Tate St Ives launches the Artist Residency Programme for 2004–5: this important initiative supports artists in the development of their professional practise. Artists living and working in the UK and Eire are invited to apply for the position, which will start in October 2004. The artist will receive a 12 months rent and utility free residency at the Porthmeor Studios along with a £18,000 stipend and £5,000 material costs. Using one of the historic Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, previously occupied by Borlase Smart, Ben Nicholson and Patrick Heron, the artist will have the opportunity to raise the scale of ambition in their work.
This years residency builds on a successful pilot year, which began in April 2003, when two emerging artists, Partou Zia and Ged Quinn, who live and work in Cornwall, were selected for a residency of six months each. The Tate St Ives Residency is to be offered in alternate years to artists living and working across the UK and Eire and those based in Cornwall.
The application deadline is Monday 28 June 2004. Selection takes place Monday 12 July 2004, the panel will be: Lucy Byatt, Director of Spike Island in Bristol, Paul Moorhouse, Curator, Tate Collection; Rachael Thomas, Acting Head of Exhibitions: Senior Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Toby Webster, Director of the Modern Institute, Glasgow and Susan Daniel-McElroy, Director, Tate St Ives.
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The residency will be advertised in the June editions of Circa, Frieze and Variant magazines, and as a poster insert in the June edition of a-n Magazine.
The Porthmeor Studios have a unique quality and have made a significant impact on British Art history in relation to St Ives. In 1940, Nicholson, Hepworth and Gabo created the impetus for the development of late British Modernism in St Ives, drawing key figures in the visual arts to the area. Herbert Read, Rothko, Francis Bacon, Stanley Spencer, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon, John Wells, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Bryan Wynter, Roger Hilton, Alan Davie and Terry Frost all became involved in the growing community of internationally recognised Modernist artists. Borlase Smart was one of the key people in the St Ives Society who focused on the idea of supporting young artists, drawn to the area. It was his legacy which allowed the purchase of the Porthmeor Studio Complex. Ben Nicholson occupied the studio for eight years and Patrick Heron painted there for forty-one years. Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham are amongst the many artists who have worked in this inspirational context.