DLWP is thrilled to announce Reem Acason and Nancy Odufona as our selected artists for our Holiday Activity programme 23/24. Across the academic year they will be working together to programme activities and workshops for families, developing their own socially engaged practice with support from DLWP. Their first workshop is ‘spooky’ themed and will take place on Wednesday 25 October, from 2- 4 pm.
Reem Acason is a multi-disciplinary artist and arts educator with a deep interest in themes of cross-cultural identity and ecology. She has been living in the Southeast of England for most of her life, with regular trips to visit family in Bahrain. Her current work incorporates oil painting, collage, installation and print making. She is currently undertaking her MA in Fine Art at Brighton University and has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions including the ING Discerning Eye, the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and last year she had a solo exhibition ‘Two Seas’ at Rochester Gallery in partnership with Shubbak Festival. In 2022 she took part in Open Plan, a group residency at the Towner Gallery and recently co-delivered a schools EDI project in response to Zineb Sidera’s exhibition ‘Can’t You See the Sea Changing?’ at the De La Warr Pavilion. She has delivered numerous workshops to a wide variety of groups including those from under-represented and marginalised backgrounds, including those with refugee status and to people with disabilities.
Nancy Odufona is currently based in Hastings, East Sussex. Her artistic practice spans various mediums, including ceramics, moving image, textile, and found objects. She is best known for her installations and her thoughtful exploration into spatial relationships. Her work is characterized by investigating the interplay between objects, individuals, and their surrounding environment. Central to Nancy Odufona’s body of work is her exploration of the over-saturated, technological world we inhabit. Her work is a compelling invitation to slow down and reconnect with our immediate surroundings. Drawing inspiration from furniture and children’s building blocks, Odufona’s sculpture creates a space for sharing and problem-solving. Through this work, she raises essential questions about finding spatial and perceptual harmony within confinement and shared spaces, inviting viewers to ponder the intricacies of contemporary domestic life. She had a major solo exhibition in 2022 at VOLT Gallery in Eastbourne and the Black Shed Gallery in Robertsbridge in 2021.