Thursday, 28 December 2017

Les Bicknell Eva’s Place Sibton Green Saxmundham Suffolk IP17 2JX
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Commissions since 2000

unfoldingthinking, 2017
A year with NanoTech DTC collaborating with PhD students and academics at the Maxwell Centre for Nanotechnology in Cambridge. The project sought to extend an understanding between cutting edge science and contemporary art, specifically making connections between nanotechnology and the making of bookworks. Outcomes include a series of interventions within labs and communal spaces, films, artworks, exhibitions, papers and workshops.

Build your own: tools for sharing, 2016         
Working in the Castle Museum, Norwich during the Build your own exhibition. Engaging with members of the public and creating a number of films exploring the process of making. The work built on the collaborative work I had recently engaged in within the NanoPhotonics Centre in Cambridge University. Working with the Director Prof. Jeremy J. Baumberg on an experimental project

Parallel Practices. 2015
A collaborative project with the Crafts Council and Kings College London. Working in collaboration with Thrishantha Nanayakkara Senior lecturer, King's College London and jeweller Naomi Mcintosh to explore soft robotics - squeeze fold bend and expand - Structural Memory in Deformable Objects.

unpicking and rebinding. 2013 - 14
Working with Ipswich Record Office, Museum of East Anglia and The Costume and Textile study Centre in Norwich to explore the role of the fold within historical and contemporary textiles and printed material to create a body of work, a book and film.

Creative Carers. 2013
An Artlink pilot project to enable the writing of a report - working within residential homes with carers of the elderly, developing their own creativity and supporting their work with the elderly residents .

Bookmare. 2012
Creating a body of work for the first bookmare at Camberwell College of the arts – to include an illustrated talk and the design of the print material for the exhibition.

The big book. 2012
The creation of a large bookwork for the learning programme at firstsite gallery. The piece celebrates the history of the space from its inception to the first exhibition alongside ideas including looking, thinking, colour and illusion. The book is to be used as a tool to engage the public in the exploration and understanding of the permanent and touring exhibitions.

Journey to the podium. 2012
A commission for Essex County Council – to create a collaborative bookwork with an athlete for the 2012 Olympics. Working with Dan Bentley, paralympian gold medallist, boccia player to create a piece that connects the audience to the experience of Boccia. The work has a functionality that mirrors the initial simplicity of the sport; but when handled reveals the complexity and gamesmanship which is embedded within the game play.

Interactive print. 2011
Working with Firstsite, Colchester museum service and Essex schools to develop specialist print around the Roman Berryfield mosaic which is embedded within the floor of the space.

Wrapping the Corn Exchange with cornfields and sky. 2010
A temporary piece for Ipswich Borough Council which celebrated the history of the space whilst generating a moment of calm within the town. The 75m x 10m printed piece wrapped Ipswich Corn exchange while it was being redeveloped.

bench for Leiston. 2009  
Working with Suffolk Coastal District Council on the creation of an ‘art bench’ for the town of Leiston. The project involved working with all of year 8 pupils from Leiston Middle School, creating drawings at The Long shop Museum that were developed into designs which were then sandblasted into recycled stone blocks and sited in the main square.

Beyond. 2007 - 08
A piece for the Hythe area of Colchester which celebrates the stories of the people who used to work, live and play in the area before its redevelopment. The two piece artwork sits either side of a path and the continuous text is derived from reminiscence work with past residents of the area and workers from the laundry. The shapes are derived from the distinctive laundry building roof that was on the site. Supported by Barratt’s and delivered by Colchester Borough Council

Diss stones. 2008
The creation of a work with Diss Town Council and Cittislow sited at a Morrison’s store. The work celebrates the history of the site while providing a talking point for the residents of the town. The piece
takes the form of 4 large granite pieces in the shape of buildings formally located on the site with text/equations generated from community involvement sandblasted into it.

Temporary installation - based on ideas around Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. 2007
Large-scale installation for St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta. The piece explored concepts around the science of seeing and the myth of believing.

What is important? – Working on a housing estate in Great Cornard within the Housing Department of Babergh District Council. 2004 - 08
This became a 4-year project working to develop a permanent creative shared space. The work included working closely with the residents and all stakeholders to development a shared language with which to develop concepts and drawings. These became final inclusive pieces, including paths, which realigned the estate.

Writing instructions / reading words – a site-specific text based work at the Poetry Society and an artist book Here are my instructions. 2002
Curated, produced and edited by Redell Olsen and Susan Johanknecht with support from an Awards for All grant.

Multi-functional street furniture in the Quayside area and at St Crispin’s Urinal in Norwich. 2001
Developed with Norwich City Planning Department a large text fence and ‘functional’ text feature that explored the history of the developed space.

Louth Millennium sculpture project. 2000

A number of interventions around Louth with the sculptor Lawrence Edwards including 3 life-sized bronze figures and floor text panels. The work also involved working with local media to generate text, alongside workshops in schools and the generation of a one-off book and exhibition for the library. Commissioned by Louth Town Council and Commissions East. 

Queen’s Suffolk Book. 2000   
Creating an editioned book, a one off bookwork and web site for Suffolk County Council in celebration of the Queen’s jubilee visit to Suffolk.
Earlier Commissions include
North Kesteven District Council.             Alnwick Library.                         Sustrans.
Scunthorpe Borough Coucil.                  Essex University.                     Suffolk County Council 
Lincolnshire County Council.                 Eastern Arts Board.                  Crafts space Touring
Manchester Metropolitan University.      Birmingham City Council           Norfolk County Council.
National Museum of Scotland                Suffolk College                         The Minories   

Lead Artist roles since 2000

Dementia Quilt 2015
Supporting and co-ordinating a student engagement with a local nursing home in Norwich with NUA. Working with the residents, staff and students to develop a number of artworks to be located within Grenville Court residential home.

‘Home Zone’, Suffolk County Council Environment and Planning Department. 2002-5
Redesign of two new streets in Lowestoft within the context of the national 'homezone' design criteria with the residents of those streets, the business's, local and national services. This was a 3-year project and also included in the last year the generation of a creative team to build a new kind of manual for the residents to understand their new street which resulted in many digital interventions, a bookwork, CD ROM, web site and conference.

Marriott’s Way, cycle path, Norfolk County Council Planning and Transport Department. 2001-3
Working over 21 miles in liaison with 12 Parish Council, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council on the development of an artistic vision for the path. The work over a 3-year period included numerous consultation situations, developing the signage, the creation of a number of sculptural text interventions, the interpretative material, working with the Poet Esther Morgan on a YOTA project and the design of a bridge.

Artistic Director of the Millennium Gorleston Psalter Project. 2000-1
A collaborative community art project that included building an art team, working with over 200 volunteers and a team of artists and designers to develop, design, and create a one off Psalter. I then worked in collaboration with musicians, both professional and amateur to enact the book in a performance in the church that was involved in the commissioning the initial Psalter.

Selected one person shows since 2000
the  lesson                                            National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Jan 2000
reading landscapes                               Focal Point Gallery, Southend, Jan – March 2000
rural but not isolated                             Peasenhall and Sibton Youth club. June 2000
sibton                                                   Peasenhall and Sibton Youth club. May 2001
folded space                                         IP Gallery, Colchester, April 2003
suppose it is true after all?                    The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth April 2005
threads: mapped                                   Gallery 1.1 Town Hall Gallery, Ipswich Sept 08 – Mar 09
unpicking and rebinding                        Norwich Gallery, Nov 2013
unpicking and rebinding                        Museum of East Anglia, Stowmarket Sept – Nov 2013
unpicking and rebinding                        small tour includes Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds                                                             Record Offices, Castle Museum, Norwich May – Oct 2013
Les Bicknell                                          Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol, April 2014
plis croisés                                           imprints, Piegros La Castre, France, Aug – Sept 2014

Selected Group shows since 2000

Views across the Pond                          Blickling Hall National Trust House 2000
Inside Cover                                         Touring inc Oxford Brookes, 2001
On Paper. New paper art.                      Crafts Council, July – Aug 2001
Edges, Crossings, Thresholds.             Elizabeth Fry Building, UEA, July – Aug 2001
paper past/paper perfect                       MoDA, Feb - March 2002
paperworks                                           Norfolk Creative East Tour, May – June 2002
Right here, right now                             the Herbert, Coventry, Sept 2006
looking for                                            University of the arts, London March 2007
Action/interaction                                  Chicago Centre for Book and Paper May 2007
Picasso’s Laboratory                            St James Cavalier, Centre for Creativity, Valletta Malta 2007
From Book to Book                               Leeds Art Gallery, March – April 2008
The Last Book                                      National Library of Spain, May 2008
imprints                                                mediatheque La Durance, Cavaillon, France Jun – Aug 2009
we are the history of textiles                  Dragon Hall, Norwich, March – April 2010
exhibitor                                               Royal Academy Summer Exhibition July – Aug 2010
Prospero's Library                                 Studio 75, London April 2011
Modified Expression                              National Craft Gallery of Ireland, Kilkenny July – Sept 2011
“Between You and Me’                          Samwon Paper Gallery, Seoul Korea Nov – Dec 2011
rewind                                                 Texere bi-annual,  Kaunas Dec 2011
repeat                                                   Norwich Gallery Jan 2012
library of lost books                              Birmingham Library June 2012
bookmare                                             Camberwell space July 2012
The Art and Soul of Paper                     Various locations Norwich 2013
Codex: Between This and That              bookartbookshop London 2013
Boarders and Crossings                                    Dundee Aug 2013
International Artists Book Prize              Bank Street Arts, Sheffield October 2013
Resurrecting the Book                          Library of Birmingham, November 2013
DIY Cultures                                         Rich Mix - London May 2014
RUKSSIAN Artists’ Books                     Touring exhibition Tsaritsyno State Historical, Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum-Reserve, MoscowPavel Kuznetsov Museum, Saratov - Russia  2014-15
fashion 360                                           fashion week at NUA 2016
Art Language Location                          Cambridge 2016
paperscissorsbook                                a Northern craft touring show in 2016
we love your books                     
of average sunlight                               Kingsland  Project Space, March - May 2017

Grants and Awards since 2000

YOTA - Arts Council 2000
Working for a year with my Parish Council exploring the role of the artist in society. The outcomes were rich and varied including abstract signage, lighting the church, exhibitions in the village hall and editioned artworks each month for every household.

Commission East – Awards for Artists 2001

To work with The Museum of East Anglia Life, the artist Sue Brinkhurst and poet Esther Morgan to work on mapping the collection project.

Commissions East/Eastenglandarts – Awards for Artists 2002

To develop concepts and new work around ‘idea’ a virtual artwork in collaboration with the writer Robin Brooks.

Commissions East/Eastenglandarts – Awards for Artists 2003
Purchase of digital equipment to extend and develop practice.

Arts Council Grant recipient GFA 2013 – exploring the role of the fold within historical and contemporary textiles and printed material held in heritage collections within the Eastern region

Arts Council Grant recipient GFA 2016 - unfolding thinking sought to extend our understanding between cutting edge science and contemporary art, specifically making connections between nanotechnology and the making of bookworks at the Maxwell Centre in Cambridge.
Published writing and articles:
Artists Newsletter.                                Galleries magazine.
Artists Book Year Book.                       Catalogue statements as an artist and curator.
Engage 9                                              an
Norfolk CC P&T Website

Recent writing
work included in catalogue Buch Kunst Objekt published by Kunstmuseum Stuttgart       2016
'Smocking Is Evil?' Unpicking and Rebinding Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities.     2016    
unfoldingthinking making book art with scientists Artists Book Yearbook 2018-19     2017

Advisor/Board membership:
Artist advisor for L.H.C.C.
Panel member for the distribution of individual grants to artists for L.A.B.
Member of the working party validating the M.A. in Book Arts and writing the student
Course handbook at Camberwell College of Art.
Validation panel member for proposed B.A. in Fiber Art/Textiles at Norwich School of Art.
Member of Eastern Arts Board’s Regional Artists Advisory Group, The Year of the Artist.
Board member Commissions East 2007 - 2010
Mentor Crafts Council Parallel Practices 2016

Frankfurt Book Fair.1993 Chelsea Craft Fair..  1994 - 97
Represented at Frankfurt Book Fair. 1994 - 97
London Book Art Fair    1994 - 97

The work has been acquired by numerous private and public collections nationally and internationally including – Blackburn Art Gallery, The Bodelian Library, Oxford, Chelsea Art College Library, Bibliotheque Nazionale, Florence, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, Manchester Met University Library, Bibliotheque, Paris, L.C.P. London, The Rijksmuseum, Den Haag, The Victoria and Albert Museum, New York Public Library, H.R.C. Centre, Austin, M.O.M.A. New York, St Martins School of Art, London, Wimbledon School of Art, Yale Centre for British Art.

Education work

Current Education posts
Course Tutor at University of the Arts London Camberwell on the MA in Book Art. 1996 -
Senior Lecturer on the Textile Design BA at Norwich University of the Arts. 2004 -
Visiting Tutor on the MA Fine Art Course at Open College of the Arts. 2012 -

Teaching Experience
Lincolnshire College of Art. G.A.D. Graphic Design. 1990 – 92
Suffolk College, Foundation.  G.A.D and B.A. Graphic Design.  1992 – 94
Camberwell College of Art. B.A.  Graphic Design & Joint Hons. 1993 – 99
Norwich Institute of Art and Design.  B.A. Textiles. 1999 – 04

Visiting Lecturer
Brighton University, .B.A. Fine Art.
Coventry University. B.A. Art & Craft Studies.
Hertfordshire University. B.A. Fine Art.
Humberside College of Art.  B.A. Fine Art Sculpture.
Kent Institute of Art and Design.  B.A. Communication Media.                 
Loughborough College of Art and Design.  B.A. Fine Art.
Middlesex University. B.A. M.A. Fine Art, Printmaking.
Manchester Met University. B.A. Visual Communication Media.
Norwich Institute of Art and Design.   H.N.D. Surface Pattern, Crafts, Foundation, B.A. Visual Studies, Textiles,
Fine Art, Contextual Studies.
Suffolk College.  B.A. Visual Studies.

Mentoring role within the Crafts Council Parallel Practices 2 programme                        2016

Residencies since 2000

2001     Sibton Parish Council
2001     Physical Poetry, YOTA, NCC
2007     St James Centre for Creativity, Valletta
2015     Workshop for Being a man - BAM Southbank Festival Hall
2016     Build your own: tools for sharing, Castle Museum, Norwich
2017     Maxwell Centre for Nanotechnology in Cambridge

Previous Residencies include
1989     Household Waste Disposal Site, Lincoln          1994     Becon Hill Special School, Ipswich
Morton Hall Prison Lincolnshire                        1995     Camden Arts Centre
Scunthorpe Library                                           1996     Suffolk College
1991     Kesteven House Assessment Center               1998     Norfolk CC P&T Yota
Alnwick Festival                                                1999     Engage, Encompass Project UEA
1993     Stowmarket Library

Schools Residencies – over 20 years experience of ‘rising fives’ to 6th forms including inset training with Humberside County Council, Suffolk County Council and Norfolk County Council Education Authorities.                          
My Education

Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry, Foundation Course                                                   1982
London College of Printing, Graphic Design BA Hons                                                     1982 – 85
University of the Arts London - Post graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching         2009/10

Current Work includes

Working with Essex County Council and Commissions Projects to develop public art for Goldlay Square in Chelmsford.

Working as a consultant to develop a reflective thinking, 3D printing course in Synthetic Anatomy at Kings.