Approved: 09.05.2011

Sally Lemsford

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 09.05.2011

My socially engaged art practice creates events and encounters with people in everyday situations using everyday objects and materials. I invite people to engage actively with art, to be part of the action, especially those who might not step into designated art spaces. These temporary relationships exist in the local and leave behind shared experiences of art as process, art as traces, art as an intervention.

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      My socially engaged art practice creates events and encounters with people in everyday situations using everyday objects and materials. I invite people to engage actively with art, to be part of the action, especially those who might not step into designated art spaces. These temporary relationships exist in the local and leave behind shared experiences of art as process, art as traces, art as an intervention. My work offers a thinking space, often where least expected, a chance to reflect on specific social issues; art as research, art as education in its broadest sense. I give people the opportunity to look afresh at their own space, to consider and reflect on their everyday experiences, stories and moments in life. By using everyday formats, I give people the chance to look, read, digest unfamiliar material in a familiar way. Through the exchange of gifts, ideas, imaginations and fun we uncover emotional landscapes and experience something special. Where truth and fantasy overlap, we may realise an equity- everyone can be a winner. I have tied raffle prizes to lampposts, so everyone can win; I have invited dialogue about female gaze, refugees, death, health at every size. A strong thread running through my work is the role of art and the contemporary artist in everyday life. I have posed as a tourist asking 'Where's the Art?' subsequently devising a tour from these offerings. I have set up conversations bound by rules that build over time. I have created The Flaming Skirt Festival, a day of mini-events protesting at invisibility and celebrating fun. Collaborating with other artists gives me longer-term relationships in which to explore these concepts. How we can increase the visibility of socially engaged art so we have a voice at national debates is on the agenda too.

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      Socially engaged/Live art/Performance

      2020 Just In Case Zine Library  national

      2020 Co-zines  national

      2020 100ZIP  England/Italy: each producing 100 zines in 6 months @lemsford

      2020 Pockets of Time  Sheffield/Dorset

      2020 Lying is the new Truth  SEAFAIR, Bridport

      2019 OFTON FESTIVAL  Derbyshire

      2019 Pop-up Fringe  SEAFAIR, Bridport

      2019 Dare to be Different  Bridport

      2019 Usherette  Social Works Live? Manchester

      2018 SEAFAIR  Dorset/Devon/Somerset

      2018 EQUALITea  Derbyshire

      2017 There's a Place J28  Maisies Way

      2016 Glasses, glasses, what do you see?  BraveART, Chesterfield

      2016 Recipe for Art  Ofton Festival, Alfreton

      2015 Flaming Skirt Festival  NW Leicestershire and Amber Valley, Derbyshire

      2015 Running Commentary  Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

      2014 Flaming Skirt Festival  Amber Valley Derbyshire

      2014 Pigs of a Time  Gnarl Fest, Lincoln

      2014 Roll'N'Rock  Spare Parts Festival, Fleetwod

      2014 cicatrix macula (restituo)  Leicester

      2013 What's the Point?  AA2A residency, Chesterfield College

      2013 cicatrix macula (paratus)  Bristol

      2013 PEN&CIL  Wirksworth Festival  

      2012 Can you spare me a minute of time please?  Nottingham

      2012 Voices from the past  Leicester Riverside Festival

      2012 Flaming Skirt Festival  Amber Valley Derbyshire

      2011 Respect3  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath 

      2011 Everyone's a Winner  Stoke-on-Trent  

      2011 Artists' Voice: Stand Up, Speak Up  Leicester