Jessyca Hutchens is a doctoral student in contemporary art history and theory at the Ruskin School of Art and Balliol College, University of Oxford.
In her thesis, Jessyca will examine the role of artist-in-residency programmes in the contemporary art field. Her research will trace the historical development of artist residencies, with a view to understanding how and why they have come to occupy such a prominent position in the art world. Her research will also interrogate the extent to which different residency programmes have responded to, encouraged, or institutionalised certain artistic practices.
In 2010, Jessyca graduated from a combined degree in Law and Arts, and an Honours degree in Fine Arts (Art History), at the University of Western Australia. Since then, she has worked as an archival assistant at a photography gallery, Kicken Berlin, as an editor at Berlin Art Link, and as a tutor at the University of Western Australia. In 2014, Jessyca was awarded a Charlie Perkins scholarship to support her study at The Ruskin.