Guided Group Residency


PLACE, PEOPLE and TIME: publishing as an artistic practice

Sun 25 – Sat 31 August 2019

(The deadline for this opportunity has now closed.)


This group Residency has been devised by The Museum of Loss and Renewal in partnership with My Bookcase. It is offered for creative practitioners working with printed matter and publishing as an artistic practice and for those who have a strong interest in this area.


Focal points of the Residency

  • Publishing as an artistic practice
  • Independent publishing
  • Collective knowledge
  • Individual practice
  • The book as a platform for encounters
  • Artist’s Books
  • Natural environment



The group Residency will provide a partially-structured and hands-on programme to enable residents to develop their skills, and understanding of artists’ publications and publishing. The Residency experience is designed to stimulate new ways of thinking and experimentation through production, research, learning and presentation. Residents will work collectively and individually. The Residency is devised around the idea of the book as a platform for creative encounters. By listening, looking and making residents will investigate image, text, typography, object and context relationships. In addition to each Resident’s individual work, there will be a final outcome in the form of a collective publication with ISBN that will be published by The Museum of Loss and Renewal.


The aim of this Residency is to provide a supportive and stimulating environment to develop your production skills and knowledge of artists’ publications, printed matter and publishing as an artistic practice. Alongside individual practice, the Residency will have a focus on knowledge exchange, creating opportunities to learn from each other. A series of group sessions supported by the model of ‘Socratic Dialogue’ will be offered to enable you to explore your own practice and the Residency theme. The group will be brought into conversation without hierarchies, practicing slow dialogue to give value to the individual knowledge and experience of each resident. The Socratic Dialogue is an exercise of creative thinking, in the broadest sense of creation. These sessions will be facilitated by Cristina Garriga (My Bookcase) and Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen (The Museum of Loss and Renewal). The Residency will have an offline engagement with international relevant experts and like-minded initiatives that will provide bespoke content, expanding the Residency in time and space.


You will explore various approaches to publishing as an artistic practice from historical and contemporary perspectives. By presenting and discussing key subjects such as analogue-digital relationships, platforms available to independent-publishers, small presses, artists' groups and collectives we aim to facilitate an ongoing creative dialogue between making, discussing and the stunning environment of Collemacchia’s mountain landscape itself.


Opportunities for participants to share work in progress will happen throughout the Residency, enabling conversations and peer support. Surrounding this loose structure, there will be time to develop your own work and to experience the local environment.



The Residency is located in Collemacchia, a small village within Italy's National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, a protected area of exceptional significance and beauty. Engagement with the natural world begins on the doorstep and the stunning mountainous landscape offers an excellent environment for reflective practice. The ancient, undisturbed and extensive terrain holds a rich and complex history visible in the area’s architecture, customs, agricultural lands and forests. The area is sparsely populated by villages that are largely trilingual Italian-French-English due to the large community of emigrants who continually move between European nations. The Museum of Loss and Renewal fosters strong links with the local community which is highly supportive of the Residency Programme.



Live/work accommodation in 2019 has expanded to include two fully furnished houses consisting of multiple bedrooms, desk space, studio space, central heating and internet.



The Residency will be led by Cristina Garriga and Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen.


Cristina Garriga is an artist and designer based in Amsterdam. In 2014 she founded My Bookcase, a creative project that explores the role of the book and its reader in today’s society. In 2017, Katie Reid and Julia Doz joined Garriga to expand My Bookcase across Glasgow, Barcelona and Amsterdam. They launched the project ‘Readers & Publishers’: connecting readers and independent publishers with an online directory, projects and conversations. Garriga is a founding member of Publication Studio Glasgow and has led many courses and workshops in a wide variety of art organisations and institutions. She holds a Masters from The Glasgow School of Art, a BA and Masters in Architecture and an Expert Class in Type Design by the Plantin Instituut voor Typografie in Antwerp.


Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen are the Founders and Co-Curators of The Museum of Loss and Renewal. Their collaborative art practice is a creative and discursive site where production, presentation, exchange, education and research meet. Publishing is a core component of their artistic practice. Key areas of focus are social relationships, the way places are inhabited and how personal objects reflect who we are. They work with international partners to devise and present multifaceted exhibition projects that address issues of societal concern such as well-being, ageing, end of life and sustainability. Tracy and Edwin are highly experienced, award winning educators who have devised and lead multiple group learning projects situated within the international museum and gallery sector, and higher education.



  • You can be at any stage of your creative career and do not necessarily need to be working predominantly with publishing as an artistic practice.
  • The programme may best suit artists and designers who are seeking to develop their knowledge and skills within an environment of learning and discussion. More experienced artists are very welcome to apply.
  • Open to creative practitioners based in any country.
  • Duo’s and partnerships are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants should have a good working knowledge of English.