Seacourt Forges New International Links

Mervi Viitajylha, Christine Jalio and Susanna Shearman

Mervi Viitajylha, Christine Jalio and Susanna Shearman

Three artists have travelled from Finland to take part in Seacourt’s first interdisciplinary residency. Susanna Shearman (writer), Christine Jalio (jeweller) and Mervi Viitajylha (set designer/prop maker) will be in Bangor from 17 - 25 May to work on a film exploring cultural responses to bereavement and grieving. They are hoping that local people will be willing to assist by providing them with objects of sentimental value and the stories behind them to include in the film. All objects will be returned of course.

Robert Peters, Seacourt’s Creative Director said, “It’s really wonderful to have artists from outside the UK choose to visit our facility based on our growing, international reputation as a printmaking resource. By including other disciplines in our residency programme we hope to foster a deeper understanding of the creative process by gaining an insight into how other arts professionals develop their artworks and explore themes. The interesting aspect of this project is its collaborative nature. It will be fascinating to see how the three artists bring their individual skills to bear on a shared outcome. ”

Seacourt prides itself on its international relationships and has added Finland to existing links with Arizona, Washington DC and New Zealand. Several Seacourt members will take part in residencies at Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku, Finland this year.  Seacourt’s Self Arranged Residencies are interdisciplinary and welcome artists across all art forms. This month lithographer Joseph Sores will visit from New Orleans and in August Brian D Cohen will visit from Washington State. Dominic Valencia will visit from Arizona for two months beginning in September. Currently an exhibition of small prints by 233 artists from 30 countries is being exhibited at The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in Balloo Industrial Units. This International Mini Print Biennial continues to the 27th May. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9.30 – 4.30 daily. Saturday access can be arranged by appointment.

For further details contact info@seacourt-ni.org.uk or 02891460595.