ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Demi-paradise is proud to have nurtured mutually beneficial collaborations between artists across different media. Since our foundation we have consistently engaged with fine art, contemporary & classical, to embed meaning & distinction in every Shakespeare production’s publicity material.
With Much Ado About Nothing in 2012 we broke new ground by including artists in residence as an integral part of the ensemble. In the autumn of each production year the Dukes Theatre Lancaster have shown the artists work in their gallery. The exhibitions also toured to Lancaster University (International Shakespeare Conference), Keswick (Theatre by the Lake) and Hexham (Queen’s Hall). So far six artists – Kim Lewis, Cathy Duncan, Sally Slade Payne, Sarah Jane Bellwood, Iain Sloan & Ceri Allen – have used this placement to progress their practice in new directions.
Measure for Measure in 2001 utilised Holman Hunt’s painting of Claudio & Isabella (courtesy of Tate Britain). Simon Taylor was the local artist whose painting ‘Archeology’ was used for Macbeth. The Peter Layzell painting ‘Through the Window’ proved an apt image for All’s Well That Ends Well.
Designer Ian Steele’s photograph of the working scales at J Atkinson & Co (Coffee & Tea Merchants Est. 1837) was used for The Merchant of Venice. Photographic image & typography for Hamlet were the creation of Andi Chapple (who also designed Merchant, Much Ado & Othello). With its distinctive art deco typography to reflect the period we set the action in, Richard III was a creative collaboration between Ian Steele, Stephen Tomlin and Jane Vicary.
Much Ado… and Othello used photographic images provided by Kim Lewis. The company’s current production photographers are George Coupe & Kim Lewis. The initial shows were photographed by the late Arthur Thompson and his son Neil Thompson.