William Bock

William Bock
Acts of Leaving / Residency #3

4 September to 13 October 2018
Studio open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays

For his third residency at Uillinn, William Bock will continue with his project exploring the themes of emigration and migration in West Cork. Born in West Cork with a Swedish, German and Polish Jewish migrant heritage, William Bock has experienced living between cultures, countries and identities all his life. Yet it’s the Irish coastal landscape where he grew up, with its own complex heritage of emigration, where he feels most at home.

Thinking of Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre as departure terminal, the artist will use walking as a research tool. Packing his bag and leaving the studio will become a ritualised act, a performed migration out into the landscape and community around Skibbereen. His findings, photographs and ephemera with which he returns to the studio, will inform the final works produced during the residency.

As part of his residency William will open up his practice in a number of ways through hosting a series of free public events; a workshop, a public talk and weekly artist-led walks in locations around West Cork. (check reception or social media for dates and times of walks)

Excess Baggage, Saturday 29 September, 1:30pm. A collaborative performance and photography workshop for artists and individuals who don’t identify as coming from one place or culture. Booking at 028 22090 and info@westcorkartscentre.com

Acts of Leaving, Thursday 11 October, 3.30pm. A talk by artist William Bock sharing the project he has been working on for the past three years. Booking: Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre at 028 22090 and info@westcorkartscentre.com

William is an artist based between West Cork and London whose work explores relationships between memory, identity and belonging. His work is intrinsically process led and takes the form of photography, performance, object making, participatory events and site-specific installations. With a background in performance and theatre making, William’s visual practice is site / subject, responsive and often collaborative.

William is founding member of the DIG Collective, winner of the 2014 ArtQuest Workweek prize and shortlisted for 2016 International Sculpture Competition in Bern, Switzerland (Volkeschule Kleefeld). William has co-produced projects in London and internationally commissioned by Art Safiental Switzerland, PEER Gallery London (Real Estates 2015), Home Live Art, The Barbican and the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. William studied MA Fine Art at City and Guilds School of Art, London. 

If you are interested and wish to know more, go to www.williambock.com


Image: Day 3 Leaving Portrait, courtesy of William Bock

WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible .

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