As part of Gasworks International Residency Programme, Mercedes Zobel in partnership with Outset supports a 3-month residency for a Filipino artist hosted at the Outset Residency Studio from 2016 until 2018. The 2018 resident was artist PATRICIA PEREZ EUSTAQUIO (b. 1977).
Patricia Pérez Eustaquio’s work considers the ways in which we use and consume objects, through discourse, utility and adornment. Working across a variety of media, from painting and drawing to sculpture and installation, her practice occupies a space between art and design, with a focus on domestic culture. Her works call into question their dual status as both artworks and objects, considering their embodied and embedded social and historical narratives.
During her residency at Gasworks, Patricia plans to investigate what constitutes an ‘immigrant object’; objects that move from one country to another, whether through conflict or trade. Central to this research will be a consideration of how objects are adapted and adopted by peoples and countries as their own, and what meanings and characteristics are lost and gained in the process.
The International Residency Programme was established in 1994 to support the development of emerging non-UK based artists offering them a 3-month residency in London and the opportunity to research and make new work inspired by the local artistic community and in a supportive environment.
Each year Gasworks provides 16 international artists with a studio in a building that houses a total of 11 studios (7 rented to London- based artists and 4 reserved for the Residency Programme), a gallery and an education space for talks, workshops and other public events.
Residencies are generally non-prescriptive and process-based. They encourage artists to use their time in London to benefit from the resources that the city offers, from public libraries and archives to other arts institutions. At the same time, visiting artists work within a small community of artists and Gasworks provides opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with peers, arts professionals and the wider artistic community.
While the Residency Programme aims to facilitate research and the production of new work, it also includes a diverse range of talks, presentations, performances and open studios that help disseminate the work of visiting artists to the public.? Residency artists are encouraged to participate in an events programme that aims to disseminate and further contextualise their practice, encouraging dialogue with the public. Events may include talks, seminars, screenings, workshops and performances.
Open Studiosweekend session are held quarterly, offering audiences the opportunity to visit the studios and hear about the research and work-in-progress the artists have been developing.
Over the years Gasworks has developed a number of multi-year partnerships with prestigious international institutional and private funders. These include ARKO (Arts Council of Korea), Creative India, IASPIS (Sweden), Goethe Institute (Germany), Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), BECA AMA (Chile), Charles Wallace (India & Pakistan), British Council (India and Pakistan) and AC/E (Spain).
Some of the Gasworks alumni include: Subodh Ghupta(India), Song Dong(China); Tania Bruguera(Cuba); Andrew Esiebo(Nigeria); Renata Lucas(Brazil); Gabriel Sierra(Colombia), Ibrahim Mahama(Ghana) and many others.
Patricia Perez Eustaquio lives and works in Manila. Recent solo exhibitions include: That Mountain Is Coming, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Flowers for X, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore; Black Dust, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York (all 2016); and The Hunters Enter the Woods, Silverlens Gallery, Manila (2015). Recent group exhibitions include: Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Biennale (2016); What Does It All Matter if the Wounds Fit the Arrow?, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila; Phylogeny of Desire, Metropolitan Museum of Manila (both 2014); and Midnight Marriage, Silverlens Galleries, Manila (2013). She was a recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Awards in 2009.
Established in 1994, Gasworks is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation working at the intersection between UK and international practices and debates. They provide studios for London-based artists; commission emerging UK-based and international artists to present their first major exhibitions in the UK; and develop a highly-respected international residencies programme, which offers rare opportunities for international artists to research and develop new work in London. All programmes are accompanied by events and participatory workshops that engage public audiences.
In 2014 Gasworks successfully completed a £2.1 million capital campaign project by purchasing and refurbishing its building. The organisation thus secured a permanent home and a substantial asset, a huge achievement that gives the organization unprecedented resilience and allows it to continue to nurture future generations of UK and international artists, develop new audiences and offer participation opportunities for local families. Gasworks’ redeveloped building opened to the public on 24 September 2015. Outset supported this capital campaign, resulting in the Outset Residency Studio.