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Gillie Masters’ Professional Development Residency Award in NN’s project space

17/08/2021 - 21/08/2021

Between 17th and 21st August 2021 we will be welcoming Gillie Masters, the first University of Northampton student participating in the Professional Development Residency Awards 2021. Gillie will spend her residency in our temporary project space at Vulcan Works developing a new body of work and presenting her practice to the public. 

About the artist

Gillie Masters works two-dimensionally on paper and canvas, as well as within the context of installations. Current work utilises graphite, copolymer emulsion, collage and oils on thin linen canvas and 300gsm hot pressed paper. Her work is bound in memory and the act of remembering, conveying precious, sacred, and personal remembrances along with detached and ambiguous recollections. Work is built up in layers, mnemonic palimpsests, archaeological digs in reverse. The art created is figurative and expressive, exploring memories through the layout of a core sample.

About the Professional Development Residency Awards

The Professional Development Residency Awards is a joint partnership between NN Contemporary Art and the University of Northampton. Both organisations are passionately committed to making Northampton a culturally rich place in which to live, study, and visit. Their common objectives are creative research in art and design, public and community engagement, local growth and regeneration and skills development, enterprise, and employment. The new PDRA initiative is the latest scheme to emerge from the partnership and is intended to support emergent artists with a focus on providing skills and networks to enhance employability in the region.

The PDRA award is aimed at participants who are seeking to develop careers in the cultural sector and offers recipients valuable experience in working with NN Contemporary Art, which is an Arts Council England (ACE) accredited National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). Award winners have the opportunity to work with NN professionals to showcase their work to audiences to receive feedback on their practice and gain mentoring toward future career aspirations.

Throughout their residencies, the awarded students have the opportunity to provide engagement with the team of Curators and Education specialists, work and experiment in the project space as well as exhibit their work during public-facing events. The awardees will be given marketing support and provided equipment and technical support.


Learn more about the Professional Development Residency Awards.

Access notes

You will be emailed instructions on how to get to the venue and what to expect. The building has an accessible entrance. For any other accessibility inquires, please email info@nncontemporaryart.org

Visit Gillie during her residency

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