Press Release: West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces Tamara Henderson as Artist-in-Residence

Residency at West Dean College 18 May - 12 June. A collaboration with Cass Sculpture Foundation, supported by Arts Council England.

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation announces Tamara Henderson as Artist-in-Residence in collaboration with Cass Sculpture Foundation. The project will support a new series of ceramic work by artist Tamara Henderson. Beginning with hypnosis, Henderson will uncover unconscious images that will inform the making of the work, a process aligned to artistic methodologies that are part of the legacy of West Dean.

Through hypnotherapy the artist will explore the dynamic potential of inanimate objects, specifically furniture. Clay will be used to explore the ergonomic qualities of furniture, using the body to impress itself upon the clay and allow the plasticity of the material, together with explorative cognitive processes, to dictate the final work.

Henderson will fabricate the work at Wean Dean College to make manifest the images that were evoked in hypnosis. She will have the opportunity to further her research through material in The Edward James Archive which includes correspondence and artwork by leading twentieth century artists such as Leonora Carrington, Leonor Fini, Rene Magritte, and Salvador Dalí.

During the residency Tamara will also conduct tutorials with full-time Visual Arts students and deliver a public lecture about the project. West Dean students are invited to take part in the wood-firing at Cass, providing them with a unique professional development opportunity.

The work will be glazed and wood-fired at CASS during the residency period. The work will feature in Henderson's presentation at the New Covent Garden Market as part of Art Night, July 2018 and will be exhibited at Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin from 2nd November - 2nd January 2019. This project is supported by Rodeo Gallery London and Arts Council England.

The College's Artist-in-residence programme organised by the School of Arts provides artists with the opportunity to research, reflect and experiment in order to develop the possibilities of their own practice. It enriches the learning environment for the College's full-time graduate and postgraduate Visual Arts students.

Notes to Editors

Tamara Henderson was born in 1982 in Canada. Her practice includes a variety of mediums including sculpture, text, installation, film and performance. She strives to uncover the relationship between the mind, body and materials through the subconscious. By using inanimate objects, Henderson explores the rhythm and motions of making, engaging and transforming inanimate objects into those of psychological texture and presence.

She has exhibited at Glasgow International and Documenta 13, and recently staged a performance for the Serpentine Gallery's 2017 Park Nights series. Solo exhibitions include Oakville Galleries (2017); Rodeo Gallery, London (2017); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2016); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2016); ICA, Philadelphia (2015); and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (2014).

In 2018 Henderson has projects with Tate St Ives, Tate Modern, London, Art Night London, Douglas White Gallery, Dublin and KW - Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her work is also part of Pallant House Gallery's Virginia Woolf exhibition from 26 May - 16 September.

Cass Sculpture Foundation is a British charity founded 25 years ago with a clear mission to provide both established and emerging artists with unique creative opportunities. Since 2016 a partnership between West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and CASS has been established to offer support to artists and to celebrate contemporary art. The wood-fired CASS kiln was built in 2015 as a functioning sculpture and open resource for contemporary artists interested in exploring ceramics. Artists who have created new work in the CASS kiln include Florence Peake as part of the 2017 collaborative residency with West Dean.

The organisation has commissioned and exhibited over 450 works. The CASS grounds consist of 26 acres of beautiful woodland within the Goodwood Estate, West Sussex. The site is open to the public, and has a constantly changing display of approximately 60 monumental outdoor sculptures.

Rodeo, London is a contemporary art space in the heart of London representing national and international artists including Tamara Henderson, Banu Cennetoğlu, Iman Issa, Haris Epaminonda and Christodoulos Panayitou. Initially based in Istanbul, the gallery aims to present a trans-geographical programme.