Updated: Mar 9
C·A·T’s Artist in Residence
Following on multiple collaborations with The Canterbury Festival, Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Folkestone A Town Unearthed Project, the recent Finding Eanswythe Project and others, and a career in academic research and teaching in the areas of the visual arts and visual culture at Canterbury Christ Church University, Bryan Hawkins has joined C·A·T as Artist in Residence.
Notwithstanding and respecting the restrictions and difficulties of the pandemic, since July Bryan has worked with C·A·T at the Wincheap facility, responding to artefacts and finds through drawing and related works. During the winter of 2021, Bryan walked and explored the unique, beautiful and threatened Marshes of East Kent, producing works that record and expand the discoveries and pleasures of many lonely and eye-opening, and at times sodden, walks and peregrinations, including a body of work The Glimpsed Hare. This summer Bryan visited the site of Ancient Messene in Greece and returned to the much visited and loved Avebury complex (first visited as a ten year old aspiring Archaeologist in the 1960's). The works produced remain ongoing and celebrate the character and landscapes of these significant sites and the links that can be made between them.
Bryan is currently working on an exhibition 'Towards the Beginning' linking his recent work with Dylan Thomas's extraordinary Prose Poem In the Direction of the Beginning of 1938 and on current responses to Kit's Coty House near Aylesford and its landscapes. During his residence at C·A·T, Bryan hopes to share and develop his work, alongside his involvement with collaborations, projects and activities. His aim is to play a supportive role in developing the vital and important work and aims of C·A·T, including the expansion of outreach and community work and the development of new audiences, promoting archaeology in the communities of Canterbury, Kent and beyond.
Bryan will be regularly updating the C·A·T website and seeking to find opportunities to develop links, engage with activities, discussions, events and workshops and share his work as widely as possible.
Bryan can be contacted at email@example.com or through C·A·T.