The Islands Arts Writing Residency

Fogo Island Arts and Art Metropole are pleased to announce that Marion Coutts has been selected to participate in The Islands, a two-part residency that aims to encourage arts writing and criticism in contemporary art.

The Islands invites emerging and established arts writers and artists with a writing practice to think about the various roles of writing in the arts across two unique locations.

Coutts will spend a month on Fogo Island as part of Fogo Island Arts’ residency program, followed by two weeks on Toronto Island at Artscape Gibraltar Point. The residency will culminate in a small publication published and distributed by Art Metropole.

The jury for this third iteration of the program included artist Nadia BeleriqueMichael Maranda, ex-artist and Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of York University; Alexandra McIntosh, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts; and Danielle St-Amour, Director of Art Metropole.

Marion Coutts is an artist and writer. She works in video, film, sculpture and photography. Her work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including solo shows at Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; and Foksal Gallery, Warsaw. She has held fellowships at Tate Liverpool and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. After the death of her husband, the art critic Tom Lubbock, in 2011, she wrote the introduction to his memoir, Until Further Notice, I am Alive (Granta). Her first book The Iceberg was published in 2014 to wide critical acclaim. The Icebergwon the Wellcome Book Prize in 2015. It was shortlisted for The Costa Book Award and The Samuel Johnson Prize and was a finalist in the US National Book Critics Circle Awards, 2017. The Iceberg has been published in the US, Spain, Taiwan and Mainland China. In 2016 she was a resident writer at Cove Park, Scotland. Her most recent solo show was in March 2017 at Tintype in London, for which she produced a limited edition zine of images and very short texts. She writes on art for 1843 magazine (Economistarts online) and occasionally for The Guardian/The Observer. She is a Senior Lecturer in Art at Goldsmiths College and lives in London.

The Islands is a residency partnership conceived and organized by Art Metropole and Fogo Island Arts, with support from Artscape. The fourth iteration of The Islands will take place in 2019.