First Artists Q&A Lucy Harvey #The GrottoProject

Welcome to the first of this years Q&A’s from some of our artists and makers taking part Sale Arts Trail 2015.

The Q&A’s will be mostly from our new exhibitors and from artists that are running projects with Sale Arts Trail like Lucy Harvey and The Grotto Project. We welcome Lucy Harvey!

LUCY HARVEY

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

My practice is research based and I create projects which culminate in public events, objects and installations. I am interested in our relationship with objects and the way that their interpretation can be manipulated, mostly through museum and personal collection. I use preexisting objects and materials in my work which I manipulate in response to ideas about authorship and legacy. I also often mimic the methods of production or forms of objects I have researched so I use quite a wide range of materials and processes and enjoy making things outside of a specialism.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Objects, control, legacy, collection and interpretation.

Where is your studio? 

I am curently based at Rogue Artist Studios, Manchester.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio.

Everyday is different with site visits, research trips, drawing, writing.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I am working on The Grotto Project, a collaborative collection of historic objects and stories from around Sale which will be used to create a site specific installation in the shopping centre as part of this year’s Sale Arts Trail. I have worked with local residents to gather domestic and commercial artefacts such as old bottles, shoes and crockery and to discuss Sale’s social history. The objects and our discussions are informing the development of The Grotto sculpture and the artwork responds to ideas about heritage more widely, particularly looking at our fascination, and our romanticisation of, the past. The work is also inspired by museum dioramas, Vanitas and Flemish still life paintings and by photographs of Sale residents from 75-100 years ago held in Trafford Image Archive so it brings together quite a few ideas.

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Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I had pieces in Sale Waterside Arts Centre from a body of work which responded to the repair and maintenance of the canal ways.

What venue will you be exhibiting at on this years trail?

The Grotto sculpture will be installed in Town Square shopping centre and we have a documentation of the project nearby in the old Coopers Sports window.

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Tell us something we don’t know.

The Grotto Project is supported by Arts Council England through funding from the National Lottery; Sale Locality Partnership through the Make Sale Smile funding programme, and by Sale Arts Trail. Thank you to them for making The Grotto Project possible. Follow the project online: http://www.thegrottoproject.wordpress.com

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