Approved: 30.08.2011

Valerie Coffin Price

Artist

Approved: 30.08.2011

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

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  • Location: Cardiff, Wales
  • Activities: Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Arts in health, Built environment, Public art, Private commissions, Evaluation
  • Categories: Drawing, Environment, Installation, Public Art, Sculpture
 
 
 

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    Biography

    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.

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions 

    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

    Group exhibitions

    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

    Residencies

    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

    2016 - Burnt Poetry conference, Cardiff University

    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

    Grants

    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

    Public commissions

    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