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Felicity Bristow

Felicity’s experimental contemporary practice uses bookbinding techniques and materials, it includes investigations in paper chromatography with manufactured and natural pigments, site specific artist books, printmaking, photography and installations to form unique abstract works revealing ephemeral and ‘alternative truths’ about the built environment or natural landscapes.

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 lives in the Scottish Borders developing her own research-based practice at her home studio.

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); 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.