Valerie Coffin PriceArtist
As an artist-letterer working with issues to do with the environment, language and cultural identity, a sense of place is fundamental to my work. The poetic resonance of language and its connection to the environment drives my work, which explores ideas of mapping in relation to a sense of place, as well as an understanding of community and landscape.
In recent projects I have been exploring ideas of mapping in relation to a sense of place, as well as an understanding of community and landscape, looking at the relationships between the human and natural, or man-made, environment. This involves the act of journeying itself. To journey is to explore and discover cultural traces embedded in the land. These traces include fragments of objects, memories, history and remnants of text and sound. It is these 'unseen paths' that connect us to nature, to the liminal, to the invisible world of currents, winds, ideas and language.
I tend to work, in blocks of 5-10 years, towards an overall subject matter, existing within this overarching focus are a number of streams of inquiry, or practice. My current area of practice, Intimate Cartographies, involves research into internal and external human geographies, the use of language and their connection to an interior sense of self. The first stage of this work explores the poetic responses of various writers to the landscape and looks into the diversity of languages that we use to connect to our internal and external human geography.
By exploring elements of cultural and national identity, my presence in the landscape acts as a link in an ongoing tradition where the artist bears witness to the history of the changing landscape. read full statement
2015 - The River Next Door, Oriel y Bont, Pontypridd
2015 - A Fold in the River, Booth Books, Hay-on-Wye
2011 - Intimate Cartographies, Oriel Canfas, Cardiff
2007 - Distant Voices, Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Newport
2003 - Territoires, Centres des Migrations, Montmagny, Québec, Canada
1996 - Vessels of Sound, Brecnock Museum, Brecon
1995 - The Grave Stanzas, Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay
1995 - The Grave Stanzas, Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Gloucestershire
2014 - The Art of Walking, Museum in the Park, Stroud
2013 - RiverMap, Museum in the Park, Stroud: exhibition and seminar
2013 - River-Water, Ruskin Mill, Gloucestersire
2013 - River-Water, The Exchange, Stroud
2012 - Earth, Water, Wind, Sky, The Old Passage, Arlingham, Gloucestershire
2012 - Shades of Grey, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff Bay
2011 - Beyond the Comfort Zone, PhotoStroud, Ruskin Mill, Gloucestershire
2011 - Flood, The Guildhall, Gloucester
2011 - Poetry & Place, Ivor Gurney Conference, Churchdown, Gloucestershire
2011 - WaterWay, The Old Passage, Arlingham, Gloucestershire
2010-11 - The Moment Privacy Has Passed, Usher Gallery, Lincoln
2006 - Distant Horizons, The Gate, Cardiff
2006 - Residues, Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran
2006 - Shadows, The Senedd, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
2005 - One World, Many Voices, Artworks Wales, Cardiff
2004 - From There to Here, Swansea Museum, Swansea
2003 - Presence & Absence, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews: touring Highlands & Islands
2003 - Voyage Out, Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness
2002 - Waterlines, Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Newport
2000 - Sea Garden, The Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon Curated projects
2003 - Presence & Absence, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews
2007 - Community Art Project, Ty Dyfan, Barry, South Wales
2005 - aa2a Residency, Hereford College of Art & Design, Hereford
2005 - One World, Many Voices, Cywaith Cymru and Welsh Refugee Council, Cardiff
2002 - Sculpture Residency, Est-Nord-Est, Sant Jean Port Joli, Québec, Canada
1998 - Boréal Residency, Boréal Art/Nature, The Laurentians, Québec, Canada
1997 - Public Art Project, SUSTRANS and Cywaith Cymru, Bangor - Caernarfon
1995 - Public Art Project, Margam Sculpture Trust, Margam Sculpture Park, Margam Park
1994 - National Eisteddfod Residency, National Eisteddfod, Neath Community Education, Neath
1993 - Public Art Project, Gloucester City Council, Gloucester
1992 - Public Art Project, Margam Sculpture Trust, Margam Sculpture Park, Margam Park
Talks and Conferences
2015 - Poetry Wales, A Fold in the River
2015 - Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, A Fold in the River
2015 - University of Gloucestershire, New Numbers, New Approaches
2014 - Philosophy Town, The Art of Walking
2014 - Double Dialogues conference
2013 - RiverMap conference
2012 - CRASSH, Cambridge University, Climate Histories
2014 - The Art of Walking, Walking the Land production/expenses grant
2013-4 - Arts Council of Wales: River Next Door project
2102 - Tipping Point bursary
2004 - Arts Council of Wales: Intimate Cartographies project
2003 - Wales Art International travel grant
2002 - Wales Art International travel grant
2002 - Est-Nord-Est, Canada: residency grant
1998 - Oppenheim Downs Award
1998 - Arts Council of Wales
1995 - Arts Council of Great Britain
2002 - Marker Stone for the Millenium, Sites of Meaning, Middleton by Youlgreave, Derbyshire
2002 - Slate fence, Creu-ad, Countryside Council for Wales, Newborough Warren, Angelsey
2001 - Tree of Life, Stoke-on-Trent Council, Staffordshire Partnership, North Staffordshire
Health Trust, Sutherland Centre, Dresden, Stoke-on-Trent
2000 - Millenium Project, Newport City Council, CDG, Park Square, Newport
1998 - Shells, SUSTRANS, Cywaith Cymru, Y Felinheli, Gwynedd
1998 - Stone Roses, SUSTRANS, Cywaith Cymru, Bangor University Botanical Gardens
1997 - The Old Allotments, SUSTRANS, Cywaith Cymru, Gwynedd Council, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
1995 - Public seats and table, Margam Sculpture Trust, Arts Care, Margam Park, South Wales
1993 - Commemorative Plaque, Powys County Council, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd
1992 - Font, Garden Festival Wales, Garden Festival Wales, Ebbw Vale
1992 - Public seating, Gloucester City Council, Gloucester City Centre
Philip Gross and I will be talking at the Penarth Book Festival on Friday, 16 October 2015.
A collaborative book with the poet Philip Gross, responding to the environs and riverine landscape of ...
Talk at Philosophy Town festival, Malmesbury 2-3pm 9 October 2014. The philosophy of art and walking ...
I shall be speaking with Philip Gross at the Double Dialogues conference, to be held in Cardiff, in September ...
I have been awarded a large grant by the Arts Council of Wales to create work for 'The River Next Door' ...
Conference exploring links between the Dymock poetry collection, the literature & its engagement with ...
Philip Gross & I will be talking about collaborating on our book A Fold in the River.
25 May 2015 ...
Bring your sketchbooks, drawing material, cameras and pencils for an art and poetry walk, along the R ...
Philip Gross and I will be talking on the Radio Wales Arts show this coming Wednesday, 1 April 2015 ...
Exhibition opening and book launch on March 18, 2015 6 - 8pm.
Oriel y Bont
University of South Wales
Solo exhibition of work produced on the River Next Door project over the last 2 years, funded by ACW.
|Activities||Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Arts in health, Built environment, Public art, Private commissions, Evaluation|
|Artforms / type of project||Drawing, Environment, Installation, Public Art, Sculpture|