At HOME with Jerwood 2024

HOME unveils second cohort of resident artists for transformative artist development programme At HOME with Jerwood

We are thrilled to announce the next cohort of resident artists for At HOME with Jerwood, the transformative artist development support programme for artists in the North West.

Funded by Jerwood Foundation, this exciting programme offers a 12-month bespoke residency for selected cross art form artists to make a step-change in their practice and career. Working closely with our Artist Development team, the programme of support will be tailored to the specific needs of each artist, their circumstances, and aspirations.

This year’s artists are:

Visual artist Omid Asadi, whose work intertwines past experiences with creative expression. Born and raised in Iran and now based in Manchester, Omid delves into a diverse range of disciplines, examining poignant issues related to the human condition such as immigration, identity, environment, and childhood memories. During his residency, Omid would like to explore new mediums in his artistic practice and elevate the scale of his work.

Spoken word artist, poet, writer, and multidisciplinary creative director Courtney Hayles works with musical poetry, movement, theatre, and film to bring his stories to life. Courtney’s recent work is recognised for its exploration of complex issues such as toxic masculinity, black identity, brotherhood, trauma, and family. Through his work, he invites audiences to adopt new perspectives and ways of thinking. During his residency, Courtney hopes to enhance the depth of his narrative constructions by delving into the use of binaural sound and exploring the power of his voice and writing.

Artist and producer Sophie Mahon’s interdisciplinary practice combines film, sculpture, and digital experimentation to create installations, artworks, and events. Ideas are explored and developed through experimental practise, working closely and collaboratively with communities and other sectors. Works are often interactive, participatory, and shown in public spaces, aiming to function as a platform for engagement. During this residency, Sophie will explore new ways of working through expanding and combining areas of her current multidisciplinary practice. Sophie hopes to experiment with a range of digital processes, using light, interactive film, and temporary sculpture to develop a new body of work which will be shared publicly at HOME and nearby public spaces.

Founded by Zodwa Nyoni and Funke Alafiatayo, The SHA Collective is a female-led multidisciplinary group. Delving into themes of blackness, identity, migration and culture, SHA aims to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines such as film, photography, digital art and live performance. Citing experimentation and discovery as the driving force as artists, SHA are excited to see what this new collaboration creates and the audiences the work will engage. With this residency, they hope to further establish their identity and voice as a collective.

HOME selected the first cohort of resident artists for the year-long support programme in 2023. Over the course of the year, the selected artists have undertaken a tailored residency which has included training, practical making, development opportunities, and mentoring from our creative team alongside industry professionals.

Reflecting on her experience as a resident artist of the 2023 At HOME with Jerwood development programme, Manchester based theatre maker and producer Afreena Islam-Wright comments “Being part of the At HOME with Jerwood Residency 2023 gave me time and space to take risks and innovate in my practice, as well as being part of a cohort of brilliant artists that supported each other. I felt like a piece of the furniture whilst I was at HOME, and my practice has benefitted invaluably!”

Jennie McCusker, Head of Artist Development at HOME, comments “We are thrilled to announce these exceptional artists, all of whom are extremely passionate about their diverse practices, and we look forward to working with them over the coming year. At HOME with Jerwood is a key part of HOME’s on-going mission to champion and support artists living and making work in the North West, by providing opportunities for these artists to grow their practice, experiment, take risks and take a significant step change in their careers.”

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Artist Development at HOME:

Since HOME opened in 2015, we have been committed to supporting the professional andcreative development of artists from all backgrounds, levels of experience and art forms.

We provide a regular programme of events and opportunities supporting over 750 artists todevelop projects, skills and to collaborate.

From one-off skills workshops to networking events to commissioning opportunities, we hope there is something for everyone.

Our programme is shaped and informed by our artistic community through involvement in artist panels which make key decisions about our programme, commissions, and the future of HOME.

About Jerwood Foundation:

Established in 1977 for John Jerwood MC (1918-1991) by Alan Grieve CBE, Jerwood Foundation supports excellence and emerging talent in the arts in the UK and has to date donated over £110 million. In 2023 the Foundation merged with Jerwood Charity (Jerwood Arts) and Alan Grieve was appointed Chairman Emeritus and Rupert Tyler appointed Chairman. The organisation is led by Lara Wardle, Executive Director and Trustee. To find out more about Jerwood Foundation, visit