Cob Residency and Award 2023Cob has developed a full-time residency to host four artists annually in an on-site project space culminating in curated exhibitions forming a parallel thread to the gallery programme. This international residency will launch in Spring 2023 with an accompanying award committed to the development of emerging and multimedia practices.
Cob Residency Collaborations 2021 - 2022Throughout 2021, Cob collaborated with two London based residencies by offering on-site studio space to host their programmes. The gallery offered mentorship to artists as well as documentation and archival support.PLOP - founded by artist Oli Epp and curator Aindrea EmelifeAugust 2021 - March 2022Okiki Akinfe | Bianca Fields | Anne Von Freyburg | William Grob | Ania Hobson | Agostino Iacurci | Timmy Irani | Anna Kenneally | Debbi Kenote | Natalia Gonzalez Martin | Eve Stainton | Madinah Thompson | Horacio Quiroz | Desire Moheb ZandiHOME, founded by Ronan Mackenzie sponsored by Glossier.July - August 2021Hannah Lim | Courtenay Welcome
Cob x PLOPAugust 2021 - March 2022
PLOP Residency was founded in London in 2019 by artist Oli Epp and curator Aindrea Emelife. PLOP is a residency run by artists for artists and has provided free artist studios, mentorship and industry visits to 48 artists from over four continents. The artists that have taken part in PLOP created communities where ideas, thoughts and opinions could be freely shared. Previous artists who have taken part in the residency include: Sarah Slappey, Andrew Pierre Hart, Stine Deja, Hunter Potter and Cathrin Hoffmann. They have gone on to have international and solo exhibitions, and forged long-standing communities that cross continents.
Many opportunities for emerging artists and recent graduates, like Degree Shows and art openings, have been squashed by the pandemic. By opening up dialogues between artists, and fostering a new, creative synergy, I hope PLOP can help redress this and contribute to London’s cultural landscape post-covid. We want to amplify those new voices in the UK’s art scene who have an innovate and original approach to art making and who consider how their practice is reflective of current life and contemporary culture. – Oli Epp, co-founder of PLOP.
Beginning in August 2021, PLOP collaborated with Cob to host five, one-month residency programmes for emerging and early-career artists at Cob studios. The Cob x PLOP selection committee chose fifteen residents in total to particpate including six international artists. Artists were supported by the residency mentors, curator and artist Rosalind Davis and art historian Hector Campbell. Each residency culminated with a dedicated exhibtion within the studios.
Cob x PLOP selection committee:
Oli Epp, artist | Marcelle Joseph, collector and curator | Claus Busch Risvig, collector founder of Artlandapp | Jeremy Levison, collector and lawyer | Aindrea Emelife, art historian and curator | Cob Gallery - Victoria Williams, Cassie Beadle, Madeleine Dunnigan
Summer Residency 2021
Anna Kenneally, Desire Moheb Zandi, Okiki Akinfe
Autumn Residency 2021
Madinah Thompson, Natalia Gonzalez Martin, Eve Stainton
Winter Residency 2021
Anne von Freyburg, Ania Hobson, William Grob
International Residency 2021
Horacio Quiroz, Bianca Fields, Agostino Iacurci
International Residency 2022
Timmy Irani, Mathew Zefeldt, Debbi Kenote
Cob x HOME by Ronan MckenizeMay - June 2021Born out of the necessity for a truly accessible art space with both a well curated presentation of exhibitions, and a wide programme of events, HOME is one of very few black owned art spaces in London. Founded by Ronan Mckenzie to create a distinct space with a new set of understandings of how to contextualise a diverse range of artists, building on personal experiences of institutions and providing a new infrastructure for creativity.With a leading focus on supporting Black and Indigenous People of Colour, HOME aligns with the contemporary economic climate, with a considered curatorial and events offerings pertaining to the work of BIPOC artists in a context that thoroughly understands them from the inside out. Alongside exhibitions, HOME presents a community focussed events programme and creative work space which aim to encourage, share and support. HOME is a malleable concept which transforms and responds to the artists it houses and the community it is built for.Cob collaborated with HOME offering studio space to their first six-week residency initiative for two BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) Women-identifying Artists. Residents Hannah Lim and Courtenay Welcome received a stipend and materials budget, with thanks to Glossier for sponsoring the programme.Parts of Self: End of residency exhibitionHannah Lim and Courtenay Welcome8 - 24 July 2021
Parts of Self was the final show of the HOME x Cob Residency. The exhibition was a celebration of the work made, research undertaken, and time spent in the studios, over these past six weeks. It explores identity, space and form, and how the three interact within the close walls of the studio.