Final work in situ. Shed Space Gallery Residency. Old Fire Station Gallery, Oxford 2016

A few photos of the final work in situ…Working live in a gallery is always full of surprises. I had some lovely unexpected conversations with gallery visitors during my two day shed space residency. These exchanges and visitors re-actions to an artist working in the gallery all at some level inform the work made in situ. Thank you to those of you who visited.

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Work made by Lucy Brown during Shed Space Gallery Residency. Arts at the Old fire Station. Oxford June 2016. Copyright – © Lucy Brown 2016

 

Gallery residency – Work in progress; Shed Space Exhibition 2016

Working with a knicker elastic warp stretched around the gallery architecture steel post and attached to the ‘shed space’ shed, I have been free fall weaving and un- weaving with a mix of nylon undergarments and stockings… starting with the basement foundations of the Former Lucas Underwear Factory building in George Street Oxford…

Lucy Brown Shed Space Artist Residency 2016 before working in situ

Above; Shed Space Exhibition. Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford. Left ‘Total Support’ by Lucy Brown

Lucy Brown Shed Space Artist Res. Warp in progress 2016

above; Warp in Progress. Lucy Brown. Gallery Residency. Shed Space Exhibition Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford

Lucy Brown. Shed Space Artist Residency 2016. Lucy Brown working in situ Lucy Brown Former Lucas Underwear Factory building june 2016

above left; Lucy Brown weaving in situ. Gallery Residency. Shed Space Exhibition Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford

above right; Back of the former Lucas Underwear factory building. Back of George Street Oxford. Lucy Brown. Research

Next weeks’ Artist Residency…… the things we lost in the fire…. ???

Just thinking through my forthcoming 2-day Gallery Residency as part of the Shed Space Exhibition at The Old Fire Station, Oxford. My current research has brought me to the former Lucas Underwear factory and its fire of 1965…. In 1965 The Old Fire Station would of still been active as a fire station… The Former Lucas Underwear Factory building still stands opposite the Old Fire Station in George Street, Oxford….. some thing to mull over….

 

I will be weaving in response to my research findings somewhere in the gallery at The Old fire Station on Friday 24 June & Saturday 25 June, 11am – 6pm. I am also leading a two hour workshop session on Saturday 25 June, 1pm – 3pm.

 

Shed Space continues until 2nd July 2016 at The Gallery, Arts at the Old Fire Station (AOFS). 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ. Tel 01865 263990

For further information and booking please go to http://www.oldfirestation.org.uk/exhibit/shed-space/

 Lucas underwear factory oxford fire 1965

The packing and posting of ‘Total Support’

I have just packed up and posted a new wall based sculpture titled ‘Total Support’ to Arts at the Old fire Station in Oxford. ‘Total Support’ will be part of ‘Shed Space’ and will be on display from 20 May – 2 July 2016

“Shed Space is a group exhibition installation exploring the notion of the shed as a making space. The shed has been integral to the creative making process throughout history. Examples of those working out of their shed include Harley and Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Walt Disney, Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, William Blake, Henry Moore and Tracy Emin. In recent times, the shed has smartened up and undergone a social transformation to become an office, a studio or simply a place to think”.

“Central to the exhibition will be the garden shed built within the Old Fire Station main gallery. Complete with an environmentally sustainable living roof, it will be a sculptural element and a backdrop for visiting artists to use for creative workshops, demonstrations and events”.

As part of the 2-day Meet the Artist residencies I will be weaving in situ somewhere in the gallery on Friday 24 June & Saturday 25 June 2016, 11am – 6pm. I am also leading a two hour workshop on Saturday 25 June 2016, 1pm – 3pm.

For further information and booking please go to http://www.oldfirestation.org.uk/exhibit/shed-space/

Come and see ‘Total Support’ in situ, she looks a little different once under tension.

Packing up Total Supportlayering tissue paper over Total SupportAlmost done, installment instructions for Total Support

‘Re-fashioned’ exhibition. 6th March – 25th April 2015

‘Re-fashioned’ opens today at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Oxford. The artists exhibiting as part of ‘Re-fashioned’ are Bill Jackson, Lucy Brown, Sally Richardson and Shelly Goldsmith. I have been installing ‘Waiting for you to…’ and ‘please don’t look at me like that’ at the Old Fire Station Gallery this week ready for today’s opening of ‘Re-fashioned’. I will be leading a workshop event on Saturday 11th April 2015 at the Old fire Station. For further details and visiting times for Re-Fashioned please see link below.

photos – Installing ‘Waiting for you to…’ and ‘ please don’t look at me like that’ for Re-Fashioned, Old Fire Station. Oxford.

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Lucy Brown. Installing please don't look at me like that. OFS oxford

Lucy Brown. Installing Please don't look at me like that

 

 

Arts at the Old Fire Station

Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ

www.oldfirestation.org.uk

 

Caroline Lucas MP visits Robertson Yard Studios, Brighton. 13th Feb 2015

As a former recipient of the Crafts Council ‘Setting Up Grant’, I was asked by the Crafts Council if I would host a studio visit for Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion. As I am in a group studio complex where there are currently 14 different creative practices ranging from metalwork, ceramics, textiles, to illustration and painting, it seemed a great opportunity to give breadth to such a visit through involving other Robertson Yard creatives.

As a Crafts Councils initiative, the studio visit was one of a series of national studio visits set up by the Crafts Council “to offer local politicians across parties the opportunity to understand more about craft and the creative businesses in their constituency. The Crafts Council is keen that those elected understand as much as possible about making and the needs of craft businesses!” (Crafts Council UK 2014).

Also attending the Robertson Yard Studio visit with Caroline Lucas was Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of the Crafts Council,  Jayne Tyler, Senior Relationship Manager, Visual Arts, Arts Council England, John McPherson, Relationship Manager, Visual Arts, Arts Council England, Matt Smith, a ceramicist representing CraftNet and Professor Bruce Brown, Brighton University and Crafts Council trustee.

Visitors were led around individual studios whilst engaging with some of Robertson Yard’s Artists in situ. Areas of discussion included the needs and challenges for small/individual practices at different stages of their careers, the importance of affordable and appropriate studio spaces – (Robertson Yard being one of these, one of the few in Brighton), practicalities of creative apprentice schemes, changes in local creative communities, and how to make space for critical discourse.

Thank you to those who volunteered their time, thoughts, commitment and support for the visit.

Left to right with back to camera - Professor Bruce Brown, John McPherson and Matt Smith. Back – Left (side facing) Caroline Lucas and back right (facing), ceramicist Emily Gardiner discussions in EG studio.

Left to right with back to camera – Professor Bruce Brown, John McPherson and Matt Smith. Back – Left (side facing) Caroline Lucas and back right (facing), ceramicist Emily Gardiner discussions in EG studio.

Caroline Lucas talking with Painter Perdita Sinclair

Caroline Lucas talking with Painter Perdita Sinclair in PS studio

Metal Worker and Sculpture Jon Mills and Mr Watt (centre) talking with Caroline Lucas in JM studio

Metal Worker and Sculpture Jon Mills and Mr Watt (centre) talking with Caroline Lucas in JM studio

Left to right Caroline Lucas, foreground back of John McPherson, Artist Guy Holden, Matt Smith, Rosy Greenlees; discussions in Guy Holden’s and Avril Wilson studio

Left to right Caroline Lucas, foreground back of John McPherson, Artist Guy Holder, Matt Smith, Rosy Greenlees; discussions in Guy Holder’s and Avril Wilson studio

Left to right Professor Bruce Brown, John McPherson, Artist Avril Wilson, Rosy Greenlees discussions in Guy Holden’s and Avril Wilson studio

Left to right Professor Bruce Brown, John McPherson, Artist Avril Wilson, Rosy Greenlees discussions in Guy Holder’s and Avril Wilson studio

Left to right Professor Bruce Brown, Jayne Tyler, Caroline Lucas, Matt Smith. Foreground with back to camera Rosy Greenlees, right Painter Taina Corbett discussions in TC studio.

Left to right Professor Bruce Brown, Jayne Tyler, Caroline Lucas, Matt Smith. Foreground with back to camera Rosy Greenlees, right Painter Taina Corbett discussions in TC studio.

Left Matt Smith, middle Graphic Artist Rhys Wootton discussing work with Caroline Lucas in RW studio.

Left Matt Smith, middle Graphic Artist Rhys Wootton discussing work with Caroline Lucas in RW studio.

 

 

Skills in the Making Workshop – Wednesday 15th January 2014

I ran my ‘Meaning, making and materials’ workshop last Wednesday.  St Marylebone C.E. School, London hosted the workshop and participants were a lovely enthusiastic mix of primary and secondary school teachers from around London, south east and mid regions.  This workshop is part of the ‘Skills in the Making’ programme now run by NSEAD. http://www.nsead.org/home/index.aspx

“Skills in the Making offers a blended professional development programme for teachers of art, craft and design delivered by makers.” http://www.nsead.org/craft/skills.aspx

I have been running workshops for ‘Skill in the Making’ since 2009.

Wednesday’s workshop session introduced simple and adaptable weaving techniques using low cost materials giving starting points and suggestions for possible bigger classroom projects. Unwanted items of clothing were used as raw materials which opened up thoughts around making, material and meaning.

Thank you to Penny Jones (Skills in the Making co-ordinator), St Marylebone C.E. School’s Art Department Staff and all who participated in the workshop.

Meaning, making and materials workshop session 15th Jan 2014. led by Lucy Brown Workshop Outcomes. 15th Jan 2014.Workshop session 15th Jan 2014. Led by Lucy Brown.

Meaning, making and materials workshop 15th Jan 2014. Led by Lucy Brown