Griffin Residency Programme


Hyperallergic Reports on our unique residency programme

Artists and scientists benefit from each other’s expertise and perspective, demonstrating how our industry can learn from artists

An article written by Hyperallergic has praised the benefits of our artists residency programme, based at our Head Office in London.

Our residency programme has welcomed over fifty artists into the two studios at our Head Office and the expertise of our chemist whose wealth of knowledge can inform their artistic research.

According to Hyperallergic, the Griffin Residency Programme underscores “the way in which artists bring a useful perspective to industry. Though the connection between artists and art supplies is something direct, it is the tendency of artists to break rules or test the limits of materials that is their often unrecognized expertise… One wonders how other companies might similarly benefit from bringing some professionals into their process who are able to present experiences of a different color.”

The article highlighted a project with artist Piers Secunda who spent his time whilst on the residency gaining insight into how he might make paint that was strong enough to build an actual bridge over water, that people could walk across.

Becca Pelly-Fry, Head Curator at Colart, commented “… I think our scientists are constantly learning about how artists use the materials that they meticulously make, and they find it interesting any time an artist is trying to do something with the material that it’s not designed for.

Read the full article here.

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