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Everything is Research: Exhibition by the Library Artists in Residence

artistic close-up of book

Library Artist in Residence programme – new exhibition


In recent years the University has established an Library Artist in Residence programme. Recent work produced via this programme can now be viewed in a new exhibition in the Wolverhampton School of Art.

The exhibition is entitled Everything is Research: Work by the Library Artists in Residence and contains work by John Renhard, Clare Chennells & Niki Gandy (collectively known as Atheneaum) and Hannah Rollason

The work in this exhibition was created by Library Artists in Residence over a three year period.

The Library Artist in Residence initiative has been developed by FABSS Faculty Librarian Tom Hicks in collaboration with Dr. Simon Harris, Head of Fine Art. In its broadest terms, the aim of the residency is to encourage students of Fine Art to interact with the University Library. 

The brief is intentionally open. Artists are free to interact with the book collections, to respond to the architecture and structure of the building or simply to observe human activity within it.

The library residency has another key function – that of exposing students from other disciplines to the working methods of fine artists.

Working in a dedicated workspace on the ground floor of the University Library, the artists have developed work in an open plan environment. This allows students to observe their research processes, initial sketches, works in progress and to view them in the act of creating artworks.

Everything Is Research presents an eclectic range of responses to the residency brief, ranging from John Renhard’s subverted vintage advertisements to withdrawn books cast in concrete by the collaborative partnership of Clare Chennels and Nicky Gandy. It also gives a glimpse of  potential future directions via work in progress by the latest Library Artist in Residence, Hannah Rollison.


Exhibition details:


Ground Floor, Wolverhampton School of Art

14th – 27th February 

For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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