2018 Artist in Residence Selected at Ashford School
Ashford School has announced its next Artist in Residence is to be Ryan Miles, who’s innovative mixed media work blurs the boundaries between sculpture and painting. Ryan comes to us with an impressive resume, including a PGCE, a first class BA Honours in fine art, and an extended diploma in fine art. He describes his work as incorporating ‘geometric qualities with an underlying study of the relationship between viewer and object, encouraging the physical participation of the viewer’, and will take up his tenure in September this year.
The post of Artist in Residence is unique, in that it is unsalaried; the aim of the residency is to support an early or mid-career artist as they find a way to establish and support themselves in the industry, whilst taking an active part in the cultural development of students at Ashford School. This is hugely beneficial to the artist who benefits from free accommodation, free studio space, no bills, free food and the support of a creative network for a year. They get to make the work they wish without worrying about finance as they learn to make a living from their creations.
This is an exciting and stimulating concept to both students and staff, who are able to witness and work alongside an artist grappling with the real-time influences of their own singular creative process. Three experienced and diversely skilled art teachers and a full-time art technician will support Ryan.
Ryan was impressed with what he saw; “The school is amazing, I have never seen anything like it. The students look extremely motivated, and the facilities available to them are phenomenal.”
The Artist in Residence programme is an integral part of the school’s belief that participating in creative processes boosts academic achievement and social skills. This belief has considerable statistical proof: Last year a report was presented to Parliament by 60 high profile artists led by ballet legend Darcey Bussell and director Lord Puttnam, that revealed conclusively how students perform better in a stimulating creative environment like the one Ryan will provide. He will be very welcome.