Introducing our upcoming Artist in Residence: Yambe Tam

‘We’re really pleased to announce Yambe Tam as our first Artist in Residence at The Art Depot. We were excited by Yambe’s ideas for the residency and feel she has the potential to work with the Yorkshire Dales landscape in interesting and unique ways. We very much look forward to working with her and seeing how the project develops.’

– Carolyn Thompson, CPD Manager at Chrysalis Arts

Yambe Tam is an artist and ordained Zen Buddhist creating contemplative experiences through sculpture, video games, and immersive installations. These works meditate on the void and how conceptions of reality are constructed in humans and nonhumans, from microscopic to planetary scales. Often collaborating with creative technologists, sound designers, and scientific researchers, she builds interactive, immersive worlds that engage the senses in their primal instinct to explore and play.

Yambe Tam, Cosmic Garden (2021). Installation view at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, UK. Photo by Reece Straw.
Yambe Tam, Cosmic Garden (2021). Installation view at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, UK. Photo by Matthew Cawrey.

‘This residency is an opportunity to directly connect to a key source of inspiration underlying my practice: the natural world - more specifically, wilderness that has developed over planetary timescales that we can learn from and urgently need to protect. My hope is that through establishing closer relationships to the land, local people and communities, I will also encourage and accelerate the change needed to counter the climate crisis.’

– Yambe Tam

Yambe Tam, Black Hole Bell (2019). Installation view at Broomhill Estate Sculpture Gardens, Barnstaple, UK. Photo by Charlie Powell.

Thank you to everyone who applied. We were very excited by the range and quality of the sixty applications we received. There is a wonderful breadth of artists doing important work around the natural world and environment. We hope to work with some of the other artists that applied in the future.

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