Northern Ireland artists chosen for residencies at top Indian institutions

Four individuals are set for an 'adventure of discovery' where they can develop their practices through new cultural experiences

A filmmaker, musician, painter and jewellery maker have been chosen to represent Northern Ireland on an Indian adventure of discovery.

The four artists have been selected by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council to undertake residencies at two prestigious Indian institutions. The residencies will give the artists dedicated space and time to develop their artistic practice and are the result of new links forged with key cultural institutions in India by the Arts Council and British Council as a platform for creating, sharing and promoting the creative arts.

Derry~Londonderry based film maker Myrid Carten will be the first of the four to go, travelling this week to Sanskritti Delhli, a cultural centre designed as a serene environment to encourage innovative and interactive work. The five-acre campus houses three museums, a multi-purpose hall, an amphitheatre, artists’ studios, dormitories and workshop spaces.

In the New Year, musician Joby Fox, craft and jewellery maker Robyn Galway, and visual artist Angela Hackett, will all travel to the beautiful, historical town of Ramgarh Shekhawati to complete their residencies.                             

Sonya Whitefield, Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: 'This is a fantastic opportunity for these artists to immerse themselves in another artistic community and draw inspiration from another culture – the art, the people, the places they will visit. These residencies are about providing new learning experiences for our artists, as well as giving them a platform to showcase the immense talent and creativity Northern Ireland has to offer. We wish them all every success.'

Myrid solo

Myrid Carten

Looking forward to her time in India, Myrid Carten commented: 'I am grateful for the Arts Council's continual support, who along with the British Council have awarded me this International residency to India.

'My films screening in the Delhi International Film Festival, alongside research into links between India and Ireland’s history and film culture, means I can make a new body of work about the postcolonial female body as a site of contesting border ideologies. I am honoured to be representing Northern Ireland and excited to share ideas and work with Indian artists.'

Colette Norwood, Arts Manager, British Council Northern Ireland commenting on the opportunity said: 'British Council is delighted to continue to offer a series of artist residencies inIndia, in partnership with the Arts Council.  The festivals and Indian cultural organisations we are working with provide vital opportunities to celebrate our artists internationally.'

Meanwhile, 20 Northern Ireland artists have also this week been selected as recipients of the Arts Council's ACES awards for 2017/18. They'll use grants of up to £5,000 in addition to partnerships with leading arts organisations to build on existing bodies of work with exciting new projects over the coming year. Read more about the ACES artists here.

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