During the winter of 2014/2015, to correspond with the Turner Contemporary's spring 2015 exhibition Self
, artist and writer Felicity Allen is undertaking a residency at Turner Contemporary to explore how women’s work in the arts continues to shift ideas about artistic practice and how to record it.
Building on her previous dialogic portraits project, Begin Again
, Felicity is working with young women preparing to study and shape their careers and with women who are already known for the work they have produced, whether as artists, curators, art historians, art teachers, or a mixture of all and any of these.
In discussion with the sitters, the portraits will be produced using a mix of traditional and new forms; exploring the slowness of sitting with the momentary appearance associated with the watercolour, the portraits will also make use of conversation and recording technologies.
Together with the young women who have yet to study for professional life, Felicity explores aspects of the work of the professional sitters in preparation for the sittings themselves. They will focus on work that is relevant to the shifts of understanding and practice that women entering the artistic work force have made. The young women will also work together to develop a series of events to be programmed in the first three months of 2015.