Megan Randall: Artist in residence 2018 - 2019

Megan arrived at Highgreen at the end of September and will be in residence until June 2019.

Megan is hoping to use this opportunity to move away from working exclusively with clay and use materials local to the area and work with local makers.  She is particularly interested to explore the cracks and fissures of place and objects and actively repair them – and consider these ‘repairs’ as artwork as in the artform ‘kintsugi’.  Megan is excited to make the ‘mends’ dictate the materials rather than the other way round.  Clay will still be part of Megan’s art though.  She sees clay as the materials of the rural landscape, connected to the land and so ideal for building connections with place and community – a Tarset willow pattern is one idea.

Having spent the last four years studying for her PhD alongside a life of delivering workshops and projects to encourage creativity in others, Megan is looking forward to time and space at Highgreen to focus on developing new work of her own and in new directions, the paths of which will be formed by close connections with landscape and community.

“I’m really looking forward to living and working in Highgreen, to embed myself in such a beautiful place and develop my practice. I have worked so hard for the last few years working with communities it will be lovely to develop my own artistic agenda whilst working and living in such a thriving rural community.”  Megan Randall, June 2018

Over the past five months, Megan has offered workshops to the local community making ‘utensils for living’ using porcelain and found materials.  She has also had an open studio event and worked with families from North Tynies Forest School. In December Megan ran a workshop for all the pupils at Bellingham Middle School making habitats and decorations using natural and salvaged materials.

Sharing, swapping skills and engaging with others through her practice is important to Megan, as are random acts of kindness. Continuing in this spirit, Megan invited members of the community to barter and exchange with her. She arranged an event where people could choose one of her hand made bowls and fill it with chilli, in exchange for a ‘letter to place’. There was also an open call for broken tools and utensils in exchange for a hand made bowl.