Approved: 10.07.2009

Robyn Woolston

Artist, Film-maker, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 10.07.2009

Woolston is a visual artist who works across installation, photography, moving image and print. Often working in non-gallery spaces, across community settings and within archives or sites of listed significance.

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    Artist Statement

    Woolston is a visual artist who works across installation, photography, moving image and print. Often working in non-gallery spaces, across community settings and within archives or sites of listed significance.

    Her practice generates frameworks for climate-based reflection; focussing upon developing structures for ecological and emotional recovery via public realm interventions, socially engaged practice and site-specific responses.

    'Robyn often examines issues that others shy away from, from difficult emotions to consumer waste. In so doing, she seeks to make visible that which is forgotten, left behind and discarded.' 

    Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art. National Museums Liverpool

    Previous installations have included 132,000 plastic knives and forks, 7500 ice-cream containers, 45,000 carrier bags, a selection of trees from Ash to Silver Birch as well as a reproduction Las Vegas sign.

    Previous locations have included Fort George, National Trust Acorn Bank, National Trust Penrhyn Castle, Edge Hill railway station, Hull railway station, the Walker Art Gallery, Holst Birthplace Museum, Edge Hill University, an empty shop unit in Blackburn town centre and a grove of trees on Ullswater in the Lake District (UK).

    She has shown across the UK, Europe and Australia.

    In late 2022 she will be exhibiting in Fort Worth, Texas (USA).

    CV & Education


    2011 - MA by Research - Manchester Met University / MIRIAD (35,000 words without amendment) 
    2003 - MA Module - 'Challenge of the Social Sciences', Open University 
    2007 - BA (Hons) - Fine Art. Wirral Met College / John Moores University, Liverpool. 1st Class Honours
    2000 - BA (Hons) - Photomedia. Plymouth College of Art and Design. 2:1 


    2021-22 Spirit:360 / High Life Highland & Creative Scotland (Artists Moving Image)

    2018 A-N / Professional Development Funding. New York

    2015 - 17 ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND - Grants for the Arts '...and the River flows on' / Birkenhead

    2014 GO SEE AWARD - Hull 2017 / Hull County Council in association with Arts Council England

    2012 LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE - Winner

    2012 ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND - Grants for the Arts & 'POST' Liverpool

    2010 ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND - Grants for the Arts & 'POST' Liverpool

    2008 FINE ART FELLOW - Wirral Met College, Birkenhead, Merseyside

    2003 FIRST CUT / New Directors Commission - Screen West Midlands + ITV

    2000 Professional Qualifying Exam - British Institute of Professional Photographers - DISTINCTION


    2019 -22 Fort Worth, Texas, USA / Residency: The Art Galleries at TCU, TCU Institute for Environmental Studies and TCU College of Fine Arts, School of Art, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.  

    2022 Artist in Residence / Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) NHS Forth Valley & Artlink Central

    2018 New York Residency / A-N Professional Development Bursary to attend Open Engagement 2018 (Keynotes: Lucy Lippard & Mel Chin)  

    2018 Artist in Residence: 'The Listening Station / Cheltenham Remembers', a collaborative socially-engaged residency focused on World War One. Project partners include: Cheltenham Trust, The Wilson (Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery), Cheltenham Borough Council. 

    2017/18 Artist in Residence, The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) 

    2017 Artist in Residence, Art in Manufacturing / MGS Plastics, Blackburn in association with Wayne Hemingway MBE, National Festival of Making, Deco Publique and Super Slow Way 

    2015/16 Artist in Residence, Penrhyn Castle National Trust & Arts Council Wales

    2015 Harvest Lab, Metal, Peterborough & Studio Orta, Les Moulins / Paris, France

    2014 International Solid Waste Association (Vienna) / World Congress Panel Member (Brazil)

    2014 Points of Departure, Nantes, France in association with the British Council

    2013 Sound & Vision. Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral Schools Service & Wirral Council

    2013 The Canopy Suite. Eden Arts, Cumbria in association with the National Trust, Arts Council England, Eden District Council, Cumbria County Council 

    2012 Trading Station / a POST project. Istanbul / Liverpool 

    2010 Urban Interventions. Atelierhaus Salzamt & Liverpool Biennial, Linz, Austria

    2010 Makhad Trust. Sinai Peninsula, Egypt


    • 'SUMMER HAS BEEN TURNED TO WINTER BY THE GUNS' - The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), Fort George, Inverness (10/17 - 03/18)
    • 'HABITUS'  - Edge Hill University Arts Centre Commission, Lancashire (09 - 12/13)
    • 'LITTLE RED ROOM' - Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead (06 - 09/13)
    • 'STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND' - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (03 - 07/13)
    • 'SHADOW / LIGHT / REPRISE'  - Deane Rd Jewish Cemetery, Liverpool (09/12)
    • 'BANCA ROTTA - A Fiscally Co-dependent Break-up'. A durational intervention lasting 365 days. Location: The intersection of my credit rating and the banking system (09/05/11 - 09/05/12)
    • 'ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? Part 2: The Bible & the Bankers' - Guys Hospital, London (11/11)
    • '...AND THEN THE RAINS CAME' - CURVE GALLERY, Liverpool - (06/08) 


    2021 ‘YOURS, IN ECOCIDE’ drawing - In response to 'The Waiting Place' a collaborative project and group exhibition curated by Ann-Marie James & Emily Godden. Commissioned by The Art Station, Suffolk (UK)

    2021 ‘IN EXTINCTIA’ (series) as part of ‘CONNECTED’ - Curve Gallery, Newcastle, Australia

    2020 ‘SUREFOOTED & SUSTAINABLE’ / Quiet Carnival, Friction Arts, Birmingham

    2020 ‘STRAINING EVERY SINEW’ / EARTHworks - Curve Gallery, Newcastle, Australia 

    2018 'OFF-SITE' - As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund 'Cheltenham Remembers' commissioning strand. Locations: The Wilson, Cheltenham Library, Cheltenham General Hospital and Leisure at Cheltenham 

    2018 'CULTURAL TRAFFIC' - Hesters St Fair during New York Art Week 

    2017 'FESTIVAL OF MAKING' - in association with Wayne Hemingway, Deco Publique & Super Slow Way / Blackburn    

    2016 'STRIKE PENRHYN' - National Trust Penrhyn Castle & Arts Council of Wales 

    2016 'EX LIBRIS' - Art Book Fair / Dundee Literature Festival, Dundee University 

    2016 'POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE' - As part of 'A change of (s)cene: reviewing our place in a new geological epoch' - Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference, University of Lincoln

    2016 'DYING TO MEET YOU' - As part of 'Bivouac' Eden Arts, Cumbria

    2016 'TRANSFIGURATION' - Threshold Festival, the Gallery, Liverpool

    2015 'HARVESTMENT' - 'Harvest' commission in conjunction with Metal, Peterborough and Studio Orta, Paris, as part of their '70 x 7 - The Meal' series 

    2015 'THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER' - Threshold Festival, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool  

    2015 'TEMPUS FUGIT' - Syson Gallery, Nottingham  

    2014 '(Re)Discovering a New World: Sustainable Solutions for a Healthy Future' - Solid Waste World Congress, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

    2014 'EN ROUTE' - A Secret Shed. Freedom Festival, Hull, in association with Walk the Plank, Manchester 

    2014 'HOUSE OF SOUND' - Threshold Festival, Liverpool

    2013  'LAST (BANK)' - National Trust Acorn Bank, Penrith, Cumbria in association with Eden Arts 

    2013  'WATCHTREE' - Ullswater, nr Pooley Bridge, Cumbria in association with Eden Arts / Dalemain Estate  

    2012 'DRESS CODE' by UHC - Commissioned by Deborah Smith Projects and Ben Eastop. Funded by Tower Hamlets as part of the High Street 2012 

    2012  'AlteRATION' - Curve Gallery, Newcastle, Australia  

    2012  LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE (Winner) - Metal, Liverpool

    2012  'ALWAYS GIVING YOU EXTRA' - 'Encompass', Falcon Mill, Bolton 

    2012  'TRADING STATION' a POST project with Atilkunst & Nancy Atakan in Istanbul & Curve Gallery, Liverpool  

    2012  'ANYTHING TO DECLARE' / 'new castle' (Artists Book) Curve Gallery, Newcastle, Australia 

    2012  'SMART PRICE' Threshold Festival, Camp & Furnace, Liverpool  

    2012  'THE WASTE' (8hr Performance) - Dress Code / High Street 2012, Whitechapel Road, London  

    2011  'ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? Part 2: The Bible & the Bankers' Guys Hospital, London 

    2011  'SHADOW / LIGHT' - Deane Rd Jewish Cemetery, Liverpool

    2011  'FRIEND OR FOE' - Gustaf Adolf Kyrka Church, Liverpool 

    2011  'ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?' - Guys Hospital, London in association with Kings Oral & Maxillofacial Society & Saving Faces. 

    2011  'FIELD OF DREAMS' - 'Threshold' Festival, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool 

    2010  'CLEAN / SOILED' - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool & Culturepool 

    2010  'HOW MUCH EXCHANGE CAN YOU STAND? Galerie Maerz, Linz, Austria 

    2010  'GLOBAL STUDIO' / riPOSTe - Bluecoat, Liverpool 

    2010  'WOLF RUNNER' / 'CURVE GALLERY v PICASSOS DOG' - Curve Gallery, Liverpool

    2010  'IN EVERY DREAM HOME A HEARTACHE' - The Bridewell Gallery, Liverpool 

    2010  'TIME AND TIDE...' - Mersey Basin, an Exhibition, Art + Design Academy, John Moores University Liverpool

    2009  FELLOWSHIP SHOW / WIRRAL MET - Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead 

    2008  'FAITH, HOPE AND CLARITY' Independents Biennial, Novas, Liverpool 

    2008  'SUPA SCOOP 2' Independents Biennial, Pilkington Paint Warehouse, Liverpool 

    Film Catalogue

    2021 ‘LAND BELONGS TO ITSELF’ 4min 37 (Cam/Edit/Dir) - An Ecopoetry film in collaboration with Lucy R. Lippard


    - As part of "Reflections on Our Warming Planet." curated by Lucinda Luvaas at:

    * Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (07-09/22)

    * LA Artcore, Los Los Angeles (01-02/23)

    * Sasse Museum of Art, formerly known as the Inland Empire Museum of Art, California (09-10/23)

    * Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA (2025)

    - The Pipe Factory, Glasgow (11/21) / COP26 Climate Fringe

    - Threshold Festival X (04/21) / Online & in R.L.

    2021 ‘YOURS, IN ECOCIDE’ 3min 35 (Cam/Edit/Dir) - A response to 'The Waiting Place' a collaborative project and group exhibition curated by Ann-Marie James & Emily Godden. Commissioned by The Art Station, Suffolk (UK)


    - SoLA Contemporary Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (04-5/22).

    Film Programme Curation: Lucinda Luvaas

    - The Pipe Factory, Glasgow (11/21) / COP26 Climate Fringe

    2017 'REVOLUTION' 26min (Cam/Edit/Dir). Arts Council of England / Heritage Lottery Fund / Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council - Commission


    - Art in Manufacturing Legacy Exhibition, The National Festival of Making, Blackburn Museum (05-08/2018)

    - Great Exhibition of the North 'inspired by’ exhibition
    29 Northgate, National Festival of Making (05/2017)

    2016 'STRIKE PENRHYN' 25min 40. (Cam/Edit/Dir). Arts Council of Wales / National Trust - Commission


    - Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Wales (04-12/16)

    2015 'HARVESTMENT' 16min 20. (Cam/Edit/Dir). Arts Council England / Hull City Arts Unit / Hull 2017 / Metal, Peterborough


    - Projectroom2020

    ’Showcasing the best in contemporary art from Scotland & the Far North across 6 online gallery platforms’ in conjunction with Art North Magazine (20)

    - 'Harvest - a cultural celebration of the land' with Metal (Peterborough) & Studio Orta (Paris) / St John's Church, Peterborough (15)

    2010 'ET IN ARCADIA EGO: THERE IS DEATH EVEN IN UTOPIA' 1min 20. (Dir/Prod). Arts Council England


    - Aesthetica Short Film Festival / Official Programme Selection (11) 
    - RUSHES Film Festival / T E N D E R P I X, Tenderpixel Gallery, London (10) 
    - RIPOSTE: A 'POST' EXCHANGE as part of GLOBAL STUDIO shown at: 
    Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK (04-06/10)
    Galerie Maerz, Linz, Austria (07-09/10)

    2009 'IMMERSION' 10 min (Dir). Film Council / First Take - Commission


    - The Firestation Arts Centre, Micro Gallery, Windsor (11)
    - Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival Competition, France (10)

    2004 'EMIGRE' 10 min (Dir/Prod). Film Council / Screen West Midlands / ITV - Commission


    - 'Global Studio' - Bluecoat, Liverpool (04/10)
    - 'Optimistic Immigrants'- Jewish Museum, London (03/10)
    - 'Exodus' - Imperial War Museum North, Manchester (07) 
    - ITV Broadcast Commission (04)


    2021 ‘LAST (Chance)’ / a COP26 Climate Fringe Exhibition @ the Pipe Factory, Glasgow

    2018 'MEN MARCHED ASLEEP' / Wilfred Owen Centenary Commission. The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Merseyside

    2018 'SUITE SORROWS' Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham 

    2018 'SUMMER HAS BEEN TURNED TO WINTER BY THE GUNS' - The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), Fort George, Inverness

    2013   'HABITUS' - Edge Hill University Arts Centre Commission, Ormskirk

    2013   'LITTLE RED ROOM' - Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead 

    2013   'STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND' - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 

    2013   'TREASURE FROM THE FOREST' - Key Theatre, Metal, NIE Visual Theatre, Peterborough

    2012   'SHADOW / LIGHT / REPRISE' - Deane Rd Jewish Cemetery, Liverpool

    2011/2012 - 'BANCA ROTTA - A Fiscally Co-dependent Break-up'. A durational intervention lasting 365 days. Location: The intersection of my credit rating and the banking system

    2008   '...AND THEN THE RAINS CAME' - Curve Gallery, Liverpool 


    2022 Publication: Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities. New York University Press. (Photography)

    2021 Publication: 'Reporting the Anthropocene: A Global Survey', ed. Leslie Sklair (London School of Economics and Political Science /LSE) et al. (Photography)

    2020 ‘Climate Change – Torn between Myth and Fact’, Prof. Constantin Cranganu (Brooklyn College of the City University of New York Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences) for Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Photography) 

    2019 'Museums Vital Role in our Climate', International Council of Museums Triennial Congress, Kyoto (Photography) 

    2018: Yale & National University of Singapore, Environmental Studies course literature  (Photography) 

    2018 Publication: 'The End of the World Project', Moira Books. John Bloomberg-Rissman, Richard Lopez & T.C. Marshall (ed), California. (Photography)

    2018 Publication: AAPG Explorer Magazine, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Boulder, Tulsa, USA (Photography) 

    2018 Publication: Ecocriticism in the Nordic Countries, ed. Ingemar Haag et al. Author: Björn Billing. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Photography) 

    2018 CFP: A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene 'A Nearly Carbon Neutral Virtual Symposium' / Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and the University of California, Santa Barbara. (Photography) 

    2017 'Footprints' by Hanne Ohland-Andersen & Mette Grønvold. GYLDENDAL  EDUCATIONAL, Denmark. (Photography) 

    2017 'The Era of Mankind' (Het tijdperk van de mens) Pakhuis de Zwijer, Amsterdam (Photography) 

    2016 'An Anthropocene Journey' by Andrew Revkin, New York Times DotEarth blog (Photography)  

    2016 'Agora' faculty magazine, Luther College, Iowa, America / "Back to the Future: Understanding the Anthropocene." Laura Peterson (Photography) 

    2016 'Scholarship in the Anthropocene Era' / Brooke Stanley. Environmental Humanities project blog, University of Pennsylvania (Photography)

    2016 'A change of (s)cene: reviewing our place in a new geological epoch.' Postgraduate conference. University of Lincoln (key-note image, Artists Book Work, & panel member)

    2016 'Syllabus: Making Sense of the Anthropocene' Prof Stephen Zavestoski / Environmental Studies, Dept of Sociology, University of San Francisco (Photography)

    2015 'Feminist Perspectives on Culture / Indigenizing the Anthropocene - Reading Response' Cathleen Evans, Concordia University (Photography)

    2015 'Artcycling Guide: Instructions for Sustainable Art & Design Production' Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Produced by Cultura21 Nordic, Denmark (Photography)

    2015 'Humans make Nature' Christian Schwagerl, University for Applied Art, Vienna (Photography)

    2015 'The Anthropocene - the human epoch, and how it shapes our planet.' Christian Schwagerl & Dr Jan Zalasiewicz, The Royal Institute, London (Photography)

    2015 'Anthropocene Hipsters & the Critical Theory Apocalypse' a talk by Jami Weinstein Linköping University at Goldsmiths, University of London (Photography)

    2014 'Isotopes add to Anthropocene debate' - British Geological Survey. Geoblogy blog (Photography)

    2014 'Engagement in Future Earth - Supporting a Step-Change in Global Science-Policy Interactions' / American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco. Susanne C. Moser PHD (Photography)

    2014 'Losing Our Fear! Facing the Anthro-Obscene' / (Entitle Blog) Prof Erik Swyngedouw, Geography, Manchester University, School of Environment & Development. (Photography)

    2014 'DotEarth' blog / The New York Times in response to the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, New York, USA (Photography)

    2014 'Conservation Biology' course literature & presentation, Biological Sciences Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, USA (Photography)

    2014 International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities Research Group 'Ethics of Science in the Research for Sustainable Development' - University of Tübingen (Germany) & (Photography)


    ARTISTS TALK: TCU (Texas Christian University) Fort Worth, TX. ‘Curatorial Practice & Contemporary Art’ - What is an Exhibition? (01/22)

    ARTISTS TALK: Metal - Metal (Peterborough) - ‘Residencies: The who, why, where and what of doing one’ as part of Metal New Artist Network (10/21)

    PANEL MEMBER: 'Don't mention the war; how we talk about conflict in museums' Culloden National Trust Scotland, High Life Highland, (06/18)  

    PANEL MEMBER: 'The Open Road' Resilience, Participation & Engagement: Sharing Good Practice' British Motor Museum, Warwickshire (03/18)

    ARTISTS TALK: Contemporary Art & Contextualised Practice / University of the Highlands & Islands, Inverness (11/17)

    ARTISTS TALK: Fortrose Academy, Fortrose, Inverness-shire (06/17) 

    ARTISTS TALK: Blackpool and the Fylde College, Lancashire (02/16) 

    ARTISTS TALK: Drumduan Upper School (founded by Tilda Swinton & Ian Sutherland), Forres, Moray, Scotland (09/15)

    ARTISTS TALK: ‘Wasted Space' an ecology of rejected matter, found objects and site responsive work. Hull College of Art and Design (10/14) 

    PANELLIST: 'Paradigm Shift: Changing Lifestyles, Re-defining the Responsibilities of Stakeholders and Communication Strategies'. Solid Waste World Congress 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil (09/14)

    'IN CONVERSATION': Are we in the geological Anthropocene era? Feat: Dr Nigel Richardson, Head of Geography Edge Hill University, Lancashire (11/13)

    ARTISTS TALK: 'The Ecology of Time/Waste/Space', Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth (10/13) 

    KEYNOTE SPEECH: 'What is Practice? What is Pedagogy? Plymouth College of Art Symposium, Plymouth (07/13)

    PANELLIST: 'Activating the Archive', Bluecoat, Liverpool (05/13)

    ARTISTS TALK: 'Post Doctoral Opportunities in the Creative Arts & Industries' , Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester (03/13) 

    ARTISTS TALK: 'Crossing the Line' - TEDx Merseyside. Open Labs @ LJMU (02/12)

    CONFERENCE FACILITATOR: 'Putting the Art into Partnerships' - Liverpool Primary Care Trust / CHaMPs / Merseyside Arts Health Initiative / Bluecoat (01/11)


    • Green World / Green Party Magazine - Issue 79 / 2013 (Photography- Front Cover) 
    • National Geographic Traveller - July / August 2011 (Photography)
    • 'Think Then Think Again' / MMU Post Grad Research Degree Prospectus - 2011 (Photography)
    • Psychologies - November 2010 (Photography)  


    • Bangor University Archive and Special Collections, Wales - Artists Moving Image
    • Walker Gallery, National Museums Liverpool: 'Waste. Product. Istanbul' - Artist's Book Work (edition of 50) (2013)
    • More to Life Foundation, London: 'Every Morning a New Arrival' - Artist's Book Work (edition of 20) (2011)
    • University of the West of England Research Repository, Bristol: 'Et in Arcadia Ego: There is Death even in Utopia' - Artists Film and Video (2010)


    • Trauma Education for Facilitators - Mark Walsh Embodiment Training (2020)

    • Personal Resilience for Me, You and Us - Dr Chris Johnstone & Professor David Peters. Schumacher College (2019) 

    • Creating Safety: Child Protection in the Creative Sector - Children in Scotland (2019) 

    • Understanding Dementia for the Artist - Hull Dementia Academy, Hull County Council (2014) 

    • Mental Health First Aid Training - Mental Health Team, TimeBank / Hull County Council (2014)

    • Young People and Mental Health - 42nd Street / Curious Minds, Manchester (2014)

    • Using Play to Develop Positive Behaviour - Wirral Borough Council (2012)

    • Increasing Motivation & Engagement - Wirral Borough Council (2012)

    • Sensory Rooms - Wirral Borough Council (2011)

    • Well-being for disabled children and young people - Wirral Borough Council (2011)

    • Practice, planning & delivery for children & young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Wirral Borough Council (2011)

    • Deaf Awareness - Wirral Borough Council (2011)

    • Introduction to Down's Syndrome - Wirral Borough Council (2011)

    • Anti-Bullying Training - Wirral Borough Council (2011)

    • Structuring Provision to Minimise Anxiety with Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Wirral Borough Council (2010)

    • Managing Challenging Behaviour - Wirral Borough Council (2010) 

    • Inclusion Awareness - Wirral Borough Council (2010)

    • Behaviour Management in Youth Arts - Artsplan Training (2010)

    • Access all Areas: Disability and Youth Arts - Artsplan Training (2010)