Brownfields by Lucy

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Last week I started my residency at Airspace Gallery exploring certain brownfield sites of Stoke on Trent, where much of the ceramics industry has closed leaving empty sites. This is part of an ongoing project at Airspace’s Brownfield Research Centre in order to open up new conversations regarding brownfields across the UK.

The impact of brownfield sites hold negative and positive responses; from the absurdity of vacant space, to the unveiling on closer inspection that these spaces are teaming with valued life.

Perhaps we need to change the current perspective, maybe we are blind to brownfield sites since these fenced off areas are such a consistent sight in our towns and cities.

What has come from my week was that although I personally find these sites a place of wonder and seclusion to paint in and explore, there are others who seemingly do not even question that there is potential without the developers, for themselves or others. When we look closely it is however clear that they provide sanctuary for man and creature, with a thriving ecosystem and possibly simply serve as a breathing space.

 Whilst we leave the squares of concrete and asbestos, silently the full force of nature is infiltrating and breaking down what we have chosen to ignore.

Whilst we leave the squares of concrete and asbestos, silently the full force of nature is infiltrating and breaking down what we have chosen to ignore.

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Forgotten Project by Lucy

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Behind this wall hides the old Roma football training grounds 'Campo Testaccio'. Now abandoned the grounds resemble a forest, the stadium lights remain off and no one enters. It had been promised to be restored as a communal stadium but work was halted prematurely and has since been forgotten.

Forgotten Project aim to draw attention back to vital community spaces in central Rome that have been neglected, over shadowed by the tourist attractions. 

At Campo Testaccio together we painted the 40m length of the exterior wall. Thank you to everyone involved in the project and to all the locals who stopped to show and share their support. You can read more behind the scenes on the Blocal blog.

And if you're in Rome go see all their mural projects, it makes for an alternative way to see this incredible city without selfie sticks ruining your view.

To help support this project further all artists involved have released prints available on the F.P's online shop

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 Campo Testaccio was the stadium for A.S. Roma.

Campo Testaccio was the stadium for A.S. Roma.

Flatpack Film Festival by Lucy

Congratulations to Matt Watkins for winning a Flatpack Film Festival award for the best short in the Optical Sound category for his film of me painting in New Zealand along with music by Fis & Rob Thorne. Was an honour to see the film on the big screen at the Festival's 12th year. 

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Awarded Best Short in the Optical Sound category at Flatpack Festival no.12 (2018)

 

UK artist Lucy McLauchlan was invited to New Zealand in April 2017 for the Paradox street art festival hosted by Tauranga Art Gallery and curated by Oi YOU! This short film by Matt Watkins documents behind the scenes of Lucy's process and environment while featuring the sounds of two unique New Zealand musicians; Fis (Oliver Peryman) & Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) with "Front Ear", a collaborative track taken from their LP "Clear Stones" released on Subtext Recordings.