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Baltic x Shape Emergent Residency

Hybrid residency and support programme

We are delighted to announce Ker Wallwork as the recipient of the first Baltic x Shape Arts Emergent residency.

Emergent is a new hybrid residency and support programme for early-career disabled artists with a £5k bursary. The open call welcomed applications from disabled artists/creative practitioners in the first five years of their career.

The shortlisting process was competitive with a high volume of applications. The awarded artist, Ker Wallwork has a multi-disciplinary practice focusing on moving-image, also incorporating drawing, text, sculpture and archival projects. Recurrent themes in their work include language, queerness, sickness, and the welfare state.

Ker will take part in the residency online and at Baltic, where, in addition to receiving support and mentoring to inform their practice, they will use the facilities and have curatorial and technical input to extend their current research and develop new work. A showcasing or broadcast opportunity will also be provided as part of the programme.

Baltic and Shape are offering a package of support to a small number of shortlisted artists: Grace Fairley, Katayoun Jalilipour, Abigail Jacqueline Jones, Day Eve M Komet, Kaiya Waerea.

The Baltic x Shape Arts Emergent residency is supported by The Foyle Foundation

Ker Wallwork Biography
Ker Wallwork is a London-based artist with a multi-disciplinary practice spanning moving-image, drawing, text and sculpture. Recurrent themes in their work are language, queerness, sickness and the welfare state. They have worked with writers, scientists, academics and actors to develop work that explores materiality in relation to specific social and historic contexts.

Shape Arts
Shape Arts is a disability-led organisation breaking barrier to creative excellence. Shape Arts delivers a range of projects supporting marginalised artists, as well as training cultural venues to be more inclusive and accessible for disabled people as employees, artists, and audiences. Running alongside this portfolio is the NLHF funded National Disability Movement Archive and Collection (NDMAC), a radical collecting and retelling of the Disability Rights Movement’s heritage story; and, until recently led by Shape, Unlimited, which, largely supported by Arts Council and British Council funding, provides a platform for disabled artists to develop, produce and show ambitious and high-quality work, and which aims to transform perceptions of how the work of disabled artists is received in the mainstream art world.