Talks & Workshops by Claire Farrell

Talks & Workshops

The LPAP Summer School participants have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of artists from the UK and visiting international artists including; Industry of The Ordinary, Juneau Projects, Sarah Taylor Silverwood, General Public, Redhawk Logistica, FAMED and Stuart Whipps.


Halina Dominska by Claire Farrell

Halina Dominska, Art & Design graduate Birmingham City University

At the centre of Halina Dominska's practice is the audience. She explores space, movement and touch to bring about a connected experience which often plays with personal invisible boundaries. Creating living abstract sculptures which invite the audience to play with their senses. To feel their own body and mind through the work. Participants will interact with each other as well as their immersive surroundings.

Often working in soft sculpture. The making process begins the sensory experience using tactile materials. Recently working with materials which mimic the feel of skin, moulds are born from clay models and plaster casts.

A socially engaged practitioner, with over 10 years coaching & training experience. She designs and delivers workshops for children and adults alike. A versatile professional with experience in events co-ordination support, project management and conceptual design.

The artists work has been shown throughout the UK and internationally. Selected exhibitions include Shenzhen Design exhibition in China, New Ashgate gallery in Farnham and Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham.

Nuala Hussey by Claire Farrell

Nuala Hussey, Illustration student at Hereford College of Arts

Nuala Hussey is a 20 year old illustration student at Hereford College of Arts, and previously studied BTEC Art & Design Bournville College. She has created illustration for Herefordshire Libraries and The Hay Festival, and has exhibited work at Paper Arts Bristol, Courtyard Hereford, Café Miro Hereford, Bournville College, and Hereford College of Arts.  

Ideas about environment and location are key themes throughout her work. She is keen to explore ideas of the relationship between identity and landscape, and is excited to have the opportunity to base her creative practice in Longbridge again. 

Recently she has been primarily using acrylic paint on canvas or creating work through digital processes, but over the course of the summer school she is aiming to experiment further with inks, watercolour paints and traditional drawing methods.

Rachel Pilkington by Claire Farrell

Rachel Pilkington, Fine Art graduate Birmingham City University

Recently graduating from Birmingham City University with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, Rachel is currently researching Birmingham’s edgelands: those marginal spaces where nature gains a foothold in urban environments.

Exploring psycho-geographical and ecological themes, her
Mappa Brum (3002 mm x 4520 mm) documents everyday life from the number 11 orbital bus route. The piece is a digitally manipulated, photo-collage printed on lining paper and overlaid with constructed landscapes and photographs of flora and fauna. She invites the viewer to consider how ecological, environmental and psycho-social well-being are complexly interwoven. Bus grab-rails that reference her research process bracket the piece and ask the viewer to stop and take a packet of weed seeds to sow. For Rachel, weeds are symbols of resilience and survival. These and other motifs she selects become metaphors for inclusion/exclusion, journeying/pilgrimage, renewal and transformation.

Further examples of her work can be found at:

Ash Roberts by Claire Farrell

Ash Roberts, Fine Art student at Hereford College of Art

Deconstructing the ‘gallery’ as a medium has formulated an ongoing social inquiry; where can art be experienced and by who?

Ash Roberts is fascinated how the viewer interacts around alternative, temporary public spaces especially when the relationship between viewer and artist is distorted. The limitations of space provoke interaction, engagement and collaboration with other artists and communities that strengthens regeneration which is prominent, yet evolving within the structure of his research.

The artists practice has a distinct flavour of British industrialisation, incorporating a variety of explorative processes that are often site specific. Constructed within installation and performance contexts, inherent connections are continuously morphing between material and space. Manufactured flamboyant, hazardous personas are generated and deployed through created situations, enabling playful encounters that are spontaneously inspired by found materials, industrial sites and the essence of masculinity.

Mellissa Brookes by Claire Farrell

Melissa Brookes, Fine Art graduate Wolverhampton University

Melissa Brookes’ art work takes a critical view of social, political and cultural systems, focusing on perceived issues surrounding modern day food manufacturing, intensive farming and the marketing strategies employed by retailers to sell perceived unethical products.

The aim of her work is to facilitate positive change to create and encourage more ethical consumer groups, by engaging audiences in the act of growing ethical produce and encouraging them to question and debate their consumer values and ethics. Through social interaction the audience will enhance their understanding of the core values that underpin the work.

Within her work there is an element of the unpredictability of nature which grows and changes week by week provoking questions about chance, change and hope, the work touches on the subtle notion of value, ethics, consumerism, de-familiarisation, and animal welfare. The work introduces the idea of an alternative to capitalism and the possibility of an idealistic utopia where education and exchange becoming a valued currency.  

Vivian Barraclough by Claire Farrell

Vivian Barraclough, Fine Art student at Hereford College of Arts.

The immediate architectural, landscape, social or political context often inspires Vivian Barraclough's work, her practice questions how we relate to each other and with objects, space and time.  

The processes that the artist employs are explorative and continue to evolve; they include collaborative projects and relational performances working with both artists and communities across the UK.

An Austin A35 car, called B3TTY, featured in a collaboration with Vivian & Ash Roberts, Teresa Albor and the local community and visitors to Ludlow, Shropshire, UK.  The audio work that resulted from their relational performance exists on B3TTY’s twitter site, listen to it here.

As a participant of the LPAP Summer School the artist is now exploring the place of B3TTY’s ‘birth’, Longbridge, in terms of its current context and potential future as viewed by the local community.