Anya Paintsil
Anya Paintsil is a North West based artist. Born in North Wales in 1993, Anya’s work is influenced by her dual Welsh and Ghanaian heritages; inspired visually by Fante textiles, Anya combines traditional hand rug making techniques and afro hairstyling methods, to create large scale portraits, comprising yarns, braiding hair and human hair. Anya’s practice is largely autobiographical, frequently exploring race and identity outside of metropolitan areas of the UK, along with personal narratives and memories.

Image: Mair a fi
Punch needled wool and arcylic, latch hooked human hair on hessian. 'Mair a fi' is a portrait of my sister, Mair and I as children.

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Emma Daman Thomas
Emma Daman Thomas is a musician and artist living in rural Powys, Wales. She’s a founding member of collaborative band Islet and her solo artistic practice includes design, sound and music.

Warm Leveret
Warm Leveret will be a sonic experiment with harp, electronics and voice.

︎ @emmadaman
Jaffrin is a Welsh Bangladeshi Muslim writer and visual artist based in Cardiff. Her work is an intersectional exploration of the components of her identity and is a means to work through personal trauma whilst being a form of activism.

Following the passing of the month of Ramadan, I will be exploring and creating work in response to the sayings of prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the Quran in regards to the the state of our hearts, the movement from hardness to softness within and the process of purification of the heart.

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Ilana Harris-Babou 11.4.21 - 1.5.21
Ilana Harris-Babou’s work is interdisciplinary; spanning sculpture and installation, and grounded in video. She speaks the aspirational language of consumer culture and uses humor as a means to digest painful realities. Her work confronts the contradictions of the American Dream: the ever unreliable notion that hard work will lead to upward mobility and economic freedom.

Feeling Better
In Feeling Better, I will continue my exploration of the wellness industry. In particular, I'll be looking at online fitness courses and health gurus. I'm interested in who gets to be "well," and the ways structural inequities are often framed as individual decisions in the US.


Michael Kennedy - 1.3.21 - 1.4.21
Michael Kennedy is a cartoonist, writer and visual artist based in Birmingham, UK. His work attempts to capture the intersection of racism’s various media and structural forms and present its multitude of effects on us.

In an attempt to develop the graphic nature of my recent paper collage works, I’ll be creating absurd comics in the French Abstract Formalist tradition (as coined by Kim Jooha) to accompany a text collaged from newspapers from 2020, that tells the satirical story of someone that willingly becomes “black-owned”.


Phoebe Davies - 22.2.21 - 7.3.21
Phoebe Davies is a Welsh artist and researcher, based between Somerset House Studios in London and South Wales. She regularly works in response to individuals and communities, generating work through collaboration, collective devising and sharing models of working across different social and cultural sectors. Her outcomes are project dependent, including print, installation, video, and sound and often draw upon methodologies from feminisms, organic farming and athleticism.

During her Arcade Campfa residency Phoebe Davies will be developing new work in text and audio. Departing from personal narratives, this work will explore physicality of farm labouring, the perils of pregnancy and Welsh coastal mythology.


MASH - 18.1.21 - 7.2.21
MASH is a collaborative practice between emerging artists Gwenllian Davenport and Abi Charlesworth. Established as an outlet to experiment and support each other after graduating from their BA Fine Art course at Bath School of art and Design in 2019, their ethos as a duo is to make playfully, accept mistakes and to ultimately have fun.

As a collaborative, MASH uses an innovative approach to rethink materials to hand. This explorative way of making allows them to work directly with materials curiously in the moment, producing unknown outcomes. They describe their collaborative making process, simply, as a mashing of ideas, approaches and methods. MASH aims to engage tangibly with materials, making use of the gripping, squelching, patting, smoothing and the spreading of surfaces.

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With the support of Arcade-Campfa, MASH will explore the capabilities of remote collaboration. Utilising the online residency to continue their practice, they will exercise the sensibilities of a see- saw (Si-So) by taking it in turns to add, edit, and adapt a new body of work.

Tulani Hlalo - 23.11.20 - 23.12.20
Based in Manchester, Tulani Hlalo works with textiles, video, sound, sculpture and performance; using her work to explore identity and heritage.

As Shape Not As Sign Of Human Or Narrative (iii) 
As Shape Not As Sign Of Human Or Narrative (iii) is a continuation of a body of work further exploring the abstraction of the body through a series of life casts and videos.

Hannes Schievink & Noa Zuidervaart - 15.6.20 - 15.7.20
Hannes Schievink is a Dutch artist based in Zwolle, the Netherlands. His work mostly focusses on existential questioning, but make it fun. Themes like religion and identity collide with fun and campy imagery and text.

Noa Zuidervaart is an artist based in Zwolle, the Netherlands. His work focuses primarily on character and narrative based illustrations that take the form of fictional memoirs.

Hannes Schievink & Noa Zuidervaart will be creating a webcomic together via e-mail which follows two parties fleeing an undefined danger on Earth and will be a mix of campy science-fiction, drama and existentialism.

GWENBA - 1.6.20 - 1.7.20
I’m interested in exploring communication and connection through the digital realm, mimicking the forms of Nature in the process. Creating growths that speak in data’d tongue /= hieroglyphs that read in emojis sprawled onto rock segments.. microbial MyCelium Systems - (the twitter for mushrooms) and creating a symbiotic language between nature&data:

is a collection of archived&ongoing work that  explores the relationship between organic and virtual spaces, forming digital growths from the earth’s core with performance, sound, video, text & new:media experiments. / —

Ian Watson - 25.5.20 - 25.6.20
Ian Watson is a Cardiff based artist currently taking part in the G39 Fellowship with support from Freelands Foundation.
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The Path (2020)
Considering the birth of the first city, the weight of ambition, material waste and a zombie coerced into drinking bin juice. Here at the hard edges exists a place where nature rewards us with fruit despite the seemingly unsympathetic terrain.

The script to The Path can be viewed/downloaded below.
︎ The Path