Approved: 16.11.2018

Maisie Pritchard

Artist, Community worker

Approved: 16.11.2018

My previous work consisted of found, repurposed objects that tended to have constructional value; however, they are disregarded, overlooked and dysfunctional. The process of changing their function to create structural sculpture and assemblage was important to give these items a new life. Bringing these objects into the studio where they become aesthetically pleasing means creating visually stimulating forms of art, by applying a careful eye for composition. I am still questioning why I find detritus, waste and constructional leftovers appealing. However, I consider the context of the sites and spaces that I find these objects in, tending to be deprived, excluded neighbourhoods of Manchester’s inner-city districts. I am particularly passionate about research into socio-political issues such as the UK’s current and ongoing history of the housing crisis, privatisation and community. I am influenced by the ever-changing urban environment, especially whilst living in Manchester as it seems to be an ongoing construction site.

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Biography

My previous work consisted of found, repurposed objects that tended to have constructional value; however, they are disregarded, overlooked and dysfunctional. The process of changing their function to create structural sculpture and assemblage was important to give these items a new life. Bringing these objects into the studio where they become aesthetically pleasing means creating visually stimulating forms of art, by applying a careful eye for composition. I am still questioning why I find detritus, waste and constructional leftovers appealing. However, I consider the context of the sites and spaces that I find these objects in, tending to be deprived, excluded neighbourhoods of Manchester’s inner-city districts. I am particularly passionate about research into socio-political issues such as the UK’s current and ongoing history of the housing crisis, privatisation and community. I am influenced by the ever-changing urban environment, especially whilst living in Manchester as it seems to be an ongoing construction site.

Current issues of neoliberalism and privatisation have brought about new ways of thinking and ideas that respond to the surrounding urban environment. Purpose, functionality and community seem to be key themes that I feel to be important in my practice. Creating works that are meaningful and useful rather than symbolic feels right in order to address my interests in the context of my work. Thus, my practice seems to be moving more towards social/community arts, which I hope to study as an MA, ‘Socially Engaged Art Practice with Community Experience’. I am currently working towards defining my practice regarding social engagement and community; on Tuesday mornings I volunteer at Hulme Community Garden Centre in order to contribute towards the surrounding area, build relationships and gain valuable skills in woodwork and not-for-profit organisations. It is important that I gain a greater insight in working in an unconventional setting.

CV & Education

Education:

Nottingham College, Foundation Art & Design (2015-2016)

Manchester School of Art, BA Fine Art (2016-Present)

Exhibition History:

2018
The Dream Committee, The Holden Gallery, Manchester / (Save it For) Leftovers, Islington Mill, Manchester / The Experimental Garden, The White Hotel, Manchester

Residencies:

Joya: Arte + Ecologia, Andalusia, Spain, March 19th – 26th 2018