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 Artists in Residence 

Over the last 12 months C2C and C2C Grows have been hosting an Artists in Residence programme with Lead Artist and Curator of the project Emma Davies, artists Clare Abbatt, Priya Chohan-Padia and Sam Gibson. Running weekly workshops, the artists have been working alongside the women who access services at C2C. 

The women are, or have been, in a variety of vulnerable situations and the artists have been working and making art with them outdoors in an allotment garden space. Emotions and experiences are able to be freely expressed through art, in a tranquil setting, offering a unique opportunity for the women to improve their wellbeing and explore art in a safe and non judgemental setting.

The artists work with a small group of participants during each workshop, creating a person centred approach and making it a more heightened and meaningful engagement for all. Participants are able to explore the allotment garden, create art and eat lunch outdoors, creating a unique holistic experience.

The artists have based the workshops on their artistic practice, covering a multitude of art forms including soundscapes, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, collage, headdresses and assemblage.


Much of the work produced during the residency by both participants and artists will be on show at:

NN Contemporary Art from Wednesday 26th May until Saturday 28th May from 10am until 5pm.

There will be a seminar at the University of Northampton on 14th June in collaboration with the RSA and also the publication of a book documenting the whole project.

(Artists in Residence @ C2C Social Action is funded by The Arts Council, the Kenneth Fund via Northamptonshire Community Foundation and is supported by the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing.)

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