Writer in Residence

Rebecca Sharp


Tatha Gallery is pleased to introduce Rebecca Sharp as Writer-in-Residence

Spanning approximately one year, the residency will be a collaboration between writer and artist Rebecca Sharp and Tatha Gallery. It will create time and space for us to consider and respond to the different ways that art forms can influence and inspire one another. Rebecca’s work will mirror the Gallery’s changing exhibitions throughout the year, as she produces writing in response to exhibition themes and titles, and/or to individual artworks. This will be accompanied by a series of events ranging from talks, readings and demonstrations to participatory workshops. One of the core aims of the residency is to explore and express meaningful connections – between Gallery and artist; audience and artwork; creative process and outcome; and between art forms. Rebecca’s writing will be published on the Tatha website, with hard copies available in the Gallery; and we hope there will be other creative outcomes as the residency progresses.

Rebecca’s work and interests already span several creative areas. She studied theatre and had her first play professionally produced at the Arches theatre in Glasgow in 2001 (Last Child). Her most recent play, The Air That Carries The Weight, was produced by Stellar Quines theatre company at the Traverse theatre in Edinburgh in 2016, and featured an original set designed by John Byrne. Her work in poetry has resulted in a number of collaborations with visual artists – particularly Fathoming: setting poetry to silk (2011) with textile artist Eva Fulinova; and Unmapped (2013) with artist Anna King, an exhibition and book of poems and paintings that was shown at StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival and at the RGI Kelly Gallery. Rebecca regularly performs, gives talks, readings and workshops throughout the UK and in 2017 was selected to represent Scotland at the International Poetry Festival of Nicaragua.

Most recently, Rebecca has been developing Poetry Apothecary – an ongoing and evolving project based around writing and essential oil scent-blending, rooted in the idea of holistic creative practice. In 2016 Rebecca was Poet-Perfumer in Residence with StAnza poetry festival, where she made a site-specific installation of poems and scent jars referencing medieval alchemy – Five Charms for the Potingair. Rebecca has now designed and created a limited edition box-set of these oil blends and poems, which will be officially launched at Tatha Gallery on Friday 10th November, together with another new series of Rebecca’s scent and writing-based works. The event will also serve as a launch for the residency, providing an opportunity for you to experience Rebecca’s work in person and to find out what the coming months might bring.

Please click on the following links to take you to Rebecca's writings.

December Post 2017 • 'Meet the Greens'

January Post 2018 • 'Patterns of Intimacy

March Post 2018 • Everything needs to happen

April Post 2018 • Birch