2021/22 Artist In Residence: Gwen Riley Jones

We are delighted to announce Gwen Riley Jones as our socially-engaged photographer in residence for 12 months, in partnership with Open Eye Gallery. The post is part of our wider digitisation, documentation and access project – aiming to make the Collection more accessible, useful, and more widely enjoyed.

Gwen will work with local communities using the Collection as a starting point, asking: who are collections for? what stories can they tell? whose voice can we hear? and how can we think differently?

Introducing: Gwen Riley Jones – read our introductory blog post from Gwen here.

Socially-Engaged Photographer in Residence Blog: December 2021 – Gwen shares some updates and insights from her residency so far.

Gwen Riley Jones selects January’s Artwork of The Month: Wu Chi-Tsung, Wrinkled Texture 027, 2015.

Gwen gets to know members of Salford Youth Council. Their conversation begins by discussing ‘What is NOT art?’

Artwork of the Month May 2022 – Gwen Riley Jones discusses Antony Barkworth-Knight’s Homage to the Rain and her work with young people from Action for Conservation.

Exhbition: ‘Planting for the Planet’ at RHS Garden Bridgewater – work made by young people from Action for Conservation working with Gwen, alongside Antony Barkworth-Knight’s Homage to the Rain.

Can art help stop climate change? – Gwen Riley Jones discusses her work with Action for Conservation, the RHS, the Planting for the Planet exhibition, and anthotypes.

Salford Rediscovered, 16th June 2022 – Gwen discusses her anthotype workshop at Salford Rediscovered and you can follow her recipe to have a go at this plant based photographic method yourself!

Selecting artworks with Salford Youth Council – Coinciding with an social media take over from Gwen and the young people from Salford Youth Council, she discusses her work with the Council and how they chose which artwork to view when visiting the store.

LOOK Photo Biennial 2022 x University of Salford: Artist in Residence Project showcase – Gwen discusses her work on display in the New Adelphi Atrium as part of Look Photo Biennial 2022 x Unviersity of Salford.