My proposed research investigates a timely change in contemporary art practice: from a solo studio endeavour to a post‐studio group model, and inspects the social and phenomenological conditions that paved the way for this paradigm shift. What are the socio‐economic and cultural‐geographic reasons for the recent boom in group‐studio phenomenon within contemporary art practice, as specific to residencies, and how can that analysis better equip us as cultural producers to tailor this phenomenon to meet the current needs of artists? As part of my practice‐led research, I will create a set of three-week residencies that take place in Edinburgh and Minneapolis, which responds to the cultural, architectural and creative topography of each city, and further examine the value of phenomenological experience to the working artist.
I plan to engage a practice‐led research PhD at ECA/University of Edinburgh to further advance the discourse in the field of contemporary art practice using a mix of quantitative and qualitative approaches. Through surveys, observation, and implementation of research through practice (Frayling, 1995), I will explore the conditions giving rise to residential group‐studio phenomenon. My own creative practice is lifted to a state of practical research in that it inherently includes an explicit understanding of how it contributes to the inquiry (Rust, Mottram, and Till 2008); the process of conducting a residency itself propagates further critical investigation of the inquiry.
Patricia Healy McMeans
Edinburgh College of Art
Practice-Led PhD, 2014-18
Expiremental Urban Artists' Residency
This discursive art residency bridges the gap between academia and the real world.
It is a place for serious artists of rigor to step back from the Hustle and take time for experiment and research. Ideas, like people, sometimes need a second chance to find their groove. Give them three. Give them ten.
Six to nine practicing artists, both local (MSP) and out-state, will come together in late June trhough mid-July, taking up temporary work residence in a unique urban Minneapolis space for the three-week duration.
All artists are asked to bring an open mind, an open heart, and some studio chops.
This is a time that is meant for the artists; they may use it simply to do research, or to collaborate with another resident in a new form, or to stir the beginnings of a new body of work.
When artists can find the time and space to even think about the possibility of doing a residency, which often artists have to pay for out-of-pocket, they are usually signed up for a particular time slot without regard to whom will be there at that same time.
We believe artists can thrive when given room and agency!
So, first beginning with a small group of select MSP artists, we will hold an equal number of resident seats open for an out-state group which they elect and invite themselves. In this way, the original core can determine their own resident nucleus and modes of making.
Ten Chances is not an escape, but an opportunity. In backing its experimental beta run, you are supporting a new residency paradigm as well as its potential influence on the greater contemporary art community.
Every artist receives a stipend, and travel funds if necessary, for their time. (This is based on a European model of economy, where artists receive incomes and commissions which are not solely based on market-value product.)