Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsPhilippa Lawrence and Tom Prater
Artists based in studios at Spike Island invite visitors into their working spaces to learn more about their processes and inspirations. These informal encounters feature a short introduction by the artist, followed by an opportunity for questions and conversation.
Pip Lawrence, whose work introduces textiles into the landscape, shares the methods she uses for working on large-scale, site-sensitive projects.
Tom Prater is a member of artist collective Bristol Diving School, and here presents some of the group’s projects as well as the pressures and benefits of working collaboratively.
Philippa Lawrence studied Fine Art Printmaking at Norwich School of Art, gaining an MA from the Royal College of Art in 1993. She lives in Bristol and is Principal Lecturer on Textiles and Artist Designer:Maker at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has been a studio holder since 2007. Lawrence's practice is site-sensitive, concerned with boundaries, land use and ownership.
Recent commissions include Darning the Land: Sewn, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury (2013), Darning the Land:Seam, Swadlincote, Derbyshire (2011), Bound V-57 at Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois (2011) and Barcode FB:814 at Mortimer Forest, Ludlow (2011). Her work has been included in publications such as Sculpture, Embroidery, Site-ations, Breaking Ground, Imaging Wales and Anima. She is currently working on a project for Salts Mill, Saltaire and is a new member of the research group 'Land2'.
Tom Prater (1987) was born in Portsmouth and studied at UWE, earning honours in BA Art & Visual Culture in 2010. He lives and works in Bristol and has been a Spike Island studio holder since late 2011.
Prater's practice is primarily concerned with working collaboratively as part of artist collective Bristol Diving School. Recent exhibitions include RoundRect at Supermarket, Stockholm (2012), The Event at Lombard Method, Birmingham (2011) and Mandelbox at Nomadenetappe Gallery, Linz (2011). Having co-coordinated the artist-led space Bristol Diving School in 2011, his practice is now concentrated on facilitating artists' discourse through further critical and cultural avenues.