For the 2014/15 session of our graduate residency programme, artists Fran Gordon and Margré Steensma took up residency in the studios. With highly diverse and unique practices we adapted the programme specifically to their individual interests.
From first joining the residency programme Fran Gordon has delved into the murky past and the ambiguous present of images and their politics. Spanning print, photography and sculptural elements her work has developed over the course of the residency. She has been selected for MA Printmaking at Royal College of Art, beginning in September 2015.
Since arriving in Glasgow from Belgium Margré Steensma has been negotiating the domestic in a foreign environment. Using a myriad of casting and sculptural techniques she is exploring the emotional void of mass production and how objects gain ownership, provenance and eventually become filled with meaning. At the beginning of her residency with MANY, Margré was awarded the prestigious Mondriaan Fund scholarship. To mark the end of her residence here Margré will be presenting a solo show of new work at The Briggait in June.
Over the residency so far MANY have aimed to involve the residents in a structured critical relationship with the art scene surrounding them. This has taken the shape of studio visits and tutorials from artists such as Trent Kim and James Rigler. MANY also programme regular critiques, inviting curators, lecturers and fellow artists to provide diverse critical insights into the residents evolving practices.
Residents were selected by Andy Holden and Kate Moross, alongside the MANY Studios team and the programme was generously supported by Glasgow Print Studio and The Art School, Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association.