Approved: 24.11.2012

Liz Sergeant

Artist

Approved: 24.11.2012

My practice explores the artist’s role as a catalyst for change, through interventions, installations and playful disruptions. Working across a variety of media, including performance, my practice is discursive and collaborative.

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      Biography

      My practice explores the artist’s role as a catalyst for change, through interventions, installations and playful disruptions. Working across a variety of media, including performance, my practice is discursive and collaborative.

      I explore the ways in which art can be encountered and experienced – in galleries, public urban spaces, woodland, workplaces, heritage sites or schools – and test the notion of art as a participatory outcome, a shared experience and/or a collaborative event.

      The ideas I wrestle with are often contemporary social issues, as diverse as the contribution of older women to society, ethical concerns in the clothing industry’s supply chain, slavery, climate change and deforestation. My work is often text-based, inspired by my love of language, nurtured during previous careers as a linguist, language teacher and recruitment manager for a global consultancy firm.

      Frequently inspired by people and places, my creative process begins with detailed historical research to anchor my work in a specific context.  Then, from a particular story, location or detail, I embrace more general, universal themes, creating a body of work that I hope has relevance and resonance for a wide audience. Underpinning my practice is the desire to communicate and connect, to open minds and touch hearts.

      CV & Education

      Qualifications and training

      2016 -  Arts Award Adviser (Bronze, Silver), Trinity College London

      2012 - Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts), University of the Arts, London, Central Saint Martins

      Residencies

      January 2014 – The Psychotropic House, with XAP. Awarded a month’s residency at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Project Studios, Andrews Road, Hackney E8, supported by funding from Arts Council England.

      May 2010 – Spinach, Islington, London N1

      May 2009 - Valentine's Mansions, Ilford, Essex

      May 2008 - Trinity Buoy Wharf - London E14

      Solo exhibitions

      2015 - Please hold the line (while we try to connect you) The Old Curiosity Box, Potters Bar, Herts

      2012 - Liz Sergeant@Rayden's Solicitors, St Albans, Herts

      2011 & 2012 - Herts Open Studios

      Group exhibitions 

      October 2016 - Art Licks London Festival,  Tied 2  with XAP, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

      Sept - Nov 2016 - The Runaway Fingers, Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Sq, London WC1A 2TA

      June 2016 -  Tied with XAP, Whitstable Biennale Satellite, Whitstable, Kent

      May 2016 - Daylight Saving with XAP. Geddes Gallery, 26 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DU

      March 2016 - Moving Image Margate - POW!Thanet Festival, Margate House, High Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1DX 

      Jan 2016 - Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts, California

      April 2015 – The Other Garden, with XAP, Nancy Victor Gallery, Charlotte Place, London W1T

      January 2014 – The Psychotropic House, with XAP. Guest Project Studios, Andrews Road, Hackney E8. Including a Symposium, family drawing workshop, school visits and performances

      September 2013 – Get Culture, with Re:kindle Public Arts, Queens Wood, London N6

      July 2013 – Light, Space & Rhythm, at Neves Solicitors, Harpenden, Herts

      April 2013 – Dirty Linen, with XAP at the Curious Duke Gallery, London EC1

      February 2013 – Head to Head, at the Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, Herts

      September 2012 – Growth with Re:kindle Public Arts, Queens Wood, London N6

      July 2012 – No Now! Space Station 65, Kennington, London SE11

      June 2012 - Central St Martins Fine Art Degree Show, Kings Cross, London
      November 2011 - Christie's Art Auction, Palazzo Clerici, Milan
      September 2011 – XAP at Oxo-2, London SE1
      June-September 2010 – Displacement, Spinach, Islington, London N1
      December 2009 – 20:20:20:20, Central Saint Martins, London WC2

      May 2009 - Valentine's Uncovered, Valentine's Mansions, Ilford, Essex
      September 2009 - 2009.75: A Point in Time, Lewisham Arthouse, London SE14
      November 2009 - Chateau D'If, Shoreditch Town Hall, London EC1
      May 2008 - Trinity Buoy Wharf - London E14

      Live/Performance

      June 2016 - Tied with XAP. Whitstable Biennale Satellite Programme, Whitstable, Kent

      January 2014 - Living Painting Performance - three performances at The Psychotropic House, Guest Project Studios, Hackney, E8

      October 2013 – Feminism in London Conference - live performance of Speaking of Charlotte: the Spirit of Activism at the fund-raiser at Space Station 65. Screening of the video during the one-day Conference.