Approved: 16.08.2006

Pip Woolf

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006






      Making notations in the landscape, on the wall, on a surface I work with & alongside others to find points of connection, taking cues from their worlds to inform my marks. I use film, paint, print & installation to explore physical, political & philosophical questions. Drawing mind, recent work developing since 2015, responds to the question of personal identity in relation to dementia.

      I am researching with Professor David Mann at the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Research group, University of Manchester. This research informs my work as Artist in residence at Mountains Care Home work enabled through Dementia Care Matters.

      My work often brings together a background in conservation and visual art. I make work in response to my local environment with and alongside community and as such regard this practice as participatory landscape art. Work has included drawing, film, an artists book “Water Power”, residency in the Welsh Assembly and in 2002 I was awarded a Creative Wales bursary to make “Re-presenting Wool”, work that  re-emerged in the Woollenline project. I am particularly interested in finding a visual language for people engaged in work. Re-Presenting Wool arose in direct response to drawing sheep shearers at work: Marking a Point was an enquiry into the work of the National Assembly for Wales. My interest in the physical world is reflected in my use of materials, for example, found earth pigments and the use of elemental forces to manipulate them. This interest extends my understanding of our humanness. Current work is exploring the potential exchanges of learning from working with people with a diagnosis of dementia.


      Career path 1993 Worked with international performing artists at the Attarkalari Winter School, Kerala, India 1995 Surrey hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Landscape Assessment: Artists' Perceptions Project. London Arts Board & Countryside Commission 1997 Exhibited In Wales Drawing Biennial 1999 Produced a series of 23 paintings in response to a dress rehearsal performance by Robert Lloyd 7 Julius Drake of Schubert's Die Winterreise; exhibited at Y Tabernacl before selling the series to the University of Texas , South Western Medical Centre at Dallas for permanent exhibition; published a cross art form book entitled Interpretations Across Two Centuries of A Winter's Journey. 2001 Exhibited Rare Music collection at Washington Gallery, Penarth & Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery. Cefn Hengoed Schools based residency, Drawing through the Senses, Shadow & Light, a dance/ music/ visual art collaborative research project (Arts Council of Wales) 2001 Big Draw, Drawing residency (Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery & Cywaith Cymru). Ongoing organiser of the Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery annual Big Draw until 2004, then with Brecon mobile library and Theatr Brychieinog and Bath Spa. 2002 Walls of Llangynidr, commission to produce an experimental record of the re-building of a stretch of mountain wall. Collaborative residency with Dilys Jackson for Silent Valley Nature Reserve, Cwm (Gwent Wildlife Trust & Cywaith Cymru) 2002/03 Arts Council of Wales, Creative Wales bursary, Re-Presenting Wool 2003 'Rights and Power' drawing commission for Institute for Development Studies, Brighton University 2004 Rhythms of Light, collaboration with Bisakar Sarka, NWDAF & Liverpool Museum, 'Iron frescoes', exploration of found materials with Brynmawr School 2006 ‘Three Sparrows come over the Mountain’ Monte San Martino Italy collaboration with local community resulting in exhibition of work and processwith Elizabeth Adeline and Kirsty Claxton 2007 Investigation into drawing as the 4thR with Swansea Education Effectiveness and Kirsty Claxton 2008 Water Power, an artist book in response to community involvement in an installation of a sustainable energy system. 2009 – 2015 research for Bog- Mawnog and the Woollenline, repair of upland peat bog ( Arts Council of Wales project Bog~ Mawnog an invitation to 5 artists to create work in relation to this site, March 2013 Woollenline exhibition, Crickhowell. 2013/14 Dylan Thomas Dialogues with Swansea Printworkshop.

      2015 ongoing Dementia Pronouns, an exploration of identity with Dementia Care Matters and Take PArt. Artist in residence at a dementia specialist care home

      In March 2016 Woollenline was a finalist in 10th Artes Laguna & exhibited at the Arsenale Venice.



      CV & Education



      Pip is a visual artist with a background in environmental interpretation. Her work is embedded in her landscape and community and explores our place on the planet focusing on a combination of practical, physical, emotional, political and philosophical questions. Drawing underpins all aspects of her work.

      In 2002 Pip was awarded a Creative Wales bursary from Arts Council Wales to create Re-presenting Wool a film and installation. Recent bodies of work include Marking a Point arising from observation of the Welsh Assembly debates and Water Power, an artist book responding to the installation of a micro-hydro electric scheme at her home and workplace.

      Conceived in 2009 Woollenline marked a departure in her work consolidating years of observational drawing seeking a visual language for the everyday world aiming to capture the mark that articulates the subtle nuances of behaviour, informs understanding and inspires insight in to the complexities of relationship and power. The work was brought to a conclusion in an animated film, Drawing Woollenlines

      Current work in begun 2015 is investigating the place of the artist process alongside contemporary experiences of and attitudes to diagnosis of dementia. Studio work is underpinned by work as artist in residence at Mountains Care Home, a home caring with individuals who experience severe cognitive and physical impairments, a dementia drop in and work with Prof. David Mann in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester, whose focus is the pathology of dementias.

      Pip puts herself alongside others in order to find points of connection; artists, students, farmers, politicians, scientists, care workers & friends taking cues from their world as to how its materiality can inform her marks. This often leads to different forms of deep collaboration. In seeking an aesthetic she uses found colour, physical material and elemental forces within conceptual frameworks.

      Pip works collaboratively with artists Kirsty Claxton and Elizabeth Adeline and with psychologist Dr. Alison Kidd to explore and develop process. Also as a partner in Artistseeking Attention.

      She is a member of Swansea Print Workshop and the Welsh Group and has exhibited widely in the U.K and abroad.

      On going exhiting with the Welsh Group and Swansea Print Workshop www.


      Solo exhibitions

      2014-Listening for the mark, Andrew Lamont Gallery, Brecon

      2009-Elemental forces: 1 Water, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog

      2007-Marking a Point, , Oriel Coliseum Museum &Art Gallery, Aberystwyth

      2006-Marking a point, Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Rare Music 2, Plas Glyn y Weddw,

      2005-Marking a point, Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery

      2003-Re-presenting Wool, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff, Die Winterreise, South Western Medical Centre, Dallas

      2001 Theatr Brycheiniog, Drawing attention. Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery, Rare music

      2000- ACAD, London Schubert series

      1999-From a Brecon Barn, Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth

      1998-Land, Light & Colour, Knutsford, Impressions of the Dyffryn Theatr Clera,

      1996-Black And White Cows, Royal Agricultural Show

      1995-Colours Of The Black Mountains, The Bear, Crickhowell, Norwegian Church, Cardiff


      Group exhibitions (selection)

      2016 Identity in the SPace, Swansea

      2014-Dylan Thomas Dialogues, Ceri Richards Gallery, Swansea

      2013-Woollenline, Courtyard Barn, Crickhowell

      2011-Bog~Mawnog Brecknock Museum &Art Gallery

      2010-Lines & Strata 2, tour. Drovers, Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery

      2008-Mapping the Welsh Group, at 60 years, tour

      2007- Disposable Fetish, Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, London, The Farm, Stroud House

      2004-Identity, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Sheep, Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery, Drawing the  Line, Orleans House Gallery, London

      2000-Rare, International Women's festival, Washington Gallery, Cardiff

      1999 Taunton open

      1998-Black & White, Gulkbenkian Welsh Art Prize, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Open

      1997 Pontardawe, Aspects of Wales, Wales Drawing Biennale


      Residencies (selection)

      2016 -on going Mountains Care Home, Libanus, artist in residence

      2015-Brookside Care Home and Llangorse Primary School

      2012-15 Criw Celf, Oriel Myrddin

      2009 Exploring self & place, Bishops Castle

      2008-Drawing together from the Everyday, Oriel Myrddin

      2007-A Journey', Opening the sketchbook, Swansea


      Projects (selection)

      2009-Bridging Views of Llangynidr,

      2008-Water Power/ Ynni Dwr