Un(mother) by Jessica Boatright
Interior of the Hull Artist Research Initiative
More funding for artists in 2023
The St Hugh’s Foundation is pleased to announce 6 Artists Respond grants for 2023 and a new recipient of the Claire Peasnall Memorial Award.
Inspired by the the challenge of an injury and consequent spinal surgery that left him unable to dance or feel connected to his choreography for eight months, Paul Chantry will use the time to re-find and explore his choreographic/dance practice in the changed body that he has to discover a new way to relate to and create for artists who have undergone severe changes in their physical circumstances. His project is entitled ‘In Time of Daffodils.’
Within Hull Artist Research Initiative (HARI), Sarah Pennington will use the funding to programme a number of artists working in multi-media,including visual arts and textiles, against the backdrop of the shifting usage of high street shops, the cost-of-living crisis and climate emergency. The aim is to engage the passing public in exploring social systems and concepts through access to the working processes of artists and their diverse practices, exploring identity, personal expression and environmental sustainability. Sarah will also make work in response to this programme and the conversations it provokes.
Jessica Boatright will take an interdisciplinary approach with poetry/words at the core or her work to explore being childless (through choice or circumstance). She wishes to explore the feelings this engenders as it can be a uniquely painful experience leaving those affected feeling othered and excluded in a country focused on ‘hard working families;’ something that she feels is seldom spoken about, acknowledged or reflected upon creatively.
Lou Hazelwood will use photography to explore 10x8 analogue colour duplicating film as a canvas to develop experimental techniques of manipulating emulsions with materials gathered from woodlands as ways to understand ecological change by how the chemicals of woodlands alter photographic emulsion.
Video and sound artist, Simon Le Boggit, fears that he may be excluded from future opportunities as his hearing is beginning to fail and technical requirements advance. In the past he has relied on his skills to keep up to date but now needs improved equipment in order to develop his practice.
Using photography, Steve Thornton wants to make people aware of the carbon-capturing capabilities of Lincolnshire’s coastal salt marshes and the huge effect they can bring to our current global warming crisis in his project entitled: Invisible Carbon. 50 Miles of Carbon Captures.
The Foundation is also pleased to announce that the fourth Claire Frances Peasnall Memorial Award has been given to artist Kate Genever. This Award is made possible thanks to generous support from the Claire Peasnall Trust, and given in memory of former St Hugh’s Arts Award recipient, Claire Peasnall.
Kate, who is based near Stamford, has been invited to take part in an artist residency at an Olive farm in Tomar Portugal in June 2023. She will be using the award to support her travel costs which would be prohibitive given that she no longer flies, for environmental reasons and will therefore travel via ferry and rail.
Tanya Akrofi, Chair of the St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts said: “Once again we received many more high quality applications than we were able to support, more in fact than ever, which shows the ambition, creativity and resilience of artists in our area of benefit.”
“We have been pleased to offer these Artists Respond awards in the second year of our campaign to celebrate the work of 30 artists for our 30 years as a Foundation. We look forward to supporting many more over the next three years. We are also thrilled that because of a generous donation from Claire Peasnall’s family, we will be able to make more awards in Claire’s name over the coming years.”