Adrienne Westwood
Parent Artist Space Grant (2012/2013)

Adrienne Westwood (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose multi-layered work incorporates objects into embodied explorations of memory, bringing traces of other times and places into the present moment. Her work for cottages, flip books, nooks, crannies, screens, gardens, voicemails, a truck, as well as traditional theaters, has been presented widely in NYC and at Jacob’s Pillow, CCN-Ballet de Lorraine (France), WUK (Vienna), The Firkin Crane (Ireland), and The Philly Fringe Festival. She is a 2024 Harvestworks Artist in Residence and a 2024 New Jewish Culture Fellow.

Adrienne’s work has been called “a finely crafted progression” (Lisa Kraus, The Philadelphia Inquirer) and noted for its “precision, attention to detail and unspecific but tangible sense of the barely remembered” (Andy Horwitz, Culturebot). She was a 2020-21 BRIClab artist through which she began [ ] in radical collaboration with composer Angélica Negrón, for which she was also awarded an Artist Residency at MOtiVE Brooklyn (2022), a Lincoln Center Space Grant (2022), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2022), and residencies SLIPPAGE lab at Northwestern University (dir. Prof. Thomaz DeFrantz) (2023) and at The Moment Lab at Barnard College (2023). The installation and performance work will premiere at ODC Theater in San Francisco in 2025.

As a CUNY Dance Initiative recipient, she created s o u n d i n g line for Snug Harbor’s historic Gardener’s Cottage in 2019; it was described as “an evocative new multimedia dance performance” ( Adrienne has received additional artistic support from NYSCA Support for Artists, Brooklyn Arts Council, Mercury Store, as well as several extensive residencies at One Arm Red in DUMBO, Brooklyn. As the recipient of the pilot Parent-Artist Space Grant from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, she developed her evening-length work Record (2012).

Adrienne has taught widely as a guest artist and on faculty at University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and for Florida State’s “FSU in NYC” program (a semester of study in New York for Dance BFA and MFA students). From 2011-2018, she served on the selection committee for “The Bessie” NY Dance and Performance Awards on the Current Practices subcommittee. Deeply committed to anti-oppressive work, she trained with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in 2020. She holds an MFA from Hollins University/the American Dance Festival where she studied under the close mentorship of Donna Faye Burchfield, and a BFA from University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

While at BAX, my research questions were about how embodied performance can conjure the past into the present, and how through the crafting of an intimate performance we might attend to these histories in a uniquely pertinent way. I was also a new parent, so it was during my time at BAX that I began to first confront and navigate the challenges and complexities of artist/parenthood. Specifically, I began to consider how the affective labor of caring for a family resonates with the affective labor of caring for a creative process. These are all themes I am still exploring in my work! I’m grateful to BAX for allowing me to plant these seeds and tend to them.

Photo by Whitney Browne

IG: @adrienne.westwood.projects
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