Each year as part of The Canterbury Journey, the Cathedral will provide an annual Artist in Residence opportunity at the Cathedral for the duration of the project.
Our first appointee is artist, print maker and archivist, Dawn Cole, who will be working with the Learning & Participation team and Schools Department. Dawn will produce a body of work for wider learning through talks, creative workshops and exhibitions.
At the end of her residency, Dawn will be putting on an exhibition of work. Exploring the act of Remembrance, Dawn will be exhibiting her work in the Cathedral’s Chapter House and running a series of free artist’s talks and creative workshops during the Canterbury Festival. Dawn has interpreted the Cathedral’s archival material held within its historic collections to create an installation to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice. Remember Me?! runs in the Chapter House from 20 October – 11 November 2018.
Dawn exhibits widely and has participated in exhibitions in Portugal, USA, Japan, France and throughout the UK. Her work is held in the permanent print collection at the V&A and in private collections in the UK, USA and China.
At the international Print Biennale 2011, Dawn was awarded the V&A Print Prize and in January 2013 was a finalist for the prestigious Arts Foundation Fellowship Award: Printmaking.
Dawn is a visiting lecturer at Christ Church University, Canterbury and has also lectured at University of Southampton, University of Kent and has been selected to perform and present at several conferences throughout the UK.
As well as her work for the Cathedral, Dawn is working on a project ‘From Wasteland to Wasteland’, a prolonged project in response to the Lochnagar Crater, France. Dawn and four other artists will be developing the project together, drawing connections to T S Eliot’s epic poem’ The Wasteland’ (partly written in Margate), and through their responses connecting Wasteland to Wasteland.