ASC Streatham Hill – Artist in Residence Awarded to Shane Sutherland

Feature image credit: D. Wiafe

Artists’ Studio Company (ASC) is delighted to announce visual artist and photographer Shane Sutherland (@shane_sutherland) as our new Artist in Residence at ASC Streatham Hill. Shane’s two-year free workspace residency begins in September 2022.

Shane is a photographic and video artist of Jamaican descent, based in the borough of Lambeth in London. Their work utilises both analogue and digital processes to regenerate power within the Black subject. Film, archival media and theoretical texts are used to explore themes of, and themes adjacent to, the nuances and intersections of Black identity and experience.

The recent introduction of VR and photogrammetry in Shane’s practice, in combination with 3D software, is a new and exciting phase. With the possible introduction of game design and AR technology in future work, we look forward to seeing how their work progresses during their time in the studio!

Shane is also co-founder of London-based charity ‘Decolonised Networking’ and has previously worked in anti-racism & decolonial advocacy within higher education. They have also recently just directed and produced an Afrofuturist Sci-Fi short film: OSUPA

In 2021 Lambeth Council agreed to help fund ASC’s purchase of its site in Streatham Hill through the Future Workspace Fund and provided a grant of £200,000 through the First Round of funding. ASC’s Artists in Residence Scheme is one of a number of new initiatives we are launching in Lambeth which have only been made possible with this purchase. We are grateful for their support.

The Artist in Residence scheme was developed to offer a Lambeth-based creative the use of a free studio space for two years, as well as the opportunity to exhibit in the ASC Gallery and Lambeth Town Hall. Shane was selected from nearly 100 applications and selected by a panel with representatives from ASC and Lambeth Council. Shane says:

“I feel so blessed to be awarded this studio residency with ASC. Having access to studio space will evolve my practice in ways I’ve not been able to previously and help me create with my community in mind.”

“We are really excited to have Shane join us for two years and are pleased to be able to offer this support. ASC’s Artists in Residence Scheme is one of a number of new initiatives we are launching in Lambeth which have only been made possible with the purchase of 47c Streatham Hill. Artists and creatives are struggling to afford to live and work in London. […] The purchase of 47c Streatham Hill has secured the workspaces of 57 local artists and protected an amazing creative community in perpetuity. This purchase was only possible with grant funding from Lambeth Council’s Future Workspace Fund.” – Peter Flack, Chief Executive, ASC

ASC is the leading charitable provider of affordable workspaces for artists and creatives in the capital, supporting thousands of innovators since it was established in 1993. Our core aims are to support artists and makers, promote the arts and educate the public in the arts. This is the charity’s third opportunity to support an artist or designer-maker in their community by providing free workspace. Textile artist Warren Reilly has just completed the first of a two-year residency and graphic artist Yoni Alter before him, both at ASC Ealing Road in Alperton, with the support of Brent Council. 

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