The Arvon Hurst Residency 2016

I am so pleased to announce that the 2016 Arvon Hurst resident artist is Sophie Herxheimer.

Sophie is a London based painter and poet, who trained in painting at Camberwell, and Chelsea College of Arts.

Her exhibitions include The Whitworth, The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. Sophie has illustrated five fairy tale collections, made several artists books, created a 300 meter tablecloth to run the length of Southwark Bridge, featuring hand printed food stories from a thousand Londoners; narrated an episode of The Food Programme from Margate, made a life size concrete poem in the shape of Mrs Beeton sited next to her grave; and a pie big enough for seven drama students to jump out of singing, on the lawn of an old peoples’ home.

Sophie has held residencies for London International Festival of Theatre, Southbank Centre, The National Maritime Museum and Transport for London.  Her Poems have been published in collections including Long Poem Magazine, Tears in the Fence, Poems In Which, The New Concrete, The Listening Forest and Voyage.  Sophie recently won first prize in the Poetry Book fair competition. 

In October Sophie came to The Hurst, in the glorious Shropshire Hills (an AONB), making words and images in response to a writer’s rural home and a writers’ retreat.  At The Hurst that week were twelve people attending a ‘Young Adult Writers’ course, tutored by Tanya Byrne and Bali Rai.  In The Clockhouse, where Sophie set up a studio,  three Ukranian writers were staying, on a British Council funded writers’ trip to the UK.  Sophie spent time with the writers in The Hurst and the writers in The Clockhouse, documenting their stories and processes and linking her experiences at Arvon with her own artistic practice (both in painting and in poetry).  Sophie is now collating and adding to her material, and we’ll be uploading images as and when.  We hope to show an exhibition of her work from the residency, in 2017.

You can find out more about  Sophie at