Artist Thompson Hall was selected for an artist residency at Autograph, to support the development of his creative practice during the Covid-19 crisis. With support from ActionSpace, the residency took place 7 March - 31 May 2022 in Autograph’s building in Hackney, London.
The residency was open-ended opportunity, providing space to think and create without the expectation of a fixed outcome. Hall was provided with travel expenses, a fee to support the residency, a materials budget, production assistance, a private studio space and access to our archive.
This on-site residency was Autograph’s first, signifying a landmark moment in our history. It was an outcome of our ongoing work in collaboration with Project Art Works, on the EXPLORERS project, and with Shape Arts on the Transforming Leadership programme, as part of which Hall received mentoring from Autograph’s Learning and Participation Manager, Livvy Murdoch, and our Director, Mark Sealy.
“Over the last year or so I have had the privilege of getting to know Thompson Hall and share thoughts with him. This has been a journey through both words and images. His work in our time is pressing and urgent and I am delighted to have him join us for this residency.”
— Mark Sealy
Thompson Hall is a London based artist. Primarily working with acrylic paint and pastel drawings, Hall’s often colourful palette takes inspiration from artists including Chris Ofili and Frank Auerbach. Through abstracted symbols and text, Hall’s work explores the inequalities of society and the world around him, in regards to politics, social change, marginalisation and, most recently, the impact that Covid-19 is having on our society.
Hall was awarded an Emerging Artist commission and a Micro Grant from Unlimited in 2017 and 2020 respectively. He has exhibited in group shows across the UK and has had solo exhibitions at Regency Town House in Hove, Brighton Dome, and Project Ability, Glasgow. Hall is a resident artist at ActionSpace’s Cockpit Arts Studio.
Find out more about the artist via ActionSpace’s website.
This residency is supported by ActionSpace and is part of the EXPLORERS project. EXPLORERS is a national creative programme for increasing the visibility and representation of neurodivergent artists in contemporary visual art.
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