CASS Projects: Florence Peake Residency

West Dean

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We are pleased to announce Florence Peake as the 2017 CASS artist in residence.

This May, Peake will be resident at West Dean College for three weeks, making use of the incredible studio facilities, resources and technical expertise available at both the college and at CASS to create a new body of ceramic work inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s musical score The Rite of Spring.

With the assistance of dancer Rosemary Lee, Florence Peake plans to choreograph a routine to be performed on a stage of raw clay. Through grabbing, pushing and pulling the clay, Rosemary will form violent eruptions on the surface to echo the dramatic score of The Rite of Spring. As a result, the surface of the clay will become an abstract documentation of this performance and a sculptural interpretation of Stravinsky’s composition. The clay stage will subsequently be divided into tiles to be fired in the wood-fired kiln at CASS.

Florence will work with videographer Becky Edmunds to produce a film to be shown in conjunction with the ceramic sculpture at the exhibition in November.

This residency will support the development of Peake’s long term project with the Jerwood Charitable Trust - Peake received the second edition of the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project award in November 2016.

CASS Projects provides emerging artists the opportunity to research, experiment and expand the possibilities of their own practice. Through an annual residency programme in partnership with West Dean College, CASS allows artists to make new trans-disciplinary works, which question and expand the definition of sculpture, with the use of the CASS wood-fired kiln.

The residency will culminate in an exhibition co-curated by Tayah Leigh Barrs and Helen Turner from the 2nd - 26th November 2017, at STUDIO_LEIGH, London.

Download the press release here.


Florence Peake 'The Keeners', 2015. Courtesy of the artist and commissioned by SPACE. Image credit Tim Bowditch.

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