Simone Kennedy – Artist in Residence

Simone Kennedy – Artist in Residence

Announcing Inaugural Visiting AiR at the Institute

Simone Kennedy, Urchin, animation still, 2021

Announcing Inaugural Visiting AiR at the Institute

Arts and Organisation Programme Director, Juliet Scott is delighted to announce the interdisciplinary artist Simone Kennedy as the Tavistock Institute’s inaugural visiting AiR, for 2021.

Simone’s project Pilgrimage to Imago, will explore the inter-subjective mother/child relationship through the learning nature and deep layers of the Tavistock Institute’s work. During the April/May residency, Simone will explore sections of the Institute’s vast Archive including the work of John Bowlby, Melanie Klein, Isabel Menzies Lyth, Donald Winnicott and others on offer from the Tavistock Institute and its partner organisations and now onsite at the Wellcome Library.

With a particular focus on the Children and Families programme, Simone looks forward to exchanging ideas, participating in projects, attending our Food for Thought Lunchtime Talks and working in the flexible space available.

Above all, the residency will offer Simone the unique experience of being immersed inside the Institute’s environment of learning, care and problem solving, through group, organisational and societal application of psychoanalysis.

Simone Kennedy (born 1963) is a British/Australian artist based in South Australia, who primarily uses soft sculpture, painting and installation to symbolise and sometimes challenge the complex inter-subjective relationship between the mother/child.

Over the past three decades, Simone has held over twenty solo and numerous group exhibitions working to communicate her own personal history of intergenerational trauma and more broadly highlight her observations on a sense of ‘self ’in response to an alternative mother figure.

“This wonderful opportunity and distinct collaboration champion my ambition in trying to understand complex human relations in a deeper, more intelligent way, working with art as a springboard for visual psychoanalytic discovery. 

I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Tavistock Institute community and I welcome engagement at all stages of the creative process and look forward to sharing the outcome.”  Simone Kennedy

To view Simone’s work.

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