Future Possible, Yellow Back Books

Yellow Back Books began in 2015 with the intention to connect with a network of artists, publishers, readers and distributors, and explore a collective conversation around artist books in Cardiff. In 2018 Yellow Back Books re-grouped as a collaboration between Becca Thomas, Louise Hobson, Freya Dooley and Clare Charles and together, they were in residence at Campfa across November 2018.

Approaching the residency as a piece of speculative fiction, the group returned to initial intentions and collectively explored future possible forms, narratives and scenarios for Yellow Back Books. This ran parallel to an open collaborative dialogue with artists Cinzia Mutigli and Melissa Appleton.

Cinzia Mutigli presented Singing up front, an exhibition of works in development including posters and text that have emerged from her recent residency at Hospitalfield, Arbroath. Melissa Appleton collaborated with Yellow Back Books to design and make a new display structure, drawing on her project Quite Suddenly Your Smile is an Architecture (2016/17), an exhibition of the poetry and publishing projects of Jeff Nuttall staged at Broadleaf Books, Abergavenny.

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Yellow Back Books - Future Possible

EAC & La Ira de Dios

As part of an exchange project with Grand Union supported by British Council Uruguay and British Council Argentina, I was in residence with EAC in Montevideo, Uruguay and La Ira de Dios in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a period of 6 weeks across April/May 2018.

I am currently working with 3 of the artists I met during this residency - María Agustina Fernández Raggio, Paola Monzillo and Joaquín Aras - on a project with Grand Union taking place Autumn/Winter 2019.

La Ira de Dios

7 Common, Case Studios

Case Studios is a collective of: Josefin Vargö, Sam Perry, Will Owen and Louise Hobson in collaboration with local partners. Across November 2017 the group was in residence at Flux Factory as part of 7 Common, a project examining artistic strategies within food politics, societal culture and commuting along the route of the 7 Train, NYC.

Through practice-based research, 7 Common explored food pathways, taste memories and the development of our individual and collective palates; investigating and mapping the broad culinary cultures between Main Street, Flushing and Hudson Yards, Manhattan.

Beginning the project with an exploration of taste memories through a neighbourhood taste survey, 7 Common unfolded through various forms of research, gatherings and tastings in collaboration with Queens based partners: food artists, activists, vendors, importers, and enthusiasts together; collectively examining artistic and critical strategies within food, culture and commuting in the neighbourhoods along the 7 Train.

7 Common was generously supported by Konstnärsnämnden -The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Wales Arts International. More information on the project can be found at casestudios.org.

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7 Common Kitchen
7 Common Meal

Jane Phillips Award, Residency Unlimited & Flux Factory

In 2015 I was selected as the first recipient of the Jane Phillips Award Curatorial Residency, a new opportunity within the Jane Phillips Award (administered by Mission Gallery, Swansea) to support early career curatorial development. The residency offered a studio space at Elysium Gallery’s High Street Studios for a month’s research and development; a travel award for overseas research and a slot in Mission Gallery’s programming.

In 2016 I travelled to New York to undertake a curatorial residency with Flux Factory and Residency Unlimited and later developed group exhibition Catherine Biocca, Cornelia Baltes, Rosalie Schweikerat Mission Gallery.

My residency in New York was supported by Wales Arts International.

Breakfast Club, Residency Unlimited

Breakfast Club, Residency Unlimited

Warp /g39 Library Residency

As the 2014 artist in residence in the Warp Library, I explored local collections and mapping and also began a weekly Breakfast Club, a framework for communal eating and dialogue which continues to take place at g39 today and has since travelled too, to New York and Venice.

The Wall - walk