Inspired by the facilities and space
I am Joe, West Buckland School’s current Artist in Residence. I recently graduated from the world famous Ruskin School of Art, which is the art school at the University of Oxford. There, I mainly made sculptures, using a range of materials and processes. Formally, these sculptures referenced furniture and animal hutches, informed by wider interests in sentimentality, pet keeping, dream houses and make-believe.
West Buckland is one of only a few schools to have an Artist in Residence, a progressive step, which enables me, as with previous AinRs, to pass on some of my knowledge of being a working artist, as well as my experience of studying art.
The position of Artist in Residence includes having my own studio space in the Art department which is bright and spacious, within the spectacular 150 Building, with views over the surrounding Devon landscape. Since starting at West Buckland, I have been making the most of the space and working on a series of larger sculptures. Access to the department’s facilities has allowed me to be ambitious and introduce new processes into my practice. Specific time is set aside during the school day for me to do my own work and I have full access to my studio on evenings and weekends. As I live on site, I find I spend a lot of my free time in my studio.