Meet Liane Lang, 2021’s artist in residence

We’re really excited to announce that the Festival’s next artist-in-residence is London-based artist, Liane Lang, who will be taking up the residency in July 2021.

artist Liane Lang in her studio in London

Just before the Coronavirus pandemic became a reality, The Festival selection panel had just been through the process of selecting 2020’s artist-in-residence, and so now we’re finally able to announce the Festival’s next artist-in-residence, Liane Lang who will be taking up the residency in July 2021.

Liane Lang is a visual artist with a special interest in statues and historic monuments. Her practice is primarily photographic, often using alternative processes and printing on a variety of materials including stone, concrete and metals.

Talking about her excitement and main focus for her Wirksworth Festival residency, Liane said:

“I am delighted to have been chosen as Wirksworth Festival’s artist-in-residence and plan to spend time looking at the idea of landscape as memorial. I am particularly interested in exploring the region for objects and features that retain and retell histories, both natural and man made and to talk to people about their experience of the landscape.

While researching Wirksworth I was excited to discover its history of lead mining. I have created work using lead as a material in the past, notably a photograph of the philosopher Hannah Arendt printed onto a sheet of lead. I will be using lead as a material in the project, exploring its unique qualities of pliability and strength.

Since my residency was necessarily postponed until 2021, I can’t wait to spend three months in this vibrant town and to meet its artist and wider community.”

Denis O’Connor, curator of the Festival’s main exhibition in 2019, Made in Wirksworth, and member of the selection panel said:

“We chose Liane to be the Festival’s second artist-in-residence as she clearly demonstrated an understanding of the town’s rich industrial history and is obviously keen to incorporate the town’s lead mining history into her practice. We are confident that Liane is going to produce a unique and inspirational body of work for both the 2021 and 2022 Festivals, we are excited for what she has in store.”

Liane Lang is the Festival’s second artist-in-residence following the successful inaugural residency of Michael Shaw in 2019. You can read about our artist-in-residence programme here.

We will be sharing news from Liane throughout her residency and follow Liane on Instagram to see more of her work.