After the success of our artist-in-residence scheme last year, Chawton House Library has appointed another talented local artist. Angela Thames from Headley Down will spend the next year creating prints and artists’ books inspired by our collection of early women’s writing.
The artist’s work will be displayed in an exhibition here at Chawton House Library in 2016. Next year, Angela will also be running exclusive workshops at the Library on print and book making.
The post is an opportunity for Chawton House Library to support and encourage talent within the local community whilst highlighting the history and heritage of our collection of women’s writing, along with the house and landscaped gardens set within the South Downs National Park.
Keith Arscott, Development Director at Chawton House Library, said: ‘We are delighted to build new links within our local community and to further encourage interest in the literary heritage we work hard to preserve.’ He added: ‘We believe that Angela’s unique and inspiring work will really bring the library collection to life for many visitors who might not otherwise have known or read these authors’ works.
Angela Thames said: ‘This year-long residency at Chawton House Library will give me a rich source of research and the opportunity to produce a variety of books and prints inspired by this historic house, gardens and library
She added: ‘I will be spending the first few weeks gathering information from the many first edition rare books in the collection and then later in the year I will be available at the Library to discuss my residency and work with visitors.’
Angela graduated from UCA Farnham in 2006 with a degree in fine art. Her books can be found in private and public collections in Italy, Oxford Brookes University and Bath Spa University. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the South East of England.
Chawton House Library aims to educate and inspire people of all ages to discover the works of early women writers and preserve the literary heritage for academics and non-scholars for generations to come. The Library, which is set in the Elizabethan manor that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother, Edward, is regularly open to visitors and library readers. It also provides research facilities for visiting fellows from around the world, and has a busy programme of events and conferences.