About this residency:

Historically, Osnabruck (in north-west Germany) stands on one of the most important trade routes of Europe. Geographically, the modest city is situated in the mid-north in central Europe with links all over Europe from mediaeval times to the present day. It is twinned with 5 cities, one of which is Derby. Derby has acknowledged this twinning by naming the most important space in downtown Derby as Osnabruck Square.

In 2022, we successfully developed 7 projects for the artistic communities in Derby and Osnabruck including some educational initiatives. Last year, we built an exciting partnership with Kunstraum Hase29. Two artists from Derby visited Osnabruck during the Maiwoche Festival in May, while two German artists reciprocated the visit in August, resulting in a collaborative exhibition at Artcore Gallery. For more project details, please refer to the “Building Bridges Exhibition Launch” using the following link: https://mailchi.mp/7bb2aa806b10/artcore-august2023 

This year, we are delighted to continue our collaboration with Osnabruck as we partner with Atelier m82. This residency is for Derby artists to understand the various links or points of references between the two cities and what binds them together. 

The chosen artists for this residency are Chris Wright and Ashley Morris, who will be presenting their creations at Artcore Gallery following their residencies in Derby and Osnabruck. Chris specialises in sound art, while Ashley is a filmmaker.

Selected Artists:

Ashley Morris

Ashley is a neurodivergent writer/director from the Midlands. His work is focused on class, poverty and family. Recently, funded by the BFI Doc Society for his short documentary DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?. A documentary about the cost of living crises and female shoplifters of the Midlands. In 2022, he was funded by the BFI for his short film HOME MOVIE. The film is based on real life experiences inspired by old family photographs and memories of growing up in a poorer working class household. In 2019, he was selected for Channel 4’s emerging talent scheme, 4Stories and directed the BAFTA Cymru winning ADULTING for Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated ON THE EDGE anthology of episodes. The directing scheme focuses on finding diverse and exciting new talent in the UK. At the start of 2021, he was put forward by Blacklight TV and Channel 4 for a BAFTA for emerging talent. His work has been screened at Aesthetica Film Festival, Derby Film Festival, Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, BFI Southbank, Portugal Arts Channel, London Short Film Festival. Ashley is currently undertaking a body of work called LOAF exploring working class narratives with lowfi aesthetics.

Dr. Chris Wright

Dr. Chris Wright is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and writer at the intersection of fine art and philosophy with main concerns of the political, cultural and societal aspects of borders and transitional spaces.  With an emphasis on sound and its relationship to time/space, film, installation and performative drawing to create multi-dimensional proposals with myriad interpretations. Recent work includes slow running focusing on listening (UK/ France); improvised music/sound/ sound-songs in site-responsive situations (Canada/France/Italy); an art, science, environment project about the global and local politics and nature of water (UK/France) and a developing interest in the sound of protest (Switzerland).