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Trinity’s Associate Artist Scheme

Trinity’s Associate Artist Scheme Click to enlarge

29 May 2016

Last year, thanks to funding from the Kent Arts Investment Fund and Arts Council England, we launched Trinity’s first Associate Artist scheme, enabling us to use Trinity’s resources to support the work of emerging artists.

Our first Associate Artist was director/producer Francesca Murray Fuentes. Francesca had produced two previous productions for children at Trinity and we were keen to develop our partnership with her and to enable her to be more ambitious.

Working with Trinity, she built upon her previous experience to create a dynamic new piece of contemporary drama - a new twist on the Princess and the Pea with a strong female lead. It was shown at Trinity in the autumn and then toured to the Vaults Festival in London. The production’s creative team also enjoyed giving a performance and Q & A session for drama students at Skinners Kent Academy.

Francesca said: "As a freelance director, being invited to be an Associate Artist at Trinity has given me access to a building and team willing to support me in developing my work, providing a space to perform, marketing support, rehearsal space, professional advice and constructive feedback. Touring this piece of work was a new experience for me, and I have refined my producing skills through it."

We’re delighted to present a solo exhibition at Trinity of the work of our second Associate Artist – Tunbridge Wells-based illustrator Matt Syms. Matt has united playing cards with the characters and deities of Norse Mythology (Odin, Thor, Loki, Fenrir etc.) giving a unique perspective on a venerable subject. The works will be drawn in graphite pencil, digitally remastered with colour, and the exhibition will be Matt’s largest body of work to date.

Matt says: “I believe that my work is suitable for a wide range of applications and so I’ve decided to take a rich and interesting theme, Norse Mythology, and combine it with playing card design.

The inspiration for a lot of my work comes from my great interest in comic books. Within the Marvel universe, the Norse Gods are characters who fight alongside other superheroes. But despite my great love of the genre, I am more interested in depicting these characters in my own way, in a grittier and much more realistic way than the typical comic book style.”

Matt’s exhibition, Ragnarök, will be on display in the Trinity Gallery from Monday 13 to Sunday 26 June.


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