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PARK TRACES - Hazel France

RESIDENCY
17th to 30th September, 2013


An AirSpace Gallery Residency by Hazel France

In September 2013, AirSpace Gallery commissioned Hazel France as artist-in-residence for its Park Traces project. Park Traces is a 12 month drawing and documentation project, which aims to document a year in the life of an inner-city public park, which is in the process of bidding for a £4.9m HLF grant.

Following on from the Summer's Site Responsive Residency, we wanted to task an artist with continuing the documentation of the park, but in particular for an artist to use drawing to capture the park as it is today, and to develop a responsive artwork, which proposes the park's future.

Hazel's response to the call, stated -

As a method of exploring the park and becoming familiar with it’s landscape and functions I propose to use running as a research tool. I’m interested in repetition as an important element in learning and running through the park daily would be a repetitive exercise, thus my knowledge would be increased. This also relates to the primary functions of the park at the Academy in Athens. Running is a very ordinary use of a park, through which I can explore the extraordinary.

We invited Hazel to keep a blog of her findings over the course of her 2 week residency - and so full details of her activities and research, including reflections, drawings and photographs can be viewed here.

hazelfrance.co.uk | hazelfrance.blogspot.co.uk

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An AirSpace Gallery Residency by Hazel France

In September 2013, AirSpace Gallery commissioned Hazel France as artist-in-residence for its Park Traces project. Park Traces is a 12 month drawing and documentation project, which aims to document a year in the life of an inner-city public park, which is in the process of bidding for a £4.9m HLF grant.

Following on from the Summer's Site Responsive Residency, we wanted to task an artist with continuing the documentation of the park, but in particular for an artist to use drawing to capture the park as it is today, and to develop a responsive artwork, which proposes the park's future.

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Hazel France, clump, scan of drawing
Hazel France, clump, scan of drawing
Hazel France, clump, scan of drawing
Hazel France, clump, scan of drawing
Hazel France, park run before
Hazel France, park run after
Hazel France, park run remnant

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