The Art House and the Royal Overseas League present: Artists from the Commonwealth - September-October 2018

03.09.2018 to 26.10.2018

The Art House is excited to be working with the Royal Overseas League (ROSL ARTS) to support two residences for artists based in commonwealth countries. The artists, Joey Chin and Buhle Wonder Mbambo were selected by ROSL ARTS and The Art House along with Bryony Bond (Artistic Director, The Tetley), Sarah Coulson (Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and Damon Waldock (Deputy Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park).


ROSL ARTS has developed a diverse portfolio of activities in music, visual arts, and literature. They are devoted to the career development of talented young visual artists, musicians and writers from the UK and the Commonwealth and we are thrilled to be collaborating with them on this substantial residency opportunity.


The residencies will run concurrently at The Art House from 03 September to 26 October 2018.


Works by the artists will also be on show at The Manchester Contemporary between 12 -14 October 2018 at Manchester Central (Buy Art Fair, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX)


About the artists: 


Joey Chin

Joey Chin is a writer and artist in Singapore.


Her conceptual works interrogate the narratives, reading and memoirs of spaces in urban living. It also evaluates personal communications between the self and markings of territoriality.


She has presented her writings, art and academic research in poetry, cross-cultural creative writing and text-based conceptual art in Singapore, China, Japan, Greece and the United States.


She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the City University of Hong Kong, and her work has received grants from the Dorothy Cheung Foundation, the National Arts Council and an award in the Ethnographic Poetry Prize by the American Anthropological Association.


Her mixed-language poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Hayden’s Ferry Review, QLRS, The Missing Slate, Sweet Lit, Anthropology and Humanism, and The Transnational among many others.



Buhle Wonder Mbambo

Buhle Wonder Mbambo is a Durban-based visual artist from Kwa-Ngcolosi.


Mbambo’s paintings offer deeply personal responses to his life, and the socio-political landscape of South Africa. Dealing with issues around masculinity, family structures and the weight of traditional values, the works illustrate a complex narrative behind the identity of contemporary Zulu practitioners.


Mbambo trained at BAT Centre Artists in Residency (AIR) Program, then studied Fine Art through the Velobala Apprenticeship program at Durban University of Technology, under the mentorship of Themba Shibase.


Image one: The Wife by Joey Chin courtesy of the artist
Image two: Imiyalezo by Buhle Wonder Mbambo courtesy of the artist