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Artist in Residence Phyllida Shelley

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Phyllida Shelley is a visual artist who lives and works in Cookham. Specialising in drawing, printmaking and 3D, her work investigates narratives of human existence in sites of historic interest.

As Artist in Residence since July 2022, Shelley has been creating artwork alongside archaeologists from the University of Reading and local volunteers excavating an Anglo Saxon Monastic settlement in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church Cookham. Through her studies of archaeological trenches, finds and people, she explores the links between archaeology and creativity. Her drawings and prints celebrate the development of this significant archaeological research project, helping to connect the wider community with our past, present and future.