Louisa Fairclough

Louisa Fairclough worked with Picture This over several years through the Small Wonders scheme, to make and exhibit the film Meet.

The starting point for much of Louisa Fairclough's work has been going somewhere. Sleeping each night on a river's edge; walking back and forth along a city footpath; following the coastline looking for the ideal place to pitch a tent, cycling across the steppe in an attempt to reach the Aral Sea. Her practice centres around film, video and drawing.

Picture This Small Wonders Commission in 2005/06 offered Louisa the opportunity to explore a different way of working,  transferring her interest in landscape to explore notions of ‘rural' by examining the immediate rituals and activities within a village community that she had recently moved to.

Louisa is an artist based near Stroud and has exhibited her work widely; group shows include: New Work UK: The Sensible Stage at the Whitechapel Gallery, DarkLight at Galerie Martin Kudlek in Cologne, A Square of Ground at Jerwood Gallery, Nowhere Else But Here at Danielle Arnaud, Picturesque at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle, Freeze Frame at Stephen Lawrence Gallery (University of Greenwich), Acton Crawl, Polyvisions at Sadlers Wells and Darbyshire Award 08 and 09 in Stroud. Solo shows at R O O M, Bristol, Bath Film Festival and Mid Pennine Gallery in Burnley.

Louisa has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Boise Travel Scholarship, ACME Sugarhouse Residency, ACAVA First Base Studio Award, Slade Duveen Travel Award and Pizza Express Prospects 2001 London Regional Winner (selected by Sacha Craddock).


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Small Wonders
2002 - 2009

Our Small Wonders professional development scheme offered artists the mentoring support and technical resources needed for making film and video