Lisa Risbec West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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West Yorkshire based visual artist. Alongside my practice I work in an archive as Imaging Assistant. I worked as a creative facilitator, mentor, curator & researcher for 10 years, for orgs such as Cartwheel Arts, Pool Arts and ARC. Now studying MA in Fine Art working with themes of materiality, archival practice, personal histories and collecting.

My work is about objects, found, accumulated and made. It's about systems of archiving, organizing, arranging and it is about memory, how I relate to the objects and how objects can relate to our emotions.

I create installations using film, photography, ceramics and collage that retell a story of a certain time or deal with the archive in some way. I work with processes of collecting, sorting, arranging, transforming and thinking about how this physical process could transform the self psychically. Drawing from methods in archiving, performance and autotheory.


Object drawings, found objects, paper, ceramics, stones, fabric, 2023


Permission to Breathe, Cut up texts from archiving guidelines on accessioning and deaccessioning objects. Photocopier colla, 2023


Everything I Didn’t Want, Paper, cardboard, porcelain, video, pebbles, photographic print, 2023


Holding Pattern, Collage/ photographic print, 2022


Anything could come out of that egg!, 2020


The Sea was my Delight, Video loop, 2019/2020


All true Histories, Screenprint and embroidery on vintage handkerchiefs, 2019/2020


Something is always far away, Emulsion on board, 2019/2020


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Good Luck Charm, Photographed assemblage, hand bound using Turkish map fold and housed in a protective box., 2018


Current studio practice, Sculpture, Screen print, 2018 - 2020


Photographic works, 2015 -2017


Aquisition Preserve, 2017


Painting the town, 2016


Bricks, 2016


Our Streets, Stop Motion Animation, 2016


The earth runs red, Found objects, Iron Ore pigment, 2016


A different kind of map, Found objects, paint, 2015


Projects and exhibitions


What? Why? How?

30/11/2023 — 14/12/2023

Group show with Artist BERT

PR1 Gallery, Preston Details

Holding Pattern

29/04/2022 — 12/06/2022

Holding Pattern features a selection of collaged and constructed drawings, produced by Lisa Risbec over the last four years. The works range from minimalist still lives, created using found fragments of colour and texture and transformed into limited edition digital collages, to pieces that begin to transfer these ideas into a 3D form. With a...

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Imaginary Wines, Todmorden Details

Postcards from the Futuro

01/11/2020 — ongoing

Exhibition featuring 6 artists plus archival material exploring the Futuro house one of which was situated in Todmorden.

Todmorden information centre, Todmorden Details

The Anne Brontë Exhibition


Exhibition at South Square commemorating Anne's bicentenary. Four artists and two schools produced contemporary responses to Anne's life and work.

South Square arts centre, Bradford Details

The Art of Magic exhibition


Presented by Folklore Tapes and The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. This was an exhibition and performance based on missing artefacts once found in the archive of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Thirty contemporary artists imaginatively re-scored and re-stored these mysteriously lost magical charms, tools and spells through video,...

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Touring, Todmorden, London, Boscastle, Exeter Details

The earth runs red


Doremifasolasido Residency: Florence Mine, Egremont During the summer of 2016 I took part in this Artist-led group residency that takes place each year at different art centres across rural Cumbria. Culminating in an exhibition.

Florence arts centre, Egremont Details

A different kind of map


The work was created during a residency at Regents Trading Estate as part of Islington Mill Art Academy, where I found myself working in direct response to the space around the warehouse.

The area is in transition, with developments springing up, unused land being cleared and talks about what the area will be used for. I found myself...

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Nexus gallery window space, Manchester Details

Islington Mill Art Academy residency


Islington Mill, Salford Details
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