Artist Talk

Artist Talk:Tamara Henderson

The Old Library, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

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Tamara Henderson is the 2018 recipient of West Dean College's collaborative wood-kiln residency, organised in partnership with Cass Sculpture Foundation. At this artist's talk, Tamara will discuss the making and firing of a new body of work as well as her practice in general.

Through a process of hypnotherapy Tamara explores the dynamic potential of inanimate objects. During the residency, clay will be used to explore the ergonomic qualities of furniture, using the body to impress itself upon the clay and allow the plasticity of the material, together with explorative cognitive processes, to dictate the final work. The new pieces will be fabricated at West Dean College and fired in the wood-kiln at Cass Sculpture Foundation.

The final work will feature in Henderson's presentation at the New Covent Garden Market as part of Art Night, July 2018 and will be exhibited at Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin from 2nd November - 2nd January 2019.

This residency is the third West Dean residency organised in collaboration with CASS and is supported by Arts Council England and RODEO Gallery.

Related Events

Tamara will be leading a yoga session in the grounds at Cass Sculpture Foundation on Sunday 3 June. This activity is free with general entry but tickets must be purchased in advance. See the Cass website for more information.

Tamara Henderson is exhibiting work in the Pallant House Gallery exhibition 'Virginia Woolf' from 26 May - 16 September.

Residencies at West Dean

Co-ordinated alongside the full-time Visual Arts programmes at West Dean College, the Artist-in-Residence scheme is designed to support contemporary practitioners in developing research projects and studio-based practices. The residencies are informed by West Dean's rich history of supporting skills-based making as well as the legacy of its founder, Edward James, recognised for his support of individual artists and avant-garde collaborations across a variety of creative fields.

About the Wood-kiln Residency

The wood-fired kiln was built at Cass Sculpture Foundation in 2015 when artists Alex Hoda and Robert Rush proposed the kiln as a functioning sculpture and open resource for contemporary artists and ceramicists. In 2016 a partnership was established between CASS and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation to offer an annual ceramics residency to contemporary artists.

West Dean College has an international reputation for the teaching of arts and conservation, from short courses through to MFA degrees. Edward James, the founder of the College, was renowned as a patron of the arts. Today the College continues this work by supporting people to realise their creative ambitions and potential.

This joint residency forms part of the CASS Projects programme, which provides artists with the opportunity to research, reflect and experiment in order to develop the possibilities of their own practice. CASS Projects artists include:

Tamara Henderson, Florence Peake, Josée Aubin Ouellette, Aideen Doran, Suzanne Déry, Aaron Angell, Mark Essen, Paulina Michnowska, Laure Prouvost, Jackson Sprague, Bedwyr Williams, and Jesse Wine.

Tamara Henderson Portland Estates Sloopy with figure