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Artists in Residence at South Hill Park

South Hill Park has a number of Artists in Residence covering a variety of arts and crafts disciplines. Use this page to find out more about them.

Printmaking Artists in Residence

Heather Upton (Head of Printmaking)

Heather Upton is an Award Winning artist. She trained for her first degree in Fine Art and Dance at Brighton University and later, after specialising in Printmaking, graduated with a Masters Degree from Winchester School of Art in 2007.

In October 2015, Heather had her second successful exhibition at South Hill Park, in the Mirror Gallery and the Atrium, entitled ‘Elements’ – an exhibition of original prints, exploring elements constituting the material and the ethereal universe.

Basia Gorska

Basia Gorska is a London based fine artist. Basia’s characteristic, blurry circular gradients are created using her own technique. She invented it while experimenting with lithographic rollers and primary colours that are still her main point of artistic reference.

Born in 1986, she grew up in Germany to go on to study in Poland. In 2013, she first showcased her famous artwork ‘Personal Sphere’ which won her an honorary MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.

Since then, Basia’s works have been exhibited in many countries including her native Poland and Germany, as well as the UK, the USA, Hungary, Belgium and Belarus. Her pieces have been shown alongside artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Josef Albers. Her works can also be found in private collections across Europe.

Basia is an artist in residence at South Hill Park in Bracknell, UK. She has an individual approach to each student taking into account their skill level and artistic needs.
Instagram: @b_gorska

Ceramics Artists in Residence

Karen Marks

Karen completed her degree at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. She is developing her porcelain work during her residency and is keen to introduce newcomers to the world of clay.

Jewellery and Silversmithing Artists in Residence

Jessica Noble

Jessica is a lively and energetic designer who’s work fuses a playful style with fine craftsmanship and innovative design. Jessica’s designs bring together her vibrant signature colours with dramatic forms to present jewellery with a playful and feel-good nature.

Jessica graduated from The Cass, London with a BA Hons in Jewellery & Silversmithing and having won various design awards has since launched her distinctive jewellery label and now exhibits her designs across the U.K. Jessica has also worked on various collaborations, exhibitions, design projects and commercial and private commissions, including the Science Museum, the V&A and London’s Southbank Centre.

Jessica is an Artist in Residence at the South Hill Park Jewellery & Silversmithing Studio and teaches regular classes. An enthusiastic and passionate teacher, Jessica believes in the sharing of skills and knowledge and enjoys helping students to explore new techniques and realise their own individual creativity.

Fenella Watson

My silverware focuses on the space and patterns created within the structures of each piece as much as the pieces themselves. In this way, my work is different because it is less interested in using large amounts of material as seen in more ‘traditional’ silverware, and more interested in the skeletal constructions and what they can reveal.

Exploring these themes within my work I seek to develop functional pieces of Jewellery and Silverware suitable for use within the modern age and home. Combining a range of traditional Silversmithing skills and techniques, I create hollow flat units that are then worked and formed into three-dimensional structures.

Growing up in Mexico City, surrounded by vibrant traditions and a highly creative culture, art and design became a profound passion very early on. Mexico is a testament to how some of the most creative work can be conceived from very little, proving that material and material value can be negligible yet the outcome beautiful and powerful. This is something that I have always hoped to emulate within my work and career as a silversmith.

Design Awards and Commissions

The Sheffield Assay Office Precious Little Gem’s Commission 2016
The Goldsmith’s Company Precious Metal Bursary, 2014
Malcolm Appleby engraving Masterclass competition, 2014
Cooksongold Graduate Bursary, British Silver Week, 2014
The South Square Trust Bursary, 2013
Design Travel Award from The Cutler’s Company in Hallamshire & The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, 2012