The Net Gallery x Freelands Foundation Artist Studio Tours

Building on our successful series of in-house studio tours, The Net Gallery was commissioned by Freelands Foundation to create virtual studio tours for six artists on the Freelands Artist Programme. Spread across four cities – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow, – the studio tours give an insight into the practices of emerging artists working in the UK today.

Launched in 2018, the Freelands Artist Programme is a five-year programme that has so far worked with 60 artists, nurturing their development and fostering relationships between artists and arts organisations, bolstering arts ecosystems across the UK. The programme works with four partner organisations, g39 in Cardiff, PS2 in Belfast, Site Gallery in Sheffield and Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh.

Jasmin Märker | Belfast

Jasmin Märker is a Belfast-based artist working at cross-sections of bio-art, environmental art and nature education. The artist collaborates with both humans and non-humans to provide encounters between them and to propose holistic approaches to sustainability. Thereby she explores themes of interspecies kinship, de-colonisation of land and ecological identity. The works are often alive and provide evolving art-science spectacles to their audiences

Rhiannon Lowe | Cardiff

Rhiannon Lowe studied Fine Art at Lancaster University and University of Central England, Birmingham, and holds an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. Lowe makes drawings – sometimes installing them within decorative, constructed, domestic environments – and also writes and curates. More recently, she has started performing at sound/word/exhibition events, working at the intersection between these different areas of practice.

Will Roberts | Cardiff

Will Roberts is a Cardiff-based artist who completed a BA in Fine Art at Manchester School of Art followed by an MA in Fine Art at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Roberts’ highly narrative paintings layer references to historical methodology in painting and contemporary culture. He is interested in craftsmanship, the amateur, memory and the expression of our personalities through the display of the art objects that we adorn our homes with. Making the real artificial and the artificial real, Roberts reimagines these wall-hung treasures as theatre props to explore materiality and the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

Mona Yoo | Edinburgh

Mona Yoo studied Sculpture at The Royal College of Art and lives and works in Edinburgh and Seoul. Yoo’s practice encompasses sculpture, digital drawing and spatial installation, exploring the subjects of ‘ruins, material decay, and visual temporality’. Archival images from historic contexts, blueprint documents, and interior elements of buildings are rearranged and reconfigured through her use of found objects from daily life, alluding to encounters of the human body with architectural space.

Sarah Rose | Glasgow

Sarah Rose graduated with a BA – majoring in Fine Art and Writing Studies – from the University of Auckland, before completing an MA in Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art. Rose’s practice engages with processes of translation, abstraction, mutation and transformation to think through the lifecycles of material resources and information. The artist’s sculptures and sound works trace different states, contingent interactions and ways of communicating.

Eothen Stearn | Glasgow

Eothen Stearn is a multidisciplinary artist with a BA from Goldsmiths, London and an MA from The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Stearn’s art practice draws on the intimacy of personal relations, the detail of everyday life, music, feminism, queerness and science fiction, combined with an interest in craft, memory, emotions and modalities of speech. Her work examines and attempts to dissemble hierarchies, questioning social responsibilities and the intersections between private and public.