Ella Walker awarded Palazzo Monti x The Great Women Artists Residency

Ella Walker has been awarded a residency at Palazzo Monti, in Brescia, Italy. Walker joins three other contemporary artists embarking on a six-week residency throughout November to December of this year. The residency is jointly hosted by Edoardo Monti and Katy Hessel of The Great Women Artists. This is the second GWA Residency to be held at the Palazzo, which dates back to the 13th century, and where each artist is offered an apartment, studio and gallery space in which to exhibit.

The Palazzo Monti is decorated with neoclassical frescos dating from the late 1750s, and all four artists have been selected for their ability to create contemporary pieces which look to incorporate historical themes or iconography. Walker’s own practice combines painting, drawing and fresco, utilising various media including tempera, gesso, pastel and ink. Inspired by medieval narrative and costume, her highly stylised works often directly reference the Renaissance and medieval periods.

Walker studied at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2015, and at the Royal Drawing School as part of their postgraduate programme, The Drawing Year. Upon graduating in 2018, Walker was also awarded the Richard Ford Award, which gives young figurative artists support to study at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. Walker completed the award in September 2019; during her time in Spain, the artist worked on small paintings and a sketchbook which includes studies from works in the museum.

A comprehensive exhibition of the works produced during the Palazzo Monti x GWA residency will be curated by Katy Hessel in December, with the private view being held at the Palazzo in Brescia on Saturday 14 December, from 6-8pm.

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