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National Gallery unveils its 2024 Artist in Residence

Image: Katrina Palmer (National Gallery)

The London-born and based artist will begin the in-house residency next month, responding to the collection of the gallery and partnering museum and gallery Touchstones Rochdale.

The National Gallery has announced its Artist in Residence for 2024 as London-born and based artist Katrina Palmer.

Beginning the residency next month, Palmer has been invited to respond to the collections of the National Gallery and its partner museum in the project, museum and art gallery Touchstones Rochdale.

Palmer will work over the course of a year in the National Gallery’s on-site artist’s studio, resulting in publication and a presentation in autumn 2024.

The award is a collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society, supported by Anna Yang and Joseph Schull, who will acquire an artwork produced during the residency for Touchstones Rochdale’s permanent collection.

Palmer is the fourth Artist in Residence to be chosen since the launch of the Gallery’s new Modern and Contemporary Programme, following the appointment of Rosalind Nashashibi in 2019, Ali Cherri in 2021 and Céline Condorelli in 2022.

Caroline Douglas, Director of the Contemporary Art Society, said: “The programme at Touchstones Rochdale has been very impressive for many years, championing women artists in particular and leading the way in engaging with its communities. I am confident that Katrina Palmer will find it an enriching experience to spend the coming year exploring all the possibilities the residency offers.’

Mark Doyle, Director of Arts, Heritage and Wellness at Your Trust/Touchstones Rochdale added: ‘We’re delighted to be working with the National Gallery on its Artist in Residence programme.

“Katrina’s approach to sculpture challenges accepted norms, and her interest in memory and absence compliments Touchstones’ work to uncover the stories that aren’t currently being told by Rochdale’s collections.”