The Pound introduces the first two resident artists in the newly refurbished incubator spaces. The studios are intended for emerging artists as a supportive base in which to establish their practice for up to three years.
Artists will be opening their studios to the public every Wednesday and by appointment. They will offer a programme of workshops and events through the year. Claire Baker is a contemporary ceramicist and Christopher Dunn an illustrator and fine artist.
Claire Baker’s work is made as a response to a lifelong passion for Victorian china and chintz. Large pieces are slab built recreations of drawing studies. Smaller pieces are press moulded directly from her collection of vintage crockery. Each piece is fired a minimum of 5 times, layering each time with slips, oxides, glazes (including volcanic), decals and lustres. Discover more about Claire’s work through her website: bakerart.org.uk
Chris Dunn graduated from Bath Spa University in Illustration and has been working as a freelance illustrator and fine artist, producing illustrations for business publications and book publishers. His reputation as a fine artist in watercolour has also developed with successful entries into the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, the Bath Prize in 2011 and in 2012, he won the Minerva Prize and Young Artist Prize at the Bath Artists Society Open. Visit Chris’ website for further information: www.chris-dunn.co.uk
“One of the exciting aspects of opening these studios is the opportunity to establish a partnership between the studio artists and the organisation, a partnership that realises the potential of the studio group and artist led activity” said Diana Hatton, Visual Arts Coordinator at The Pound.
Each lockable studio is refurbished to a high standard with Belfast sinks, storage, and underfloor heating.
The Pound established a pilot studio space in June 2009. As a result of the pilot and after securing funding from Wiltshire Council, Arts Council England, The Landfill Communities Fund from The Hills Group Limited through Community First, the Community Council for Wiltshire, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Late Lord Methuen’s Charitable Trust, and individual donors, three studio spaces and a community workshop space have been created at the arts centre.