Neville Gabie – Olympic Development Authority Artist in Residence on the Olympic Park.
Neville was appointed as the Artist in Residence for the Olympic Delivery Authority in October 2010, after an arduous and challenging selection process. His appointment is a recognition of the work he has made as temporary installations, photography and film throughout his career in responding to specific places and locations, particularly in relation to urban regeneration.
As the first Artist in Residence post in the history of the modern Olympic games, this project afforded Neville a unique opportunity to further his own practice and to embed himself in the context of a regeneration project of extraordinary scale.
For ten years Neville regularly collaborated with InSite Arts and he worked in close partnership and collaboration with Sam Wilkinson throughout the 16 month residence, as his curator in residence. Together they spent the first three months of the residence immersing themselves in the life of the park, observing the rapid change and intense working programme as well as meeting many passionate and committed teams and individuals who have built the park.
To deliver a residency of this nature Neville and Sam quickly realised that mutual trust and support was vital to the success of their work and they sought to work alongside each other every step of the way, with Sam acting as project manager (alongside the Arts and Culture team at the ODA) and sharing with Neville the frustrations and high moments of working on such a challenging, diverse and complex development site.
An Artist in Residence in a development of this nature the artist can quickly become isolated, a sole individual within a vast machine. The team work and support structures must be in place to ensure the artist has space to develop ideas as they emerge during the residency Programme.
This project was commissioned and funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority and the Arts Council England.