Artist in Residence 2013 – Dawn Harris

I Witness, mixed media, 20.5″ x 20.5″

I Witness, mixed media, 20.5″ x 20.5″

Ragley Hall is delighted to announce its new Artist-in-residence program, and Dawn Harris as its first Artist in Residence. Ragley have offered Dawn the time and space for reflection, research, presentation and/or production of work that responds to the environment of Ragley Hall Park and Estate.

This Residency will provide the artist with the chance to explore her practice within another community; meeting new people, using new materials, experiencing life in a new location. Art residencies emphasize the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange.

“I am delighted to be Artist in Residence at Ragley Hall and looking forward to developing the residency entitled: Negotiating Heritage.

Dawn will be considering why Heritage is important to the community. People are very proud of their local history, but don’t always express how much they value a place until it’s threatened. Because it adds character and distinctiveness to an area, heritage is a fundamental in creating a ‘sense of place’ for a community.The act of negotiation creates a dialogue between two or more people or parties, intended to reach an understanding. Through negotiation I aim to begin a dialog that services my interpretation of the heritage of Ragley Hall. Our heritage is not capable of change, but in contrast our culture reflects daily living, attitudes, traditions and norms of society and develops over time. Culture as an outward display of values is often reflected in heritage; throughout the residency I will be exploring the heritage of Ragley by projecting today’s culture on to it.

The residency will provide an opening within which, local schools, universities, community groups, Ragley Hall staff and Ragley Hall visitors, can explore through contemporary art discussion, workshops and exhibitions this valued heritage site.

Dates I will be available on the residency:
11.00am – 4.00pm on
6/7th April, 20/21st April, 4/5th May, 18/19th May, 1/2nd June, 15/16th June, 29th June -14th July (inclusive), 10th/ 11th August, 17/18th August, 24/25th August, 1st Sept, 8th Sept, 15th Sept, 22nd Sept & 6th October


Coughton Court Residency 2012

Exhibition: To Love and Protect, 24th November – 2nd December 2012

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To Love and Protect explores the identity of the women of Coughton Court through the legacy they left behind. Dawn’s work investigates their identities in relation to others, in relation to a performed role and in relation to the period of history within which they lived.

The face, specifically the eyes are central in these works, the faces are taken directly from their portraits hung within the house and stripped of the adorning paraphernalia chosen by the portrait artist. The faces are then embedded with the experience culminating in a visual representation of the women’s identity within that moment.  The exhibition represents Dawn’s artistic response to some of the stories of the women of Coughton who fought for the freedom and safety of their loved ones, the work is also an empathetic response from an artist who shares an understanding of the desire to want to Love and Protect is present within us all.

Dawn Harris

Download Notes to the works: To Love & Protect