Dr Lizzie Lloyd

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Lizzie Lloyd is an art writer, critic and senior lecturer in Fine art and Art & Writing. She is interested in the exploratory performance of research as practice, in particular where approaches to writing on and around art hold theory, practice, experimentation, in the balance. Her focus is on writing that interrogates and harnesses the subjectivity of writer-as-audience and writing as a form of generative, often ekphrastic, consideration of artworks and artistic experiences. In 2022 she founded a research initiative entitled WITTA (Writing In / To / Through Art) which brings together researchers across UWE and beyond who are interested in the intersections between art, practice and writing. She is programming a series of public events taking place at Arnolfini during 2022-2023 and a dedicated WITTA website is in progress.

A recent project 'Acts of Transfer’ – developed in collaboration with artist Dr Katy Beinart (University of Brighton) and supported by an Arts Council England grant – enacts visual and verbal returns to a selection of socially engaged/participatory artworks. This work 2020-2022 developed through a series of outputs: an exhibition (Phoenix Space Brighton); a performance/workshop (Towner Gallery Eastbourne); a residency (Brighton CCA); a publication (designed by Des Lloyd Behari); two in-conversations one with Dr Sophie Hope (Birkbeck University of London) at Brighton CCA and one with Dr Marianne Mulvey (UWE) at Arnolfini. Two academic presentations of this work have been performed, one at Really Sayin’ Something: Socially Engaged Art and Participatory Research (University of Brighton, UK) and one at Connective Practices symposium (Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, NL). 

Her doctoral thesis, entitled 'Art Writing and Subjectivity: Critical Association in Art Historical Practice’, was completed in 2019 at University of Bristol and was concerned with material and phenomenological associations developed between pairings of artworks and texts that held no historical, thematic, or causal connection but were brought into relation through the active performance of writing as research and practice. The artists and writers explored in the thesis were: Francisco de Zurbarán and Susan Sontag; Walter Pater and Peter Doig; Michael Simpson and Gertrude Stein.

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Select publications include:  Acts of Transfer by Katy Beinart and Lizzie Lloyd (2022); ’Feeling our way; holding you here’ – catalogue essay in Gather to accompany Niamh O’Malley (59th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2022); ‘Art and Place’ – feature for Art Monthly, September 2020; ‘Writing Surfaces’ – in Salon for a Speculative Future, Monika Oechsler and Sharon Kivland eds., Ma Bibliothèque, 2020; To Us for the Filling – commissioned by Katie Paterson First there is a Mountain, UK, 2019; Niamh O’Malley Glasshouse (review)  – Journal of Contemporary Painting (February 2017); In Light of Light – Jenny Källman, The Rectangle’s Sharp Stare, (Stockholm: Art and Theory Publishing) 2016; Thought Thinking: The Philosophy of Giovanni Gentile – co-translation of 6 essays with James Wakefield on Giovanni Gentile, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, Vol. 20, No.1–2, 2014, pp. 235–270 and as a book (Imprint Academic), 2015; The Substance of Shadows: Prints, Shadows and Memory – catalogue to accompany exhibition drawn from archive of sixteenth to twentieth century prints, University of Bristol, 2009.


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