You can be my wingman

Iceman: You can be my wingman anytime.
Maverick: Bullshit. You can be mine.
Top Gun, 1986

Action Hero runs a yearly residency for mid-career artists called You Can Be My Wingman with a focus on collaborative practice. Each year, 10 artists working in pairs join Action Hero and an international artist-mentor to spend a week resting, reflecting and making space for new collaborative ideas. 

Action Hero cook all the food, the artists spend time doing whatever they like alongside the mentor. Its like a spa week for your artistic practice. The 2020 and 2022 residencies took place at Dartington Hall.

2022 participants w/ mentor Britt Hatzius
Jo Bannon & Augusto Corrieri
Hester Chillingworth and Anna Clock
Amy Sharrocks and Selina Thompson
Marlo De Lara, Natalie Hyacinth & Shanti Suki Osman
Omikemi and the river Dart

In 2021, our plans were curtailed by covid, so we ran an alternative residency called Ways To Begin Again. We offered 2 x week-long, self-directed residencies at our studio in Bristol.

2021 participants
Gwen Thomson & Gwen Hales
Saqib Deshmukh & Yasmin Begum

2020 participants w/ mentor Maiko Yamamoto
Sue MacLaine & Hannah Ringham
Chloe Dechery & Karen Christopher
Dan Canham & Caroline Williams
Vera Chok & Tanuja Amarasuriya
Racquel Meseguer-Zafe & Liz Crow

To see You Can Be My Wingman’s previous dates, see our Archive

“An amazing week….sort of life changing actually”

“I can't thank you enough for your astuteness in designing this residency”

“The week was one of the most profound of my career”


︎︎︎ YCBMW 2020 Zine