19th July 2016

Artist Jane Hoodless has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Cockpit Arts / Arts Council Artist-Maker Residency Award supported by Arts Council England 2016.

This new Residency aims to provide a unique development opportunity for an artist-maker whose practice is based in craft and explores ideas and concepts. Cockpit Arts will provide a support structure for the selected artist-maker to develop their work and ideas, and at the same time work towards a sustainable model of practice. The two-year residency, worth over £15,000, will include studio space and Cockpit’s unique package of artist business and practice support with one-to-one coaching, access to tailored workshops and promotional opportunities including the renowned Open Studios events.

Jane will use the Residency to collate a new body of mixed-media work. She says, “in the process of my research and development, I’ve been surprised by how strongly motivated I have become to widen the reach of the topic of a social issue. Encouraged and supported by many of the experts and institutions I’ve approached, I perceive this could be an important body of work for my practice and a wider audience.” Keeping her specific subject intriguingly vague, more details will emerge once she’s moved in to Cockpit Arts in Holborn and starts this project in earnest.

The Artist-Maker Residency selection panel comprised artist-maker Freddie Robins, Curator and gallerist Sarah Myerscough, critic and journalist Emma Crichton-Miller and Director of Craftspace Deirdre Figueredo, MBE.

Speaking about Jane’s selection, Emma Crichton-Miller said:
“What impressed me about Jane was the way that she has found in her craft a vehicle for the exploration of difficult and difficult to articulate ideas and emotions, without compromising at all on the skill and beauty of the final works. She is a determined and original artist and it was a pleasure to encounter her work.”

On receiving the awards, Jane said,
“I am thrilled to have been awarded Cockpit Arts’ first Artist-Maker Residency, which coincides with the development of a new body of work, radically different to my usual practice. High quality craftsmanship and the ability to diversify have always been important to me, so the residency will give me time, space and support as this new work progresses, enabling me to take risks, learn and experiment.”

The work that Jane plans to make is not aimed to shock, rather provoke original thought and wider discourse on a subject that is widely considered taboo and contentious. In doing so, Jane wants to work with materials that maybe aren’t normally combined, and turn some techniques on their head, saying,

“I plan for the project to be more than a solo show of my work and to include talks and workshops, as I particularly want to draw in people who wouldn’t normally visit such a show. The concept necessitates facilitating participants to share experiences and gain information that may lead to collaborative new work. In applying for this residency I want a place where I can take risks, have the time and privacy to rework, learn and fail, and to move forward as a consequence.”

Recognition for Jane’s work has been growing steadily over the past few years, including notable selection by Richard Deacon for the 2015 Creekside Open exhibition at APT Gallery. Jane was also one of many artists invited by The Freud Museum to participate in The Unconscious Revisited centenary exhibition, exploring ways of illustrating Freud’s seminal paper The Unconscious from 2015.
More details about these and other high-profile exhibitions can be found here: Jane Hoodless CV