Approved: 13.04.2011

Lydia Halcrow

Artist, Event organiser, Maker

Approved: 13.04.2011

I make paintings, drawings and prints that are based on walks within a place. By walking somewhere I start to notice things that I would normally overlook, things that we leave behind us, footprints, spilled food and drinks, marks made by insects and animals, by weather and time. All of these tiny marks act as clues telling us how we navigate and use a place, what routes people take on foot, what features will vanish and change with the weather over time. I am interested in capturing some of these marks and using them to create maps of a place. We use maps to record roads and railways, houses, coastlines and boundaries. Why not use them to record how we move across a place, what we leave behind, the fleeting marks and shapes that surround us every day. Is it possible to map these onto paper and board and canvas and in doing so to make an alternative map of a place. A map that is every bit as accurate and subjective as an ordnance survey map - a reminder that these subjective documents leave and include things based on the maker's judgement. As we digitise everything, perhaps a return to maps as a work of art and decoration will be the last physical maps to exist. For a full interview for the Bath Spa University research Blog, please click here https://bsuresearchblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/phd-creative-practice-showcase-lydia-halcrow/

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    I make paintings, drawings and prints that are based on walks within a place. By walking somewhere I start to notice things that I would normally overlook, things that we leave behind us, footprints, spilled food and drinks, marks made by insects and animals, by weather and time. All of these tiny marks act as clues telling us how we navigate and use a place, what routes people take on foot, what features will vanish and change with the weather over time. I am interested in capturing some of these marks and using them to create maps of a place. We use maps to record roads and railways, houses, coastlines and boundaries. Why not use them to record how we move across a place, what we leave behind, the fleeting marks and shapes that surround us every day. Is it possible to map these onto paper and board and canvas and in doing so to make an alternative map of a place. A map that is every bit as accurate and subjective as an ordnance survey map - a reminder that these subjective documents leave and include things based on the maker's judgement. As we digitise everything, perhaps a return to maps as a work of art and decoration will be the last physical maps to exist. For a full interview for the Bath Spa University research Blog, please click here https://bsuresearchblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/phd-creative-practice-showcase-lydia-halcrow/

     

     

    CV & Education

    2017 Exhibitions

    'Embodied Cartographies', Fringe Arts Bath, Walcot Chapel Gallery, Walcot Street, Bath, 26th May - 11th June 2017

    'Foundlings', Fringe Arts Bath, 8 New Bond Street, Bath, 26th May - 11th June 2017

    'Library of Pilgrimages', Space Place Practice, Trowbridge Arts Centre, 6th September - 4th November 2017

    'A Sense of Place', National Brain Appeal, The Oxo Gallery, London, 29th September - Oct 1st  2017

    Residencies 2017

    Arts in The Alps Doctoral Spring School, practice based research into 'Gestures of here & there: la fabric sensible des lieux' Site specific response to disused industrial site. June 2017 

    2016 Exhibitions

    'Walking...Landscape...Memory', Salisbury Arts Centre, Jan 4th - Feb 27th 2016

    'Imagined Landscapes', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Feb 6th - 12th June 2016

    2015 - 'The Box Project', University of Aberystwyth Art Gallery, March 2015

    2014 - Finding Place, Corsham, July 2014, Freud's House, London, March 2014.

    2013 - Just Passing Through, Musgrove Gallery, Taunton 2013 - Something of Place, Museum in the Park, Site Festival 2013, Stroud

    2012 - Migration, American Museum, Wiltshire 2012 - Museum Box, University West of England, Bristol 2012 - Museum Box Project, Corsham Court, Postgraduate Gallery 2012 - This is the way the world ends, Fringe Arts Bath, Bath 2011 - BV Open Studios Show, BV Studios, Bristol

    2011 - Studio 17, Spring Show, Motorcade / Flashparade Gallery, BV Gallery, Bedminster, Bristol

    2010 - Masters of Fine Art Show, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University 2010 - Open Studios Group Show, BV Studios, Bedminster, Bristol 2010 - Segue Interim Show, Sion Hill Gallery, Bath

    Solo exhibitions 2009 - Wonderings Through Wilderness, Bath Artists Studios, Bath

    Artist talks

    2017 - Embodied Cartographies Symposium

    2017 - Bath Spa MA Research Methodologies

    2016 - Walking...Landscape...Memory, Salisbury Arts Centre

    2012 - Museum Box Symposium, UWE, Bristol

    Private collections - Bath School of Art & Design Private Art Collection , Bath Spa, Newton Park and Corsham

    Competitions,

    Prizes and awards 2013 - Black Swan Arts Open 2013, Black Swan, Frome

    2011 - The Open West, Summerfield Gallery, Pittville Studios, Cheltenham