Valerie Coffin Price


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

Location Cardiff, Wales
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

News & Events

  • A Fold in the River - talk

    Philip Gross and I will be talking at the Penarth Book Festival on Friday, 16 October 2015.

  • New Numbers: New Approaches - conference

    06/06/2015 – 07/06/2015
    Francis Close Hall Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4AZ

    Conference exploring links between the Dymock poetry collection, the literature & its engagement with the landscape. Philip Gross & I will look at a specific river landscape through poetry & art.

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  • A Fold in the River - walk and talk

    Taff Trail signpost, junction of Tram Road Side / Rodericks Terrace, Quakers Yard, Merthyr Tydfil, CF46 5AW

    Bring your sketchbooks, drawing material, cameras and pencils for an art and poetry walk, along the R Taff at Quakers Yard, with Philip Gross. 9 May 2015, 2.00-5.45pm

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  • A Fold in the River - talk

    Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts

    Philip Gross & I will be talking about collaborating on our book A Fold in the River. 25 May 2015 at 7.00pm (Event no 160) Cost: £7

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  • The River Next Door - radio interview

    Radio Wales Arts Show

    Philip Gross and I will be talking on the Radio Wales Arts show this coming Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 6.30-7.00pm, discussing our collaborative project The River Next Door.

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  • A Fold in the River - the River Next Door

    Oriel y Bont

    Exhibition opening and book launch on March 18, 2015 6 - 8pm. Oriel y Bont University of South Wales Trefforest, Pontypridd

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  • The River Next Door

    18/03/2015 – 15/05/2015
    Oriel y Bont, University of South Wales, Trefforest, Pontypridd CF37 1DL

    Solo exhibition of work produced on the River Next Door project over the last 2 years, funded by ACW. Opening and book launch 6-8pm 18 March 2015.

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  • A Fold in the River

    A collaborative book with the poet Philip Gross, responding to the environs and riverine landscape of the River Taff in South Wales. Published by Seren Books on 31 March 2015.

  • The Art of Walking

    Talk at Philosophy Town festival, Malmesbury 2-3pm 9 October 2014. The philosophy of art and walking, the work of artists walking collective Walking the Land and 'As We Walk Out' project.

  • Double Dialogues

    I shall be speaking with Philip Gross at the Double Dialogues conference, to be held in Cardiff, in September 2014.

  • The River Next Door

    I have been awarded a large grant by the Arts Council of Wales to create work for 'The River Next Door' project. The project will culminate in a series of solo exhibitions and a publication in 2015.

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