Selected artists for the SSW x Counterflows Caregivers Residency 2023-24

Image credit: Keng Keng Tang

Following our call out over the summer SSW and Counterflows Festival are delighted to be supporting Keng Keng Tang and Bobbi Cameron to undertake this year’s caregivers residency.

Keng Keng will use the residency time to develop her own personal experimental sound-quilt which will focus on themes of remembering times of comfort, belonging, and rest. Keng Keng says,

I am really delighted to have been selected for the SSW X Counterflows Caregivers Residency. This is such a precious and rare opportunity to reconnect with and cultivate my own art practice during a time in my life which is surrounded by work, family life and activism. I can’t wait to head up to SSW and get started! I am a mother, a milliner & textile artist, and a community arts activist. Over the past few years my artistic practice has been compromised by the need to survive – working as costume milliner in film and TV. I also feel a certain sense of burn-out as a ‘community carer’ – I’ve been passionately running many different interactive arts programmes, using art to bring communities together and making social and racial and environmental change.

Whilst on residency Bobbi will be developing her project with adults with dementia in the Scottish Slate Islands, she says,

I’m thrilled to have been selected for the SSW x Counterflows Caregivers Residency. Whilst at SSW I’ll be working towards a new moving image installation that will be shown in a number of different contexts across Scotland in 2024. Opportunities of this nature are really important in recognising artists with caring responsibilities and I’m really grateful to be the recipient of the 2023/4 residency.

We look forward to welcoming them both throughout 2023 and early 2024.

Image credit: Bobbi Cameron

About the artists

Bobbi Cameron is an artist and energy worker based on the Isle of Seil, off the west coast of Scotland. Cameron works across sound installation, moving image, performance and text as an extension of her celtic shamanic practice to explore and celebrate the inherent queerness of communications between human and spirit.

Keng Keng is an experimental milliner, textile artist and community art activist based in Glasgow. She has been involved with various community based racial, environmental and social justice movements around Scotland and in London. She has organised and facilitated a range of participatory textile workshops including banner and flag making, screen printing and block printing, textile mending and up-cycling, and natural dyeing and eco printing in her local community and with grassroots organisations.

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