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Eva Masterman

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Eva Masterman
(Born in 1986, Wales, UK)

Investigation into material and process led practices through cross-disciplinary workshops, seminars and writing, predicates Materman's art-work. This dual approach of direct research into the boundaries and preconceptions of the visual arts, coupled with her own artistic practice, allows Masterman to create a critical discourse that surrounds her own sculptural territory; one that sits firmly in the middle of the 'expanded field' of inter-disciplinary, material-specific making and fine art sculpture.

Evoking the ruin, the architectural, the body, there is an attempt to contain and control the transition of material and mental states, creating tension through displacement of the familiar. The ubiquitous nature of clay accompanied by recognizable forms and supporting structures, is used to enhance to the visual interchange and sense of potential flux and instability. The resulting installations become a testament to the colluding nature of process and environment. Using clay as a set of rules and parameters in which to explore, the work endeavours to marry the conceptual with the physical, revealing the bodily realities of working in the studio and what it means, or how we make art.

Masterman graduated from Kingston University in 2008 with a First Class Honours BA in Fine Art, and recently completed her MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely across the U.K. and abroad, including two solo-shows at the William Bennington Gallery. She was the recipient of the 2016 Anthology Art Prize at the Charlie Smith Gallery, and the 2016 Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary. She also works in a social outreach art collective, Collective Matter, which has been selected for the 2016 Tate Exchange Program.

As well as her art practice, Masterman also writes for the online journal cfileonline.org, and teaches at the Camden Arts Centre. On completion of residency at AIT, she will begin a new cross-disciplinary ceramics role as Lecturer at Westminster University, London.


Residency: January 23, 2017 - March 6, 2017
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)

Programme Report:Download (PDF/2.1MB)

Crackpot (2016), Installation
Ceramic, inner tube, kiln props, found table, plaster
Dimensions Variable

Used (2016)
Ceramic, Steel, Kiln Props, trolley
150cm x 65cm x 45cm

Used Jugs (2016)
30cm x 20cm, 25cm x 15cm


Rory Pilgrim

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Rory Pilgrim
(Born in 1988, Bristol, UK)

The work of British artist Rory Pilgrim is based on emancipatory concerns, in which personal and political questions are brought together to explore questions of time and connections between activism, spirituality, music and community. Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works in a wide range of media including live performance, film, text, workshops and musical composition. Pilgrim in particular composes music as a way to bring people together and explore how we use it to challenge, celebrate and voice ourselves.

Pilgrim obtained a BA from Chelsea College of Art, London and was a participant of the De Ateliers residency programme between 2008-2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Recents solo shows include Flat Time House, London, UK (2016), Site Gallery, Sheffield UK (2016), Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2015) and sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern CH (2014). Groups shows, performances and screenings include South London Gallery, UK (2016), Guangzhou Triennial, CN (2015), Land Art Live, Almere NL (2015), MING Studios, Boise USA (2015), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht NL (2014), Rowing Projects, London UK (2013), Kunst Werke, Berlin DE (2013) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012) .

For Pilgrim's time with AIT he will build upon a new body of work entitled 'ERASURE' that focuses on the body as a site of action in at a time of impending ecological collapse and the fusion between human, non human species and machine in an era of hypermodernity. Pilgrim hopes to make research, conversation and dialogue that explores Japanese artistic movements relating to Feminist, Activist and Socially engaged practice to develop a series of choreographic methodologies and music questioning how environmentalism provides a basis for social and political emancipation.


Residency: January 11, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Co-organized by Mondriaan Fonds
Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #70 "FUTURE BODY TALK" Artist Talk by Dutch artist Rory Pilgrim
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 19:00-21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Seeds Upon The Dance Floor (2014), Exhibition and Performance, sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern, Switzerland

Words are not signs they are years (2015), Exhibition and Performance, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

Sacred Repository N.3: THE OPEN SKY (2016), Still from HD Film