Robyn Woolston United Kingdom
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Robyn Woolston is a visual artist who works across installation, photography, moving image and print. From socially engaged practice to site-specific responses her work seeks to harvest, uncover and re-appropriate what is 'left behind' from archetypal narratives to manufacturing by-products.

'Robyn often examines issues that others shy away from, from difficult emotions to consumer waste. In so doing, she seeks to make visible that which is forgotten, left behind and discarded.' Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art. National Museums Liverpool

Her work has featured within National Geographic Traveller, Psychologies Magazine, the New York Times Dot Earth Blog as well as on the front cover of the Green Party magazine: Green World (issue 79). During 2012 she won the Liverpool Art Prize and was awarded a solo show in 2013 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, during which she exhibited 3.6 tonnes of post-consumer waste prior to recycling. Previous installations have included 7500 ice-cream containers, 45,000 carrier bags, a selection of trees from Ash to Silver Birch as well as a reproduction Las Vegas sign.

In 2014 she exhibited her photography in São Paulo, Brazil, whilst contributing as a panel member to the International Solid Waste World Congress.

After a successful residency funded by Arts Council Wales at Penrhyn Castle, National Trust, during 2016, 2017 saw her undertake the inaugural Artist in Residence commission with the Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) in Inverness. These commissions marked the beginning of a new chapter of archive-based, long-form, residencies.

Throughout 2018 she will be working with the Cheltenham Trust and The Wilson Gallery on a socially-engaged residency focusing on the lives of World War One soldiers from historical and contemporary perspectives. Culminating in an exhibition during Autumn 2018, the work will focus upon Health and Wellbeing as well as conflict-based narratives related to the Great War.

She has shown across the UK, Europe and Australia.


Summer Has Been Turned To Winter By The Guns, Installation, 2017, P.O.A.


STRIKE PENRHYN, Installation, 2016, P.O.A.


REVOLUTION, Installation, 2017, P.O.A.


HARVESTMENT, Installation, 2015


HOUSE OF SOUND, Installation, 2014


LAST, Installation, 2012, P.O.A.


Previous projects


Art Safari

28/10/2014 to 14/04/2015

ART SAFARI = A 10 part, fortnightly, exploration of art that combines creative play with gallery visits, artists talks, a walking tour and sketchbook working. Based in Hull, the programme invited participants to explore new spaces, join in with practical sessions and ask questions. The course actively embraced the Five Ways to Health and...

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