A new artist has been appointed for the fourth year of the Habitation Artist Residency programme of the North West Cambridge Development: Melanie Manchot.
Melanie Manchot is a London based visual artist who works with photography, ﬁlm and video as a performative and participatory practice. Her projects often explore specific sites, public spaces or particular communities in order to locate notions of individual and collective identities.
The Habitation Artist Residency programme is the backbone of the public art strategy that will run throughout the duration of the North West Cambridge Development. Artists are appointed each year and the programme encourages collaboration between artists and departments within the University. In the 2016/2017 year of the residency programme, Melanie Manchot will work with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA). For her residency Melanie seeks to engage with a wide cross section of postdoctoral researchers and the OPdA community to explore the future of personhood, friendship, shelter and community in the context of the North West Cambridge Development. Past residencies have resulted in a range of outcomes, including exhibitions, events, performances, art installations, talks and workshops.
In response to her appointment, the artist Melanie Manchot said: 'This residency programme offers unique opportunities to collaborate with postdoctoral researchers and the OPdA in Cambridge - representing some of the brightest experts in their respective fields as well as the future of thought and knowledge. I am delighted to have been appointed for this exciting project and look forward to developing a new artwork with a range of researchers in a cross-disciplinary process exploring ideas at the core of what community and collectivity might mean within a future society. An enquiry into specific notions such as shelter, friendship and new forms of production will form starting points for discussions from which the source material for the work will derive.'
The public art strategy aims to deliver a public art programme that centres on a thorough understanding of place, developing a distinctive identity for the North West Cambridge Development 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 the North West Cambridge Development on behalf of the University of Cambridge.
Notes to Editors:
1. ABOUT NORTH WEST CAMBRIDGE DEVELOPMENT
The North West Cambridge Development is the largest single capital project that the University of Cambridge has undertaken in its 800-year history. Outline planning permission was granted in February 2013 for the scheme, subject to approval of site-wide legal conditions and Reserved Matters Applications, on the 150-hectare site of University farmland situated in between Huntingdon Road, Madingley Road and the M11.
The masterplan includes 3,000 homes (50% 'key-worker' housing, available for qualifying University and Colleges employees), 2,000 post-graduate student spaces, 100,000 sq metres of research space, a local centre and community facilities including a primary school, nursery, doctors' surgery, supermarket and retail units, as well as all of the site-infrastructure and landscaping for the scheme. The development has been designed as an extension to the city, with an urban rather than suburban grain and will be of the highest design quality as well as being an exemplar of sustainable living.
2. ABOUT THE ART PROGRAMME
The Contemporary Art Society and InSite Arts manages and delivers the public art programme for the North West Cambridge Development. The programme centres on a thorough understanding of place, developing a distinctive identity for Cambridge and setting a standard for public art that has the potential to be a benchmark nationally and internationally. The programme maximises the potential for diverse audiences to participate and offers meaningful ways for art and artists to connect to existing and future communities. The backbone of the programme is the Habitation Artist Residency Programme, which will run throughout the duration of the development. The programme encourages collaboration between artists and departments within the university relevant to each phase of the development.
3. ABOUT THE CONTEMPORARY ART SOCIETY AND INSITE ARTS
The Contemporary Art Society Consultancy provides art advisory services to develop contemporary art collections, public art commissions and visionary arts and cultural strategies. The Art Consultancy supports the Contemporary Art Society, a charity that purchases important new works of art to place in public collections across the UK. Identifying the great artists of today is at the heart of our approach, bringing the best in contemporary art to our clients. Current and recent projects include the development of a national public art strategy for Qatar Public Realm, major public art commissions for the Olympic Park in 2012, London School of Economics in 2010 and 2014, and developments including Television Centre, One Blackfriars and Angel Court in London.
InSite Arts is an independent art consultancy working through the UK and on behalf of a number of International clients. InSite Arts develops art strategy and delivers commissioning programmes within a diversity of contexts, from large scale development programme for retail, commercial and housing developers, to advising local authorities and to working with architects and other design professionals exploring innovative ways of integrating artists work. InSite Arts have commissioned artists at all stages in their careers and seek to establish a diversity of role for artists within the public realm, we facilitate artist-led community engagement programmes, to temporary events and commissions, through to large scale public art installations.
4. ABOUT THE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Melanie Manchot Manchot's work has been shown nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Hayward Gallery, London; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Bloomberg Space, London; The Whitechapel Gallery, London; MacVal, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Paris; The Photographers Gallery, London; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Australian Museum of Photography, Sydney; The Courtauld Institute, London; Museum Folkwang, Essen and as part of Nuit Blanche, Paris. She is the recipient of many awards including the Oriel Davies Award 2012.
Manchot received her MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art in 1992. Until 2005, she was a lecturer at many UK art colleges including Goldsmiths, University of London, The University of the Arts, London and she continues to contribute to conferences and symposia internationally.
Melanie Manchot lives and works in London.