Visual Artist and former Talent Trust scholarship recipient, Curtis Botham, has been busy creating!
Curtis is one of two Artists in Residence at the Chester Art Centre. As part of the residency there will be an Artist in Residence Exhibition, which runs from June 8 - 15, 2022. The residency and exhibition is being shared between Curtis and textile artist Elise Campbell.
Artist Statement (from the Chester Art Centre website)
While in Chester, I’ll depict the local fishing/aquaculture industry, as part of a larger project I’m working on throughout 2022. I’ll avoid touristy, picturesque depictions, aiming instead for a documentary-style representation of the realities of commercial fishing. I hope to give viewers a fresh understanding and appreciation for the processes of fishers/aquaculturists, and how they shape their communities. My Chester project will culminate in a series of charcoal artworks on exhibition. I plan on connecting with the Chester Heritage Society, locals working in the industry, and conservation groups in order to facilitate an honest depiction of this quintessential Maritime industry.