Approved: 16.08.2006

Lisa Stansbie

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

Lisa Stansbie (b.1974) is an artist whose work crosses the disciplines of film, photography, sculpture, installation and digital practices. She has exhibited her work both in the U.K and Internationally.

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Lisa Stansbie (b.1974) is an artist whose work crosses the disciplines of film, photography, sculpture, installation and digital practices. She has exhibited her work both in the U.K and Internationally.

Recent work investigates the narratives, processes, rituals and apparatus of sport and endurance. Projects have focussed on the 'cult' of channel swimming and the place of endurance in performance. The work combines both object based sculpture, photography, drawing and films that research the sport by a direct involvement and performance within it.

Documentary processes and re-enactment are engaged, with Stansbie as the subject of the study in the video series Acclimatisation (2012). The piece documents the body's physical response to cold-water immersion and the method of acclimatising (habituation) over a set period of time, a process that is core to channel swimming training. This piece in particular reflects aspects of 'positive deviant' behaviour (Ewald and Jiobu, 1985) where there is an over commitment to extending the action (Hughes and Coakley 1991) undertaken by extreme athletes.

Stansbie is Head of The Department of Art and Communication at The University of Huddersfield, U.K. Her studio is based in Leeds and she was joint editor and founder (with Derek Horton) of an experimental online magazine project centred around notions of narrative and storytelling. Her PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University Zeppelinbend: Multiplicity, encyclopaedic strategies and nonlinear methodologies for a visual practice was completed in 2010 and exists solely as a website

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2010 - PhD , Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

2004 - MA Contemporary Fine Art Practice, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

1999 - PGCE Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

1997 - BA Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds


Solo exhibitions

2014 - Nothing Great is Easy, Platform Arts, Belfast

2012 - Flight, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, U.K

2010 - Totemic Objects, Axis Art Centre: Open Space , Crewe

2009 - Hackamore, Window, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2009 - The Wings, Vyner Street Gallery, London

2007 - The Zeppelin Bend, Alsager Arts Centre, Alsager, U.K


Group exhibitions

2014 /seconds (Swimming Machines) Sharjah Art Foundation, Building I SAF Art Spaces, UAE.

2014 Spitfire Beach: Background to a Film as part of Alan Dunn's The Beach at (h)ear XL II, Multimedia SoundArt Exhibition curated by Mike Kramer Kunstencentrum Signe, Heerlen, Netherlands.

2012 - Channel Swimwear Rules, HMS Queen Mary, Los Angeles, California., U.S

2011 - A Century of Artists Film, Oriel Mwldan, Wales

2011 - Hunter Gatherer, Project Space Leeds, Leeds

2011 - Portmanteau, Halle 14 (g39 collaboration), Leipzig, Germany

2010 - Archetype:GOING UNDERGROUND/THE CRUEL SCENE OF THE IMAGE , E:vent Gallery, London

2010 - Art For Everyone, Arts Council England, Great Peters Street London

2010 - Borders/Crossings/Journeys Screening, Project Space Leeds, Leeds

2010 - Short Cuts, g39 , Cardiff, Wales

2009 - InCounter, Campbell Works, London

2009 - Outcasting Season 7, online,

2009 - Pan-demonium, AC Institute , Chelsea, New York

2009 - The Text Festival: Poetry Film, The Met Arts Centre, Bury

2008 - Art Tech Media , Puerto de la Cruz , Tenerife

2008 - Art Tech Media: International Screen Space, Palacio de Orive - Filmoteca de Andalucía - VIMCORSA, Cordoba, Spain

2008 - Olympolis , Platamons Castle, Pieria, Greece

2008 - Purescreen: Hearsay, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

2008 - Sonic Boom, The PictureDrome, Huddersfield

2007 - 6 from 4, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds, UK

2007 - Archive H, Harris Museum, Preston UK, Invited artist for Prestival 'Artist Interventions Across The City'

2007 - Athens Video Art Festival 2007, Multiple locations across Athens, Athens, Greece

2007 - Odoo/Current, National Museum of Art, Ulanbataar, Mongolia

2007 - Siberia International Film, Siberia Project Space, Hackney, London.


Writing about/Reviews

Lisa Stansbie: Flight reviewed by Peter Suchin in ROTOR Review, University of Huddersfield Press 2014 ISBN 978-1-86218-119-9

The Art of Long Distance Swimming by Hilarie Stelfox, Huddersfield Examiner 20th October 2014

Lisa Stansbie Platform Arts, Belfast 5th - 26th September 2014 Review by Slavka Sverakova in On Art 4th October 2014.

Art: Water the Obverse Land. Nothing Great Is Easy by Lisa Stansbie by John Graham 8th September 2014.

Huddersfield University's Lisa Stansbie on the art of open water swimming by Hilarie Stelfox, Huddersfield Examiner 20th June 2012

Lisa Stansbie's imagination takes flight at Huddersfield Art Gallery by Val Javin, Huddersfield Examiner 17th February 2012

Review: Hunter Gatherer Lara Eggleton in a-n (Artists Newsletter) July/August 2011

Scavenging from margins to mainstream; artist as bricoleur by Gillian Whiteley in Stéphanie Jamet-Chavigny et Françoise Levaillan (eds) Retour sur l’art de l’assemblage, actes du colloque international (Les Presses Universitaires de Renne, 2011)

A History of Background, review by Clive Bell, The Wire Magazine 329, July 2011

Exhibition: Hunter Gatherer at Project Space Leeds by Rod McPhee in Yorkshire Evening Post 5th May 2011

The View: Review of Short Cuts by Darryl Corner in Western Mail April 16th 2010

Pan-Demonium (Exhibition catalogue) by Gillian Whiteley AC Institute September 2009 ISBN-13: 978-0984130900

What is it about Film? by John Hurrell, eyecontact, New Zealand 20th March 2009

Hackamore essay Anna Parlane March 2009 For Hackamore Exhibition, University of Auckland

Purscreen 22: Hearsay Megan Vaughan Exhibition review and Image from The Emperor of The Moon Metro Newspaper 9th September 2008

The (Dis)order of Things: The work of Lisa Stansbie Anna Parlane April 2008 For The Wings at Vyner Street Gallery 2009



2014 The Performance of the Channel Swimmer: Time-Based Rituals and Technology (Extended). In: Body Tensions: Beyond Corporeality in Time and Space . Oxford, U.K: Inter-Disciplinary Press. . ISBN 978-1-84888-286-7

2014 Exploring Bodies in Time and Space: The Performance of the Channel Swimmer: Time-Based Rituals and Technology. In: Exploring Bodies in Time and Space. Oxford, UK: Interdisciplinary Press. pp. 263-272. ISBN 978-1-84888-246-1

2013 Extreme Exposures: The Practice and Narratives of Channel Swimming as a Methodology for the Creation of Contemporary Art. In: Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport. LSA Publications. ISBN 978 1 905369 43 0

2013 Reflections on Narrative: Interdisciplinary Storytelling (Editor with Ana Maria Borlescu) Interdisciplinary Press, Oxford. ISBN: 978-1-84888-245-4

2012 - Establishing the Cybertextual in Practice based PhD’s In R. Andrews, E. Borg, S. Boyd-Davis, M. Domingo, and J. England (eds), SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations & Theses

2012 - Sandettie Lightship & Shipping Lane published in Corridor 8 Issue 3 Magazine soanyway print supplement 'Content[s]' ISBN 978-0-9552672-7-7

2011 - A History of Background audio CD + booklet. An edition of 1,000 audio CDs

2011 - The Ghost of Past Crashes (2010) published in ISSN 2043-6408

2009 - Connecting the Unconnected essay in Telling Stories: Countering Narrative in Art, Theory and Film Isbn13: 978-1-4438-0532-2

2009 - Pan-demonium (Exhibition catalogue) by Gillian Whiteley Published by AC Institute New York ISBN-13: 978-0984130900

2009 - Apprehension. Issue 11:If X, then Y, A Pure Condition: Proposals and Rehearsals 08/2009. ISSN 1751-4134

2009 - online magazine (joint editor with Derek Horton)

2008 - Issue 8: On Curating: Mad Love, Orphan Letters, Open Archives. ISSN 1751-4134 2007 - The Atlantic Basin Project (Issue One) Canada

2007 - The Emperor of The Moon. 'Things That Move'. ISSN 1751-4134


Conference Papers & Presentations

2013 - The Performance of the Channel Swimmer: Time-based Rituals and Technology In: Time, Space and The Body Global Conference, Mercure Hotel, Sydney, Australia

2012 Extreme Exposures: The practice and narratives of channel swimming as a methodology for the creation of contemporary art. In: Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport, 29th November 2012, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds.

2012 - Contemporary Art and the Open Water paper, Global Open Water Swimming Conference, HMS Queen Mary, Los Angeles, California

2012 The Absent Presence of Voice in Contemporary Artists Film in Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative, 7th - 9th November, Salzburg, Austria.

2012 - 'Structures For Digital Collaboration and Interaction' paper in The Higher Education Academy Exploring Collaborative Learning In Media Studies Programmes, University of Winchester, Winchester

2012 - Testing the Limits: Contemporary Art and Channel Swimming, In Endurance Sport Seminar, Wolfson Research Institute, University of Warwick

2011 - 'Appropriation and The Hack: New Forms of Production' paper , Transitory Network Forum, Salon Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

2009 - 'Fluid Archives' Conference Paper at Thinking About 'Things': Interdisciplinary Futures in Material Culture. An international, multi-disciplinary conference , University College Dublin, Ireland

2008 - Lecture on practice 'Multiplicity in Digital and Material Art Practice', Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore

2007 - AvPhD Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, U.K

2007 - Objects and Narratives Symposium, Loughborough University, Loughborough, U.K