“[In] a lot of creative professions…you have to be able to interact with people like in the way that we are now in this Residency so it’s a useful skill.”
“I think it’s really helped to gain independence.”
“I’ve found my scope of field in what I am aspired toward has been greatly expanded.”
“It’s just been overall really good, I have really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it. I’ve met people I will stay in touch with too.”
“I just really enjoyed it and I don’t want it to end.”
Chronicle Residency Programme
Topolski Studio, in partnership with Reportager, University of the West of England, train young people not in education, employment or training for three month Residencies. The Residency offers them the opportunity to work together to produce, distribute and exhibit a Chronicle, a broadsheet of reportage drawing chronicling contemporary issues of the twenty-first century, just as artist Feliks Topolski did of the twentieth.
From 1953-1982, Topolski hand-printed over 2,300 of his on the spot drawings as his broadsheet Chronicles. Covering events from the Queen’s Coronation to war refugees and London street scenes, the Chronicles bristle with comment and observation about the people, politics and events of the time. It was distributed to over 2,000 subscribers around the world including museums, universities, libraries and private collections.
In 2013 and 2014, six young people aged between 18-25 were resident two days a week either at Topolski Studio or on location for the period of the Residency where they took part in reportage drawing, Masterclasses, printing and distributing the Chronicle in the local area, and holding workshops and exhibitions.
An external evaluation of the project carried out by Amanda Jenkins, Vice Dean at Camberwell College of Art, University of Arts London, concluded, ‘[Topolski Studio planned and implemented] a very thorough and well structured programme of events that provide participants with appropriate challenges and opportunities of self-development…The interviews with the Residents revealed that they valued the Residency as a very useful and well-structured experience.’