Approved: 16.08.2006

Lucy Austin

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

I make drawings and paintings, although my background is in Printmaking. Early last year I created a large quantity of small images which I stitched together to make sketchbooks.

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      Biography

      I make drawings and paintings, although my background is in Printmaking. Early last year I created a large quantity of small images which I stitched together to make sketchbooks.

      These are the foundation of a new way of working for me with gesso, ink and acrylic. Mixing this up with collage, and layering using different materials; felt, canvas, rice paper, card and brown wrapping paper using both paper and canvas supports.

      My new work has grown from the sketchbooks and I think they are the beginning of a new series called Shelf Life. I am currently thinking about time and ageing in these paintings. The flattened cardboard which appears some of the images is from tea, soap and toothpaste packaging. I have also used rice paper with ink to create transparent overlapping images, this technique echos the layering I have used before in my watercolours.

      One of my sketchbooks is currently in SKETCH 2017 at Rabley Drawing Centre, and my new work will form an exhibition called Shelf Life in September 2018 at Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth. I will be giving a talk for the RWA Friends in Bristol on Sat 4th Nov 2017.

       

      CV & Education

      Competitions, prizes and awards

      2017 - SKETCH, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough & UK tour

      2017 - DRAWN Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

      2016 - Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

      2015 - Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

      2015 - DRAWN, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

      2011 - SKETCH, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough

      2010 - The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (& UK tour)

      2008 - The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (& UK tour)

      2007 - The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (& UK tour)

      2007 - Open Sculpture Competition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

      2002 - Angelwing, Eyepoppers, Gloucester, First Prize

      1997 - 8th Oriel Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno

      Solo exhibitions

      2018 - Shelf Life, Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth

      2008 - Drawing in Space, The Pound Art Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire

      2008 - Drawing Together, The ArtGym, Bristol

      2005 - Mare's Tales, Jerwood Project Space, London

      2004 - Cumulus, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

      Group exhibitions

      2017 - which way up, Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth

      2016 - 164th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

      2016 - RWA@Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset

      2016 - Shifting Divides, CentreSpace Gallery, Bristol

      2016 - Contemporary British Watercolour, Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford Devon

      2016 - Contemporary British Watercolour, Oriel Gallery, Antrim, Northern Ireland

      2015 - Contemporary British Watercolour, Maidstone Art Gallery & Museum

      2015 - 163rd Annual Open Exhibition, RWA Bristol (Elected Academican)

      2015 - Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London (Selected, not hung)

      2014 - 162nd Annual Open Exhibition, RWA Bristol, Academican Candidate

      2014 - Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London

      2014 - Playing Around, CentreSpace Gallery, Bristol

      2013 - 161th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

      2013 - The Cube Gallery, Affordable Art Fair, New York, USA

      2012 - Surface Disturbances, The Searchers Contemporary, Bristol

      2011 - Home, Core Gallery, Deptford, London SE8

      2010 - Celebrating Paper, Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol

      2010 - The London Art Fair, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, London

      2008 - Prize Drawing, ArtSpace, Southwell, Nottingham

      2006 - Hide & Seek, Mivart Studios, Bristol curated by Sarah Williams, Jerwood Space London

      2003 - View, ArtSway, Sway, New Forest

      Artist Talks

      2017- Sat 4th Nov 11-12.15 Artist Talk for the RWA Friends, Bristol

      2017- which way up, 23 Sept 2pm Artist Conversations, Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth

      2014 - Playing Around, CentreSpace Gallery, Bristol

      2012 - Surface Disturbances, The Searchers Contemporary, Bristol

      2011 - Show and Tell, Core Gallery, Deptford SE8

      Residencies

      2005 - Flock, Bristol Central Library, Bristol (installation of drawings in books)

      2003 - Artist in Residence, Creative Partnerships & Multi A, Hartcliffe & Withywood Bristol

      2000 - 5x5x5 Project, St Saviour's Junior School & The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

      1996 - Artist in Residence, Martin Wilson Primary School, Shrewsbury

      Qualifications and training

      2002 - PGCE Art & Design, University of the West of England, Bristol

      1995 - Fine Art Fellow Printmaking, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education

      1993 - MA Fine Art Printmaking, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

      1985 - Graphic Design (BA hons), The London College of Printing, London

      1984 - Art & Design Foundation Course, Harrogate College of Art, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

      Publications

      2016 - RWA@Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset

      2015 - Contemporary British Watercolour, essay Simon Carter

      2014 - Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

      2012 - Tender Machines, published through www.blurb.co.uk

      2011 - SKETCH, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough

      2011 - Drawing Together, drawing project with Creativity Works, ISBN 978-0-9557079-4-0

      2010 - The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010, Parker Harris, London

      2008  - The Book:Mark Project, The Real Ideas Organisation (RiO), ISBN 978-1-906687-00-7

      2008 - The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008, London, ISBN 978-0955664670        

      2007 - The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007, London, ISBN 955664601-9

      2003 - The Open Sculpture Competition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

      1998 - 30 years of Cheltenham Fellows, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education

      1997 - The 8th Oriel Mostyn Open, Llandudno, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno