A spoken-word artist, a singer, and a movement practitioner set up in The Pool for a six-month residency
“Being a creative can feel quite isolating at times, as you often feel like you're doing everything alone,” says singer-songwriter Joseph Bell. “Residencies are a great opportunity to be involved in something outside yourself and access to a lot of resources that would be out of reach otherwise.”
Joseph is one of three artists selected to be a Creative in Residence at City, University of London. The scheme was designed to support early career creatives in growing and exploring their practice in the School of Creativity and Communications (SCC)— an inclusive and socially engaged place – and began in June.
In a time where arts funding is being cut nationally, City is proud to be a supporter of the arts. In addition to the Creatives in Residence programme, last year City acquired the Islington-based performing arts school Urdang.
Singer Joseph was selected to take part in City’s inaugural residency alongside Darcy Dixon, a multidisciplinary artist who is an actor, singer and movement practitioner; as well as Chloe Carterr, a spoken word artist.
Artists receive access to the studio spaces and performance spaces on campus. They will also receive training for media and podcast appearances and access to all School events.
At the end of the six-month residency, the three artists will present a completed tangible project. For SCC students, this is also the opportunity to network and collaborate with working artists, and to think about what career opportunities are available to them once they graduate.
Joseph, Darcy and Chloe will each host a creative masterclass for staff and students in their respective practices and will mentor two students each through City’s Professional Mentoring Scheme.
“Our three artists in the residence are the first of what will be an ongoing scheme and is part of the School’s strategy to build a creative community in the heart of London for those inside and outside the university,” said Professor Anna Whitelock, Executive Dean of the SCC and historian.
Johanna Payton, a lecturer in journalism, acted as Employability Lead for SCC while Dr Jenny Mbaye, Associate Dean for Employability, Engagement and Enterprise was on research buyout. Johanna helped to welcome the Creatives in Residence to the school and said:
Multidisciplinary artist Darcy Dixon combines academia and creativity
Artist in residence Darcy Dixon is a multidisciplinary creative – and actor, a mentor, a movement practitioner. She will be working on a project that will explore Aesthetics and Theories of Art as part of her residency and collaborating with Dr Diana Yeh. She said:
Spoken-word artist Chloe Carterr urges everyone to take creative risks
Chloe Carterr is also a multihyphenate: she is a Youtuber, an artist, a model, an influencer and a spoken word artist. The founder of ‘Underground BarZ’, an intimate poetry and music event for emerging creatives, she will use the residency to document the production of her debut spoken word EP. She said:
Joseph Bell wants to produce six songs in six months
Singer-songwriter Joseph Bell is working on two projects: the completion of his five-song EP about self-care in the digital, and a six-song project made collaboratively with City students. He’s already hard and work and earlier this month released a new single called ‘Sweet Release.’ He said: