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Artist in Residence Online Talk: Andy Holden

A cartoon drawing of the artist Andy Holden. He is white, has shoulder length brown hair and is wearing glasses, and is sitting at a desk in front of a black laptop.

Join us on 16th February 2022 at 6 pm GMT for an online artist talk with NN Artist in Residence Andy Holden. In this event, the artist will talk about his idiosyncratic art practice, present some early and more recent works, as well as his newest project.

About the project

During his residency at NN, Andy Holden is researching and developing a film about the life of an unknown artist from Bedford called Hermione (born Hermione Burton, 1926). He discovered her work through seeing the paintings for sale in a charity shop and has gradually tried to collect as many of the works as possible. 

Holden is using the residency as a chance to research her life further, trying to find people that knew her and attempt to track down more of her paintings. The film will tell her story through animation and detailed photographs of the paintings, and the residency gives him the chance to plan and storyboard the initial stages of this process, and begin work on an essay that will evolve into a script.

The film and the artist’s collection of her paintings will go on display as part of British Art Show 9 at the Whitworth in Manchester and Andy Holden hopes to use this exhibition to question whose work gets seen in such contexts and to reconsider the term ‘outsider artist’ in relation to painting and the history of art, as well as unpick the raw and tender themes that Hermione’s paintings suggest. The British Art Show 9 is currently touring and open in Wolverhampton.

The talk will include a presentation about Andy Holden’s artistic and curatorial practice and a Q&A session with the opportunity to ask questions. 

About Andy Holden

Andy Holden is an artist and musician who lives and works in Bedford, UK. His most recent solo exhibitions include British Art Show 9; Unnatural History, Herbert Coventry; Arcadia, Bold Tendencies, London; Natural Selection with Peter Holden, and Spike Island, Bristol. He co-runs the record label Lost Toys Records, as well as performing regularly and releasing records with his band The Grubby Mitts. He recently curated Beano: The Art of Breaking Rules at Somerset House, London, on view until 6th March 2022. 

Access Notes

The event will happen on Zoom – a link will be emailed to attendees. This event will be live captioned and transcription will be available afterwards. For help with how to set up Zoom and accessibility enquiries, email maria@nncontemporaryart.org.

This event will be recorded for archival purposes.

Image credit: Andy Holden, World as Cartoon, 2017.

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