Liz Atkin is a visual artist based in London. With a background in theatre and dance, physicality underpins her creative practice. Skin is her primary source for corporeal art, both as metaphorical membrane and physical boundary. Her work centres on a multilayered exploration of the possibilities of marking, extending and transforming the skin so as to question the limits of the body and the potentials for communication across and within the porous textures of light and surfaces. This personal investigation explores body focused repetitive behaviour resulting in a rendering of the body in order to condense it to matter for re-sculpting.
Liz has exhibited in London, Los Angeles and Japan. London exhibitions include APT Gallery, Camden People's Theatre, Siobhan Davies Studios, Blackheath Halls, and curated group shows for Parallax AF Pall Mall, Showcase Cities, and Rich Mix. Her work was selected for an Honorable Mention for New Artist's Fair 2012 and as a Judge's Favourite in British Women Artist's 2012 Competition. She won the London Paper self-portrait award with the Affordable Art Fair in February 2008 and British Women Artists 2010 competition. She completed a Masters in European Dance Theatre Practice with Distinction from Trinity Laban in 2007. Liz was Fellowship Artist in Residence at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Yamaguchi Japan in August 2011 and was Artist in Residence on The Genesis Project, Los Angeles 2008. She has made collaborative work with photographers Cameron McNee and Lenka Rayn H, molecular biologist Dr Simon Park at University of Surrey, performance maker Luke Pell, and film maker Oliver Warren.
Liz is a resident artist in Havelock Walk in South London, a creative community of sculptors, painters, designers, photographers and other visual artists. She exhibits work in regular Havelock Open Studios throughout the year. Liz was a selected British artist for 1 Day of Art: London for (t)here Magazine, New York; a book of her collaboration with Lenka Rayn H has been published and her artwork is the subject of a documentary short by Dingo Bill Productions for Manifesto, a NYC/LDN company. Liz will be exhibiting work at Bethlem Gallery in a solo show for February 2013. The gallery was founded in 1997 at Bethlem Royal Hospital (originally Bedlam), one of the world's oldest hospitals for the care and treatment of people with mental health difficulties.
Fellowship Artist: Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Japan 2011
Akiyoshidai International Art Village Residence Support Program supports young artists’ experimental artistic activities, crossing the borders of art disciplines and nationalities. Selected artists actively communicate with local people in Yamaguchi, participate in different projects, including workshops, lectures, school visits and exhibitions. Liz was selected to be a Fellowship Artist and lived and made art work at the specially built centre for a month, culminating in an exhibition and artist’s talk
Artist in Residence: Genesis Project, Los Angeles, California USA, August 2008
Liz participated in a month-long residency exploring body-based practice, continuing her research into skin, sculpture and private acts of transformation, participating in workshops with internationally recognized movement innovator Simone Forti, and dance artists Arturo Vidich, Hana van der Kolk, Joel Kayak and D. Sabela Grimes.
Havelock Walk 2010 to date
In 2010 Liz joined Havelock Walk, a mews at the heart of Forest Hill London. Established some 15 years ago by the internationally renowned sculptor, Jeff Lowe, Havelock Walk is a creative live/work hub and now houses many artists producing works in the various media of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, printmaking, glassworks and ceramics. It is also home to a theatre and music school.
· Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital February – March 2013
· Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi, Japan September 2011
· Blackheath Halls, London May – June 2010
· Camden People’s Theatre, London October 2008
· APT Gallery, Creekside, London May - June 2008
· Havelock Walk Participation at Open Studios: May 2012 and December 2012
· Showcase Cities: London February 2012
· Rich Mix Curated Exhibition by Dance Artist in Residence, Lee Smikle November 2011
· Parallax AF, La Galleria, Royal Arcade, Pall Mall, London
‘They Come Not As Single Sparrows but in Battalions’, Taken from Liz Atkin and Luke Pell’s collaborative series ‘In Conversation’
· Havelock Walk Open Studios ‘Untitled’ Collaborative Installation with Lenka Rayn H, May 2011
· Havelock Walk Participation at Open Studios: May 2011, May 2010, July 2010
· What NOW at Siobhan Davies Studios for Independent Dance, London a weekend of installation, performance work and exhibitions curated by Independent Dance April 2010
· ‘X’ – an exhibition of 7 Contemporary Female Artists
The Gallery, Stoke Newington, London, 13 – 17 May 2008
· ‘A Night to Remember’ – Performance installation evening
Albany Theatre, Deptford, London October 2007
Lenka H Ryan photographer
Liz and Lenka continued their collaborative work, in 2012 looking at colour photography and placing the body in external environments.
Luke Pell Performance Maker
Atkin and Pell’s collaborative series ‘In Conversation’ following their meeting in February 2011
Lenka H Ryan photographer
Liz and Lenka created photographic and sculptural installation for May Open Studios at Havelock Walk, London 2011
Dr Simon Park Molecular biologist at University of Surrey
Liz and Simon created work in August 2010, documenting the transformation of skin-carried bacteria
Athina Valha, Dance Artist in Residence at Science Museum
Liz contributed to the creative development of work by Athina Vahla in response to The Listening Post at the Science Museum in Sept 2008.
Cameron McNee, Photographer
An intimate photographic collaboration with Liz documenting skin and scars. April – Sept 2007
· Love Art London – Artist Walking tour, August 2012
· North Devon Arts (NDA) Evening reception and talk for artists April 2012
· Akiyoshidai International Art Village 10 September 2011, Artist Talk to conclude residency
· North Devon Arts (NDA) Evening reception and talk for artists April 2011