The AA2A project provides placements for visual artists and designer-makers in Higher and Further Education institutions across England. The AA2A project is a national set of schemes, providing visual artists and designer makers with the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project, using workshop and supporting facilities in fine art and design departments of Higher and Further Education institutions. This gives participating artists and makers the opportunity to use equipment which otherwise might not be available to them, as well as benefiting the institution by allowing students to work alongside, and interact with practising artists and makers.
In November 2020 I applied to take part in a residency for 6 artists at Fermynwoods contemporary art space. The project was funded by the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and run by artist collective KNEED. In May 2021 I was selected to take part in the project, however due to the pandemic the project was being redesigned, and is now an open ended online collaborative development with 30 artists taking part, myself being one of those artists.
image courtesy of young people at FOCUS charity Leicester 2019
What does it means to be British?
A creative arts youth project directed by Artist Boseda Olawoye
The project invites ethnically diverse young people and community groups to creatively explore their experience of “Britishness” producing artistic work for their own newspaper. Three groups from Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester will each take part in three 6 week projects facilitated by locally based artist educators using multiple art forms to each develop and produce their own full colour newspaper.
Using the medium of newsprint is an accessible art form and gives people the opportunity to become their own creative directors, editors and distributors. Activities will include creative poetry, free writing, photojournalism, collage, drawing, banner making, spoken word and performance. Once the newspaper is published three launch events will take place in each location to celebrate and share amongst their friends, family, community and beyond.
Participants: Young people (aged 13 to 25) from Concord Youth Centre, Birmingham; Focus Charity, Leicester and Global Sistaz United, Nottingham.
Artist educators: Emily Warner (Birmingham) Panya Banjoko (Nottingham) and Mita Solanky (Leicester).
6th Feb - 7th March, University of Leicester, British Science Week
The University of Leicester has invited artists to take part in its British Science Week Brief Encounters initiative, during which the University is hosting 8 Mini Science/Art Residencies. Artists have been invited to spend time with University of Leicester scientists in their environment and to share each other’s practices.
The residencies will culminate in an exhibition of works created by the artists in residence, held during British Science Week and until the end of March (March 10-31st, 2018) in the Newarke House Museum, Leicester.
I will be working with Dr Kim Page: Kim works on the NASA Swift satellite, observing transient and explosive events throughout the Universe.
10th July - 22nd July 2017, Melin Glonc, Drefelin, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
On Tuesday 18th July we observed World Listening Day and local sound artist Jake Whittaker spent the day at Rhod working with us to make recordings. I led a silent walk from the Mill to the Village, and the walk was recorded by Jake - click on the soundcloud clip here https://soundcloud.com/jacobwhittaker/wld2017-rhod-silent-walk
Vegetable Agenda (an artist collective - Julian Mckenny and Debbie Rees, who run a permaculture Market Garden in the small village of Blaenffos in West Wales) invited me to carry out an artist residency after having taken part in the 'Basic Human Needs' exhibition earlier in 2016. I conducted a self-directed two-week residency in September 2016. During the residency I started developing a new piece of work 'Garden Walks'.
A self directed residency undertaken during the autumn of 2015 for a duration of 2 months in the rural village of Corris in North Wales UK.
The residency resulted in a new series of work - 'Sleep Walks' and a an artist talk at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. An exhibition and opening event talk was held at Stiwidio Maelor at the end of the residency period.