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2021 Residencies & Commissions

Over the past year, we have been lucky enough to have had 2 residencies, commissioned 2 murals, a series of artboards, and been involved with a number of creatives.

In March we commissioned a local muralist and artist Dream Safari to paint a mural of Käthe Kollwitz on New Street, he’s done an incredible job highlighting this influential artist and we’re very proud to have his and Catherines art on the side of our building.

We also had our Art, Society, Nature photography residency in March and were pleased to have Simon Martin, Gabriel Silver, Zoe Amanda Jackson, Pale Blue Dot, Georgia Janes, David Molloy, Daniel Loveday, and Joseph Beeching. The residents spent 2 months responding to the theme of “Art, Society, Nature” whilst using our darkroom and photographic studio facilities to produce work for their exhibition in June.

In May we were joined by artist-in-residence, Anka Dabrowska, who came to us with her participatory project “A Place In-Between”. The heart of the project-centered on working with diverse audiences located in one of the most deprived wards in the country through conversations, interactive workshops, action research, finishing with her exhibition in June.

Make the Wave was in June, with coastal towns around England taking part to raise awareness of communities vulnerable to sea-level rise and demand more action from the Government to tackle the climate emergency. Thank you to all the staff, studio holders, students, and the wider community for making banners and helping raise awareness of this issue.

In July, local artist Catherine Chinatree finished her colourful and expressive mural of Edmonia 'Wildfire' Lewis on New Street, bringing light to the life of this talented Black American and Native American Ojibwe sculptor.

Most recently in November, we commissioned 7 public-facing artboards along New Street, showcasing creatives who have a connection to TMS, as well as a directory of the businesses on New Street. The artwork was made by Graham Wood + Brendan Parker, Phil Gomm, June Mineyama-Smithson, Vos Broekema.

Thank you to all of the creatives who have worked with us this past year, it has been a rewarding experience for us and our community and we hope to continue this momentum throughout 2022