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The Rock Retreat and Gibraltar Cultural Services are delighted to announce news of a week-long residency at Octopus House.From the 8th to 16th October 2023 two artists will be immersing themselves in life on the Rock and deepening their experience of Gibraltar. The self-directed residency will give the visiting artists the opportunity to live in the historic Upper Town area and discover the complex layers that make Gibraltar and its people.Both will be delivering a talk at the Fine Arts Gallery at Casemates on Tuesday 10th October at 6pm.
Meet the 2023 residents..
Cecil Browne @cecil.browne.12177
“I was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines but have lived in England since my teens. I was a London College Lecturer in Mathematics, and Head of Maths for ten years.A short story of mine, Coming Off the Long Run, was published by Telegram Books in a Commonwealth anthology, So Many Islands in 2018.I was the regional winner for the UK, Europe, and Canada in the Commonwealth Short Story 2022 competition with A Hat for Lemer, set in post- emancipation St Vincent.In October 2022, I appeared at the Bocas Caribbean Literature Festival at the British Library and the Bocas festival in Trinidad in April 2023.My work portrays the lives of Caribbean people in an engaging way. I am currently working on the casebook of a female Caribbean private investigator, Cassie P. “
Rhiannon Adam @rhiannon_adam
Rhiannon is a photographer with a deep interest in The British Overseas Territories. Her voyage to Pitcairn Island and resulting exhibition and book have won numerous awards.The photographer has a connection with Gibraltar too, stemming back to her childhood onboard her parent’s boat.
Adam's work is heavily influenced by her “nomadic childhood spent at sea” Her analogue photography process captures liminal worlds and is an important social documentary of people and places living on the edge. Following the Gibraltar residency Rhiannon will be joining the “ultimate artist residency”, a voyage around the moon. The Japanese art collector Yusaku Maezawa has selected eight individuals, including Rhiannon, to accompany him on a space voyage around the moon. The six-day mission, called dearMoon, will take place aboard Starship, a rocket being developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Rhiannon will be taking her analogue camera equipment with her...
The artistic and literary process is fundamental to this residency at Octopus House because it is where the relationship with the community comes in to play, the dialogue with the territory and the enrichment that the arts and culture can provide. School visits and presentations to the public are also scheduled.