Artist Residency - Alistair Livingstone
We're delighted to be continuing our 'Visit Print' self-arranged residency programme at BPW this summer. Our first guest, Alistair Livingstone has had, and continues to have a busy creative career across design, production, art and yoga (we think the latter should be more widely adopted, life is that arts can be very stressful!). We look froward to seeing how is work develops over the month and he'll be giving and artist talk on Tuesday June 25th at 6pm about his creative practice and new work.
For now, we asked him for some 'about' details:
Most of my working life has been as a designer and director for the theatre and I have had the opportunity to work internationally in the largest of opera houses and in small scale studio spaces. At the same time I have lectured in art and design up to post-graduate level and worked as consultant on arts based projects particularly in Australia. My personal arts practice includes exhibitions in England, Germany and Australia. I came to Northern Ireland with my partner, the writer and film maker Csilla Toldy, soon after the Good Friday Agreement where, until recently, I have worked largely as a yoga therapist, whilst still continuing to work on small scale personal arts projects.
After a self funded residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in 2016 and later with the support of a grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland I began to work on a series of images loosely based on the idea of ‘falling’. These were further developed at Creative Spark in Dundalk, where I was the Artist in Residence from December 2018 to February 2019. Printed as large Giclèe images, the resulting the 'Falling or Flying' exhibition was shown at the Down Arts Centre in April 2019. Earlier in 2019, I mounted a retrospective exhibition of Designs for the Theatre at the Market Place Arts Gallery in Armagh, Northern Ireland, which included costume designs, models and working drawings.
I am delighted to have been accepted as the Artist in Residence at the Belfast Print Workshop for the month of June 2019, where I have chosen stone lithography as my medium. I have not worked in this way for over forty years and so I have signed up for Helen Lavery’s workshops and I am already feeling like a child with a new box of toys!
Above images are from the Icarus series at the 'Falling or Flying' exhibition, 2019.