Clare Thornton Memorial Residency – a Arts crowdfunding project in Plymouth by racheldobbs

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Before her death, the late artist and KARST studio member Clare Thornton set aside funds to establish a memorial residency opportunity in Plymouth for a mid career artist, such as herself, using her old studio space at KARST.
The residency aims to provide the successful applicant with the time, space, funds and critical engagement to develop and resolve new artwork and culminate with an opportunity to show it publicly either at KARST or other public space and time befitting the work.
Clare also wanted to offer a way for others to contribute to supporting this residency by matching and adding to her own donations through this crowdfunding campaign. To assist with this, she has left a range of specially selected artworks which we can offer as rewards to supporters.
These include:
Stairways, Corridors & Corners – PUBLICATION – limited edition of 200 More info:
KARST Tote Bag – screen printed by Clare Thornton. You will receive one of 2 designs by Carl Slater (mint on charcoal grey, or charcoal grey on mint).
Materials of Resistance – PUBLICATION – limited edition of 400 More info:
After After Richard Hughes, Love Seat – A3 Risograph print – limited edition of 45
Dandy & the Mute – limited edition acanthus wax casts in hand blended shades of pastel yellow, green, pink and aqua blue. Show as part of exhibition install at Oriel Myrddin (image credit: Tom Heming).
Materials of Resistance – SCREEN PRINT – limited edition 4 colour separation (CMYK) silk screen print 
Slip + Slide – one-off pair of silk screen prints, framed in oak (image credit: Rosie King)
You can find out more about Clare’s work at
What will we do with the money we raise?
The money gathered through this crowdfunding campaign will be added to Clare’s own contributions and will go towards the following costs: Free, 24/7 access to a studio space at KARST for a period of 25 – 30 days (to be used over an agreed period of time, in ways most useful to the selected artist) Paying the selected artist a fee for the residency – to support them to spend focussed time developing and resolving new artwork A budget for other expenses including materials, childcare, travel, accommodation etc. Bespoke opportunities for peer critique with fellow studio holders and visitings artists/curators as proposed by the artist and/or developed with the host A studio visit with Plymouth-based curator Ben Borthwick (Tate Britain, Artes Mundi, Plymouth Arts Centre) The possibility of a public sharing activity, immediately following the residency or at a later date, including the technical, administrative and marketing support to help make this happen.
We hope that during their residency, the selected artist will also meet a range of people in Plymouth and the wider region – from other artists & arts professionals based in the city, to those in the wider community (depending on the artist’s own interests and project idea). This will be facilitated by specialist producers from Flock South West, who are managing & supporting the residency in partnership with KARST at Clare’s request.
Project timeline: April-May 2019: Crowdfunding campaign End of June 2019 : All rewards are delivered to backers Autumn/Winter 2019 : Open call for artists goes live Autumn/Winter 2019 : Selection of residency artist During 2020 : Selected artist undertakes the Clare Thornton Memorial Residency
Who will be able to apply for the residency?
The residency will be open to those artists who consider themselves to be ‘mid-career’ and applications will be welcome from individuals working in all areas of contemporary visual and live art practice. 
Applicants will need to be a professional artist who has been making work for a minimum of 7 years and may be based in the UK or internationally. The panel for selection will include Dane Watkins (artist & Clare’s husband), Cheryl Jones (director of Grand Union ), Carl Slater (artist and director of KARST ) & Emily Speed (artist).
About Clare
(image credit: Christian Brown)
Clare Thornton is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working from her studio at KARST Projects, Plymouth,UK. Clare puts a variety of materials to work, testing their possibilities and limits to support and encourage her enquiries. Drawing on a training in dance, scenography and literature, she is excited by re-working and layering materials and ideas, and exploring this process with others. Her installations and events are often designed to bring audiences together for social and critical exchange. She has shown her work extensively as a solo artist but also in on-going cross-disciplinary collaborations with Emma Cocker, Jan Steinum (Norway), Paul Hurley and the Performance Re-enactment Society, which she co-founded in 2007 for investigating the problems and potential of performance and it’s documents with projects shown at Arnolfini, Spike Island (Bristol), FlatTimeHouse, South London Gallery (London), Gagosian Gallery (New York)
KARST Studios is a dedicated production space that houses nine studios for contemporary artists working in the city. From its humble DIY beginnings, KARST has established a studio culture that provides a professional, dynamic and critically engaged environment where resident and studio artists are proactively encouraged to respond to its exhibition programme, peer critique, collaborative projects and dialogue with visiting international artists/curators.
KARST is the largest independent contemporary art venue in Plymouth and in addition to its studio complex delivers an ambitious public gallery programme. Founded in 2012 in the industrial Millbay area of the city, and now an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, KARST aims to be a test-bed for experimentation: from conceptually complex group shows proposed by international curators to projects focusing on individual artists or artistic collaboration. 
Further information on the existing studio holders at KARST:
About Flock South West
Flock South West CIC is a new community interest company specialising in the production & delivery of high quality art projects in Plymouth and the South West of England. Flock works with freelance producers & arts specialists to provide creative production support for arts, cultural & community organisations engaging in contemporary arts projects.

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