Artist in residence 2019

Hope Fitzgerald

Born and raised in the US, Hope Fitzgerald has lived and worked in the UK for nearly 25 years.

Since graduating with her MA (Distinction) from University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, she has worked in a variety of media, including photography and video, multi-media installation work, and work that invites public participation and collaboration.

Following her MA Fine Art, Hope worked on a Moving Image course for three years and gained a Post Graduate teaching qualification through University of Greenwich. As a photographer and videographer, she documented community and education programmes for Stour Valley Arts, Kent County Council, Applause Rural Touring, Turner Contemporary, Royal Opera House Thurrock, and Wigmore Hall while continuing to make personal work.

Hope’s work has always explored the connections to be made through and within art-making and arts participation. She has asked participants to share memories suggested by images (Medium Memory), documented a three-week walk in real time (Walk Swale Medway), referenced two books’ colour and mark-making to inspire paintings over 100 Days (100ColourMixDays), and most recently, invites collaborative contributions to a tiny briefcase library of handmade sketchbooks (Tiny Book Collaboration).

The book has been a recurring element, and Hope will use her residency at Wealden Literary Festival to inspire further exploration of the book as an object of personal and interpersonal connection, of beauty and of record.