Bankside Hotel x Contemporary Collective are thrilled to welcome British Contemporary Artist Lucy Stevens to the Art Yard Gallery as their next Artist in Residence. During the course of her residency, Lucy will create a new collection of 2D mixed media artworks to explore the birdlife along the River Thames and Tower Bridge including local and invasive species.
The residency will present a rare opportunity for Lucy to focus on an area in London where birdlife is under threat, when it should be flourishing by the river and surrounding areas. With this concept in mind, will develop relationships with local members and volunteers of birding societies in London and the London Wildlife Trust. In addition, Lucy will have discussions in advance and during her time in London to discover the best places to go bird watching and also share observational and conservation data that can bi incorporated into her artwork.
As part of her residency, visitors can expect to see the development of a variety of works on paper and canvas to include photography of bird skins from the natural science collection at the Leicester Museum. Lucy will also gather field recordings at dawn in various locations by the river and underwater recordings using specialist microphones to visualise the sound and incorporate it into her drawings and paintings using mixed media.Lucy also plans to create a collection of small drawings exploring intense colour combinations using wax pastels to highlight some of the places she has been inspired by including bird watching spots and areas managed by the Wildlife Trust along the river.
In total, Lucy aims to produce at least 15 artworks at various sizes from A5 to A0 in size.For the duration of her residency, Lucy will take over the Contemporary Collective Instagram account to document her experience in the studio space. This takeover will feature process shots and final artworks to provide insight into Lucy’s creative process, as well as weekly summaries including video clips of various activities taking place in the Art Yard Gallery.
Lucy will host a range of events whilst in residency, including a Visualising Birdsong and Collage Workshop and discussion with the Wildlife Trust about the various birds of London.
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