EW+SW Soft Start

Cove Park’s One-to-One programme was established in 2012 and is designed to support artists working in collaboration. To date, One-to-One residencies have been awarded to Matt Keegan & James Richards, Kelly Dobson & Ilana Halperin, Ruth Beale & Amy Feneck, Shireen Taylor & Sandra Ross and Victor & Hester (Amelia Bywater & Emma Fitts).

This year’s One-to-One residency has been awarded to visual artist Eleanor Wright and curator, writer and designer Sam Watson. They are also co-founders of Drop City, a gallery and research platform working internationally and based in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Working together since 2013, previous projects include ‘Tuned Cities’ (BALTIC Project Space, 2013) and ‘Soft Start’ (The Northern Charter, Newcastle, 2014). Upcoming projects include ‘Continuous Material’ (Durham Castle Museum, Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, May 2015); Mauve, Vienna and armada, Milan, with Drop City (both 2015).

Wright and Watson have set out to open a dialogue around ideas of space and collaboration, using choreographed arrangements of both constructed and curated elements, generated from a shared interest in the built environment, exhibition making and people. They are interested in treating their individual practices as a collective praxis, a format which involves collaboration with others as a key device for the dissemination and discourse of and around the work.

Image: ‘Installation view: Eleanor Wright and Sam Watson: Soft Start with Eric Bainbridge, Joshua Wilson, Sophie Michael, Maria Fusco, Nadia Hebson, Paul Becker, Tilly Fowler. at The Northern Charter, Newcastle, 2014
Detail: Pattern, cut out manilla card and magnetic sheeting
Detail: Drifts, c-type print, acryllic, 2014
Detail: Support Structures, Valchromat wood fibre panel, cedar, tulip, american walnut, 2014