We are pleased to announce that Scarborough-based artist Dr Jade Montserrat is our visiting fellow for spring and summer 2023 at MIDEX and IBAR. Her research-led visual and live artworks explore race and the vulnerabilities of bodies and the tactile and sensory qualities of language, in addition to challenging the structures of care in institutions. In recent years, Jade’s work has been exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery and York Art Gallery as well as London venues including Bethlem, Lisson, Bosse & Baum, and Two Temple Place.
A long-time associate of UCLan, Jade worked on her PhD at IBAR from 2017 to 2022 under the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship. She has given MIDEX permission to use her images on numerous occasions and to have her 2015 painting entitled You’ll Have To Be On Your Toes (watercolour, ink, gouache, pencil, charcoal and pen on paper, 25×17.7cm) as our official logo. Her fellowship, which lasts 1 April to 31 July, focuses on providing images for the Facing the Past project and participating in activities related to the forthcoming project catalogue.
Jade commented: ‘I am delighted and privileged to have been afforded this opportunity to be in close working contact again with IBAR and MIDEX and the scholars, academics, artists and students that comprise the research centres. It is through conversation, collaboration and scholarly enquiry that my praxis gains strength, as we work together towards generational interspecies liberation, and I look forward to all that we can collectively achieve during this time and beyond.’
Professor Alan Rice, director of IBAR and MIDEX, added: ‘It will be wonderful to continue our long-running relationship with Jade. Her unique practice and proven commitment to innovative dialogues about it mean that working with her is always very pleasurable and intellectually rewarding’.
We are honoured to have Jade with us once again and would like to extend her a warm welcome.