Rhinegold Artwork created by Emma Safe, during the Academy of Ancient Music’s performance of Handel Brockes Passion, April 2019

Melissa Bradshaw

The Academy of Ancient Music appoints Emma Safe as Artist in Residence

3:11, 24th September 2019

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed visual artist Emma Safe as Artist in Residence for the 2019/20 season.

Safe will attend rehearsals and concerts throughout the year and create visual works of art inspired by the sounds and rhythms she hears. ‘I’m delighted to be working with the Academy this year,’ she comments. ‘There are so many different ways of responding to music visually, and this opportunity allows me to explore these angles. For me, music has a texture and physicality the same way drawing does. To draw from such incredible music is a dream project.’

Having spent several years as an art critic for publications including The Guardian and Metro Life, Safe left journalism to pursue her own work in the early 2000s and has since developed a method of drawing and painting which uses external stimuli to influence the rhythm of the work, exploring particular themes. She also takes up the post of Hogwood Fellow for the 2019/20 season, building on the legacy of AAM founder the late Christopher Hogwood.

Speaking about the appointment, AAM chief executive Alexander van Ingen comments: ‘Emma’s inspirational art is as compelling as it is visceral; dramatic and full of energy … I’m thrilled to welcome Emma to AAM this season, and look forward to us inspiring each other through audible and visual art-forms to increase our audience’s opportunity to engage with art in all its forms, from the 1600s to the modern day.’



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