OPEM Artists in Residence 2019

11 May 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

The Collection is delighted to announce the selection of Michael Shaw, Belén Cerezo and Ros Lorimer for OPEM Artists in Residence 2019.

From 11th May to 23rd June 2019, the New Curtois Gallery at The Collection will become working artists' studios for these three artists, who have been hand-picked from a pool of over 30 applicants by a panel of museum staff. OPEM is a biannual open call exhibition run by The Collection museum, showing work by artists working in the East Midlands. This year, the gallery is experimenting by transforming the entire gallery into public studio space and inviting the selected artists to respond to the collections, spaces and visitors to the museum.


Michael Shaw is a sculptor and curator of Burghley House Sculpture Garden. During his residency, he will aim to create a working studio that enables 3D printing, CNC paper cutting and drawing responses to collection artefacts.

Belén Cerezo is an artist, researcher and lecturer in the Photography Department at NTU. Her practice focusses on the production of immersive multi-projection audio-visual installations and through her residency she will explore the boundaries between 'looking at' and 'being in' through immersion in these installations.

Ros Lorimer is an artist and archaeological illustrator who will set up an archaeological drawing office in the gallery. Ros plans to make examinations of artefacts from The Collection that have 'arrived' at different times in Lincolnshire from other locations, leading to a creative and topical exploration of migration and travel through the ages.


During the exhibition, visitors will be able to talk directly to these artists about their work as they produce it and may even be able to get involved and help create and develop the work itself. There will also be a dynamic public programme of workshops and learning events, offering schools and groups the opportunity to work directly with the Artists in Residence.

The Collection will also be running a Symposium at the end of the residency period, more information and tickets will be available soon on this website.

This exhibition has been funded by Arts Council England.

OPEM Artists in Residence 2019 is free to enter, with donations encouraged. The Collection is open from 10am until 4pm daily.

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