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The New Forest National Park Artist in Residence

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Click on the buttons below to go to information on the current and past resident artists:

Marie Smith - Residency and Exhibition

We Belong Here

We Belong Here was made in May 2022 as part of the New Forest National Park Artist in Residence at spudWORKS.  The aim of the residency was to reflect upon the richness of the landscape and facilitate a conversation with the community who are perceived to be invisible in the New Forest.  Marie collaborated with seven people of colour based in Hampshire and the New Forest, to create a series of portraits and cyanotypes.

During the portrait sessions Marie and the participants would walk and, talk about their thoughts and feelings about the landscape of the New Forest.  Each participant made a cyanotype to go with their portrait.  Some participants brought objects that meant something to them, whilst others foraged for materials in the New Forest.  What you see in this exhibition is a nuanced reflection of each person.  Cyanotypes also provide an additional context that enhance Marie's portraits.

We Belong Here provided Marie with an opportunity to learn and engage with the community and for the participants to advocate for themselves.

The A1 and A0 prints were printed on recycled blue-black poster paper, that can also be recycled.  Cyanotypes have been made and chosen by the participant, who holds copyright over them.  

Exhibition Booklet

 

The exhibition also includes a book of outtake portraits and landscapes from Marie's residency. Some of the participants have contributed to the text.  Click on the image (right) to download the booklet.

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We Belong Here - Residency

 

We belong here is a collaborative project between Marie Smith and seven people of colour who are based in Hampshire and New Forest. 
Marie is working with the participants to explore and document their relationship with the landscape of New Forest.

Each participant will be making a series of cyanotypes that will be exhibited with their portrait at spudWORKS in October. 
 

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Hello! My name is Marie Smith and I am a London based Visual Atists and Writer. I am working with people of colour as part of a my residency as New Forest National Park Artist in Residence at spudWORKS in Sway/NewForest in May 2022. I will be utilising this opportunity to start a conversation regarding Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minority communities sense of belonging, climate change and understanding of the New Forest.

I would like to use the residency to create a series called We belong here that will consist of portraits and landscape photographs that will provide a nuanced visual representation of how Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minority communities feel about the New Forest.

I will with 2 to 4 people, including those who identify as male, female or non binary from Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background (including those of Mixed Heritage) who are aged from 18 years old and above who are based in New Forest or Hampshire. The photographs will be reflecting upon the diversity and richness of the New Forest as well as providing an interpretation of your relationship with the landscape.

 

The photographs will be shown as part of an exhibition at spudWORKS in October 2022. 

 

If you wish to learn more about me and my practice, please check my work here: www.marieesmith.com and www.whisperingforhelp.com 

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Some of the participants from We Belong Here working with artist Marie Smith

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Marie will be running a Photo-walk during her exhibition on Saturday 15th Oct between 12 and 2pm.

Tickets are £5 in advance and you can book online at:  www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/webelongherewalk

This is an informal event, so no experience needed!  Please bring camera of your choice, a bottle of water and wear waterproof and comfortable clothing and shoes.

Meeting Point: spudWORKS, station Road, Sway, SO41 6BA.  Free parking at spudWORKS and in the village.

Please see the gallery below showing some photos taken during the walk. Photography by Ameena Rojee.

Click on the button below to go to information on the current and past resident artists:

Marie Smith - Residency and Exhibition

We Belong Here

We Belong Here was made in May 2022 as part of the New Forest National Park Artist in Residence at spudWORKS.  The aim of the residency was to reflect upon the richness of the landscape and facilitate a conversation with the community who are perceived to be invisible in the New Forest.  Marie collaborated with seven people of colour based in Hampshire and the New Forest, to create a series of portraits and cyanotypes.

During the portrait sessions Marie and the participants would walk and, talk about their thoughts and feelings about the landscape of the New Forest.  Each participant made a cyanotype to go with their portrait.  Some participants brought objects that meant something to them, whilst others foraged for materials in the New Forest.  What you see in this exhibition is a nuanced reflection of each person.  Cyanotypes also provide an additional context that enhance Marie's portraits.

We Belong Here provided Marie with an opportunity to learn and engage with the community and for the participants to advocate for themselves.

The A1 and A0 prints were printed on recycled blue-black poster paper, that can also be recycled.  Cyanotypes have been made and chosen by the participant, who holds copyright over them.  

Exhibition Booklet

 

The exhibition also includes a book of outtake portraits and landscapes from Marie's residency. Some of the participants have contributed to the text.  Click on the image (right) to download the booklet.

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