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Noah Rose, Artist in Residence 2015/16

To view an interview with Noah Rose about this exhbition:

Residency Exhibition: 'What Matter / Cén t-údar'

Portfolio of previous work:


Artist Statement: My practice is rooted in a desire to understand, evaluate and find new connections between the past and present, across geopolitical boundaries and different cultural, linguistic, political or religious traditions. At the core of my practice is an exploration of the sense of identity and location within place, and connections between peoples across time.  Working across a range of disciplines and through different materials, I consider the distinct characteristics of places, peoples and communities, the geographies of memory and the histories of the material and also the intangible, by exploring the overlooked aspects of a location, event or community - to question what has become the dominant narrative.  I am fascinated by relative notions of cultural specificity and I explore the invisible, the intangible, the unspoken narratives events and influences that create a sense of culture, and that give meaning to a location, but are often hidden below the surface.  I am interested in exploring the notion of cultural attributes as Mycelium, the network of thread-like connecting fibres that make up the invisible vegetative part of a fungus, the fruiting bodies appearing above ground as isolated individuals but in fact connected by countless multiple invisible threads in an interconnected colony.
Historical research has become increasingly central to my art practice.  Personal emotional consequences of momentous events in history are often overlooked in conventional readings of historical events and multiple alternative perspectives can often best be represented from the inside out and the ground up.  Looking from the personal perspectives of often unknown participants and witnesses to history to reveal the obscure, hidden and unspoken or unwritten, the voices of the dispossessed, colonised and persecuted - what Walter Benjamin called ‘The Memory of the Anonymous’.  Through investigations in archives and museums, through interviews and first person testimonies, I have developed a fascination with micro-histories, exploring the lives of 'ordinary people' whose experiences, often in extraordinary times, become lost amongst the grand narratives.

These explorations are informing the development of my current work - through investigations into representations of historical complexity in visual form.  Using sculpture, photography, archival collection and written text, and experimenting with principles of active viewing, multiple perspectives and fragmented narratives, I have been developing a new body of work that attempts to cross time periods and bring new insights into specific pasts, to develop new connections that contribute to a wider understanding and sense of meaning.

Biography: Noah Rose trained at Manchester Metropolitan University and has worked as a practising artist since 1991.  He has developed a specialised strand of practice around public art, seeking out the invisible threads that bring meaning to a place. He has worked on over 50 projects that have been made for public spaces or which explore characteristics of distinct spaces outside the gallery, in over 80 locations across Britain and Ireland, as well as across continental Europe.

In 2014, he was selected as one of three European artists to work on the EU Culture Programme-funded 'Changing Tracks' public art project that took place in County Mayo in Ireland, Girona in Catalunya and Northamptonshire in England.  Since then he has been working between England and Ireland, as well as continuing to develop projects and exhibiting in Catalunya.

His work crosses a range of artforms and disciplines including sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, furniture/ architectural design, typography, linguistics, cartography, psychogeography and archival collection, and is developed through processes of research, dialogue and engagement.  He is interested in identifying the very specific, distinctive and often overlooked aspects of a place, and framing these within a wider historical and cultural, setting, in order to change perspectives, shift vantage points and bring to light previously hidden histories and connections.

In addition to his own art practice, he has a parallel practice in creative education, as an artist and facilitator of Creative Education projects with schools and museums, and as a Visiting and Associate Lecturer in universities and art schools in England and Catalunya.