Artist in residence
In 2019 the Festival launched The Lodge Project – its inaugural artist in residence programme.
Funded by the Ampersand Trust, the programme’s aim is to give an established, UK-based artist a 3-month period of dedicated and funded studio time, based in an 18th Century cottage on the outskirts of Wirksworth. We wanted to provide the time for a mid-career artist to rethink their work and develop new directions, with an emphasis on life in and around Wirksworth.
Each year’s artist in residence will work in a two-dimensional discipline – works on paper, painting, photography or textiles. They will also be new to the area so that the outcomes of the residency will reflect an aspect of the locality from an outsider’s point of view – its rich landscape, industrial history and diverse architecture and community.
During the residency period the artist will work in and with Wirksworth’s community of residents and artists to create a new body of work to exhibit during the Festival of the residency year – this might include sketches, small pieces, writings, audience talks and workshops. The artist will then use all their learnings and resources to produce a final, major piece of work for the following year’s Festival.
The Festival’s first artist-in-residence in 2019 was Michael Shaw, you can see photographs of his installation in St Mary’s Church on this page (click on the image to see larger gallery versions).