Clare Thornton Memorial Residency

The Clare Thornton Memorial Residency is an residency opportunity at KARST Projects, Plymouth, UK. The initial funds for the opportunity were set aside by the late artist and KARST studio member, Clare Thornton. Clare also wanted to offer a way for others to contribute to supporting this residency by matching and adding to her own donations through a crowdfunding campaign. To assist with this, she has left a range of specially selected artworks which are offered as rewards to supporters.

The residency aims to provide the successful applicant with the time, space, funds and critical engagement to develop and resolve new artwork and culminate with an opportunity to show it publicly either at KARST or other public space and time befitting the work.

The residency will be open to those artists who consider themselves to be ‘mid-career’ and applications will be welcome from individuals working in all areas of contemporary visual and live art practice. 

Applicants will need to be a professional artist who has been making work for a minimum of 7 years and may be based in the UK or internationally. The panel for selection will include Dane Watkins (artist & Clare's husband), Cheryl Jones (director of Grand Union), Carl Slater (artist and director of KARST) & Emily Speed (artist).

About Clare

Clare Thornton was an interdisciplinary artist and educator working from her studio at KARST Projects, Plymouth, UK. Clare put a variety of materials to work, testing their possibilities and limits to support and encourage her enquiries. Drawing on a training in dance, scenography and literature, she was excited by re-working and layering materials and ideas, and exploring this process with others. Her installations and events were often designed to bring audiences together for social and critical exchange.

She has shown her work extensively as a solo artist but also in on-going cross-disciplinary collaborations with Emma Cocker, Jan Steinum (Norway), Paul Hurley and the Performance Re-enactment Society, which she co-founded in 2007 for investigating the problems and potential of performance and it’s documents with projects shown at Arnolfini, Spike Island (Bristol), FlatTimeHouse, South London Gallery (London), Gagosian Gallery (New York)


KARST Studios is a dedicated production space that houses nine studios for contemporary artists working in the city. From its humble DIY beginnings, KARST has established a studio culture that provides a professional, dynamic and critically engaged environment where resident and studio artists are proactively encouraged to respond to its exhibition programme, peer critique, collaborative projects and dialogue with visiting international artists/curators.

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