An exciting selection of new artists have been appointed as Artists in Residence for the second year of the University's North West Cambridge development Art Programme; Cambridge based artists Aid & Abet (David Kefford and Sarah Evans), Fernando García-Dory from Spain and Bedwyr Williams from North Wales.
The Artist in Residence programme is the backbone of the public art strategy that will run throughout the duration of the North West Cambridge development. Three artists are appointed each year and the programme encourages collaboration between artists and departments within the University. In the second year of the residency programme, Aid & Abet will work with the Department of Land Economy, Fernando García-Dory with the Centre for Sustainable Development in the Department of Engineering, and Bedwyr Williams with the University of Cambridge Museums. The residencies will result in a range of outcomes, which might include exhibitions, events, performances, art installations, talks and workshops.
The strategy aims to deliver a public art programme that centres on a thorough understanding of place, developing a distinctive identity for North West Cambridge and setting a standard for public art that has the potential to be a benchmark for best practice nationally and internationally.
Public Engagement is central to the art strategy: it will support the development by creating dynamic community experiences and provide resonant art encounters that give voice to the unique character of the area. For the latest news on forthcoming events and outcomes that result from the Residency programme see www.nwcambridgeart.com
Contemporary Art Society and InSite Arts have developed the Public Art Strategy for North West Cambridge in collaboration with the University of Cambridge.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Aid & Abet (working with the Department of Land Economy)
Aid & Abet was founded in 2010 by artists Sarah Evans, David Kefford and CJ Mahony. Since 2011 Aid & Abet has delivered a varied programme of exhibitions and events from a project space in Cambridge alongside a series of offsite projects across the UK that have enabled artists to experiment, take risks as well as collaborate and exchange. This diverse artistic programme has encouraged participants to engage with cross-disciplinary practice in both creative and critical ways, fostering a three way relationship between artist, artwork and audience.
Aid & Abet is currently led by Sarah Evans and David Kefford, they work in Cambridge. They have organised numerous events and exhibitions in Cambridge and across the UK.
Fernando García-Dory (working with the Centre for Sustainable Development in the Department of Engineering)
Fernando García-Dory´s collaborative projects involve using art as a means to try to precipitate social change, often addressing attitudes towards food production, community and tradition. His projects frequently involve creating a working platform or stage for meetings and discussions on the current situation of a particular aspect of land use or other farming related issue. He is interested in the process of building sustainable communities through collaborative and discursive agro-ecological projects, actions, and cooperatives.
Fernando García-Dory lives and works between Madrid, Mallorca and the northern Spanish mountains. We was awarded the Leonor Annenberg prize for Art and Social Change in 2012. In the past year he has shown projects in Stockholm, London, Athens, Leipzig, New York and in Maebashi, Japan.
Bedwyr Williams (working with the University of Cambridge Museums)
Encompassing performance, sculpture, painting and video, Bedwyr Williams's practice is characterised by his unique humour and gentle self-depreciation, both informed in part, by his upbringing in Wales. At Frieze art fair in London in 2012 Williams made a cadaver out of cake, representing a murdered curator which visitors were invited to eat. Drawing from his life experiences, Williams' work, on the one hand, offers a sharp critique of our everyday world, and on the other a celebration of the obscure and overlooked.
Bedwyr Williams lives and works in Caernarfon, North Wales. He represented Wales at the Venice Biennale 2013. He received the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2006 and has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally.