Felicity Bristow + Susie Wilson
Starting their commission at this year's AWP2019, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson will be artists in residence ‘Working the Land' for 12 months from the garden shed at Plot 55b at Craigentinny Telferton Allotments.
Each weekend during AWP2019 (Sat 7th + Sun 8th Sept and Sat 14th + Sun 15th Sept 2019) they will welcome visitors to their plot [55b] to make seedling pots and seed packets that can be used to get organised for the coming year of planning and growing. Using various printing techniques simple designs will be printed onto brown paper, newspaper and recycled papers and then folded into origami envelopes to house seeds for the seed library the artists are establishing in the shed, or made into pots for growing seedlings. The artists will be in residence at the weekends 11 - 4pm, all ages welcome and any top growing tips appreciated!
All visitors will also be able to add to the ’Tilth & Tillage' journal where Bristow and Wilson will begin to record the weather and wildlife they see during the year, note tips from visitors about working the allotments and record the health of the soil on the plot and growing conditions in the surrounding area. Gardening advice will be collected and referred to during their year long residency which will also involve researching the history of the allotments, talking to plot holders about their experiences growing on the site and recording changes and challenges they have overcome while resident at the allotments.
Two sites have been identified for the artists to develop; a shaded area by the shed at plot [55b] and a sunny area of wild planting beside one of the pathways. Next year during AWP2020 the artists will welcome visitors back to reflect on the year of ‘Working the Land’ and how the legacy of the project can be continued and developed with the allotment community.
You can also follow the AWP residency on instagram at: @Plot_55b
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Felicity’s site-specific work is an exploration of line, narrative, material and the pervading spirit of place or ‘genius loci’. Felicity is fascinated with words, with making, researching and exploring the physical structure of books and buildings site specifically.
Felicity studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (1993 – 99) and qualified as an architect, practising in Edinburgh until 2008 while also teaching part time at ECA (2003 – 07). In Summer 2016 she completed a MA in Contemporary Art Practice, with Merit. She now lives and works as an artist in the Scottish Borders developing her own research-based practice in her WASP’s studio (Selkirk) and works part time for the Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) in Selkirk and North Light Arts in Dunbar.
Susie's work examines the relationship between the hidden and the seen both metaphorically and physically. Exploring the book form enables her to combine print, paint and collage in a more sculptural way. The intimacy of holding the book, each page hiding then revealing the next, creates an atmosphere that is deeply personal. She is interested in this sense of revelation. Layers of translucent paper, stitched and cut into, obscure the forms and images creating a tension between the various areas reflecting the delicacy, fragility and subtlety of the subject.
Susie Wilson graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1992 with a BA (Hons) Degree and PostGrad. in Drawing and Printmaking. She won two scholarships to Athens School of Fine Art (1990) and to Seville School of Fine Art (1992) to study printmaking. In 2001 she gained a place on the CATS course (Creative and Technical Skills Programme) run by the Print Studio at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Her work has been shown in many group exhibitions in Scotland, most recently at WASPS, Patriothall, Edinburgh (2012), MacNaughtans Bookshop, Edinburgh (2011), Society of Scottish Artists (2012),Visual Arts Scotland (2012), Andrew Grant Gallery (Edinburgh College of Art, 2011), Dundee Contemporary Arts (2002) and Meffan Gallery (2002). Her books and prints have also been exhibited abroad in India (2010) and the USA (2011). Her work is in the collection of the City Art Centre, Edinburgh Fine Art Library and Edinburgh College of Art. She has taught Printmaking and Artist Books at Edinburgh College of Art for ten years and also teaches in adult education and schools in and around Edinburgh. Recently awarded Sally Schofield Memorial Prize, (Visual Arts Scotland, 2015) and Nancy Graham Memorial Book Prize (VAS, 2014)