Circle Art Residency (C.A.R.) is a new creative initiative set up by British artist Marie-Louise Jones and Mexican-Dutch artist Marisa Polin. The concept of C.A.R. is one of a nomadic entity touring the globe and partnering with local organisations to form creative circles – spaces for cultural exchange and opportunities for artistic transformation and growth, whilst simultaneously offering a stimulating programme of art events for the general public.
The inaugural Circle features seven London-based visual artists undertaking a 1-month residency in Ubud, the artistic heart of Bali. Created in collaboration with Cata Odata, the programme will include a series of free talks in Denpasar, Seminyak and Ubud, with curatorial workshops, spatial and conceptual exploration workshops and artist studio visits. The residency will culminate with an exhibition event to be showcased at the gallery space of Cata Odata, Ubud.
Cata Odata is an arts house with an interdisciplinary approach and a goal to create a space where the arts are being appreciated in as fluid a way as possible. Initiated in 2014, it is an organisation that nurtures the dialogue between art and public through their programmes. C.A.R. founder Marie-Louise Jones says, “Cata Odata is the perfect organisation to partner with for our first Circle project in Bali due to their spirit of collaboration and previous engagement with various practitioners on their CO.Lab projects. We have been working with Ratna Odata, Djunaidi Kenyut and the gallery team to create an engaging programme that both participating London artists and Bali artists as well as the local communities will appreciate”.
Alongside C.A.R. founders Marisa Polin & Marie-Louise Jones the artists selected to participate in the first Bali Circle are: Max Maxwell, Vanja Karas, Susana Sanroman, and Ramachandra Selvam. The artists will work across a range of disciplines from photography, painting, film, installation, sound and digital art, making for a varied and exciting process. Painter Ramachandra Selvam is interested to see “what mutual exchanges and collaborations take place, how the environment and culture might inspire a varied skillset and what, if any obstacles we might encounter as well as how the Circle programme will support all of this on top of an array of personalities”
Since the residency began on 13 November, C.A.R artists have been collaborating as part of CO.LAB programme by Cata Odata. They have been engaged with creative events such as 3 artist studio visits, open talks & discussions with many local artists and communities, and mentor workshops on conceptual art & spatial exploration and a curatorial workshop in Seminyak, Ubud, Batu Bulan and Denpasar.
In 8-9 December 2017, an art exhibition by Circle Art Residency (C.A.R. Bali) artists will be held in the gallery of Cata Odata, Ubud, Bali to conclude the residency. The artworks feature sound, sculpture, installation, photography and painting. Opening reception would be held on 8 December, 7PM until 9 December, where the audience could enjoy the story behind the artworks in an informal short tour with the artists at the gallery through Cata Odata’s Scene-to-Scene programme.