Platform Asia and TAV X Arts Catalyst Residency Exchange

Hannah Rowan, Chrysalis Hooks; courtesy the artist
Hannah Rowan, Chrysalis Hooks; courtesy the artist
Documentation image courtesy Steph Huang
Documentation image courtesy Steph Huang
two people are sitting in a living room with patterned carpet on two grey sofas having a conversation. The person to the left is a white middle aged woman with brunette hair in a ponytail wearing a grey jumper and dark teal trousers. Her left hands rests on a beige curly haired dog. The person to the right is a young Taiwanese woman with cropped dark hair, who wears glasses, grey jeans and black hoodie.
Steph Huang with Sarah Ready, fisherwoman. October 2021. Image courtesy the artist.

Arts Catalyst is pleased to share details of an ongoing collaboration with Platform Asia and Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan. Initiated in early 2020, the collaboration is part of an international residency exchange programme for early-career artists.

Artist Hannah Rowan was in residence at Taipei Artist Village from January - March 2021, undertaking aquatic research into the mutualistic relationship between butterflies and plants in the marginal ecosystems of mangroves. This built upon her ongoing research into organic materials, as well as relationships between nature, technology and human-made objects. Hannah will develop a sonic output for Radio Arts Catalyst from the research, to be released towards the end of 2021. 
As part of the residency, Hannah has also created a series of documentary images and journal entries emerging from her research, which can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF here.
From October 2021, artist Steph Huang has undertaken a research residency with Arts Catalyst, exploring the ecological context of prawn fishing industries in Southeast Asia and the UK. Her research has led her to the Dorset coast exploring sustainaable fishing practicies. More to follow soon!
Hannah Rowan is an interdisciplinary artist based in London, UK. She studied MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London and BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London. Rowan’s practice is rooted in the connections between watery bodies, phases of matter and fluidity of technology. She uses a range of media including sculpture, installation, performance and moving image to explore the uncertain form of materials. Her work is informed by research into remote environments such as the Atacama Desert and the High Arctic. 
She has been awarded numerous international artist residencies and exhibited across North America and Europe, including Belo Campo (Lisbon); Assembly Point (London); White Crypt (London); Well Projects (Margate); Walter Phillips Gallery Satellite Space (Canada); Galerie Sebastien Bertrand (Geneva); Yours Mine and Ours Gallery (New York). She is the recipient of Arts Council England funding in 2017 and 2019. Her work has been published in Earth Issue III, Perpetual Inventory Vol 3 and UMBIGO. 
Steph Huang is an art practitioner based in London, who experiments across media from sculpture, photography, moving image, sound to publication. Her recent works explore a surreal absurdity of life through collective behaviours, looking at  how leisure might develop into a new concept of bodily labour, culture and political  economy. 
She has exhibited widely, including at Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Berlin and Denmark (2020); Filet, London (2020); Artworks Project Space, London (2020); Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy, Lithuania (2020); Peak Gallery, London (2020); the Koppel Project, London (2019); Belmacz, London (2019); Bolton museum, Bolton (2019); RawLabs, London (2019); Podium, Luxembourg (2019); South London Gallery, London (2019); Alte Handelsschule, Leipzig (2018); Krudebude, Leipzig (2018); Incheon Art Platform, Seoul (2018); 4Cose, London (2017); A.P.T Gallery, London (2017).
Upcoming exhibitions include South London Gallery, London (2021); Arts Catalyst Residency, Sheffield (2021); Salón ACME No. 9, Mexico (2021); Belmacz, London (2021). For more info visit