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Ant Hamlyn awarded first Liverpool Hope University + FACT Production Residency

Ant Hamlyn degree show Monday 1 June 2015

Ant Hamlyn recipient of first Liverpool Hope University + FACT Production Residency

Ant Hamlyn has been named the recipient of the first Liverpool Hope University and FACT Production Residency. The announcement was made on the opening night of Liverpool Hope University’s Fine & Applied Arts Degree Show, at the University’s Creative Campus on Shaw Street. 

Ant, selected from a short-list of final year Fine Art students, will receive funding for the two-month long residency and the production of a new body of work to be exhibited at FACT in December.

Ant is 22 and originally from Northampton. His most recent work explores the physical and emotional responses of the audience to sculptural objects inspired by the funfair, arcade games and other playful encounters. Levers, buttons, electrics and even basketball hoops all feature in his work. He uses a combination of materials such as wood, electronics and found objects to create a sense of intrigue, partial recognition and ambiguity. Ant says that he wants his pieces to encourage the viewer to engage, move, imagine, decide and explore within the work.

Ant said: “Liverpool Hope is the best place that I could be right now. My tutors Lin Holland and Tony Smith have been amazing; they have really pushed me and been so supportive. I can’t imagine being given the opportunities I have been given anywhere else than at Hope.”

View more of Ant's work

Funding for the residency has been provided by FACT, the Liverpool Hope Vice Chancellor’s Initiative Fund and an Innovation Award from the University’s Learning & Teaching Committee. 

Ana Botella, Programme Producer at FACT and member of the committee that chose Ant Hamlyn to be the winner of the Production Residency, said: “We are incredibly impressed by Ant’s proposal, and delighted to support him in bringing it to life. During the intense two months of the residency, Ant will work closely with FACT's technologists and producers in the context of our brand new pilot programme FACTLab - an experimental workshop space for technologists and artists to collaborate and produce projects in an open environment. Ant's resulting work will then be showcased as part of our Winter exhibition, which will provide the perfect conceptual framework to share it with the larger public. We are very happy to be able to support Ant throughout the whole creative process of his project, including research, production, engagement and presentation. It is our wish that this production residency with Hope University is the first of many more to come.”

Lin Holland, Senior Professional Tutor and Fine Art Course Leader at Liverpool Hope said: “This is a remarkable opportunity that will launch the professional career of a Fine Art graduate from Liverpool Hope University. We are extremely pleased to be working with FACT and to be devising innovative collaborations that nurture young artists and develop an infrastructure that ensures new graduates remain in the city.”

The FACT prize was one of a number awarded on the night to Fine Art and Design students. A full list will be available shortly. 

View images from the2015 Liverpool Hope Fine Art and Design Degree show.

View the Liverpool Hope University Fine Art and Design Degree Show at the Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP. Saturday 30th May-Friday 5th June 2015, 10am-4pm. 

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