Artist Céline Condorelli has been announced as the third annual Artist in Residence at the National Gallery.

The French-Italian artist, who now lives and works in London, has been appointed as part of the Gallery’s new Modern and Contemporary Programme. Condorelli follows artists Rosalind Nashashiband Ali Cherri who served in 2019 and 2021 respectively.

The award is a collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society, while the UK Partner Museum for this residency is the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter (RAMM).

Beginning her residency in September 2022, the new appointment has been invited to respond to works in the collections of the National Gallery and RAMM.

Over the course of a year in the National Gallery’s on-site artist’s studio, the work will culminate in a publication and a display featuring Condorelli’s work at the National Gallery. With the support of the Contemporary Art Society, one of the works relating to the residency will enter RAMM’s collection in a move the National Gallery said would “enrich regional collections”.

The jury in charge of selecting this year’s artist pointed to Condorelli’s “imaginative architectural interventions in gallery spaces, while drawing focus to materials, and the notions of leisure and labour in society”.

The jury consisted of Caroline Douglas, Director, Contemporary Art Society, Lara Goodband, Contemporary Art Curator & Programmer, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Hugh Mulholland, Senior Curator, The MAC, Belfast, Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, CEO, Cove Park, Peaton Hill, Argyll and Bute, Sunil Gupta, Artist, and Daniel F. Herrmann, Curator Modern and Contemporary Projects, the National Gallery, London.

Condorelli said of the appointment: “This feels like an important moment to address cultural institutions and their social responsibilities with fresh eyes, as well as the role of artists within them.”

Camilla Hampshire, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Museums Manager, said of working with the National Gallery: “This is an extraordinary opportunity for our visitors to experience contemporary art by this internationally acclaimed artist. We look forward to seeing the work develop and hosting a permanent legacy of the residency through acquiring the work for RAMM”

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