Spike Island

Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsPhilippa Lawrence and Tom Prater


Saturday 24 November 2012, 2pm


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Behind the Scenes Studio Visits

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

Philippa Lawrence’s practice embraces land and environmental art, the use of textiles in a fine art context, and the relationship between art, craft and design. Her philosophy is one of learning through making, engaging with studio practice as well as site-specific responses. Interest relates to mans’ relationship to land, nature and place, boundaries, ownership and an increasing concern with imposed limitations, and an encroachment on our wild spaces: both the public and geographic, and the private and internal. 

Her work pivots on material exploration, drawing out a material’s ability to carry metaphor and speak of human experience, and in a positioning of materials to assist an understanding or an analysis of site and a re-activation of space. She is especially interested in the potential for the language of textiles to connect people to place.

Lawrence was awarded funding from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2016 to research threatened craft industries. Her work has been presented in Japan, Czech Republic, Australia, Canada, the US and Singapore, and been exhibited in significant international Textile Art exhibitions, most recently Cloth & Memory {2} at Salts Mill, Saltaire (2013). She is currently developing work for Hestercombe in Taunton.

She is Principal Lecturer at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Tom Prater

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.

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.

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