We are pleased to present the first exhibition of work by artist Veronica Ryan to open in Britain for 15 years. Selected to take part in the Change Makers Residency running throughout 2017, the artist was in residence at The Art House during June 2017. A co-commission with The Hepworth Wakefield enabled the artist to create a new work in response to masterpieces by Barbara Hepworth. This new work will now enter the Wakefield Permanent Art Collection and be displayed at The Hepworth Wakefield.
During her residency, Ryan had the opportunity to re-examine her connection with Wakefield-born Barbara Hepworth and to continue her explorations of ancestral history, mythologies, migration and loss. With reference to Ryan’s birth place of Monserrat and the devastation caused there by a volcanic eruption in 1995, the artist considered ideas of mapping narratives of place, home and memory. Stacked structures were created from items including found objects and textiles.
As part of The Art House Change Makers residency programme running throughout 2017, the artist was supported by The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Ryan (born 1956) is a Montserrat-born British artist who currently splits her time between New York and the UK.
She has studied at St Albans, Bath Academy of Art, the Slade School of Art and the School for Oriental and African Studies. Ryan completed a residency at Tate St Ives from 1998 to 2000, where she worked in the former studio of Barbara Hepworth.
Using objects that reference home and location to create sculptural forms, Ryan’s work examines notions of place and the stacking and layering of memories and narratives.
Ryan was represented in the Arts Council Collection touring show ‘Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977 – 1986 in 2015, which produced a well-received catalogue featuring an essay by Jon Wood, Research Coordinator, Henry Moore Institute and contribution from Mike Tooby, Professor of Art and Design, Bath School of Art and Design. Her work also featured in the British Art Show at Hayward Gallery, London in 1990. Solo exhibitions include the The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh PA (2011/12), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (1988), ICA, London (1987) and Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (1987). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery and Arts Council Collection.
The Art House bid successfully for Arts Council England’s Change Makers Funding that is enabling creative practitioner Hannah Mason to join the senior management team as Change Maker Associate until December 2017. She is working with artists Veronica Ryan and gobscure, to support them during their residencies and curate their associated exhibitions.
The aim of the fund is to increase the diversity of senior leadership in art and culture by helping to develop a cohort of leaders who are Black, minority ethnic and/or disabled by means of a targeted senior leadership training and development programme. An additional aim of the fund is to provide host National portfolio organisations with a development opportunity to adopt cultural change that can be a catalyst for improving their contribution to the Creative Case for Diversity.