Image credit: 33 Seeds, Mina Heydari-Waite
Our inaugural Residencies in Clay programme is taking place throughout November and we look forward to supporting Mina Heydari-Waite, Josie KO and Nic Green through this residency programme.
During their time at SSW Josie, Nic and Mina will be taking time to grow their practices and material knowledge by testing processes, sharing skills and pushing the possibilities of clay.
Nic Green says,
I am really delighted to be headed to SSW. For a while not I have been exploring how my practices in performances and clay might intersect and I am excited to continue this journey through this residency. I am drawn to experimenting with the performative and time-based qualities of clay and the collaborative potential of working with this material. I am hoping the time at SSW will bring some interesting experiments and unexpected discoveries.
About the artists
Mina Heydari-Waite is a British-Iranian artist and researcher living and working in Glasgow. She practices in a range of settings, working collaboratively with communities as well as creating works across mediums (installation, sculpture, video and sound) for galleries. She seeks to work with a pluralised understanding of the world that foregrounds marginalised ways of knowing and thinking. Her recent work has explored the generative social potential of dreamwork, exploring how it might create possibilities for new thought about our shared contexts and issues concerning us collectively.
Josie KO is a Glasgow based artist who graduated from Glasgow school of Art in 2021. Focusing on the white gaze on the Black body and hidden histories throughout the Black diaspora, she presents an underrepresented perspective revealing narratives of Black British and Scottish people. The scale of her work makes them unavoidably noticeable, counteracting the erasure of Black women in art history. Bringing together a kitsch DIY aesthetic full of colour and humour, her work glorifies the manmade, making to reimaging depictions of the Black body on her own terms.
Nic Green, based in Glasgow, has been working in performance for twenty years. Her work to date has spanned dance, theatre, site-specific, sonic and sculptural works, with forms ‘found’ through collaborative and relational practices and methodologies with communities, place, site, materialities, and duration. Her work has received several recognitions including a Herald Angel, ‘Best Production’ at Dublin Fringe, The Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance, and a Total Theatre Award for ‘Best Physical/Visual Theatre,’ at the Edinburgh Fringe. She is also the recipient of the Inaugural Forced Entertainment Award, in memory of Huw Chadbourn.
In recent years, after a long hiatus, she returned to working with clay, interested in exploring the time-based and performative qualities of the material itself whilst in residence at SSW.