Approved: 16.08.2006

Liz Ellis

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
My practice is focused on navigating the complexities of different types of public and private spaces in local, urban and global contexts.
The way this practice is displayed and distributed fundamentally informs the work itself. For example, from 2008-2011 I have led a series of participatory walks in London, in response to the privatisation of water as a global resource.
A diverse

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Biography

Concepts My practice is focused on navigating the complexities of different types of public and private spaces in local, urban and global contexts. The way this practice is displayed and distributed fundamentally informs the work itself. For example, from 2008-2011 I have led a series of participatory walks in London, in response to the privatisation of water as a global resource. A diverse range of participants were invited to contribute to these walks, sharing knowledge and developing debate on a range of topics. These have included commonalities of ‘ownership’ within the shifting role of Thames Water as private water supplier, land rights in India and identification of local flora within North East London. Since presenting my arts practice at Documenta, Kassel Germany in 2007, I have developed my critical engagement with German artists/curators Wiebke Trunk and Nanna Luth with regular visits and shared presentation of practice (Berlin 2010, Goldsmiths College London 2011). These presentations have included contemporary debates on the role of the individual in relation to the public realm, the role of participatory practices within urban life, especially overlaps and conflicts within public, private and civic space. The role of globalisation, with the application of economic theories in relation to social justice and equality issues, has led to contacts and dialogues with artists and curators in South East Asia. Career path My practice as an artist and curator is informed by my approach to the arts as a socially engaged practice, which relates to other areas of life including the economic, as well as social and cultural spheres. After initially qualifying as a mental health nurse I completed both BA and MA Fine Art Studies at Central St Martins in London. I have completed residencies at the Cornerhouse Gallery and National Museum of Labour History in Manchester. My practice is informed further, through my employment as Curator in the Learning Department at Tate Modern, since 2006. I have developed working relationships with an extended range of adult participants, outside the traditional context of contemporary arts. In late 2012 my completion of a Masters programme in Human Rights at University College London, will enable me to position my practice within a broad political context.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2012 - Masters Human Rights, University College London, London Public realm 2011 - 'Manifestos' artist led event at Seymour Arts Collective , The Showroom, London 2010 - public participatory walks in London exploring politics of water, various locations in North East London, Walthamstow E17 Group exhibitions 2006 - Notes in the Margin, Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, London 2004 - Sculpture Trail, Gardens of Easton Lodge, Great Dunmow, Essex 2002 - Artists Books Exhibition, Wexford, Ireland 2001 - London Art Fair, Dominic Berning Gallery, London 2001 - Style Politics of Hoxton, London Print Studios 2000 - Left Field, Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London 1999 - Personal Effects, FPAC, Boston, USA 1992 - Cologne Contemporary Art Fair, Janus Avivson Gallery 1992 - Things Being Possible, Dean Clough Art Gallery, Halifax, West Yorkshire 1989 - Lies, Lies, Lies, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford Intervention 2011 - International Water Day arts intervention,Walthamstow Marshes, Big Table on the Marsh www.tableonthemarsh.co.uk, Walthamstow Marshes, London E17 Artist talks 2010 - Community Learning at Tate Modern in partnership with East London NHS Trust , ifa Gallery ,Berlin, Germany 2007 - Artist-led practice in learning at Tate Modern, Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany Residencies 2004 - Research and Development Project, Julia Margaret Cameron Trust, Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight Projects 2005 - Cultural Ambassadors, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent