Victoria Park Residency
Matthew Noel-Tod
August 2011 - March 2012

Chisenhale Gallery is working in partnership with Victoria Park on an eight-month artist’s residency, August 2011 – March 2012. The residency will culminate in the production of a new film produced and premiered in the Park in Spring 2012. Victoria Park is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is currently undergoing renovations to restore key historic elements in the Park with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Matthew Noel-Tod is Chisenhale Gallery’s first artist-in-residence in Victoria Park. Noel-Tod is working with the park rangers, local residents, community groups and day-to-day park users to explore the Park and its many operations. The workshops will form the basis of Noel-Tod’s new film, which will be installed in one of the Park buildings.

Noel-Tod’s film focuses exclusively on children and animals – two of the primary reasons people make use of the park each day. Juxtaposing the two subjects of children and pets, Noel-Tod compares the unknown future of children as they grow up against the perpetual state of innocence ascribed to domesticated pets. Using references from popular film and television, the project presents an idiosyncratic reflection on contemporary life that mixes live action with animation (a technical mixture that is common to children’s films with animal protagonists).

On Saturday 19th November, Noel-Tod is organising a day of film screenings for dogs and their owners, which will be held at 2pm in Victoria Park (near the Pavilion Café) and at 7pm in the studio at Chisenhale Gallery. Click here for further information.

Matthew Noel-Tod (born Stoke-on-Trent 1978) lives and works in London. Noel-Tod studied Film and Fine Art at The Slade, Norwich School of Art and Design and Goldsmiths. He is Senior Lecturer in Moving Image at University of Brighton. Recent solo exhibitions include A Skvader, Norwich Castle Museum (with Outpost Gallery), Norwich (2011), Blind Carbon Copy, Picture this, Bristol and Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (2008). Recent group exhibitions include, This is not a photo show, Blue Star Contemporary Art Centre and Unit B Gallery, San Antonio (2010) and Remote Viewing, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona and Pacific Design Centre, Los Angeles (2010). Noel-Tod is currently recepient of the Acme Studios Firestation live/ work residency 2010-15.

Image: Castle 3.0, HD video, Matthew Noel-Tod (2011)

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