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Residencies & Projects

Tetley's Associate Artists' Programme 2021-22: Artists Announced

Tetley's Beer and The Tetley support four artists annually as part of The Tetley's Associate Artists' Programme (TAAP). The successful artists are: Zoë Carlon, Jem Clancy, Benaiah Matheson and David Sowerby. TAAP is a year-long tailored mentoring and development programme that aims to provide opportunities in Leeds and Yorkshire to foster a new generation of artists, which has since been extended to continue support for this cohort in the current pandemic.

Selected TAAP artists demonstrate a strong direction in their practice, but will benefit from external support and recognition to take their talent to the next level. Each selected artist will have a budget of £1,500 to spend on bespoke needs, such as a guest mentor, curatorial visits or developing work. Artists may also choose to present their work publicly through a public programme event or open studio.

Zoë Carlon's paintings draw inspiration from spaces that are both public and private. She is interested in spatial conditions that create a sense of solitude and the peripheries of transitory space. She works from both observation and memory, exploring surface, depth, figuration and abstraction within the process of painting. Zoë lives and works in Wakefield. Selected recent exhibitions include From Cellar to Garret, South Parade (London, 2021),  Prosaic: Generous, Globe Arts (Slaithwaite, 2020), Club Editions, Index Festival (Leeds, 2019), Cole's Gallery (Leeds, 2019), The Art House Micro-Commissions, The Art House (Wakefield, 2019) and The Near and Elsewhere, South Square Centre (Bradford, 2018).

Jem Clancy is an aspiring visual and movement artist based in Leeds passionate about dance and art as a means towards communication and connection. She is particularly keen to embrace and promote diversity and inclusion in process and product. Most recently she has been experimenting with film and digital illustration, winning the KAT award for her debut animation Lights, Camera, Action at the Together! 2020 Disability Film Festival. Her latest commissions include Dance in an Envelope with Company of Others, Get Through It with TINArts and Expressions 2021 for Northern Ballet. All three inclusive and collaborative projects use art and movement. She is also part of the BEYOND Artist Development Scheme hosted by Pyramid of Arts.

Benaiah Matheson is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is based on a simple statement - BƎ YOU ALWAYS. From this personal commandment and invitation, he has pursued his interest in continuous line drawing, of which he has developed his own unique style. The resulting artwork is often abstract yet playful.

Benaiah also has a namesake clothing brand that features his own symbolic alphabet and is an intersection of everything he is curious about – art, utilitarian workwear, food, fitness, music and family heritage.

From his studio he works on a wide variety of canvas sizes, opting to use ergonomic, hand-held tools as his primary materials for creation. Benaiah is based in his hometown of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

David Sowerby is an Anglo Armenian artist born in Iran, and based in Leeds. He graduated from Coventry University, studying BA Fine Art in 1995 and then an MA in Creative Curating at Goldsmiths College, London in 1998. His current practice is a contextually centred sculptural process using found material, as well as the leftovers from paid labour to create surrogate bodies in the form of casements. Sowerby's materials are his data sets which, through sympathetic and responsive modes of fabrication, he manifests into existential sculptural dialogues. Since 2017, Sowerby has exhibited in seven shows, four of which were solo presentations. His solo exhibition, the idles that habit forms (2017) was reviewed for the online northern contemporary art platform, Corridor8, by Professor Derek Horton. In 2019, Sowerby was shortlisted for the Left Bank Leeds Art Prize.

Zoë Carlon, The Blue Bar, 2020. Courtesy the artist

Jem Clancy, HELM, Talent Hub, Yorkshire Dance, 2019. Photo: Camilla Greenwell

Courtesy Benaiah Matheson

David Sowerby, incidental lense, 2020. Courtesy the artist

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