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Testimonials | ISIS Arts
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ISIS offers research residencies for regional, national and international visual and media artists for 3-4 weeks in our self-contained city-centre studios and training facility.

Offered to emerging and established artists our research residencies are hugely subscribed and unique not just in our region, but nationally and internationally. They include technical and critical support, and dedicated training and mentoring,we run between 4 and 6 a year.

Our residencies support artists at the early stages of development, providing a unique opportunity with the time and space to research a new project or idea without the constraints of having to necessarily produce a body of work.

Our research residencies nurture artists and their practice, this vital research period often leads artist to develop insightful, perceptive and considered ideas that lead to powerful works of art. We continue to work with a selection of our residency artists, helping them make their ideas a reality, showcasing their works within the public realm to engage as wide an audience as possible in dialogue with artists and artworks.

Here are just some of the responses from artist who have undertaken one of our research residencies;

Christopher Coleman (USA)

Artist in Residence - Autumn 2012

"ISIS Arts worked hard to help me make all the connections I needed, both in Newcastle and in the greater UK. I am deeply indebted to everyone there and hope to return soon - one way or another. The residency overall was tremendously valuable."

Scott Hessels (USA/HK)

Artist in Residence – July 2011

"The research residency at ISIS Arts is a unique, important opportunity for artists that is increasingly rare in today's cultural climate. Instead of focussing on making, it emphasises research prior to making. Because of this approach, the artworks that have evolved from these residencies have a resonance and depth that proves how vital an organisation like ISIS is to the community. Many residencies result in quickly-assembled, poorly considered work to fulfill a quota. The team at ISIS are artists and understand that providing an opportunity to increase the depth of the work through research is key.

The best artworks always have several levels of meaning. Beyond the aesthetics, they must successfully reference their culture, the society, the natural environment, the history, the political issues, etc. ISIS gave me the chance to investigate every layer of my idea by providing resources and contacts with the academic, arts, historical, scientific, technological, cultural, and political communities among others. To make art in a vacuum is just design; ISIS research residencies give an artist the ability to consider art's context.

My three weeks in Newcastle and the research I've done here mark the beginning of a new direction in my work. The resources provided--the physical ones like a great studio space as well as the intangibles like community contacts and critical support--are some of the best I've encountered in my travels around the globe. The residency has been invaluable; ISIS Arts is as well."

Christian Bermudez (CR/NO)

Artist in Residence - November 2011

"My residency at ISIS Arts became the opportunity to work exclusively with a project that I wanted to develop for many years but never really had the time and the economical framework to do so. In Newcastle I had the infrastructure and the time to do research, built a network within the local community and do fieldwork. Under such conditions is easy to work extra hours as you see yourself growing up as an artist on a daily basis. ISIS was a reassuring experience to me as an artist."

Marina Zurkow (USA)

Artist in Residence - June 2009

"I couldn’t have had a more productive 3 weeks. Sharon, Clymene, and Charlotte were amazing facilitators, providing me with their wide and generous network, and also leaving me as much space as I needed to be independent.

And I come to the end of my residency period very excited to figure out how to make work here about what is native and what constitutes an invader, that I hope will contribute to the dialogue that is tenuously in place, regarding us human animals and our relations to the rest of the world…

A big thank-you, ISIS for your openness and your expertise. For your faith in the process of giving artists a rare opportunity to inquire, without the pressure to produce-- at least not right away."

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