Connect / Exchange residency with Anthony Shapland and Cecilia Stenbom
This autumn we are delighted to be hosting two residencies as part of Connect/Exchange a nationwide programme led by Gateshead-based creative development agency Northern Film & Media. The residencies take place in partnership with Chapter (Cardiff), Metal (Liverpool), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), The NewBridge Project (Gateshead), and Stills (Edinburgh).
This week we welcome Chapter’s selected artists Anthony Shapland (Cardiff) and Cecilia Stenbom (Gateshead) where they will be working towards new projects over the next three months.
Stenbom will use her time in Wales to research and develop experimental approaches to observational documentary, exploring the idea of the institution in its widest sense – as a civic organisation, an architectural structure and a space where human interaction occurs. Shapland will work with an orchestra to film a performance. His piece will focus on musicians when they’re not playing but instead are counting bars, absolutely focused on time and timing in the silence before they start to play, anticipating making a sound at exactly the right moment.
About the artists
Cecilia Stenbom is originally from Stockholm and has been based in Reykjavik, Helsinki and Glasgow before moving to the North East in 2005. Her work is concerned with moving image and the everyday; how the cinematic permeates the everyday and in turn how the everyday is transformed into moving image narratives. Recent and upcoming project include: Somewhere Becoming the Sea, group exhibition curated by Film & Video Umbrella; Beam Reach Blasting and Parallel commission for Tall Ships Cultural Programme (UK and Sweden); Everyday Collateral, solo exhibition, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead; In Waiting, commission by Creative England; The List, Figure two, BALTIC 39, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Anthony Shapland was educated at the Southampton Solent University and Valencia, Spain. His work involves the fabrication of 'real' moments within documented footage and an engagement with filmmaking itself - the scripting, editing and artificial nature of film. It is a mixture of documentary and fiction, from periods of intense activity to long silences, unpredictable details and accidents that expose infinite potential narratives. He finds significance in the everyday, those fleeting moments when we are held between expectation and the unknown. Recent exhibitions include The Unremark Goat Major Projects, Cardiff, UK, To Pay Respect To The Generosity of The Three-Minute Punk-Rock Song CRATE, Margate, UK, Memory Of A Hope Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK, Suddenly After A Long Silence Chapter, Cardiff, UK, The painting, Supercollider, Blackpool, UK, LISTE - The Young Art Fair Basel, Switzerland, Portrait (For a Screenplay) of Beth Harmon, Limoncello, London UK. Portmanteau Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany. He also writes for several art journals and founded g39 an artist-led space in Cardiff in 1998 where he currently curates.