Devised by artists for artists, UNITe is a space for artistic practice and its associated research, experiments, for testing ideas, taking wrong-turns, sharing ideas, discussions, serendipity, and discovery. The intensive residency and professional development scheme allows the organisation to foster a strong studio community for five artists. The scheme is designed to attract and benefit artists who may ordinarily be reluctant or unable to partake in a studio residency.
g39’s ambition for the scheme is to equip artists with confidence, skills, relationships, and knowledge to realise their ambitions, and allow a wider range of voices to contribute to the contemporary art community.
The UNITe 2022 artists are Umulkhayr Mohamed, Adam Moore, Gwenllian Davenport, George Hampton Wale and Zillah Bowes. The new residents will be making new work and developing projects in a supported programme.
George Hampton Wale is an artist, designer and maker from Abergavenny. Most of George’s work is sculpturally textile based, surrounding themes of belonging: in a body, in a landscape, in queerness, in Wales.
Gwenllian Davenport works between two languages and the conflicts of muscle memory as she switches between them. This process feels bodily and tangible and she sees language as a material, trying to capture the physicality in sculptural, lingual, audible or video based pieces.
Adam Moore is a London based British-St. Lucian transdisciplinary artist who works with dance. His work examines multiculturalism, unity and resilience, synthesising material, sensory and spiritual dimensions of the self with the world and with others. He was previously supported with a Jerwood Bursary in 2020.
Zillah Bowes is a filmmaker and artist with a practice in film, photography and poetry. Her artistic practice frequently explores the relationship between the individual and the natural environment. Her ongoing connection to nature informs her practice across all mediums.
Umulkhayr Mohamed is a Welsh Somali artist, writer, and curator. Her artistic practice involves creating primarily artist moving image and performance work that explores the tension present between enjoying the act of wandering between emancipatory temporalities and a functional need to position oneself in the now.
g39 is home to Wales’ largest artist-run gallery and creative community for the visual arts. Established in Cardiff, g39 became a charity in 2019 and works as a bridge between communities, the public and artists. Artists are at the heart of g39’s activities. From residencies to training and mentoring, informal gatherings, or realising the most ambitious of exhibitions – g39’s aim is to encourage and enable every person whose ambition it is to pursue a visual art practice.
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