Our Artists in Residence for 2017 look back on their projects, how they developed, and what has happened since.
I was extremely excited to be offered a residency with W.A.R. I used this opportunity to highlight the life and fiction of Amy Dillwyn.
One of the pieces to come out of the residency was Iron On The Dress, a response to Amy Dillwyn’s first steps of divorcing societal restraints and expectations.
During my research into Dillwyn, I contacted the leading expert on Dillwyn – Professor Kirsti Bohata. She gave me access to Swansea university (Richard Burton) archives which held Dillwyn’s personal diaries. This, and the ongoing expertise of Professor Bohata, offered me a real insight into this amazing radical and queer woman.
This led to the Glynn Vivian gallery, Swansea asking me to talk about my work created during the W.A.R. residency. Iron On The Dress was also selected in Fringe Arts Bath, Group 56 and the Swansea Open 2017. I have also been selected for my current residency in Arcade Cardiff. The work is to highlight ‘herstory’ regarding Welsh mining history and the work of Elizabeth Andrews.
The W.A.R. community and fellow W.A.R. residents have played an important part in my practice. Clare Potter has been a major inspiration and has helped me on a current project.
Undertaking the Wales Arts Review residency has massively benefitted my art practice. I have collaborated with experts in their field and made long term connections with archives that continue to inform my work. I feel that I have helped to readdress history, inform and visually communicate a story that had been mis-told. I have found a confidence to continue on this creative path with Elizabeth Andrews and my current residency.
You can explore all of the work Mandy did for her residency here.