other during their respective residencies and a way into the local artist community. There are several connections between the two artists’ approaches, which opens excellent potential for collaboration and constructive discussion in the development of work.

Carla and Holly will be hosting an informal event on Saturday 26 March at Hospitalfield which is towards the end of Carla’s residency here. There will be other opportunities to meet up from the start of her stay. Holly will undertake a residency at THIStudios later in 2016.

Carla Cruz will focus on an exploration of greatness and goodness whilst at Hospitalfield, particularly in respect to Carol Sheild’s latest novel ‘Unless’. She will be considering the writing as a framework to critique the ‘art world’ system and other established norms of progress.

Holly Keasey is considering how the notion of progress influences how we value acts of greatness and goodness, and visa versa, with particular reference to urban regeneration. A focal point for Holly’s stay will be Walthamstow Wetlands, which is within a few miles of the studio complex.

Quote from Tim Phillips of THIStudios:

The international residency programme at THIStudios is a fantastic opportunity for us to forge new relationships with art organisations that share our ambitions to create an openly engaged artistic discourse with as diverse an artistic audience as possible. It is in the ever shifting programme, inviting a wide range of artists into THIStudios through our international partners, that we maintain a dynamic environment which enriches the space as a whole.

The jury of selectors were particularly taken with Holly’s work as it seemed to transcend the boundaries of the studio through aspects of community collaboration, documentation, and research. Her proposal was also very specific to the local environment, and we felt that this type of practise would create some interesting outcomes that fit with our aspirations for the residency programme.


Read more information about Holly Keasey…

Read more information about Carla Cruz and the residents she will be alongside in March 2016 at Hospitalfield…

Images: Holly Keasey, Commitment and Choice: A Forecasting Station, Cupar Arts Festival 2013; Carla Cruz, performance documentation, H PPY TO GET HER: temporary head-quarters of AAPA, a collaboration with Ângelo Ferreira de Sousa, Mala Voadora, Porto 2015.