The Little Van Gogh Residency: Our First Artist in Residence!

Artist residencies offer an artist an opportunity to develop their creative practice in a completely new environment. From painters to writers, musicians to poets there are residencies all over the world that invite creatives to come and explore their practice away from home.

For the first time Little Van Gogh is to run a one week residency later this year, giving one of our artists the opportunity to explore their process outside of their normal environment.

The residency will take place in the village of Ashurst inside the New Forest National Park. The area itself is one of outstanding natural beauty and not far from the coast offering an abundance of stunning places to explore.

The New Forest National Park

Of twenty artists, four main applicants were taken through to final judging for which the Little Van Gogh team were joined by Tim Craven, Curator at Southampton City Art Gallery.

Tim’s wealth of curatorial experience spans 30 years and has seen him acquire a number of important master pieces for the gallery including work from the Post-Impressionist, Camden Town Group and other 20th Century and contemporary British art. An artist in his own right, Tim has both academic and technical expertise which he shared with the team during judging.

We are delighted to announce Lorraine Benton as our 2016 Little Van Gogh Artist in Residence. Lorraine brings geometric shapes together to create ‘visual conundrums’ which often collectively form mountain landscapes or reflect events in her life or memories.

Lorraine at work

Lorraine at work

Lorraine proved an exciting candidate, proposing to develop a new way of working influenced by her new surroundings. Her usually carefully planned, tightly woven painting will potentially loosen moving into the more gestural and expressive realm.

“We are so excited to be offering Lorraine this residency. I hope that this will serve as a pilot for creative opportunities to come. I’m keen that we facilitate collaborative experiences and potentially international opportunities in the future.” Chloé Adams, Little Van Gogh Director

Mountains in Motion, Lorraine Benton