Kingsgate Workshops’ Residency Programme
Kingsgate Workshops’ public programme is generously supported by Arts Council England. Residents are provided with a six month free studio, small stipend and professional support in creating a new body of work for a solo exhibition at Kingsgate Project Space. This residency is aimed at artists at key stages in their career and encourages research, experimentation, critical discourse and production. We are aware that exhibitions are not always the most helpful or valuable means of concluding a residency so we support artists in developing events, collaboration, intervention and non-gallery based outcomes as appropriate.
For more images and information on individual exhibitions please see our Past exhibitions page
Lauren Godfrey | March - August 2015
Entrée, Stage Left | 6th June - 19th July 2015
Entrée, Stage Left was Lauren Godfrey’s first solo exhibition in London. Her residency focused on creating works that contemplate the space between theatre and restaurant culture. Influenced by a quote from British writer and food critic AA Gill - “A menu is a script, a recipe a scene” - Lauren’s exhibition incorporated objects, text and performance; addressing the slippage between the visual and the verbal. On the opening of the show, Lauren commissioned dancer Aisling Cook to perform three different sculptural configurations within the space, much like a three-act play or a three-course meal.
Kingsgate Workshops hosted an in-conversation event between Lauren and artist Anthea Hamilton, with an introductory reading from Susannah Worth. The exhibition featured in Artforum.com's “Critics' Picks” section, reviewed by Andrew Witt, July 2015.
Lauren Godfrey (b.1989, UK) lives and works in London. She graduated from BA at Slade School of Fine Art in 2012 and has exhibited across the UK, Italy, Australia and the USA in exhibitions including; Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2012 and Stovies, Scallops and Scabby Man’s Heads at An Tobar Gallery on the Isle of Mull, 2014. She also co-publishes the periodical, Her Eyes and My Voice with Connie Butler.
During and since the residency
During her time on the residency, Lauren was invited to curate a show at Turf Projects in Croydon. The exhibition titled '"Art in restaurants is on the same level as food in museums" - Niles Crane' explored the positioning of food and art and featured work by eleven emerging and established artists. The show was reviewed by Niko Munz for thisistomorrow.
Lauren then went on to host an evening of performances with artist Hannah Regel at Nottingham Contemporary in September 2015, a talk at the ICA titled 'What makes an Artist an Artist?' November 2015, and an in-conversation event about “thingness” at Pump House Gallery, December 2015. Most recently Lauren, alongside artist-in-residence Victoria Adam, have been selected to be in the PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre. This programme, organised and funded by ArtQuest, aims to assist artists by providing them with funding, space and resources, necessary to establish their own peer mentoring groups.
Lauren is currently based at Gasworks and is working on a pair of embroidered sofas for Roche Bobois and Art Review Magazine, to be auctioned for Gasworks and Vital Arts in April 2016.
Maia Conran | May - October 2015
This island, and its buildings, is our private paradise | 19 September - 24 October 2015
This island, and its buildings, is our private paradise was Maia Conran’s first solo exhibition in London. Kingsgate Project Space became the island of the exhibition’s title through a process of breaking down and partial reconstruction of the materials, mechanics and structures of filmmaking. Key elements in a film’s pre-production – the screenplay, the lookbook, the set – all remained present and open to the possibilities of revision and reinterpretation within the gallery space.
During the residency, Maia worked with novelist Yannick Hill to write a screenplay which centred around a lone islander. She also worked with actor Clare Barrett to create a performance that created a temporary space to encounter an alternate version of the island.
Kingsgate Workshops hosted an in-conversation event between Maia and independent curator and freelance writer and art critic, Chris Fite-Wassilak, to discuss the research, processes and outcomes of the residency. The exhibition was reviewed by Helena Haimes for thisistomorrow
Maia Conran lives and works in London. She graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2010. She has recently exhibited at Grand Union, Birmingham; Phoenix Gallery, Exeter; and IMT Gallery, London; she has also been selected for national and international group exhibitions. Her work was published on DVD by Filmarmalade in 2012 and was the subject of a monograph entitled Here is the Yard published by Grand Union in 2014. Maia is a member of The Disembodied Voice research group.
During and since the residency
Whilst at Kingsgate, The Disembodied Voice research group, of which Maia is a member, presented an evening of presentations exploring relationships between architecture, objects and the voice, at X Marks the Bökship, ^ Matt’s Gallery in June 2015. The Disembodied Voice is a collaborative research project which sets out to investigate the relationship between the disembodied voice and contemporary visual culture. Doggerland, an online research journal, featured an interview with the group in October 2015 - you can read it here.
Maia is currently in New York, working on a group show that opens in March at The Third Policeman Gallery titled The Place Where He Is Meant To Be Lost. Maia will also be part of another group show with The Disembodied Voice, yet to be announced, later this year in London.
Victoria Adam | July - December 2015
middens ❧ | 21 November 2015 - 16 January 2016
Victoria Adam was selected for our Materials residency which focussed on clay and ceramics. middens ❧ was Victoria’s first solo show in London and presented her with the chance to explore and test new media and methods and how they might extend her practice.
Nacre a text written by Gareth Bell-Jones, was commissioned on the occasion of middens ❧ and accompanied the exhibition. Gareth's intimate and humourous account of an ant army taking over his flat highlighted the unheimlich quality of Victoria's sculptural arrangements.
The show closed with the event With regards to Anne who is not happy... where artists, curators and writers Susanna Davies-Crook, Gareth Bell-Jones, Pascale Cumming-Benson, Alice Hattrick and William Tullett considered scent, cleanliness and commercialism in relation to Victoria's research and work.
Victoria Adam (b. 1983, Somerset) graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 2015 and previously attended the Slade. Recent exhibitions include; ( ゜_゜)彡 at Caustic Coastal, Manchester, 2014, Chalk Blush at Kinman, London, 2014 and Amsterdam Art Weekend at Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, 2015.
During and since the residency
In November 2015, Victoria was chosen alongside four other Royal Academy Schools alumni artists, to exhibit at Marian Cramer Projects, over Amsterdam Art Weekend. Following this, Victoria was invited back to present a solo show - her first in Amsterdam - Leks, on until March 2016.
Victoria has been selected to be part of the Zabludowicz Collection Invites programme in June 2016. This programme is dedicated to solo presentations by UK-based artists who do not currently have representation by a UK commercial gallery. She is also participating in Poppositions Art Fair in Brussels 2016 and PEER FORUM with Lauren Godfrey at Camden Arts Centre. Victoria is currently developing work for a solo show in Switzerland, to be announced shortly.
Victoria was interviewed by Jonathan Stubbs in the Royal Academy Schools Patrons' newsletter, Autumn 2015 and middens ❧ featured in Art Licks Issue 18, 2016.
Up next | Rob Crosse | September 2015 - March 2016
Documentation film still, 2016
Rob Crosse is currently developing new work for his solo show opening at Kingsgate Project Space in April 2016. This project has been generously supported by the Arts Council England and has opened up new ways of working for Rob, allowing him to direct his own production team, and work with the National Railway Musuem in York.
In November last year, Rob was invited to screen his new fim Mall Walking as part of a touring programme at the ICA. He was also part of a film screening programme Postcard Views at 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, India, November 2015.
Rob Crosse lives and works in London. He graduated with an MFA from the Slade school of Fine Art in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Family Politics, Jerwood, London, 2013, New Perspectives, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar, 2013 and 21st Century, Chisenhale, London, 2012. Crosse recently completed a residency at the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Coming soon | Harry Lawson | February - August 2016
Simple Space, 2014
Harry’s practice investigates how time affects cultural objects: where they have come from and where they might be going. He often assembles his work in a domestic context, where he constructs furniture and decorates, as well as presenting artworks and objects from his personal collections. Harry invites the viewer to consider his work and objects as emerging from things passed, but with an optimism born of interest in what they are now, and what they can bring about in the future. Many of Harry’s objects seem themselves to aspire to and prompt a manner of living. This is not a practice to be revered or handled with white gloves. They are objects for life.
Harry Lawson (b.1985, Hereford, UK) graduated in 2013 with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London and previously attended John Moores University, Liverpool (2007). Recent exhibitions include; Remote Future, Remote Past, Apartment Projects, London, 2014 (solo show), and I see I don’t see Lewisham Arthouse, London, 2014. Harry also completed The Bothy Project residency at Aviemore, Scotland in 2013.
Coming soon | Francesca Ulivi | February - August 2016
Video still from: Guests will come, 2014
Francesca works predominantly in the field of sculpture and video. Last month, she was invited to take part in House of Ferment at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, where she lead a demonstration workshop on how make rare non-alcoholic fermented drinks.
Francesca Ulivi (b.1990, Italy) graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA) and obtained an MA Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2014). Recent exhibitions include: House of Ferment, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2016, Chelsea10, Cookhouse Gallery, London, 2015 and Venula,ae, 91 Peckham High Street, London, 2015.