Approved: 16.08.2006

Pip Woolf

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006
  • Location: Llangynidr, Wales
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Workshops, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Studio practice
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Installation, Participatory, Studio practice
  • Tags: drawing, environment, social engagement, painting, film, teaching, dementia, dementia friendly community, first person research






      Making notations in the landscape, on the wall, on a surface I work with & alongside others to find points of connection, taking cues from their worlds to inform my marks. I use film, paint, print & installation to explore physical, political & philosophical questions. Drawing mind, recent work developing since 2015, responds to the question of personal identity in relation to dementia.

      I am researching with Professor David Mann at the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Research group, University of Manchester. This research informs my work as Artist in residence at Mountains Care Home work enabled through Dementia Care Matters.

      My work often brings together a background in conservation and visual art. I make work in response to my local environment with and alongside community and as such regard this practice as participatory landscape art. Work has included drawing, film, an artists book “Water Power”, residency in the Welsh Assembly and in 2002 I was awarded a Creative Wales bursary to make “Re-presenting Wool”, work that  re-emerged in the Woollenline project. I am particularly interested in finding a visual language for people engaged in work. Re-Presenting Wool arose in direct response to drawing sheep shearers at work: Marking a Point was an enquiry into the work of the National Assembly for Wales. My interest in the physical world is reflected in my use of materials, for example, found earth pigments and the use of elemental forces to manipulate them. This interest extends my understanding of our humanness. Current work is exploring the potential exchanges of learning from working with people with a diagnosis of dementia.


      Career path 1993 Worked with international performing artists at the Attarkalari Winter School, Kerala, India 1995 Surrey hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Landscape Assessment: Artists' Perceptions Project. London Arts Board & Countryside Commission 1997 Exhibited In Wales Drawing Biennial 1999 Produced a series of 23 paintings in response to a dress rehearsal performance by Robert Lloyd 7 Julius Drake of Schubert's Die Winterreise; exhibited at Y Tabernacl before selling the series to the University of Texas , South Western Medical Centre at Dallas for permanent exhibition; published a cross art form book entitled Interpretations Across Two Centuries of A Winter's Journey. 2001 Exhibited Rare Music collection at Washington , Penarth & Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery_Cefn Hengoed Schools based residency, Drawing through the Senses_Shadow & Light, a dance/ music/ visual art collaborative research project (Arts Council of Wales) 2001 Big Draw, Drawing residency (Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery & Cywaith Cymru). Ongoing organiser of the Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery annual Big Draw until 2004, then with Brecon mobile library and Theatr Brychieinog and Bath Spa 2002 Walls of Llangynidr, commission to produce an experimental record of the re-building of a stretch of mountain wall. Collaborative residency with Dilys Jackson for Silent Valley Nature Reserve, Cwm (Gwent Wildlife Trust & Cywaith Cymru) 2002/03 Arts Council of Wales, Creative Wales bursary, Re-Presenting Wool 2003 'Rights and Power' drawing commission for Institute for Development Studies, Brighton University 2004 Rhythms of Light, collaboration with Bisakar Sarka, NWDAF & Liverpool Museum, 'Iron frescoes', exploration of found materials with Brynmawr School 2006 ‘Three Sparrows come over the Mountain’ Monte San Martino Italy collaboration with local community resulting in exhibition of work and processwith Elizabeth Adeline and Kirsty Claxton 2007 Investigation into drawing as the 4thR with Swansea Education Effectiveness and Kirsty Claxton 2008 Water Power, an artist book in response to community involvement in an installation of a sustainable energy system. 2009 – 2015 research for Bog- Mawnog and the Woollenline, repair of upland peat bog ( Arts Council of Wales project Bog~ Mawnog an invitation to 5 artists to create work in relation to this site, March 2013 Woollenline exhibition, Crickhowell. 2013/14 Dylan Thomas Dialogues with Swansea Printworkshop.

      2015 ongoing Dementia Pronouns, an exploration of identity with Dementia Care Matters and Take PArt. Artist in residence at a dementia specialist care home

      In March 2016 Woollenline was a finalist in 10th Artes Laguna & exhibited at the Arsenale Venice.



      CV & Education

      Solo exhibitions 2009 - Elemental forces: 1 Water, Oriel Plas glyn y weddw, Llanbedrog 2007 - Marking a Point, drawings from the proceedings of the National Assembly for Wales, Oriel Coliseum Museum and Art Gallery, Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth 2006 - Marking a point, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport 2006 - Rare Music 2, Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog 2005 - Marking a point, Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Brecon 2003 - Re-presenting Wool, National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Museum of Welsh Life, Cardiff 2001 - Brecknock museum and art gallery, Rare music 2001 - Theatr Brycheiniog, Drawing attention 2000 - Central Middlesex Hospital ACAD centre, London and Schubert series 1999 - From a Brecon Barn, Y Tabernacl 1998 - Land, Light and Colour, Knutsford 1998 - Theatr Clera, Early impressions of the Duffryn 1996 - Black And White Cows, Royal Agricultural Show, Holstein Pavillion 1995 - Colours Of The Black Mountains, Norwegian Church, Cardiff 1995 - Colours Of The Black Mountains, The Bear, Crickhowell 1993 - Youth Hostel Association, Bristol 1992 - Hewlett Packard, Bristol 1992 - Ryan : McKee Architects, Bristol 1991 - Hewlett Packard, Bristol Group exhibitions 2010 - A Drop of Water, Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan 2008 - Mapping the Welsh Group, at 60 years, tour, National Library of Wales, Royal Cambrian Academy, Newport Museum , Aberystwyth, Conwy, Newport 2007 - Disposable Fetish, Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, London 2007 - The Farm, Stroud House gallery, Stroud 2007 - Women's Arts Association Exhibition, Barry Town Hall exhibition Space, Barry 2004 - Drawing the Line, Orleans House Gallery, London 2004 - Identity, Oriel Davies, Newtown 2004 - Sheep, Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Brecon 2000 - Rare, International women's festival, Washington gallery, Cardiff 1999 - Taunton open drawing 1998 - Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Open 1998 - Y Tabernacl, Black and white exhibition 1998 - Y Tabernacl, Gulkbenkian Welsh Art Prize 1997 - Pontardawe, Aspects of Wales 1997 - Wales Drawing Biennale 1996 - Beaufort Gallery, Crickowell 1996 - Silk Top Hat Christmas Exhibition, Silk Top Hat, Ludlow 1995 - Silk Top Hat, Ludlow 1994 - Fakes, Raw Gallery, London 1994 - Womens Art Works, Cardiff 1993 - Faces, Milton Keynes 1992 - Women In Action, Nicht Gallery, Buckingham 1991 - Womens Art Works, Bristol Curated projects 2007 - 'A Journey', Opening the sketchbook, Swansea City Council, County Hall, Swansea Intervention 2007 - Seeds for Change, Chester City Council, Grosvenor Park, Chester Workshops 2010 - George Melly Sculpture Appeal schools workshops, 6 schools in Brecon Area, Brecon, Powys Residencies 2009 - Exploring self and place, Bishops Castle Primary School with Creative Partnerships Program, Shropshire 2008 - Drawing together from the Everyday, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen 2008 - The Everyday, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen Projects 2010 - A Woollen line, Pen Trumau, Black Mountains 2009 - Bridging Views of Llangynidr, Whole village population (540 households), Llangynidr 2008 - Water Power/ Ynni Dwr, Cae'r Hendre, Llangynidr Educational experience - primary 2008 - The 4thR, Swansea County Council Education Effectiveness, Swansea 2007 - Josef Herman Award artist, Pontadawe Arts Centre, The Welfare, Ystradgynlais and in schools, South Wales Site specific 2008 - Lighting The Green, The Green, Silloth Other 2008 - Drawing togther from the Everyday, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen