The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

Applications are currently closed.

Luc Chery

Chery was an artist-in-residence at Al-Ma'mal Foundation and participated in Al Ma’mal’s Workshop program as an instructor. He introduced Palestinian youths to a wide variety of materials, particularly focusing on recycled materials and the creative possibilities of working with such materials. Chery’s ‘Les Habitats – Ode to the Refugee Camps’ is a photographic project of temporary structures such as tents, shacks and other spaces enclosed by cloth or plastic sheeting in Gaza. In conjunction, Chery photographed assemblages of discarded materials he constructed in Bordeaux in the course of the past years. He used old plastic, fabric, as well as furniture parts to construct small living spaces. Looking at the images of refugee camps alongside miniatures built by Chery, it is sometimes hard to differentiate between Gaza and Bordeaux. Both convey a sense of confinement, closed space.

Artists set before us a valuable distinction, that between waste and its potential as art. In addition, Chery casts light on the current situation Palestinians face. He conveys empathetically a picture of a people sheltered by such ‘waste’ structures, described as such because of their use of discarded materials to construct them. ‘Les Habitats’ successfully point to the relationships between the object as waste, its functional form, its aesthetic beauty and the condition of Palestine.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Born in Bordeaux, France in 1962, Chery studied photography at École Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Saint Luc à Liège. More information on Chery and his work can be found here