Eva Joy Lawrence London, United Kingdom
I am a multidisciplinary artivist whose ideas circulate around protest, apocalyptic possibilities, climate change and utopia. I often take an anarchic view to traditional spaces for art and prefer using public interventions and community collaborations to spark energy for change.
I have a degree in Fine Art and Art History from Manchester School of Art and The University of Barcelona. I am currently based in London and I have always lived in cities; the grit and absurdity of which are often captured in my works. My practice sits on a line between humour and horror, humour being a useful tool with which to approach hyperobjects such as the climate crisis and neoliberal global capitalism. I regularly use recycled materials and objects collected from the streets to make work as an act of non-monetary exchange, community cleaning and through which I enjoy subverting the elitism which surrounds the art world.
Recent features: 'Unmuted' Sky Arts Interview Season 2 Episode 5, 'Protest' exhibition at Fronteer Gallery Sheffield, 'The Absurd' exhibition at The Crypt Gallery London with FUBAR Collective, 'Climate Change & Visual Culture' virtual exhibition and publication with Temporary Contemporary Huddersfield, 'Future Visions' Hounslow Council, The FLUX Review V2 Exhibition, 'Spring Exhibition' with VANE Gallery, SHIM Art Network and TSDAP, 'Inner-City: Out of Place' virtual exhibition with Stay Connected VE, 'The Postcard Project' with Artists Responding To, 'Why?' Online exhibition for Cultivate Gallery and Organ Thing, 'Little Voices' exhibition Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, 'Grassroots' zine feature for The MASS, 'Walled' exhibition at Hulme Community Garden Centre.
Projects and exhibitions
31/08/2021 — 03/09/2021
A pop-up group exhibition around the theme of protest. I exhibited three works.
|Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield||Details|
26/08/2021 — 30/08/2021
Curated by FUBAR Collective, The Absurd featured the work of forty artists responding to the theme. Set in the amazing space of London’s Crypt Gallery, visitors were invited to wander around the 200-year-old crypt & immerse themselves in visual, interactive & performance art. I displayed five works; my Venting in Ryebank short film, large A...[Read more]
|The Crypt Gallery, London||Details|
The Postcard Project
14/08/2021 — 15/08/2021
At the beginning of November 2020, and the start of the UK’s second national lockdown, ARTISTS RESPONDING TO ... sent 200 postcards across the UK to 200 artists. These artists were invited to reflect on the year 2020 and create artwork directly onto the postcards. The artistic responses in the project range from paintings, drawings, lino...[Read more]
|147 Stoke Newington Highstreet, London||Details|
Unmuted Sky Arts
04/08/2021 — ongoing
I was featured on Licklemore Production's 'Unmuted' to discuss my work and how art can engage in protest and environmental discourse. Series 2 Episode 5.
|Sky TV, Televised||Details|
Medusas: The Life Of Plastic
26/07/2021 — 31/08/2021
I displayed my recycled plastic jellyfish in this eco-friendly store in Tyne-mouth for the month of August. Dangled around the shop they provoked conversations about plastic waste but also how jellyfish populations are expanding due to waring waters and overfishing of their predators.
|Buy the Kilo Gallery, Tynemouth||Details|
27/06/2021 — ongoing
Little Voices, Kensington + Chelsea Art Week
A group exhibition curated by Amy Jackson as the closing event of Kensington and Chelsea Art Week consisting of both emerging and established artists addressing the topic: transforming society to solve the climate crisis and the greatest inequalities of our time. Little Voices comprised of sculpture, performance, spoken word and visual art...[Read more]
|Chelsea Telephone Exchange, London||Details|
Black Lives Matter Protest
I set up this event with the help of BLM West London and Extinction Rebellion Richmond to provide an opportunity to protest for those who did not want to risk going into Parliament Square to join the bigger marches in town. I timed the silence, publicised the event and provided large banners to line this busy street. I believe this protest...[Read more]
|Kew Green, London||Details|
As an alternative to the final show of my degree I decided to put on an exhibition along the brick walls and back fences of my small street, inviting local kids and artists to join me. The day brought a sense of community to streets around us and has inspired me to keep making more unconventional spaces for art. You can view the exhibition at:...[Read more]
Walled, Hulme Community Garden Centre
29/02/2020 — 03/03/2020
A group exhibition organised by likeminded young artists making work about climate in this much loved community garden centre.
|Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester||Details|
All-Saints Takeover Protest
14/02/2020 — 14/10/2020
I organised this protest event to raise awareness of the Save Ryebank Fields campaign among the student population as it is Manchester Metropolitan University who are selling off the land given to them by the council to be used as a student resource. The event coincided with a Climate Strike march into town and with Valentines Day hence the...[Read more]
|All Saints Square, Manchester||Details|
30 Pieces of Bronze
13/06/2019 — 15/06/2019
In this beautiful squatted art center in the hills of Barcelona myself and other artists from my metalwork class at The University of Barcelona Belles Artes put on an exhibition of our works in bronze alongside La Experimental’s weekend program of music and meditation events.
|La Experimental, Tibidabo, Barcelona||Details|