ESW/ECA Graduate Residents 2021/22

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is excited to announce that the artists selected to be our ESW/ECA Graduate Residents are Becky Brewis, the collaborative partnership of Ben Caro & Kat Cutler-MacKenzie, Joanne Matthews and Maria Wrang-Rasmussen.

They will be in residence at ESW for three months from November, developing new work. Residents are provided with ongoing technical, curatorial support and mentorship from the ESW team and will have access to ESW’s production faculties and training to help them develop new skills. There will be opportunities for them to connect with the ESW membership and Edinburgh’s community of artists to enable them to develop their networks and establish their career.

Becky Brewis

Becky Brewis (b. 1989) is an artist from London now based in Dundee. Her drawings, textiles and installations explore how the past permeates the present, psychologically and materially. She is a winner of the 2021 Degree Show Purchase Prize at ECA where she has just completed an MFA, having previously studied on the Royal Drawing School’s funded postgraduate programme. In 2018-19 Becky was artist in residence at the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art at King’s College London. She was selected by Tina Keane for Visions in the Nunnery 2018 and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017. She has been awarded residencies in Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, at Hackney’s Space Studios and in Scotland at Dumfries House and Embassy Gallery.

You can find out more about her work here.

Image: Good hair, good teeth, good skin (front), mixed media embroidery, 2019, courtesy the artist.

Ben Caro & Kat Cutler-MacKenzie

Ben Caro (b. London, 1998) and Kat Cutler-MacKenzie (b. Belfast, 1997) share a collaborative artistic practice that draws upon techniques from experimental archaeology — in which found objects are re-cast or re-performed to unlock tacit histories, and pedagogic methods of communication — such as the 35mm slide lecture or ‘lecture performance’. As the duo are also both trained art historians — with a combined background in archaeology, cinema, historical re-enactment, and feminist theory — their artworks can be understood as a form of practice-based research. They are currently living and working in Edinburgh.

Image: O.o.o.h!, Rhubaba, 2021, courtesy the artists

Joanne Matthews

 Joanne Matthews (b. Brighton) career in the arts spans 11 years. Working collaboratively across performance, audio, video, installation, photography and drawing, she conducts embodied fieldwork, rooted in place, creating gestural works of art. She’s interested in leaning into, and finding hope in, the darkness of the ecological crisis and the inseparable links between nature and culture. Her work is place or idea and tells a ‘story’, often with humour, confusion, eeriness and sensuality. Recent projects have led her to work with farmers, activists, artists as well as art spaces and institutions, including Porty Art Walk (Edinburgh), IUCN WCC (Marseille), LADA (London), Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff), SSW (Aberdeen), Somerset House Studios (London), Artsadmin (London).

You can find out more about her work here.

Image: A Drowning Out, 2021, courtesy the artist.

Maria Wrang-Rasmussen Maria Wrang-Rasmussen (b.1998 she/her) is a Danish interdisciplinary artist based in Edinburgh. Dipping into memory, unreliable narrators, togetherness and self-mythologisation, she constructs her work with a playful non-linear approach to language, narrative and form. Her work touches on feelings of belonging and remembering, often relating to experiences of queerness and connection in combination with a contemporary thematic of digital realities and storytelling. Graduating from Intermedia Art BA (with hons) at ECA she was rewarded with the 2021 University of Edinburgh Collections purchase prize as well as the Helen A Rose Bequest. She is currently a director at the Embassy gallery, Edinburgh.

You can find out more about her work here and here