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Deborah Rundle selected for Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Te Tuhi Residency Award

12 Aug 2020

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is delighted to announce Tamaki Makaurau artist Deborah Rundle as the recipient of the international Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Te Tuhi (Aotearoa New Zealand) Residency Award 2020.
Rundle will take up a four-week residency onsite at YSP, in partnership with Te Tuhi – one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art spaces – and supported by philanthropists Sigrid and Stephen Kirk. She is the second recipient of this award, the first being Mount Maunganui artist Darcell Apelu in 2019.
Applications for the residency were shortlisted by the internationally-respected, independent curator Vera Mey. Mey said, of Rundle’s application: “Deborah Rundle presented a thorough, well researched proposal which aims to investigate the intriguing history of Ann Ellis who in 1875 led a group of 9,000 women and men on strike action in Dewsbury, just eight miles from where Yorkshire Sculpture Park is now situated.”
The final selection was made by the YSP Curatorial team, who considered not only the exceptional strength of the shortlisted artists, but their relevance to YSP, its location and audience demographic. Clare Lilley, Director of Programme, says: “It was such a pleasure to read through the extremely strong shortlist. Deborah Rundle’s proposal made our spines tingle and it’s very exciting to be introduced to some intriguing local history by an artist from the other side of the world.”
During her time at YSP, Rundle will research and develop new work in response to the 1875 Weavers’ Strike, and the key figure of Ann Ellis, through artworks that link actions from the past with contemporary actors and issues within the field of labour. Rundle says: “In this project, I hope to call up the past to reappear as a reminder of the failings of the present. As today’s workers navigate their way in the field of labour, especially in the light of the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the climate emergency, it is clear that things should not continue as they are.”
Deborah Rundle graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland with an MFA in 2017. In addition to her personal art practice, she is a member of the artist collective Public Share, which employs a socially and politically engaged art practice, and is a member of the artist-run space RM. Rundle’s practice focuses on language as a means to explore power relations and she has a particular interest in the machinations of late capitalism. 
The residency includes flights, accommodation and expenses, as well as access to a studio and metal and wood workshops and the support of YSP curators and technicians, making this a rare fully-funded opportunity.
Dates for the residency will be announced when travel is possible, and in the meantime YSP will work with Rundle to prepare for the opportunity.


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