The Harley Studios host resident artists, who are given an opportunity to experience the unique environment of Welbeck for between 1 week and 1 year.
Past residencies have included:
2003 – Michael Brennand-Wood undertook a six-month artists’ residency at The Harley Gallery in 2003, culminating in the touring exhibition, A Field of Centres.
2007 – Kate Malone and Junko Mori used the exhibition The Duchess of Curiosities and historical objects from The Portland Collection as inspiration during their joint residency, which resulted in the exhibition A Natural Obsession.
2011 – Light Calligrapher Julien Breton made work at Welbeck for The Harley Gallery touring exhibition Signs for Sounds.
2013 – Award winning potter Adam Frew spent a week at The Harley Gallery in early 2013 in preparation for his solo exhibition, Drawings and Pots.
International Artists’ Residencies
Since 2006, The Harley Gallery has participated in a number of international artists’ residency programmes.
Visiting artists have included:
Lokesh Ghai (India)
Tapan Das (Bangladesh)
Tarun Ghosh (Bangladesh)
Arvind Ghosalkar (India)
Ramesh Hengadi (India)
Sanjaybhai Chitara (India)
Sejal Kshirsagar (India)
These three films are part of a larger body of work which examine a range of experiences artists encounter while undertaking international residency work. Each film is the result of one-to-one consultations with the artists. They are intended to represent ‘process’ and ‘feelings’ associated with residency rather than the actual work undertaken.
Johnny Magee, Artist in Residence, 2008
Music by Moby (by permission)
The title, ‘Field’ is a reference to the research phrase; ‘in the field’. The two individuals seen walking in the film are both WARLI artists from India, and are undertaking residency at The Harley Gallery. They are both dressed in clothes normally worn in India. Their time in residence at The Harley was spent documenting their surroundings through Warli Art (folk art or tribal painting). The film follows them walking through their terrain – as they come to terms with unfamiliarity and consider which elements to paint.
Sejal Kshirsagar is an artist from Mumbai, India undertook her residency at The Harley Gallery on the Welbeck estate. The population of Mumbai is 150,000 per square mile. The Welbeck estate is one per square mile. The film highlights how an unfamiliar environment can impact on residency in terms of loneliness and isolation. Sejal and Johnny (the filmmaker) were taken to a remote part of the estate and left there alone – so they were effectively ‘lost’. The film examines the situation which unfolded from that moment.
Music by Moby (by permission)
Intended as a melancholic piece, the film is about a longing for home – ‘home sickness’. The camera examines the domestic living space occupied by the two Indian artists seen in ‘Field’. Its austerity and lack of personal objects accent the transitory nature of the space to highlight the emotions associated with being away. During the film, the camera slowly tracks towards a Warli painting. The painting is a Warli representation of the Welbeck estate.