Blast Theory and pvi collective in partnership with the Australia Council are delighted to announce Cat Jones as the 2019 recipient of their international residency program.
Cat will undertake a six-week residency with Blast Theory in their studio in Brighton, UK. She’ll receive mentorship and feedback on her new project – a body of work called Medicament for your Predicament. Through this project, she will research medicine and feminist futures, and draw on her extensive sensory and botanic practices to use kitchen, garden, lab and social research methodologies to create personal and political pharmacopeias for ailments such as disillusionment, misogyny, misandry, capitalism, authority – salves, tonics, gargles, emulsions and powders for our soluble and insoluble bodies.
She says, “this residency will be the first creative development coming from my research and will give me focused time to develop new work, in proximity to mentors, research institutions, the influence of a company of international renown, and in the context of the UK’s and the Brighton community’s dialogue around diversity and inclusion.”
“I’m so happy to be drawn into the folds of these two companies, to be immersed in the ingenuity of their multi-platform play, expertise in audience relationships, scale and rigour. It’s a rare opportunity for an independent artist and such creative generosity from Blast Theory and pvi collective.”
Cat Jones was selected from twenty-three applicants from across Australia. pvi collective’s producer Kate Neylon said, “We were delighted to receive so many considered and engaging expressions of interest from artists across so many different artforms. We also genuinely enjoy the process of interrogating each application alongside representatives from Blast Theory and the Australia Council.”
This initiative was instigated by Sophie Travers and has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts for the last three years. The residency exchange program offers an Australian artist the opportunity to undertake a residency with Blast Theory in their studio in Brighton, UK. The companies aim to support artists working in similar fields and to strengthen the sector as a whole through mentorship and critical feedback.