We are delighted to announce Sarah Craske, Anna-Maria Nabirye and nnull as the recipients of the Jerwood Whitstable Biennale Artist Attachments.
With support from Jerwood Arts, it has been possible for Cement Fields to offer three artist development opportunities, which will provide valuable paid time and support to three early-career artists over the next year, starting in September 2020.
Each artist will receive £8,000 alongside a personalised development programme that includes mentoring and peer support. The artists will also have the opportunity to showcase their work at the next Whitstable Biennale.
Coming at a time of deep uncertainty for artists and the arts more widely, it is vital that we continue to create space for artists to explore new ideas and take risks at critical moments in their practice and career.
We are grateful to work with such exceptional artists in partnership with Jerwood Arts and look forward to supporting their development over the next year.
Sarah Craske works in the liminal, transdisciplinary space between art, science and technology. Their work explores the Anthropocene through philosophical enquiry into our relationship with various forms of climate breakdown, drawing on specialist expertise and technologies and taking part in research collaborations across the world. Craske exhibits in interdisciplinary places of histories, knowledge, narratives and context, including libraries, museums, and laboratories, purposefully prioritising their rich contexts over white cube galleries. These sites, buildings and organisations provide materials to work with and become a structural part of the work.
Anna-Maria Nabirye is a multidisciplinary artist working across visual arts, live art, social practice, theatre, film, TV and fashion. Her work is focused on the narratives of Black Women within the African Diaspora. Anna-Maria’s work combines and layers elements from the different creative worlds she inhabits. Working in service of the subject material and intended audience Anna-Maria allows those elements to guide the main medium within which the work is presented. Anna-Maria is currently occupied with creating joy and how that intersects with the experiences and cultural representation of Black women. Without Joy there can be no revolution.
nnull (they/them, he/him) is a researcher, writer and artist based in London, UK. As both transgender and a migrant, their work investigates the embodied experience of these processes of transition and how they interface with political and bureaucratic structures. They also research colonial legacies in the global south and intergenerational trauma. Despite their work being explorations on identity, they would like to remain anonymous. The name ‘nnull’ emerged from the desire to be free to identify as nothing which in our current world, as a world that assigns identities and punishes deviants, is impossible.
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The Jerwood WB Artist Attachments are supported by Jerwood Arts.