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Eleanor Taylor

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Eleanor Taylor

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Eleanor Taylor is from Hastings, UK. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 and has since been illustrating for clients like the New Yorker, New York Times, Penguin and Random House.

Eleanor’s practice is centred around drawing and painting. Her landscapes are both observed, imagined and remembered.  Old holiday snaps, frozen cinematic frames and fragments of memory are pieced together to form a hazy recollection of a place.

The VAR program will be an amazing opportunity to focus and absorb herself in making a series of work in response to a new and unfamiliar location.

By the end of the program, Eleanor aims to have a series of paintings which could stand alone or inform larger works, a publication, screen prints or pattern design. 


www.eleanortaylor.co.uk

Instagram: @eleanorsvisions



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Rebecca Agnew

Rebecca Agnew is a Director and Stop-Motion Animator. Her recent work has focused on exploring the variety of social and physical worlds connected by the supply chain of mobile phones. Rebecca Agnew lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2004 she  completed at Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Otago, Dunedin, before relocating to Australia and completing a Master of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Melbourne in 2012. Rebecca Agnew In 2015 she was awarded the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, with residencies undertaken with Waaw, Saint Louis, Senegal and Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Agnew was a Studio Resident at Gertrude Contemporary in 2018-19 and in 2013 was commissioned by Artbank to complete a work for their permanent collection. She has led Animation Workshops for the inaugural Melbourne Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and previously received an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Art in 2014.

Recent exhibitions include Pink Frost, Tinning Street; Gertrude Studio Artists Exhibition, Gertrude Contemporary; Melbourne International Animation Festival; Waaw Gallery, Saint Louis, Senegal; Immaterial, Articulate Project Space, Sydndey; Interior 2.1 (TRAMA Centro), Guadalajara, Mexico and Video Arte Australia Nueva Zelande, M100, Santiago, Chile. Agnew’s work is represented in the collections of the University of Otago, Dunedin; Artbank and private collection in Australia and New Zealand. Rebecca Agnew is currently on a residency at  the Vermont Studio Center, Vermont and will be followed by a residency at Varda, Sausalito Bay, California.

During her residency at the VAR program, Rebecca Agnew will be working on a series of paintings and an extract for her current spaghetti western stop-motion animation.




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Austyn Taylor

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Austyn Taylor

Austyn Taylor hails from Rochester, NY. A nomadic artist who creates inspiring works of alienation through the lens of sacred American cartoon tropes. She has shown internationally as well as at art fairs such as Miami art Basel and SOFA in Chicago. An Alfred MFA in 2016 has been the catalyst for traveling the world and dozens of residencies. She believes there is nothing more brutally honest than working with clay, its natural authentic expression of self so influenced by our inner dialogs there is revealed our life’s novel in each piece.

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