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Create has successfully supported an artist  from the UK for funding to undertake a research residency in Ireland based at Create in the early part of 2013. The successful artist is Stephen King and he has received funding under the Artists' International Development Programme from Arts Council England which supports artists based in England to explore and collaborate internationally while carrying out professional projects. The fund aims to support artists to advance their practice internationally, and is designed to build on their domestic success and develop markets and audiences overseas for their work. Stephen will be based at the Create offices periodically from January 21 and will travel through Ireland.
 
Stephen King is a professional photographer from the UK. He has over fifteen years experience in the editorial and documentary sectors, working extensively with lifestyle magazines and cultural organisations across the U.K. His personal practice takes a topographical view of social and cultural issues relating to singular or group experiences of place. His projects have dealt with a diverse range of topics from urban planning to department store workers to protestors, these projects are linked by recurring formal concerns of ownership, belonging and navigation and have sat in both fine art and a commercial settings.

In 2011 Stephen undertook an M.A in international photojournalism and documentary, during this time his research led him to further explore concepts of space and place in contemporary photographic representation and particularly within his own practice the ideas of typologies in human spatial behaviors relating to urban navigation. This is most evident in his recent project ‘Here To There’ in which Stephen surveyed desire paths - a desire path is a term coined by architectural planners and human geographers to describe footpaths that are worn into and across the spaces between one building or paved pathway to another - The manifestation of these forms embody the vernacular relationships people have with the spaces in which they move through and by finding the shortest route between two points, users of urban environments manage to reinterpret and reshape spaces that connect the predetermined channels of navigation. They themselves are able to affect and alter the fabric and even the meanings of their surroundings through their movement within a planned landscape. View Stephen's work at stephenkingphotography.co.uk.

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