Artists in residence selected for district

Artists Katie Smith and Kate Genever will be bringing their caravan along during their residency in Sleaford. EMN-150203-182012001
Artists Katie Smith and Kate Genever will be bringing their caravan along during their residency in Sleaford. EMN-150203-182012001

Four artists have been selected for new residencies in towns and villages across North Kesteven to culminate in an arts festival.

The four residencies will begin in Sleaford, North Hykeham, Waddington and Welbourn in May and June 2015, set up by The NK Arts Partnership (artsNK, Design Factory, Design-Nation, the National Centre for Craft and Design and the Terry O’Toole Theatre).

Applicants were invited for the residencies back in January as the first part of ‘Ridges and Furrows’ an ambitious arts project for the district that celebrates the area’s rich heritage and will culminate in a festival across the four locations in 2016. Each artist has a budget of £5,000 to work with communities in each location to draw on the particular history of the area.

Lyndall Phelps will be based in Welbourn and Katie Smith and Kate Genever in Sleaford. Lyndall Phelps said: “I visited the village (Welbourn) prior to my interview and was captivated by how picturesque it was and how, as I walked around Welbourn, it was alive with birdsong. I loved the open views onto the countryside and the visible evidence of how we grow food, both in the fields, private gardens and the allotment.”

Kate Genever and Katie Smith said: “We see Sleaford as fertile ground; its rich agricultural and industrial heritage combined with its modern day promotion of crafting through NCCD will give us much to work with.”