DIY 15: 2018 - Helena Hunter: Encounters

A residential for artists working with environments, organisms and geologies

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Mon 18 June
This DIY is supported by ArtHouse Jersey

Project summary

Encounters is a 4-day residential hub that will bring together artists working across any media who are interested in environments, organisms and geologies as part of their creative practice. The residency will take place at ArtHouse Jersey, situated in Chateau Vermont within close proximity to a variety of woodland, wildlife, nature reserves and coastal areas including geological features such as a watery ‘moonscape’. These unique locations will provide a testing ground for creative experiments and interactions aimed at activating dynamic fields of relation with ecosystems, environments and organisms.

The program will consist of practical on-site activities at locations across the Island of Jersey. This will include collaborative listening and experimental writing exercises, performative interventions and sculptural assemblage in addition to self-led activities. The co-constructive and generative nature of the residency will focus on knowledge sharing, testing and exchanging methods in a critical peer group environment. The residency offers artists the benefit of time and space to reflect upon and enrich their practices through a focused period of investigation and experimentation as well as the generation of new methods and approaches that will feedback into their own work.

ArtHouse Jersey will be the base for the residency, providing studio and meeting space for practical work and discussion. En-suite accommodation will be provided by ArtHouse Jersey in the Chateau Vermont. A travel bursary of up to £100 will be available for each artist and evening meals will be provided.

How to apply

The online application requires a short biography, links to examples of work and a short statement explaining why you would like to take part in the residency and how it will benefit your practice.

Artists will be selected based on their level of interest and engagement with the themes and ideas of the DIY, including knowledge and experience of working with environments, organisms and geologies as part of their creative practice. Particular attention will be made to the innovative and unconventional nature of artist methods and approaches. This call is open to artists working in any media and artists from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Dates, times and location

Dates: 12-17 Aug 2018
Times: Arrivals Sunday afternoon and departures Friday morning
Location: ArtHouse, Jersey

The artist

Helena Hunter is an artist working with methods of fictioning and performativity as critical, creative and speculative tools in contemporary art practice. Her practice is concerned with reimagining cultural narratives in relation to the entangled worlds of the human and nonhuman, she is intersted in how such relations are co-constructed and performed. Her current work involves a series of performative-poetic writings with minerals, algae and organisms, some of which has recently been published in SomethingOther. She is currently working on a commission with the Centre for Geohumanities at Royal Holloway University. Helena has presented her work internationally, including group and solo exhibitions, performances, screenings and projects at: ICA, IMT Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, [space], Art 13 Art Fair (London); Tramway (Glasgow), Manchester Art Gallery (Manchester), mima (Middlesbrough) HIAP Frontiers of Retreat (Helsinki), DAM Projects A_SPACE (London), Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan), Bòlit Contemporary Arts Centre (Girona), Lydgalleriet (Bergen), OFF COURSE Art Fair (Brussels).

She has a collaborative practice Matterlurgy with artist Mark Peter Wright and co-convenes an international research group on Posthumanism and Art Practice. She studied a Masters in Fine Art at Slade School of Art and a BA in Theatre & Performance at The University of Leeds. She has lectured at Universities including: Queen Mary University of London, Goldsmiths University of London, Trinity Laban, Chichester University and University of East London.

For questions about this DIY, please contact Helena.

Part of DIY 15: 2018 - Call for Participants