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.
Entomology, ornithology, geology, botany, archaeology, the history of scientific thought and space exploration.
Studied Fine Art at Wimbledon and Chelsea Colleges of Art and went on to work in education and as a full-time artist.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1984 - PGCE Art and Design, Brighton Polytechnic, Brighton 1980 - MA Painting, Chelsea School of Art, London 1979 - BA Hons (First) Fine Art, Wimbledon School of Art, London
2015 - Tidelines, Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields Fish Quay, 2015 - Degrees Minutes Seconds, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Durham University, 2014 - Gathering Dust, Collecting Shadows, Acorn Bank (National Trust), Cumbria, 2013 - Moths and Moons, UNESCO World Heritage Site Visitors Centre, Durham 2013 - Patterns of Migration, Bede's World Museum, Jarrow - 2012 - The Mountains of the Moon, The Oriental Museum, Durham University 2011 - Gallery of Wonder - Dust and Shadows, Great North Museum:Hancock, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne 2011 - Shafts and Levels, Teikyo University of japan, Durham University 2009 - Mapping the Dark, The Garden Station , Langley, Northumberland 2008 - ‘Dust to Dust’ , Vennel’s Café-Bar as part of Durham Arts Festival, Durham 2007 - ‘Carpet Pages’ , Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Durham University 2007 - ‘Reliquiae’ , Drumcroon Gallery, Wigan 2006 - ‘Time and Tide’ , Bedes World Museum and Heritage Site, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear 2004 - Moths and Moons, touring galleries and museums for the British Library, North of England 2000 - Cyprus Sweet, Bishop Auckland Town Hall Gallery, Bishop Auckland 1998 - Eternal Youth, Digital Fesco for the Spennymoor Settlement 1997 - Elements and Wired with Carey Young, Zone Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 1996 - 'X-rays', multi-media installation, Spennymoor School, Durham 1994 - 'Ulverston Series - a Cycle of Digital Frescoes', Middlesbrough City Art Gallery, Middlesbrough 1984 - The Running of The Deer, Paintings, Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, Northumberland
2013 - Returning to the Philosopher's Table, Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne 2013 - Cabinets of Curiosities, Room of Wonder, Borough Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme 2012 - Four Legs Good, Beetroot Tree Gallery, Draycott, Derbyshire 2012 - Pollok House, Pollok House, Glasgow 2012 - Swept Away - dirt, dust and ashes in contemporary art, Museum of Arts and Design, New York 2011 - Icon, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden, Lancashire 2010 - Dust and Shadows, Saltburn Artists Cooperative, Saltburn, Cleveland 2010 - Gallery Artists Show, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden, Lancashire 2009 - Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath 2009 - Christmas Exhibition, Bianco Nero Gallery, Stokesly, N. Yorkshire 2009 - Place, Identity, Memory, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 2009 - Wing and a Prayer, Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough 2008 - ‘Shelter’ , Wedeman Gallery MA, Pyramid Atlantic MD, Fleet Library RI, 301 Gallery MA, String Room Gallery NY, USA 2008 - Durham Book Festival, The Oriental Museum, Durham 2008 - Public Library, The Oriental Museum, Durham University 2007 - ‘After Get Carter’ , Antioch House (Frances Thirlway Fine Art), Durham 2007 - 'Prince of Flowers’ Linneaus tercentenary, Crook Hall, Durham 2007 - 'Rich and Strange’, University of Wales, Newport 2006 - International Art Fair, Frances Thirlway Fine Art, Edinburgh 2006 - 'The Draughtsman’s Contract’, Crook Hall, Durham 2005 - ‘A Rich Seam’, Branspeth Castle (Frances Thirlway Fine Art), Durham 2005 - Group Show, The Picture House, Harrogate 2005 - 'Signs and Portents’, Antioch House (Frances Thirlway Fine Art), Durham 2004 - Three Not of a Kind, Seasons Gallery, Durham 2003 - 15 Minutes with Giotto, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield and John Ruskin Museum, Coniston 2002 - Durham Open Exhibition, DLI, Durham 1999 - The People Show, Northumbria University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 1998 - Links and Connections, Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland and 'L' Gallery, Moscow 1998 - Natural Selection, Multi-media installation with Anton Hecht, Tully House Museum, Carlisle 1997 - Spennyopolis, Multi-media nstallation with Anton Hecht, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle 1990 - Three Person Show, Linton Court Gallery, Settle 1983 - Gallery 7, Newcastle upon Tyne 1983 - Sunderland Art Centre
2013 - Returning to the Philosophers' Table, Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne Public commissions 2012 - Pieces of Sky, Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire 2008 - ‘Scanned’, Bowes Museum, funded by the Wallace Collection and the James Knott Foundation, Barnard Castle 2008 - 'Watch This Space’, MIMA, Middlesbrough 2007 - 'Silk Threads’, project with artist/travellers Denise Bryan and Adrian Wilkins funded by the Ragdoll Foundation , Oriental Museum, University of Durham 2006 - 'The Unity of Being’, Institute of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Durham University 2004 - 'Painted Labyrinth’ , British Library, London
Competitions, prizes and awards
2014 - Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence award to work with Durham University's School of Engineering and Computer Sciences, 2014 - Arts Council Grant to develop work for Gathering Dust for the National Trust, 2013 - Arts Council bursary to develop work for Returning to the Philosophers Table, 2006 - Travel Bursary to work in Venice, A4, Association of Art Inspectors and Advisors 2001 - National Artworks Awards , Clore Foundation, Tate Modern 2000 - National Artworks Awards , Clore Foundation, Tate Modern 1997 - 'Eternal Youth’ National Lottery Award, Spennymoor Settlement, Durham 1994 - Northern Arts Artists Awards, Northern Arts, NE