studioELL is pleased to announce our NEW @HOME RESIDENCY which will launch in 2022. Our inaugural invited artist, Tracy Holtham will participate in a six-month residency commencing in January.

This unique opportunity offers a platform for invited artists to work in their own studio, supported by critique opportunities from visiting artists throughout the residency. Resident artists will also share their weekly progress on our website, mount a final exhibition and give an artist lecture on work created during their time in residence.

Tracy Holtham was born in Bradford in the UK, and is currently based in London.

When young, she could be found drawing on notepads, writing poetry, and performing songs on her acoustic guitar. Tracy studied art at school, which were her favourite lessons. She couldn’t wait to get back to creating as soon as she could, and made this her life plan. Her chosen route has been varied and eclectic, from undertaking numerous adult education courses in art and design, sound and performance, to studying therapeutic approaches to art. 

Tracy’s main artistic inspirations are multi-media and performative works, where audio and visual are combined. In particular, she appreciates pieces which provide presence, a deeper understanding of purpose, and truth. Tracy is curious about many things — this breadth brings elements of intrigue to her practice.

At present, Tracy primarily works with collage, interweaving photography, video, and sound. Her mobile device is her virtual studio where ideas, images and words are collated and brought into being. Abstracted elements and shapes are used to bring alternative meanings to feelings and observations.

Tracy has been part of various group art shows, as well as performed her songs across London. 

She is a mental health advocate — her practice and performance provide space for reflection, realisation, and renewal.