Anthony Shapland - URRA - Oct 2013

Shapland, Anthony

URRA residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Anthony Shapland was supported to participate in the URRA residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Following his return, Anthony reported:

"The grant enabled a trip to Buenos Aires to take part in the URRA residency programme. I can't praise the programme enough, it was well organised and executed and the dialogues and contacts from the period have strengthened my practice and I hope will continue to sustain my work, as an artist and as a curator.

The support from WAI enabled a presentation, an initial exhibition, a period of studio work and the production of a film and print piece which was shown as part of the open studio. This will be featured as part of a catalogue that will be produced.

The simple and direct result of this project has been the production of new work, a focused period of research and production of my own practice and the opportunity to take a specific period out of my current role within g39 which has a direct impact on my ability to continue to make work.

There has also been the chance to make new contacts from a variety of different countries and to gain an understanding of their specific artistic directions, with input from artists as far apart as Tel Aviv, Norway, Columbia, Romania, Chile, Argentina, The Netherlands and Belgium. It was in these peer to peer dialogues that I gained feedback and insight from practitioners about my own work.

I also have the opportunity to bring this knowledge back to Wales and share it with other artists and through g39. I have been invited to nominate artists for the next residency from Wales, a dialogue has started between URRA and g39 about future collaboration, and a further exchange project has been proposed from an artist in Tucuman in the North of Argentina, the Jungas project. I am also in dialogue with two of the artists that took part in the programme with a view to including them in the programme at g39.

The project has been successful on many levels."

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