Award-winning Turkish artist Guler Ates has been the latest Artist in Residence at Eton College.
At the heart of her work (pictured) lies an exploration into the experience of cultural displacement. Manifestations of her work are realised through performance and site-responsive activities that merge Eastern and Western sensibilities. She uses video, printmaking, performance and photography. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008 with an MA and has held exhibitions in Holland, Japan, Brazil, India and the UK.
“The themes explored by Guler in her work are fascinating for our pupils,” said Ian Burke, Drawing Master at Eton College. “While they are learning about the precision involved in capturing her superb images, they are also considering the issues and ideas behind some of her concepts.”
Last half Anne Desmet RA visited the school to demonstrate very early forms of relief printing to pupils.
In the autumn conceptual artist Liane Lang was the Artist in Residence and shared her ideas and vision with pupils at a special evening event. Her work investigates the power of art objects to hold memories of historical events and biographies, and their treatment throughout history as powerful political and religious tools.
The workshops and residencies are part of the Artist in Residence programme which is funded through a special endowment generously established by The Lawton W. Fitt and James I. McLaren Foundation.