The Fandangoe Kid Takes Up Residency In Barnsley

The international print artist who creates moving narratives is to take up residency in Barnsley.

The Civic, Barnsley are pleased to announce the first in an annual rolling programme of Visual Art based artist residencies. Traditionally a platform for fledgling theatre companies, CARP (Civic Artist Residency Programme) will now expand to include visual arts, when in Spring 2019, the gallery will be turned into a studio space and the international print artist The Fandangoe Kid will work there over three months, producing new work inspired by the stories of the Barnsley communities she will work with.

For the last few years, the London based artist has been making a name for herself by plastering the streets of London and New York with her bold and moving narrative driven statements on the beauty found within the trauma of loss, love, gender constructs and masculinity in crisis.

Publicity shot for The Fandangoe Kid

Each week, she will invite a different community group into the studio to create new artworks, and on select dates throughout her residency, invite the public into her studio to see her practise. 

Annie Nicolson – the artist behind The Fandangoe Kid persona explains, “When I lost most of my family in an accident in 2011, I was forced to face myself in my most broken state. I had to push through so many unpleasant truths about loss and paint to get where I am now. I want to tell honest stories, challenge taboos and break with the status quo and that traditional upper lip silence.”

David Sinclair, Head of Visual Art and Engagement at The Civic explains, “The Civic’s Artistic Residency Programme already has a rich history of supporting arts organisations both locally and nationally. In 2017 alone, we supported six theatre companies with small grants, mentoring and rehearsal space. This kind of support allows these companies to access funding from Arts Council of England and full develop an early work in progress into a fully formed theatre production. We are proud to be able to roll out CARP into the area of visual arts and involve many hard to reach communities in Barnsley within that creative process.”

Read more about The Fandangoe Kid at www.fandangoekid.com

Open studio on select dates throughout February – April 2019:7 – 8 Feb14 Feb1 – 2 March14 – 15 March21 March

Additional dates will be published online at www.barnsleycivic.co.uk.

For more information and to book these events and more visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.

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