Approved: 16.08.2006

Jac Scott

Artist, Gallerist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Jac Scott is an internationally renowned, multi-award winning visual artist who investigates environmental issues. She is interested in the cohabitation of art and science and how this relationship enriches our understanding of the world. The gaps and the differences in our experiences deliver fractured realities that profile the earth as an enigma. To try and unravel this mystery

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    Jac Scott is an internationally renowned, multi-award winning visual artist who investigates environmental issues. She is interested in the cohabitation of art and science and how this relationship enriches our understanding of the world. The gaps and the differences in our experiences deliver fractured realities that profile the earth as an enigma. To try and unravel this mystery Scott researches and collaborates with specialists from other disciplines, including scientists and geographers. The tension between approaches, objective scientific verses subjective artistic, the latter further skewed by emotional and philosophical underwritings, creates dynamic outcomes that ignite curiosity and debate. Jac Scott MRBS has been an active associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors since 2006. Her commitment to the discipline of sculpture is expounded in her reference books The Language of Mixed-Media Sculpture, (published 2014), and Textile Perspectives in Mixed-Media Sculpture (published 2003 and reprinted numerous times), both published by The Crowood Press Ltd. Monographs Excess, published by Strathclyde University, 2009 (to complement her solo exhibition in the Collins Gallery, Glasgow) and Beautiful Dystopia, published by University of Central Lancashire, 2013 (to complement the sixteen-month arts residency in the School of Built and Natural Environment) are available upon request. Her exhibition profile includes a sustained catalogue of solo and group exhibitions including galleries: V&A, London, Sheffield Millennium Galleries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Commonwealth Institute, London, Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Canada and Art London, Chelsea. Scott’s practice has featured in several television programmes and appeared widely in the art and national press. She has won numerous awards from both the arts and environment sectors and regularly receives commissions from the public and education sectors.

    CV & Education



    2013-14  Immortal Worlds? art/science residency at University of Surrey investigating Archaea.  The residency examines the disconnected landscape of Archaea through collaboration with microbiologist Dr Simon Park. Funded by A-N.

    2011-13  Beautiful Dystopias art/science residency at University of Central Lancashire in School of Built & Natural Environment for 16 months.  With scientists researched the notion of ‘manscape’: a concept of an illusionary naturalness of the environment.  Liaised with industry specialists, academics and attended selected SBNE MSc and BSc lectures. The first six months were spent making a general enquiry into the hidden impacts made on the Earth then from this broad examination, the next 10 months were spent intensively focused on the truly hidden landscape – the toxic planet. The residency included a research trip to China where waste practices informed by geographical and socio-political relationships were investigated.  Funded by ACE and UCLAN.  Find out more

    2011        Change residency in an empty shop in Egremont, Cumbria.  Created a research installation and led two school workshops about climate change issues to garner opinions from the local community.  Funded by ACE and Copeland BC.

    2010-11  Transformation residency at Ulverston Victoria High School - worked with science department to transform corridors into an animated, new-media intersection.  Funded by Creative Partnerships and school.

    2008        Water residency at Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale.  With geography teacher explored creative approaches to learning: focusing on the theme of water from local and global perspectives.  Created issue based artworks and installations with Year 8 pupils. Funded by Training and Development Agency.

    2006-7    Footprint residency with the National Trust, Windermere.  An educational eco-build residency for 18 months, with four local primary schools, based around the Footprint Building at St. Catherines, Windermere.  Phase 1 included interpreting the messages the eco build conveyed including looking at recycled materials, technologies and rationales.  Phase 2 took these issues back to the schools and developed creative responses in the form of three-dimensional signage with eco messages for a sustained environmental presence.

    2005        C21 Feast residency with Blackburn Museum and Gallery for 3-months.  Residency based at S.A.M.S. (business scrap store), linking contemporary Asian art, Blackburn, food and waste issues.  A set of giant sculptures, in the form of eating utensils, acted as props in a special dance performance developed with a choreographer and Indian Dance Troop.  A series of wall reliefs and vessels were also created with local groups and schools.  Funders: Blackburn with Darwen Council and ACE.

    2002-3    Personal Baggage residency with Distington Community and Alco for 12 months.  The residency took the issue of waste management from the community’s perspective as a village surrounded by 4 landfill sites.  Lead artist role collaborating with photographer Vince Bevan – included workshops and touring exhibition. Funders: Landfill Tax Credit (Alco), Copeland Borough Council and Allerdale Borough Council.

    2002        Journeys of Discovery residency at Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham included community workshops to raise awareness of libraries resources for Galleries and Museums Month plus an exhibition. Funder ACE.

    2000-1    Wasted residency with industry for ACE Year of the Artist at WCF Alympas Ltd, Aspatria for 5 months.  Worked in the warehouse creating sculptures in response to the issues and materials the industrial waste recovers faced - culminated in 2 touring solo exhibitions. Funded by ACE.


    Conference/Seminar Presentations

    2013        ? = us + stuff + earth lecture at Art and Science Seminar: Hidden Dangers, University of Central Lancashire.  Curated seminar - keynote speaker Richard Bright (founder and director of the Interalia Centre in Bristol) plus internationally renowned scientists: Professor Glyn Morton (microbiologist) and Professor Richard Hull (Fire Science). Followed by a debate and exhibition.

    2012        ? = people + stuff + planet practice presentation to MA Arts students at University of Central Lancashire.

    2012        Excess public presentation to complement solo exhibition at University of Central Lancashire.

    2010        Conversations with Strangers presentation about practice at Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

    2009        Conversations with Strangers performance presentation about ‘Excess’ at Collins Gallery, Glasgow.

    2009        So you don’t love me anymore practice presentation to MA students at University of Central Lancashire.

    2008        Hydration project presentation at Creative Futures Cumbria, Rheged, Penrith.

    2007        No limits presentation about practice at Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

    2007        No limits public performance presentation about practice, Customs House, South Shields.

    2007        No Limits presentation about own practice to BA and MA students at University of Central Lancashire.

    2006        Lecture about practice at ‘Green’ Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

    2006        Presentation with head teacher for LEA Arts and Minds Conference, Windermere.

    2006        Presentation to BA and MA students at University of Central Lancashire.

    2005        Presentation about own practice at University of Wales Cardiff Institute.

    2003        Series of public lectures about Personal Baggage project – touring Cumbria.

    2002        On the Edge lecture for Durham Guild of Spinners and Weavers, Durham.

    2002        Seminar presentation for Sponsors Club for Arts and Business, at Northern Arts, Central Square, Newcastle.

    2002        Public performance lecture for Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and Trade Startright Seminar, Keswick.

    2002        Case study presentation for Northern Cultural Skills Partnership Conference, Rheged, Penrith.

    2001        Wasted public lecture at Tullie House Art Gallery, Carlisle.


    Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions, Commissions and Projects

    2015     Post Mortem commission A Space Between and exhibition at University of Ghent, Belgium

    2015      Fabrica Vitae exhibition at Stradins Museum, Latvia

    2013        Solo exhibition Beautiful Dystopias, PR1 Gallery, Preston, Lancashire  - culmination of residency.

    2013      Commission and exhibition from Friends of the Lake District. Created 3 public art sculptures from debris found in Lake Windermere. With marine biologists explored issues focusing on the detrimental impact of fly tipping on the aquatic environment.

    2013      Art and Science group exhibition at The Point, Doncaster.

    2013      Commission from UCLAN for Green Week. Picture this - interactive temporary, outdoor sculpture highlighting environmental issues to the public and the university community.

    2012        Solo Exhibition Excess, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire. Statement about practice.

    2013      The Open West group exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral.

    2011        Solo exhibition Flesh and Blood, Showcase Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria. Consumption issues explored.

    2011       12 group exhibition at Gallery, Rheged, Cumbria.

    2011        Commission for Held in the Hand - Created a spherical belly with miniature artificial food inside for handling by special needs groups. Commissioned by Leicestershire County Council.

    2011       Commission from Walney School, Barrow developing entrance into a more welcoming portal to learning - included sculpture, signage and photographic murals. Funded by Creative Partnerships.

    2011      Project with Lakeland Arts Trust. Devised and delivered education programme to complement Richard Long exhibition at Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal.

    2010        Climate Change group exhibition at Rhyl Arts Centre.

    2010        Found 18 @108 group exhibition at Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

    2010       Commission from Dowdales School, Dalton. Rebranding and refurbishment of ICT department – included logos, murals, window decals.  Funded by Creative Partnerships and school.

    2009        Solo exhibition Excess, Collins Gallery, Glasgow. Major statement exhibition.

    2009        Love London Recycled Sculpture Show group exhibition at London Wetland Centre, Barnes.

    2009       Public Art Commission for Whitehaven Civic Hall, Cumbria.  Designed 6 giant, outdoor digital photomontages for a new public art gallery on the outside of the Hall.  Fabricated by eps Ltd, Leeds.  Commissioners – Arts Council England and Copeland Borough Council.

    2009       Two commissions from Pennington Primary School, Ulverston. A giant, outdoor steel sculpture inspired by scientific findings discovered by the children around the school site.  Laser cut silhouettes of flora and fauna, taken from pupil’s drawings’ formed windows cut into the horizontal question mark form.  Also 2 wall based ‘poetic mirrors’ from children’s poems made into reflective playground enhancements.  Commissioners – Arts Awards for All and Pennington School.

    2008        Re-worked 2 group exhibition at Oriel Washington Gallery, Penarth – first prize winner.

    2008       Temporary Public Art Commission from ‘Something Beautiful Project’ for Cheshire Year of the Garden.  Created an interactive sculpture, ‘Transplant’, inspired by the gardens, and made from recycled materials for Ness Botanical Gardens, near Chester.  Commissioners - Cheshire County Council and Liverpool University.

    2007        Solo Exhibition EAT, Customs House, South Shields. Food and consumption issues explored.

    2007       Mixed Media 18 @108 group exhibition at Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

    2007       Spectrum Sculpture Show outdoor group exhibition at Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

    2007       Commission from Paddle Primary School, Cockermouth.  A giant sculpture for the new reception area to celebrate the joy of reading.  Commissioners – Paddle School.

    2006        Solo Exhibition EAT, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria. Food and consumption issues explored.

    2006       Art London group exhibition at Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London.

    2006       Conceive exhibition at Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London.

    2006      Commission from Feather Brooksbank, Edinburgh (international advertising consultants).  A sculptural shoal of suspended goldfish made from recycled glass and resin for exterior atrium.  Plus 13 metre long banner for interior stairwell with swimming goldfish. Commissioned through agency - Working Wall Ltd.

    2006-7    Project with Creative Partnerships North and South Tyneside Health Initiative.  Linked with EAT solo exhibition at The Customs House Gallery, South Shields and Rockcliffe Primary School.

    2005        Solo Exhibition Feast at Mind, Body and Spirit exhibition at GMEX, Manchester.

    2005       Brewery Open exhibition at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.

    2005-7    Project with Parkview School, Barrow.  Working as lead artist devised, delivered and managed a multi-faceted programme focusing on regeneration.

    2004        Of Material Concern group exhibition at Sheffield Millennium Galleries.

    2003-4       Commission Project 52 to lead feasibility study for public art sculpture trail in West Cumbria. Funded by ACE, Lake District National Park Authority, Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils.

    2003        Two-Artist Exhibition Personal Baggage (with photographer Vince Bevan) touring Cumbria.

    2003        Trash exhibition at Ropewalk Gallery, North Lincolnshire.

    2003        Material Spaces group exhibition at Tullie House Art Gallery, Cumbria.  Curated exhibition to coincide with book launch.

    2003       Commission from Wimpey Homes and Hemingway Designs for designs of building facades manufactured from recycled materials for Staithes South Bank, Gateshead housing development.

    2002-3    Red touring group exhibition: Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery, Beverley Art Gallery, Linen Museum, Ireland Upfront Cumbria and Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham.

    2003       InContext group exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    2003       Oxo Peugeot Design Awards Exhibition Oxo Tower Wharf Gallery, London, and touring

    2002        Solo Exhibition Journeys of Discovery, Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham.

    2002        Hemmed In group exhibition at Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracy, Devon.

    2002       Ideas group exhibition at Bury Art Gallery and Museum.

    2001        Solo Exhibition WASTED “Are you sitting comfortably?” Tullie House Gallery, Carlisle and Dock Museum, Barrow. 

    2001        Two-Artist Exhibition In Sheep’s Clothing (with Annie Sherbourne) touring exhibition around England.

    2001        Room With A View group exhibition at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, Cumbria.

    2001        Recycled group exhibition at Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston, Lincolnshire.

    2001        Collective Response group exhibition at Bankfield Museum, Halifax, Yorkshire.

    2001        Commission from Designed for the Dales for wall hanging for Shap Community Library.

    2001        Commissions from Tullie House Museum, Cumbria for sculptures ‘While you were sleeping’ a humorous quilt and pillow on the theme of nightmares and ‘Barbie keeps her appointment with womanhood’, a dolls chair inspired by rite of passage issues - for museum exhibition Room with a View.

    2000        Solo Exhibition Soft Pots, Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

    2000       Funky Stuff group exhibition at Rufford Craft Centre, Newark.

    2000       Out of the Garden group exhibition at Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead.

    2000       100% Design group exhibition at Business Design Centre, London.

    2000       Commission from Bowes Museum, County Durham to create a set of jewellery made from recycled materials for museum collection.

    1999        On and Off the Wall group exhibition at Maidstone Museum Art Gallery and Edinburgh City Art Centre.

    1999       Ware group exhibition at The Crescent Arts Gallery, Scarborough.

    1997-8    Spin Cycle – Recycling & Reclaiming Traditions group exhibition at The Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Canada

    1996        New Designers group exhibition at Business Design Centre, London.

    1995        Art of the Stitch group exhibition at Commonwealth Institute, London and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.


    Teaching and Professional Appointments

    2014      Stylist  for Yew Tree Barn Gallery & Wilson Recalamation Services Appointed as a stylist to create a series of eye-catching installations utilising the antiques and architectural salvage available in the emporium.

     2013        Visiting lecturer – MA Architecture, School of Built and Natural Environment, University of Central Lancashire

    2006-9    Creative Director - Youth Re:Action Team        Joint founder of YRAT developing a strong young person’s voice in the regeneration of Barrow.  Funded by West Lakes Renaissance, Cumbria County Council, local schools and colleges in Barrow.

    2006-9    Mentor for Cumbria Arts in Education Mentor for budding artists who wish to work in educational settings.

    1999-06 Part-time lecturer at University of Central Lancashire in School of Art, Design and Performance teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

    2003-4    Creative Director – Project 52 Founder and creative director of Project 52. Environment based arts initiative employing artistic interventions to have a measurable impact on waste issues: due to council policy changes project closed. Funded by ACE and councils.

    2003-4     Consultant – Cumbria Cultural Skills Partnership Advisory Group – visual artist’s representative

    2003        Curator of ‘Material Spaces ‘exhibition at Tullie House Art Gallery, Carlisle. Exhibition showcased sculptures from book on mixed-media sculpture.

    1999-02  Part-time lecturer at University of Cumbria teaching drawing and sculpture.

    1997-01  Part-time lecturer at Carlisle College teaching on a range of further education art courses.

    1998-90 .5 Course Tutor post at Carlisle College course leader for OCN Access to Art and Design, OCN Pre Access to Art and Design, GNVQ Intermediate Art and Design.

    1997-9    Fashion Textile Designer for Payne and Inc., Glasgow - Designed textile collections, in embroidery, print and knit, for fashion industry.  Designs sold through the agency to international fashion houses.


    Funding and Awards Received

    A-N New Collaboration Bursary 2013

    Arts Council England Grants for Individual Artists: awarded 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011

    Glasgow City Council grant awarded 2009

    University of Strathclyde, Glasgow award 2009

    John Lewis Partnership Prize, Reworked 2 exhibition, Washington Gallery, Penarth, 2008

    Landmarks III exhibition, Lowood Gallery, Highly Acclaimed Award 2006

    Cumbria Cultural Skills Partnership training grants: 2006, 2008

    Northern Cultural Skills Partnership training grant 2001

    Cultural Business Venture Cumbria grant 2005

    Allerdale Borough Council grant 2003

    Copeland Borough Council grants 2002, 2003

    Lake District Sustainable Development Fund grant 2003

    Oxo Peugeot Design Awards 2002 – shortlisted

    Cumbria County Council grants 2000, 2002

    Alco Environmental Trust grant 2002

    Solway Greens Award Scheme – Gold Award 2000

    Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust grant 2000


    Published Material and Selected Media Interest

    2014        The Language of Mixed-Media Sculpture, (second published reference book by Crowood Press Ltd).

    2013        Ionic Volume 5 (art and science journal). Illustration commission to complement article A Moment of Clarity by Simon Hazelwood reporting on the progress in scientific understanding of our brains.

    2012        Ionic Volume 2 (art and science journal). Illustration commission to complement article Out of the Darkness about scientific progress towards curing blindness by Kirsty Oswald.

    2011        Cumbria Life two page article about practice.

    2010        Volume (arts magazine) full-page photograph Love Poem – pink sofa in fog published to accompany The National Poem by Emelio Reyes.

    2010        Textile Perspectives in Mixed-Media Sculpture reference book reprinted by The Crowood Press Ltd. 

    2009        Monograph Excess: Experiments in Living published with Collins Gallery and University of Strathclyde.  Essays by curator Beverley Knowles and environmentalist Thomas Lindley.

    2009       Sunday Times ‘Hit List’ exhibition selected.

    2009       A-N Magazine feature about solo exhibition at Collins Gallery, Glasgow.

    2009        BBC TV Northwest Tonight  - broadcast feature about practice.

    2008        Welsh Art Now feature about prize received from John Lewis Partnership and exhibition at Reworked 2 exhibition, Washington Gallery, Penarth.

    2008       BBC Video Nation – selected to talk about own practice in studio.

    2008       Textile Perspectives in Mixed-Media Sculpture reference book reprinted by The Crowood Press Ltd. 

    2007        Dymond Guide Cumbria – arts publication highlighted practice.

    2007        BBC Radio Cumbria - interview broadcast about Youth Re:Action Team visit to Manchester.

    2007        Journal Culture – feature about practice.

    2006        Monograph EAT to complement solo exhibition: included essay by Rob Fraser.

    2004        Fiberarts (USA art mag) book review of Textile Perspectives in Mixed-Media Sculpture

    2004       Wasted (government education mag) full page front cover of sculpture from Wasted Collection.

    2004       Embroidery book review of Textile Perspectives in Mixed-Media Sculpture.

    2005        Revealed wrote article about artist Lucy Brown for book and exhibition catalogue.  Published by Nottingham Castle Museum. 

    2005        BBC Radio Lancashire - interview about C21 Feast project in Blackburn

    2003        Textile Perspectives in Mixed-Media Sculpture reference book published by The Crowood Press Ltd. 

    2003      Guardian ‘Picks of the Week’ curated ‘Material Spaces’ exhibition selected.

    2002        Border TV - North News broadcast feature about ‘Personal Baggage’ project, highlighting fashion shoot with youth group at a landfill site.

    2002       A-N Magazine feature

    2002       BBC Radio Cumbria - 12.9.2002 interview about ‘Personal Baggage Project’.

    2001        Monograph WastedCatalogue to accompany solo exhibition Wasted: Are you sitting comfortably?

    2001       Border TV - Out From the Crowd arts programme broadcast feature about practice and solo exhibition ‘Wasted’ at Tullie House Gallery, Cumbria.

    2001       BBC TV - North News broadcast feature about ‘Wasted’ exhibition at Tullie House Art Gallery

    2001      BBC TV - Look North broadcast feature about residency at WCF Alympas Ltd and solo exhibition at Tullie House Art Gallery for series looking at ‘ACE Year of the Artist’ projects.

    2000        A-N magazine ‘Interventions’ article about ‘Wasted’ industrial residency at WCF Alympus Ltd


    Education, Training and Professional Memberships

    2006-11  Attended mentor and coach training led by Continuum, (management consultants).

    2008        Philosophy for Children course.

    2000        7306 City and Guilds Teaching Certificate           Carlisle College

    2000        TDLB Assessors Award D32/D33                       Carlisle College

    1996        BA (Hons) Design Crafts (2/1)                            University of Cumbria

    1993        National Diploma in Design                                University of Cumbria


    Royal British Society of Sculptors member since 2006

    Axis database artist ID 5199