A writer in residence is not such an unusual occurrence in a book shop, but following on from our successful collaboration with author Alex Sparrow (The Hempcrete Book: Designing and Building with Hemp Lime), we have decided to invite an artist into the fold. Over the next 12 months (beginning April 2016), Derbyshire based artist Liz Wellby will make regular visits to Scarthin Books and develop a narrative and a new body of work based upon her responses to our book shop; she will draw and photograph the interior, exterior and people who make Scarthin Books such a busy, stimulating and inspirational place.
Liz is a versatile and experienced fine artist. Following the completion of a Fine Arts degree at Loughborough University in 1990 and subsequent post graduate studies, she returned to the Derbyshire Dales, where for the last 25 years she has worked as an artist in residence, teacher and maker.
Living and working in Derbyshire is important to Liz, providing a significant visual resource for her work. The themes of home, countryside and the domestic environment can be seen in her drawings, print work and sculpture.
” I am really looking forward to this collaboration and the opportunity to create a range of new digital images and explore a number of print techniques. Working in quite a public situation will be an interesting challenge, but talking to people who enjoy visiting Scarthin Books should provide me with a different type of stimulus ”.
We will regularly post images via Facebook and create an online gallery to record the residency. Completed pieces will be displayed in the book shop and at the end of the residency we will bring the body of work together for an exhibition.
Update Spring 2017
We have agreed to extending the residency with Liz for a further year, enabling her to develop portraiture and explore a wider range of processes.