Approved: 04.01.2015

Michelle Letowska

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Writer

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Approved: 04.01.2015

As an artist, I use a range of materials to make work exploring our complex relationships with ourselves and each other, the built environment and the natural world. I live and work in both Glasgow and the Outer Hebrides. These two distinct and enriching contexts shape my work, both its scope and material form.

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  • Location: Glasgow and Berneray, Scotland

Biography

As an artist, I use a range of materials to make work exploring our complex relationships with ourselves and each other, the built environment and the natural world. I live and work in both Glasgow and the Outer Hebrides. These two distinct and enriching contexts shape my work, both its scope and material form.

Material handling is the starting point for making work - I have a daily practice of making, drawing, painting and direct observational engagement with the world around me from which my ideas emanate. 

I enjoy opportunities to work with a range of people and situations - a belief in the transformative potential of art for myself and for others informs my own work, my teaching and participatory projects.

 

CV & Education

Commissions, residencies and collaborative projects

• Focal Point, Print residency, Broad Reach at Taigh Chearsabhagh, Scotland, 2015

By Leaves we Live, Year of Natural Scotland residency with Planning Aid Scotland, Calouste Gulbenkian, Creative Scotland, 2013. Engaging creatively with professional planners and planning aid volunteers throughout 2013 on the subject of West Coast biodiversity.

One Road Leads to Another: a modern day pilgrimage, Burn’s Brightly Festival, Ayr, UK,  2012. Series of facilitated drawing walks recording coastal landscapes and group journeys.  Work produced exhibited as touring exhibition.

Artist in Residence, Culzean Castle Dolphin House, Ayrshire, UK, 2010-12. Residency at Culzean Castle making work in response to the coastal landscape, working with other artists, rangers and local students

 • Survey of Planners’ Attitudes, part of Black Country Creative Advantage, Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation University of Wolverhampton, 2010. Residency at Sandwell Council planning department  creating a publication in response to the work of the planners, the local environment and the council structures.

Free Line Collective, Historical & Critical Studies department, Glasgow School of Art, UK, 2010 

Home is where the heart is, Urban Studies department, University of Glasgow, UK, 2009. Exhibition and seminar exploring professional identities and human needs. 

Breathe, feel, live. On life after the Berlin Wall, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, UK, 2006-9. Presentation of field work researching the socio spatial legacy of the Berlin Walls demise.

Cove Park Argyll and Bute Residency, Cove Park, Scotland, UK, 2008

Strategy Get Arts DIY Show Drumchapel Residency, Glasgow, UK, 2008. Town planner – initiated residency culminating in exhibition during Glasgow International Festival

Interact residency, Trillke-Gut, Hildesheim, Germany, 2006. Residency at living cooperative culminating in touring exhibition

Cross Kick: In your Place residency, Kunstverein, Hildesheim, Germany, 2006

 

Selected exhibitions

Ragpicker press, Hausman’s, London, 2014

Works on paper, Project Room, Glasgow, 2014           

Quality of Everyday Life, Summerhall, Edinburgh 2013

Fragility of Flight, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist UK, 2013

Dolphin House with Annie Ferguson, Maclauren Galleries, Rozelle Estate, Scotland, UK, 2012

Asparagus Raindrop, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, UK, 2012

I am not a poet, at Kunst Gallery, Forest Café, Edinburgh, 2011

ZAAT Mostra de Artes Visuais e Sonoras, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011

So far so good, Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland UK, 2010

Are Black Box and White Cube Dead?, group show, Gallery Melike Bilir, Hamburg, Germany, 2010

What we make with what we have, The White House, Glasgow, 2009

The View Outside, Camera Cartell, Elektrohaus Gallery, Hamburg, Germany, 2009

Strategy Get Arts DIY Show, High St Gallery, Glasgow, UK, 2008

Standard Life Brave Art 07, Atlantis Gallery, London, UK, 2007

Featuring House with Frances Bowman and Carl Fraser, London, UK, 2007

 Microperformance duo show with Wolfgang Fuetterer, Tramway, Glasgow, UK, 2006

Rzeczpospolita, Akademia Sztuk Pieknych, Krakow, Poland, 2006

  

Selected recent publications and conference papers

•   Drawing as Enquiry, Thinking with John Berger, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014

•   By Leaves we Live, project publication by Creative Scotland and Planning Aid Scotland, 2014.

•   The Football Cronicas, Ragpicker Press, 2014

  Econodos, Art Ecology, Creation, Investigation, online Spainish publication http://econodos.net/?p=599, 2012

 Survey of Planners’ Attitudes in Neither Shoreditch nor Manhattan, ed. Monika Vykoukal (Multistory; West   Bromwich, 2011)

 Man for himself, on Wolfgang Fuetterer, Jan van Eyck Academie publication, 2010

•   The Artists’ Statement, Artists’ Writings 1850 – Present, The Courtauld Institute London, 2009

 Breathe, feel, live. On life after the Berlin Wall, (Wee Three Books; London, 2009)

  Private spaces: collective pages - GAStyZ drawing group GSA, Tracey Contemporary Drawing Research, Autumn 2009

 The art of amateurism, Debate, AN Magazine, 2009

 Public Art and Sustainability, Features, Public Art Resource and Research Scotland, 2008

 Cross Kick, cross cultural collaborations and art education, Verlag Walter Koenig, Berlin, DE, 2008

 Town for Tomorrow catalogue essay, Künstverein Düsseldorf, 2008

 Against Masterplanning: socially engaged art, its limitations and possibilities, Reflections, Public Art Resource and Research Scotland, 2008

 Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practices, Glasgow School of Art, 2015

• Drawing Practices, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh 2012

First Class BA (Hons) Sculpture & Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art and Akademia Sztuk Pieknych, Krakow, Poland, 2007

Upper Second Class BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics, University of York, 2000