JPE Art In Residence Program

We are excited to officially launch the JPE Art in Residence program in partnership with Guildhouse. This residency opportunity will see two artists a year take part in a creative exchange within our studio, culminating in a work or installation.

Matthew Fortrose is the first artist selected to partake in this program and will be exhibiting his work in August for his SALA exhibition ‘Safety Measures’. Exploring concepts of safety and structure Fortrose combines concrete and EPDM rubber into soft and hard surfaces which examine the limitations they present and the archival qualities, both outdoor and as indoor artworks, to question the perceived safety, reliance and trust put in the materials.

Matthew has a diverse background spanning in both two-dimensional and physical forms, “Public space plays a large role in my practice, whether it’s outdoor mural, installation or borrowing from the vernacular of the urban environment to inform studio works” says Fortrose.

We are excited to see the possibilities of this residency come to life and contribute to the creative process within our studio as we involve Matthew in project conversations, research and collaborative opportunities.

JPE has been a place where emerging artists can exhibit, engage with our studio culture and have an impact on our design thinking since 2013. The JPE Art in Residence Program marks a new chapter of creative exchange in collaboration with Guildhouse. Guildhouse is a dynamic South Australian organisation with a 54 year history, supporting a thriving visual arts, craft and design ecology through working directly with practitioners to develop their practice and work with ambition.

You can see Matthew's work on his website: