Artist Exchange Residency

Earlier this year we launched an open call to find the first artists for our very first artist exchange residency, we invited artists from Egypt and Scotland to send us their project proposals. We would like to thank each and every applicant who took the time and energy to respond to the call. We received 34 applications in total, 15 from Scotland and 19 from Egypt from artists across several disciplines including music, dance, theatre, photography, sculpture, and live art.

We’re delighted to announce and introduce you to the selected artists!

MEET THE ARTISTS:

NASHWA MAATOUK

I’m an Egyptian performance designer. After receiving a BA in Set and Costume design from Helwan University, the faculty of fine arts in 2010, I was trained in Scenography by Hussien Bydon in 2B Continued Laboratory & Festival workshops. I started my career designing set and costumes in theatre for various productions and companies like Al Warsha theatre group as well as assisting on costume design for major TV series, films and ads. In 2019 I got my Master of Costume design for performance from the University of The Arts London & London College of Fashion. Since my master project experience creating a designer performance that was performed in Sadler Wells, UK. I have been constantly working on developing my own projects as a concept artist and visual storyteller.

It’s an experimental designer performance piece, inspired from the concept of social distancing, where I would explore the human intimate connections and relationship and how it can materialize through textile, movement and body.

AMBLE SKUSE

Amble Skuse is a musician and artist, working with found sound, voices, electronic processing, and site specific locations. She works with site specific compositions to explore myriad identities in myriad locations.

She explores these ideas of identity and power through a lens of intersectional feminism. Her focus is on gender and disability, and she is currently studying for a PhD looking at ways in which a disabled composer / performer can ustilise technology as a tool for composing, improvising and performing.

Her work has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, and has taken her across the world, from Edinburgh to Singapore on a 10,000 mile train journey, to Canada to develop an improvising platform with disabled musicians, to China to explore the role of ‘being’ in improvisation, to Croatia to perform with the female coding ensemble OFFAL. She is a Creative Entrepreneurs Fellow and a BBC Performing Arts Fellow. She holds an AHRC scholarship for her research.

My project is to map and document the process of a disabled body interfacing with a new city via a series of body sensors (EEG & ECG), a sound recorder, video, photo stills, improvised spoken blog posts and a location tracker. What impact does a city have on a sick body?  I will ‘perform’ live interactions with the public, how do they see me? How do they react? What messages am I presenting to the public when appearing in Cairo as a white woman in a wheelchair? I will then also take my documentation and create a performance presentation mix of video, audio, spoken word, and mapping.