Upcoming artists in residence

Photo by Camille Blake


May 20 - June 3, 2017

Michael Salu is a writer, award-winning creative director, art editor/critic and artist. Over the past few years Michael Salu has been developing a creative and critical voice through his societal explorations in fiction, criticism, art and art writing. His work often explores areas of sexuality, gender, race and identity often through ever shifting prism of technology. His writing has appeared in a number of top literary publications, many of which are American including Tales of Two Cities (Penguin RandomHouse), Freeman's Journal, Catapult and Grey Magazine.

Also an award-winning creative director and visual artist, with a strong focus on creating narrative driven works. Salu is the former creative director of Granta and before that was a senior designer at RandomHouse. He has conceived and managed the creative output of well-respected and culturally-focused brands, working with the languages of both art and design across a variety of online and offline media. He has collaborated with and published many young and established artists including the Chapman Brothers, Sir Paul Smith, Yinka Shonibare, Nadav Kander and the 2013 Deutsche Börse winners Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin and is now developing an art practice of his own that includes film. His honours include accolades from D&AD, FWA and Communication Arts and his work has been written about in publications such as Eye Magazine and Creative Review.

Salu often speaks at and contributes to the art and media curriculums of various universities including The Royal College of Art, Kingston University and Norwich University. He has been an advisor to the AOI (Association of Illustrators), The Photographers Gallery and has spoken at or moderated a variety of live events across the arts including TEDx.

He now runs a multi-disciplinary creative consultancy [SALU.io] and is a co-founder of the cross-disciplinary art event series Local Transport.

Amidst all this, he is trying to finish his first novel.


MAY 20 - JUNE 3, 2017


Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in Guernica and other literary journals.  Her poetry collection ATRIUM was awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry, while her latest collection, HIJRA, was selected as a winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and published by Southern Illinois University Press. Her debut novel, SALT HOUSES, is forthcoming by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. She is a Lannan fellow and currently resides in Brooklyn.