News & Opportunities
Betty Campbell Monument Nominated for Prestigious Award
We are delighted to announce that the Betty Campbell Monument by sculptor Eve Shepherd and commissioned by Monumental Welsh Women has been nominated for the prestigious Public Statues and Sculpture Association's Marsh Award 2022.
We extend our congratulations to our fellow nominees!
You can read more about the Betty Campbell Monument on our project page.
Elaine Morgan Statue Unveiled in Mountain Ash
We are delighted that the Elaine Morgan statue by sculptor Emma Rodgers as been unveiled. It marks the continuation of Studio Response's partnership with Monumental Welsh Women, a not-for-profit group dedicated to recognising the contribution of Women to the history and life of Wales.
The Elaine Morgan statue is only the second statue of a named, non-fictionalised Welsh woman in Wales. It follows the successful unveiling of the Betty Campbell Monument in Cardiff in 2021.
Designed and created by renowned sculptor Emma Rodgers, the statue, a permanent immortalisation in bronze of the pioneering writer, evolutionary theorist and trailblazing feminist, was unveiled by Elaine's family in a moving ceremony outside the Meddygdfa Glan Cynon Surgery on 18th March 2022.
To find out more visit our project page.
Digital Release of Cynefin: Music from the Grange
Today (5th November 2021) sees the digital release on Ty Cerdd Records of Cynefin: music from the Grange. These music and sound commissions were created for the Grange University Hospital as part of Art for the Grange. We worked in collaboration with Tŷ Cerdd and health board staff to commission artists from a range of genres to create the music and sound installations especially for the multi-faith chapel space in the hospital. The six works were designed to improve the well-being and experience of hospital patients and visitors as well as the NHS staff that work there each day. The lead music artist was award-winning electronic composer Jo Thomas, who, together with the Tŷ Cerdd team mentored the other participating music-creators through the unique creation process. The six resulting works are:
- Cynefin: Delyth & Angharad Jenkins
- Edau Bywyd (Threads of Life): Ashley John Long
- Glaw – Shoda: Teifi Emerald
- Sketch of Nature: Jo Thomas
- Sound of the Breeze, Song of the Waves: Leona Jones
- Where the Veil is Thin: Stacey Blythe
Studio Response announced as Finalists at the Cardiff Life Awards 2021
We are so pleased and proud that Studio Response has been announced as a Finalist in the civic category at the 2021 Cardiff Life Awards.
We are incredibly grateful to all our mentors, artists, architects, designers, creative producers, partners, clients and friends for enabling us to work in delivering art in the public realm. We're especially thankful that after a very difficult 18 months we continued to be paid by our clients, and in turn we were able to pay the fees of the many creative practitioners with whom we work, which we hope went some way to sustaining their practices during this time.
Read more about the Cardiff Life Awards here: Cardiff Life Awards – Celebrating the best of Cardiff
Commission Opportunity at Gwel yr Ynys Residential Development
As part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Percent for Art scheme, Studio Response in partnership with Taylor Wimpey, is delighted to announce a major new commission opportunity for the Gwel yr Ynys residential development in Sully, Vale of Glamorgan.
Studio Response seeks to commission an artist or artist collective to create a series of site-responsive artworks that will enhance the built environment of Gwel yr Ynys and encourage its future residents to engage with and explore their doorstep green spaces. It is envisaged that the artworks will respond to the wealth of natural environments found on site and in the surrounding areas.
There is a budget of £146,000 available for this commission. Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 17th May 2021 at 5pm. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Nature Garden welcomes its first visitor!
Studio Response is delighted to see that the Children's Nature Garden at the Grange University Hospital has welcomed its first visitor.
Eliza, aged three, and her Mum, Amy, were the first to visit the garden yesterday (16th March 2021). Eliza was taken outside on her bed, escorted by Health Play Specialist Bev Trinder and Healthcare Support worker Carol Dance, with all the required social distancing protocols maintained.
Play Specialist Bev told us "Eliza's Mum, Amy, was overwhelmed by the experience and said how beautiful the area was and that she felt privileged for her daughter to be the first to use the facilities. As a Play Specialist I can't wait to be able to utilise this space more as COVID restrictions ease. Eliza enjoyed the bubble machine, the sunshine and the scenery and will be using the space regularly during the rest of her stay on the Children's Unit."
The Grange University Hospital's Children's Nature Garden and Healing Garden was created by artists Andy O'Rourke, Eifion Porter, Emma Price and Cecile Johnson Soliz in collaboration with staff as part of the Art for the Grange Programme curated by Studio Response on behalf of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
Photograph courtesy of Bev Trinder, with permission for use given by Eliza's Mum, Amy.
Golwg Y Mor Sculpture Trail
To celebrate the completion of the Golwg y Mor Sculpture Trail in Rhoose, artists Juneau Projects are hosting a series of free online workshops. Join in and make some wildlife inspired art! For more information and to book a place visit www.golwgymorsculpturetrail.com . Everyone who signs up will receive free set of art materials in the post.
Elaine Morgan Sculpture for Mountain Ash
We are so pleased to be working with sculptor Emma Rodgers, the Monumental Welsh Women group and Apollo Medical on the creation of a figurative sculpture to be sited in Mountain Ash to honour and celebrate the life of Elaine Morgan.
Elaine was a woman of many talents who changed the world from her desk in Mountain Ash. Excelling in both the arts and science, she became a top TV writer, a feminist icon and a ground-breaking evolutionary theorist.
You can find out more about Elaine's achievements and about the sculpture we're commissioning in Carolyn Hitt's Wales Online article: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/news-opinion/woman-who-taught-being-valleys-19239930.
This commission is part of the Wales-wide Monumental Welsh Women project. Monumental Welsh Women is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to recognising the contribution of women to the history and life of Wales. Its mission is to erect five statues honouring five Welsh women in five different locations across Wales in five years.
Image courtesy of Monumental Welsh Women's website.
Take part in our Finding Gibbonsdown Public Art Project
Artists Matthew Jones and Steve Coombs are working with Studio Response on an arts programme in Gibbonsdown, Barry, and they want your pictures to help with the project!
As we’re now gradually beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown and able to explore where we live again Matthew and Steve are asking the residents of Gibbonsdown and Court wards in Barry to share with them pictures of things found, rediscovered or noticed anew to help them build up a picture of the area springing back to life.
What places did you enjoy, what places came into their own, what places did you avoid and what needs to change? It could be a photo, a sketch, a painting or a collage. Show Matthew and Steve your creative side and you could win a prize!
Visit the Finding Gibbonsdown website to find out more. The deadline for submitting your pictures is 31st July 2020.
Commission Opportunities at The Grange University Hospital
We are conscious of the current pressures facing self-employed artists, designers and producers and we are therefore committed to advertising commission opportunities where we have been advised by our clients to do so.
As part of the Arts Programme for the new Grange University Hospital, Llanfrechfra, which is curated and managed by Studio Response, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (HB) seeks to appoint an experienced artist / artist(s) / artist collective to create an accessible, external trail identified by bespoke waymarkers, and an external “wellbeing” space, the focus of which is to provide staff, primarily, with a place where they can take “time out” and spend some time outside of the hospital itself.
Further information on the commission is available here: https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=MAR329791
The Health Board is also seeking to appoint an exceptional fine art, textile / surface design artist to create a series of artworks for identified internal spaces at The Grange University Hospital. We are conscious that this commission is of a sensitive nature in the current context of COVID-19. If you would like to receive further information on this opportunity please contact email@example.com.
The deadline for both commissions is 8th May 2020.
Image courtesy of BDP and ABUHB.
Studio Response COVID-19 Statement for Artists & Creative Co-Producers
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Studio Response is following UK government advice with regards to social distancing and therefore will not be attending any face-to-face meetings, installations or workshops from Monday 23rd March 2020. We are advising all the artists, designers, architects, sub-contractors and facilitators with whom we are working to also follow government advice and work in a way to limit the spread of the disease.
These are unprecedented times and we are using our best endeavours to navigate a way forward for each of our commissions. However, these are all throwing up unique issues, with each of our clients offering a different response, so please bear with us. We are particularly conscious of the pressures facing freelancers, self-employed and small businesses and of course our public sector clients in the NHS and education sector.
Please be reassured that we are here to support you the best way we can. To date, no commissions have been cancelled, but we believe there is an inevitability that the pandemic will lead to delays. During this time, we will endeavour to work from our home studios, and we are set up on Skype and other video and voice services for one-to-one and group calls. As such please do continue to contact us via email and telephone.
It would be helpful if you could let us know the impact of the pandemic on your commission plans if at all. This will enable us to develop a risk register of key and pressing issues that we can endeavour to share with our clients.
We thank you for your understanding and meanwhile, stay safe and well. Best wishes
Emma and Jo
Art, People, Place.
Studio Response COVID-19 Statement for Clients
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Studio Response will not be attending any face-to-face meetings, installations or workshops from Monday 23rd March 2020. We believe this is the best way we to follow government advice regarding social distancing. We will endeavour to minimise disruption to our clients as best we can but please bear with us. Current government advice for businesses recommends each company needs to build its resilience to the impact of COVID-19. As a micro-business we need to protect or ability to work for as long as possible. Following the advice on social distancing is one way we can try and achieve this.
Moving forward we will continue to listen to the advice from the World Health Organisation and the UK Government, and we will do all we can to protect our artists, clients, sub-contractors, communities and staff, and to limit further spread of the disease.
During this time, we will endeavour to work from our home studios’, and we are set up on Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other video and voice services for one-to-one and group calls. As such please do continue to contact us via email and telephone.
We will be advising the artists, designers and architects with whom we work to follow government advice and also work from home / their studios during this time.
We thank you for your understanding and send our best wishes to our artists, clients, supporters and friends.
Emma and Jo
A Statue for Lady Rhondda
We are delighted to announce that we are working with Newport's Statue for Lady Rhondda group to commission Newport's first public statue of a named woman. It was a pleasure to join the group at its last committee meeting to find out more about their aspirations for this exciting project!
The group are currently fundraising for the statue. You can support them by visiting their Gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/statue-for-lady-rhondda?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_camp
This commission is part of the Wales-wide Monumental Welsh Women project. Monumental Welsh Women is a not for profit organisation dedicated to recognising the contribution of women to the history and life of Wales. It's mission is to erect five statues honouring five Welsh women in five different locations around Wales in five years. http://monumentalwelshwomen.org
Image courtesy of Women of Newport.
Studio Response to work with George Lovesmith
We are so pleased to be working with George Lovesmith on the development of public art / play experiences for a new residential development in Oxfordshire. George is an artist / architect, and through his practice he aims to explore relational and social practice integrating art, design, education and play.
Sustainable Playground Taking Shape
A site-specific, artist-led playground at Edenstone Homes' Woodlands residential development in Dinas Powys is starting to take shape! Studio Response has commissioned artist Tim Norris and Green Play Project to create this natural, sustainable playground and amphitheatre which will enthrall and entertain young residents for years to come.
We look forward to unveiling the finished installation!