Sheffield based artist Ashley Holmes who, along with Breakwater & Cường Phạm, Kaajal Modi and Yussef Agbo-Ola, has been selected for a new residency programme as part of Radio Arts Catalyst, supporting early-career artists and practitioners to expand their practices into sound and broadcasting.
Residents have been invited to develop experimental sound-based work, test out new aural approaches and pursue sonic modes of artistic inquiry, with mentoring support from independent curator, researcher and writer Annie Jael Kwan and Arts Catalyst’s curatorial team.
Ashley Holmes is a multi-disciplinary artist and DJ working across sound, moving image, radio broadcasts and performance. His work explores histories of resistance and anti-colonial resilience embedded in Black musical and sound-based practices to examine concepts of property, access and citizenship. In 2019 he started Open Deck, a series of gatherings giving space to collectively listen, discuss and document relationships to music and oral histories. He also hosts Tough Matter, a monthly show on NTS Radio.
For the Radio Arts Catalyst Residency he will be developing a body of sound-based works and research that will explore the potential of broadcasting and sound production to consider the ways perspectives around migration, class and racial identities are embodied, gathered and disseminated in music and cultural traditions.