Felicity Bristow + Susie Wilson
Starting their commission at the 2019 Art Walk, Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson are currently artists in residence ‘Working the Land' for 12 months from their garden shed at Plot 55b at Craigentinny Telferton Allotments.
Owing though to the current Covid-19 lockdown they are currently exploring a new direction in their project with them having to pause physical work on their plot for the time being. In the meantime they are developing a home growing project together and with people they ran social engagement work with last year providing seeds for growing at home.
Follow their Instagram project page to find out more @plot_55b
If you would like to participate in their home growing project please email Susie here
In the meantime they continue to develop their ’Tilth & Tillage' journal which originally began in Sept 2019 recording the weather and wildlife observed at their plot, noting tips from visitors about working the allotments and recording the health of the soil and growing conditions in the surrounding area. Gardening advice will continue to 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.
We will update this page with information about future community engagement events should lockdown conditions enable this to happen, hopefully in the relatively near future.
Felicity & Susie were recently interviewed online by Genevieve Fay about their continued project and how it is to continue to work together, apart. They discuss how the project evolved, and some of the new directions their work is now taking, read here
You can also follow the AWP residency on instagram at: @Plot_55b
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SUN 8TH MARCH 2020, 2.30-3.30PM
A celebration of planting two new apple trees on Plot 55b. With apple themed verse, song and toast to the new trees followed by a walk to wake the trees at Craigentinny & Telferton Allotments for a bountiful growing season in 2020.
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)
Images by: Elle McMaster