I was very pleased to find out recently that I’ve been shortlisted for the Hariban Award. 100 photographers were chosen out of 433 submissions. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to travel to Kyoto, Japan this fall to create collotypes of their work at Benrido Atelier, one of the last remaining collotype studios in the world. The winner and honourable mentions will be announced at the end of August. I’m very excited to see the work of the many other talented photographers on the shortlist, and am honoured to have made it this far!
One of my images will be featured in the upcoming exhibition The Handmade Photograph: Contemporary Photographers Working in Historical Processes at El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe, New Mexico as part of Photo Historica 2019. The show was juried by Christopher James and organized by Bostick and Sullivan. The show will be on display from June 7th - July 27th, 2019.
I will be exhibiting new photographs and a film at the newly established Hanstholm Art Space in Hanstholm, Denmark from August 23rd - October 4th, 2020. The show will be part of a two-year exhibition program designed to bring contemporary art to rural communities in the North Jutland region of Denmark. The focus of the exhibition program is on artists from the North Atlantic region, including Nordic Europe, the UK, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Canada. The project is led by curator Signe Højmark, who I have worked with previously as an artist in the Land-Shape: Land Art North Denmark project. I will exhibit work created from 2016-18 in Svalbard, Finland, Iceland, Newfoundland, and Nunavut. As part of the exhibition, I have been invited to stay at the lighthouse as an artist in residence for a period of 3 weeks in Hanstholm.
I recently returned from a two week trip to Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. I've got a lot of new material that I'll be working with over the summer to continue developing my project, The Dissolving Landscape. Stay tuned for new work and show announcements on my instagram (@ellasharpmorton) and website in the coming months.
In March, I received a Research and Creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to continue my work on climate change in Northern landscapes. This significant grant will allow me to focus on this work full time over the next year! I'm so grateful to the Canada Council for this opportunity!
I have been selected as a finalist for the Penumbra Foundation Workspace Program in New York City. This program provides free darkroom and work space for artists working with historical photographic processes. Although I wasn't one of the selected artists, I am honoured to have been one of the jury's top picks.