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Stephen Livingstone


Concepts Stephen Livingstone is an artist whose work explores human impact upon landscape and habitat, drawing upon a range of concerns from earth sciences through ecology to archaeology. He is particularly attracted to working directly with sites associated with old industrial activity and to museum collections. His work with the moth and butterfly collection of Oxford University Museum has received international recognition and was exhibited in 2012 at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Livingstone's work is founded upon meticulous research and experimentation and manifests itself in a variety of forms such as the making of objects and books, installation and digital printmaking. Drawing is at the core of his practice, often on a very large scale and commonly made using naturally occurring pigments ground to fine powders and combined with medium and water. He has a keen interest in the history of science and of scientific collections, often referring to the human stories behind the theories and discoveries, unearthing forgotten histories and beliefs along the way. Influences Entomology, ornithology, geology, botany, archaeology, the history of scientific thought and space exploration. Career path Studied Fine Art at Wimbledon and Chelsea Colleges of Art and went on to work in education and as a full-time artist. read full statement

Location Durham, North East
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Participatory projects, Exhibitions programme
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Sculpture
Tags minerals pigments industrial landscape ecology watercolour insects birds collage books

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  • Auger/Augur

    I'm currently working on four huge watercolours each measuring 10m x 1m made using coal dust, lead ore and iron oxide to hang in the Earth Sciences building at Durham University.

  • Tidelines

    09/05/2015 – 27/09/2015
    Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields Fish Quay

    Av installation of drawings and assemblages made in collaboration with Daniel Turner of the Northeast England Beached Bird Survey for the Old Low Light Heritage Centre at North Shields Fish Quay

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  • Gathering Dust, Collecting Shadows

    10/05/2014 – 02/11/2014
    Acorn Bank (NT), nr. Penrith, Cumbria

    An installation of drawings, objects and sound for the National Trust at Acorn Bank House. The project began last year with a moth survey of the gardens and the installation occupies five empty rooms.

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  • Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at Durham University

    The Leverhulme Trust are funding me to work for twelve months beginning in September 2014 with soil scientists at Durham University's School of Engineering and Computer Science.

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