The Bowmaker Residency is a new residency designed to support a visual artist based in Scotland and in the earlier stages of their careers.

The recipient of the 2024 residency is Morwenna Kearsley, a Glasgow-based artist working predominantly with photography, text and moving-image. Her practice is shaped by two main areas of activity: studio-based solo work and workshop-centred participatory projects, which overlap and inform each other. These works, shown in galleries & museums, local shops, on screens and in publications, excavate the influence of photography (as a technology and as a culture of seeing) on us as individuals and communities. Her photographs often feature objects, which have the potential to reveal part of who we are. From museum artefacts and personal effects to discarded scraps, toys and textiles, objects carry within them the historical, social and political circumstances of their making, as do photographs. She studied for a BA(Hons) in Photography, Film & Imaging at Napier University (Edinburgh), graduating in 2007. With the support of a Leverhulme Scholarship for Fine Art, she received an MFA from The Glasgow School of Art in 2015.

This residency is made possible with generous support from a Patron of Cove Park.

Image: Morwenna Kearsley photographed by Sareh Abasi.