“In this way I have worked with local allotments, youth groups and community centres to run workshops redistributing my research on ecological art and making these fields more accessible.”
“I am beyond excited and grateful to be given the space in Brighton to continue to make work along the coastline. I am so looking forward to being a part of such a creative community, meeting and sharing skills with an array of makers, expanding my practice and growing as an artist.”
Lydia’s paintings explore how being present to our bodily senses can help us make sense of the world we move through, linking internal sensations and our exterior world. Lydia uses gestural marks and veils of colour to create a visual map of a sensation.
Lydia said: “A curiosity of how to visually capture the essence of everyday human sensory experiences in a way that re-triggers something of that moment for the viewer, is worked through in the play between abstraction and figuration within my practice.
“I am over the moon to receive this award and very honoured – what an amazing opportunity! It’s so exciting to have a studio where I can keep up the momentum of my painting practice and have a place to continue experimenting straight out of university.”
Mark Cass, Founder & CEO of Cass Art said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Phoenix Art Space and University of Brighton, to create an award that will profoundly benefit two graduating students from the School of Art and Media, helping them to continue to develop their practice.
Lucy Day, Interim Executive Director, Phoenix Art Space said: “Phoenix Art Space prides itself on being a space where artists can flourish throughout the different career stages of their practice, and we are delighted to welcome two new graduating students as recipients of this year's studio award.
“The partnership with Cass Art and the University of Brighton is one we highly value and represents an opportunity for the artists to immerse themselves in the professional, practical and social side of their career development.
“Our awardees always bring a dynamism and energy to the building, and we very much look forward to meeting Lydia and Megan later this year.”