4th July 2019
We are delighted to announce Corrina Askin as our first 'Springhall Artist in Residence'. ✨
An illustrator and animator whose work has been commissioned by CBeebies, MTV and Channel 4, Corrina, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London will spend six months with us creating a unique ‘Dreamer’s Space’ within the Arts Centre and our outside park space.
A special event held on Wednesday 19 June to mark the occasion was attended by the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Sean Bateson and Christopher Springhall, brother of the late John Onslow Springhall who bequeathed a generous donation to Flowerfield Arts Centre which made the residency possible. It will support Corrina’s personal creative development as an artist and promote engagement with local communities.
Welcoming Corrina to Portstewart, the Mayor said: “Council is humbled by the wonderful philanthropic gesture made by the late John Springhall and we are delighted to be able to honour his legacy by creating the annual Springhall Artist in Residence. This amazing opportunity not only supports the creative development of a talented artist but will also have fantastic benefits for visitors to Flowerfield Arts Centre, Flowerfield Park and the wider community. I look forward to seeing Dreamer’s Space evolve as Corrina’s time with us progresses.”
Explaining what the residency will entail, Corrina said: “The project will celebrate the power of creativity, imagination and well-being through a series of artworks, installations, park trail and publication. I am really looking forward to spending the next six months in Portstewart, getting to know the community and engaging with them through a series of workshops, talks and open studio sessions to facilitate the creation of Dreamer’s Space.”
Corrina's work has been purchased around the world, including Disney Latin America, ABC Australia and Milkshake! Channel 5. She has won several awards for her book illustration, including the Bologna Children's Book Fair Prize, the Bisto Award and The Cle publishing award.