Ruth Switalski & Thom Rees 

Residency Period June – July 2018


Glasgow based artists Thom Rees and Ruth Switalski used their residency to explore working together collaboratively. The artists examined the nature of collaboration, the intricacies of beginning a joint working relationship and the practicalities of sharing space.

Through commonalities in their practices; an interest in process and the physicality of materials, these artists have identified a desire to collaborate on artworks, exhibitions and projects. The residency provided a specific time and space to allow the beginning of an exploration into this collaborative relationship, becoming a concentrated and intense period to learn about each other’s parameters and boundaries, studio practices, working styles and approaches to materials, discovering each other’s physical, visceral, intuitive responses to materials, process and outcomes.

Thom Rees is a Glasgow based artist working in sculpture and printmaking. He graduated from the MLitt Fine Art: Sculpture at GSA in 2016. Exhibitions include BOTL BOTL BOTL, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow (2018); BONKERS CONTEMPORARY, Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh (2017); MK Calling III, MK GALLERY, Milton Keynes (2017); Inventory of Behaviours, Blip Blip Blip, Leeds (2017).

Ruth Switalski is a Glasgow based artist working in sculpture and installation. She graduated from the MLitt Fine Art: Painting at GSA in 2014. Exhibitions include Material Objects, GI2018, Savoy Tower, Glasgow (2018); Between preservation and immanent decay, GI2018, Laurieston Arches, Glasgow (2018); About eggshells and other possible becomings, Snehta, Athens (2017); Suck it and See in the Bedroom, Annuale Festival, Edinburgh (2015).