Emma Hislop becomes Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s first Artist in Residence

May 28, 2020
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Today, we are very pleased to announce our first Artist in Residency (AiR) project - led by research-based artist, Emma Hislop, who lives and works in Glasgow. Over the one month virtual residency which begins on the 1st of June, Emma will be exploring the question, ‘How can art shape the economy for the better?’ We’re excited to see how her approach and working process can bring fresh perspectives to our work in accelerating the transition to a circular economy.

“I'm excited that this could be the beginning of something that could change all artistic practices and interconnect art and the circular economy. As disruptors, this seems like such a serendipitous pairing.” Emma Hislop, research-based artist, writer and sculptor

Launched in March, the Foundation reached out to creative practitioners from all backgrounds and disciplines across the world, to apply for the Artist in Residence position. Applications were judged by a panel from our network, including: Fanny Breteau, Designer and Art Director, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Hannah Robison, Architecture Design Fashion Programme Manager, British Council, Carole Collet, Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures, Central Saint Martins, Fred Deakin, Professor of Interactive Digital Arts, University of the Arts London, and Anna Queralt, Circular Design Engagement Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

This residency provides a unique opportunity for us to explore what role art and culture can play in the creation of a future that is more inclusive, diverse, and distributed. Artists and creatives are naturally responding to the global challenges we face, and we are creating a unique space in which they can work.

Follow Emma’s work through our social media channels: Twitter - @circulareconomy Facebook – “Ellen MacArthur Foundation” LinkedIn – “Ellen MacArthur Foundation” Instagram – @ellenmacarthurfoundation

Art can help us see things in new ways. I'm thrilled to see an artist join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and expand our perceptions of the world – as it is and how it is changing.

- Fanny Breteau, Designer & Art director, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Creativity is at the heart of the circular economy. The nomination of the first artist in residence at the Ellen McArthur Foundation marks the recognition that creativity can fuel change and open up new ways of seeing to help us build a future that is restorative and regenerative by design.

- Carole Collet, Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures, Central Saint Martins UAL

We are excited to see how the principals of the circular economy will be a catalyst for new creative practice throughout this residency. This exchange can also begin to unlock new thinking, exploring how creative communities can continue to collaborate on a deeper level with disciplines of research, material culture and science, in order to share knowledge, collectively communicate and tackle our shared global challenges.

- Hannah Robison, Architecture Design Fashion Programme Manager, British Council

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