Artists in residence
Through having artists-in-residence, we want to make art and creativity accessible to the whole Hertfordshire community. As well as hosting drop-in sessions open to all, the artists-in-residence will be holding some workshops for invited groups including clients accessing services from one of our partners, Mind in Mid Herts.
We hope to be able to provide workshops as part of ‘Art on Prescription’* in recognition of the considerable role the arts and participation in creative activities can have in terms of boosting our mental health and overall wellbeing.
Sophie Gresswell, Artist-in-Residence at Hitchin Library
October to December 2021
Sophie Gresswell is a multi-disciplinary artist using spoken word, painting, audio and digital technology to explore identity and belonging. Throughout her residency Sophie will be uncovering the rich history hidden within Hitchin Library’s local studies collection as well as challenging customers of all ages to consider their own heritage and what makes them who they are.
Sheila De Rosa, Artist-in-Residence at North Watford Library
January to April 2022
Sheila’s practice takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. She uses a variety of materials and processes, with printmaking as the central core. Sheila is hoping to use her residency to demonstrate how everyone can be an artist. She will be working with children and families as well as local groups, including one for people with dementia and their carers, to transform treasured photos and family memories into new forms of art.