We’d like to introduce our wonderful Visual Arts Co-ordinator from Team Stendhal to all you folk.
Ok, so here we go, I am Elaine Taylor- a freelance artist born and bread in Limavady but currently living/working in Belfast.
I have been working in the arts for as long as I can remember in a huge variety of role from performing in Streetwise stilt walking samba band to installing work for the Turner prize. It was just this February that I finally took the plunge and relinquished other means of employment and started my own business as a sculptor and visual artist. Since February I have opened a studio/shop in Belfast city center with Studio Souk where I work on and sell my creations. I have also been involved with some of Belfast’s biggest arts organisations including Young at Art and ArtsEkta where I work on community arts and large sculptural pieces. Around this time of year I pack my bags with inspiration and head back to Limavady to work on Anann’s Arch, my idea of Stendhal syndrome.
I have been involved with Stendhal since it’s first year in 2011 where I won a competition to create a site-specific art work at the festival. Each year I have strived to push the art boundaries and create sculpture and visuals that are accessible to a wide and varied audience.
Last year I was delighted to gain the title of Visual Arts Coordinator for Stendhal and with the help of many artists, friends and family we created Anann’s Arch. In the corner of the festival’s top field two willow arches allowed festival goers to gain access to an explosion of visual arts. Stendhal 2014 also saw the introduction of our artists residency programme, where students were invited from NCAD in Dublin to spend a week on-site before the festival and create art works. Using only recycled and natural materials Anann’s Arch explores themes of celtic mythology, ghost stories and contemporary art.
This year our arches have multiplied and expanded. Expect performance, fire and land art. Our theme this year is ‘Land of the Lost Giants‘ and with over 20 artists involved, our brand new acoustic open mic/renegade stage and Anann’s pregnant belly performance art area we will not disappoint!
This years artist residency will be from the 24th – 31st of July and we are excited to welcome students from universities closer to home and across the pond.
We would also like to invite any musicians, poets, performers to bring their instruments, or any of you out there with a talent, to be a part of our acoustic stage line-up (you can sign up at the festival too)
Looking forward to experiencing the syndrome this year!!