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Felicity Bristow

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 site specifically. In recent work Felicity has been exploring the complexities of the ‘analogue book’ in abstract and developing the themes of ‘transformation’ and ‘abstraction’ of the book as an object and container with a restricted palette of materials: naturally distilled pigments, saline, paper and linen thread or rope. Felicity’s research is conducted and informed by using real-time scientific methods revealing ephemeral and ‘alternative truths’ about site.

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 at her home studio  and works part time for the Yuill Community Trust and Camerons Architects.

Recent selected exhibitions include: Tools for Survival with Liz Douglas and Jenny Pope, Hawick Museum, Hawick (2020); Tools for Survival with Liz Douglas and Jenny Pope, The Briggait, Glasgow (2019); edgelands, Art Walk Porty (Bristow + Wilson), Edinburgh (2017); Art Walk Porty and Journey Lines, Edinburgh (2016); #Popsicle, ECA Masters Degree Show, Edinburgh (2016); Interim, MA/ MFA exhibition, Talbot Rice Gallery, UoE/ ECA, Edinburgh (2016); Salon-athon, Embassy Members’ Show, The Embassy, Edinburgh (2016); Hidden Doors Festival, Edinburgh (2015); Visual Arts Scotland annual exhibitions (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019); Working Perspectives, Tweeddale Museum & Gallery, Peebles (2015).

Selected residencies, commissions and awards include: Artists in Residence at C&T Allotments, Plot 55b, ‘Working the Land’ Art Walk Porty (Bristow + Wilson), Edinburgh (2019-2020); Rough Mix Creative Lab, with Magnetic North, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles (2017), Journey Lines, commission funded by Scotrail, artist residency on train, Edinburgh (2016); Reflections Selkirk, commission for #Reflections exhibition, Selkirk (2016); Invited artist, GRAS/ British Council Maker Library, Gayfield, Edinburgh (2015); Working Perspectives, Artist in Residence with Tweeddale Youth Action, Peebles (2015); Art Walk Porty, Poem for Puerto bello, temporary installation on Portobello Prom, Edinburgh (2015); The Hope Scott Trust Bursary to support CPD & Research (2016); Visual Arts & Craft Makers Award (South of Scotland) to support CPD & Research (2016); University of Edinburgh #ILW2016, Award for Collaboration (2016); RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal, Commendation (2000); Andrew Grant Bequest (1999); Building Design Magazine, Top 100 Young Designers in the UK (1999); Edinburgh Civic Medal, Civic Medal Exhibitions, shortlisted (1998). Felicity has work in the collection of Edinburgh City Libraries (Fine Art).

Felicity is available for commissions.


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