Launch Pad is delighted to announce the inauguration of Launch Pad LaB, a new artist residency programme in Charente, France, in partnership with contemporary art collector and patron Veronique Parke.

Hosted on the grounds of an ancestral home, Launch Pad LaB offers artists the time and space for research and experimentation. Twice a year, the residency accommodates up to four artists for 6-8 weeks, with housing, separate studios, transportation, and a stipend.

The programme provides the possibility to develop a new body of work, explore collaborations, or to generate responses to the local environment. Launch Pad LaB offers artists the opportunity to engage in a quiet rural environment, away from the routine demands on their time and energies, a shift that has an impact on creative productivity.

For its first edition in late May, artists Ewa Axelrad, Marcin Dudek and choreographer Joe Moran will be in residence.

Each edition of Launch Pad LaB will feature collateral events that are designed to bring the artists’ research and processes to the attention of invited curators, collectors, other artists and professionals. These events will take place on site during the residency periods, and afterwards, in London and Paris.

Veronique Parke is a Franco-American collector and patron of contemporary art with a particular interest in supporting artists in the development of their careers. She is a Trustee of Outset, Vice Chairman of Fluxus Art Projects, and Chair of the Advisory Board of The Drawing Room, London. She lives between Jackson Hole, Paris and London.

Resident Artist Bios

Ewa Axelrad’s (b 1984) practice includes installation, photography, moving image and sculptural objects. Recent work has considered the role of violence in interpersonal and collective behaviour and how it is manifested in everyday objects and environments. She has been included in international group exhibitions, most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Recent solo shows include Satis at The Ryder Projects, London, and Shtamah, presented at Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Poland, and at Copperfield Gallery, London. In 2017 Ewa was nominated for two major Polish awards, the Paszpert Polityki and Views Deutsche Bank Foundation Award, and is the recipient of the “Mloda Polska” scholarship. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Posnań and the Royal College of Art, she lives and works in London.

Marcin Dudek (b 1979) works with objects, installations, collage, painting and performance, touching upon questions of power, control and violence. As a former young member of the KS Cracovia fan club, Marcin draws on his personal archive and social sciences, to unravel the transformation of a mass of individuals into a singular volatile entity. A graduate of the University Mozarteum Salzburg and Central Saint Martins, Dudek has shown internationally at institutions including Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Salzburger Kunstverein, the Arad Art Museum, Bunkier Sztuki and the Goethe-Institut Ukraine. His installation “The Cathedral of Human Labor” (2013) is on permanent view at the Verbeke Foundation in Belgium. In 2018 he will have a solo presentation at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum and a large project in the context of Manifesta 12 Palermo. Marcin lives and works in Brussels.

Joe Moran (b 1977) is a choreographer with a wide-ranging practice incorporating touring theatre and gallery works, lecture-performance and curatorial projects. His work tackles contemporary propositions in dance, performance and critical thought. Recent commissions and performances include On The Habit of Being Oneself, Sadler’s Wells (Sept 2017), Indefinite Article, Whitechapel Gallery (July 2017), and Live Creations, a performance-based exhibition at Delfina Foundation (2016). Joe is Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation where he curated the Foundation’s two-year research programme Why Everyone Wants What We’ve Got and its ongoing Dance Critical Theory Group. He is also a Dance4 Associate Artist, and Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artist (2015-2018). Upcoming projects include Wysing Arts Centre residency, Kettle’s Yard exhibition with Eva Rothschild for Fig Futures (Sept 2018) and the first stand-alone UK and international tour of his all-male work Arrangement. Joe lives and works in London.

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