Reimagine Residents

From October 2022 to December 2023, we are inviting a series of eight emerging creatives working in all sorts of disciplines to join us at Jane Austen's House - either virtually or onsite in Chawton - to create new artworks inspired by Jane Austen's life, works and legacy. We'll share them here, as they develop. Check back throughout the year to see what they create!

Meet our Residents:

8. Laboni Islam

We’re excited to launch our eighth and final Reimagine Resident! Poet Laboni Islam will be writing about the history of Jane Austen’s muslin shawl. Find out more!

*Update* Laboni’s beautiful poem sequence is now available to read at the House or online. Find out more!

7. Jessie Beaumont

We’re delighted to launch our seventh Reimagine Resident! Jessie Beaumont is a self-taught paper artist specialising in flowers. Working under the name Leo Flowers, Jessie designs each piece to be a playful and impressionistic take on the real thing. Find out more!

*Update* Jessie’s gorgeous bouquet of paper flowers are now on display at the House. Find out more!

6. Rose Wilkinson

We’re thrilled to welcome our sixth Reimagine Resident to Jane Austen’s House! Rose Wilkinson is a London-based illustrator who will be creating a series of artworks inspired by Jane Austen’s teenage story ‘The beautifull Cassandra’… Find out more!

5. Ben Mills

We’re excited to launch our fifth Reimagine Resident! Ben Mills is a local writer and director. He will be creating an immersive audio installation in the House, inspired by the relationship between Jane and her sister Cassandra. Find out more!

*New!* Ben’s audio installation is now on display at the House. Listen onsite or online. Find out more!

4. Louise Page

We’re delighted to welcome our fourth Reimagine Resident! Louise Page is a writer and artist who will be creating a mixed media project incorporating storytelling and embroidery. Find out more!

*New!* Louise’s embroideries are now on display at the House. Listen onsite or online. Find out more!

Illustration of Louise Page by Kat Williams

Illustration of Louise Page by Kat Williams

3. Tricia Yu

We’re delighted to welcome our third Reimagine Resident, Tricia Yu, a digital illustrator who will be creating an interactive visual novel of Northanger Abbey. Find out more and see her first concept drawings!

Dialogue mock up for Northanger Abbey visual novel, by Tricia Yu

2. Laura Klein

Our second resident is Laura, a pianist and historical/performance practice musicologist who is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology from the University of Colorado Boulder. She founded The Jane Austen Playlist in 2019. Her research focuses on the music collection of Jane Austen and the potential impact music and playing had on her writing as a female author in the 19th century.

For her residency project, Laura created two ‘Pride and Prejudice Playlists’ – one for 1813 and one for 2023! Listen to them here…

Laura also performed on site at Jane Austen’s House on 28 January – the anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice.

1. Jordan Mitchell-King

Our first resident was Jordan Mitchell-King, a dress historian and maker who researches the cultures and embodied experiences of clothing in the past. For her Reimagine project she constructed a pair of Regency stays, documenting her process, and even doing some of her sewing in situ at the House. Find out more…

🎥 Stitching Stays: watch Jordan’s ‘making of’ videos and see her finished stays on display the House!

Previous Artists in Residence:

Find out more about our Painting and Poetry residents in 2021!