Approved: 16.08.2006

Pip Woolf

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006







        Artist Statement

        My work brings together a background in conservation and visual art. I make work in response to my local environment with and alongside community and as such regard my practice as participatory based in a socially engaged practice informed through collaborative work specifically with Larks & Ravens (an artist and psychologist group), Sparrows (an artist group) and Artistseeking Attention work with artist curator Kirstin Claxton.

        Work has included drawing, film, an artists’ book Water Power, residency in the Welsh Assembly and in 2002 I was awarded a Creative Wales bursary to make “Re-presenting Wool”, work that re-emerged in Woollenline. I am particularly interested in finding a visual language for people engaged in work. Re-Presenting Wool arose in direct response to drawing sheep shearers at work: Marking a Point was an enquiry into the work of the National Assembly for Wales. My interest in the physical world is reflected in my use of materials, for example, found earth pigments and the use of elemental forces to manipulate them. This interest extends my understanding of our humanness and has led to me putting myself alongside people living with dementia to learn and grow new work whilst making exchanges of attention.

        CV & Education



        Keele University (full-time), Joint Hon’s. BA 2.2 Biology & English, Cert Ed.English & Drama ,

        City of London Polytechnic (part-time) MI Biol. Ecology & Behaviour, 2.2,

        Queen’s Road School of Art & Design (part-time) Cert. Art & Design, distinction.


        Current member of Welsh Group & Swansea Print Workshop with whom I regularly exhibit


        2002 Creative Wales Bursary  Re- Presenting Wool

        2004 Campaign to Promote Drawing runner up with mobile library project,  Drawing lines

        2013 Park Protector, National Parks Society for Woollenline, also National Parks Volunteer project Award

        2016 10th Artes Laguna, Venice finalist with Woollenline

        2017 Campaign to promote drawing, Big Draw winner for This is Me ! event run in 2016

        2019 John Ruskin Prize Agents of Change finalist with Woollenline


        Recent work

        2023 Interpreting David Jones' Hill Rhythms,  work with Kirsty Claxton at  y Gaer

        2019 Brain research Residency at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre

        2018  Exchange and value, work with Larks & Ravens in Newport Market.

        2017 Drawing mind ongoing research into the intersection of art and dementia. Artist in residence, Mountains Care Home. Exploration of boundaries residency on Isle of Eigg with Larks& Ravens

         2016 Identity in SPace, work in progress. With members of Swansea Printworkshop, Artist in residence Mountains Care Home an elderly mentally Infirm unit, Libanus,

        2015 Inter- generational project, Brookside Residential Care Home & Llangorse Primary School with Tessa Waite & Graham Harthill, Space explorations  Larks & Ravens, Bristol


        2014/15 Climate Change Conversations, work with Artist Kirsty Claxton & psychologist Dr Alison Kidd as Larks & Ravens to explore how context affects conversation & understanding) Artistseeking Attention Oriel Cae Glas , Nantyglo for Tai Calon Housing Association, Home Ty Parc residential home, Tredegar for the Aerial Project, Neville Hall Hospital

        2009/15 Woollenline, repair of upland peat bog ( Arts Council of Wales project Bog~ Mawnog an invitation to 5 artists to create work in relation to this site, Woollenline exhibition, The Barn Crickhowell, Drawing Woollenlines film animation of the communities of Woollenline 

        2009 Bridging Views of Llangynidr collaboration with Buro Happold engineers to construct a paper ‘bridge’ as exploration of different views of place involving 250 households, Exploring self and place, Bishops Castle Primary School with Black Country Creative Partnerships as Artistseeking Attention

        2008 Water Power, an artist book in response to community involvement in an installation of a sustainable energy system. Lighting The Green, as Artistseeking Attention, for Silloth Regenerartion Council, Drawing together from the Everyday, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen


        2007 With Kirsty Claxton as Artistseeking Attention Investigation into drawing as the 4thR with Swansea Education Effectiveness, Seeds for Change, Chester City Council, Grosvenor Park, Chester A Journey', Opening the sketchbook, Swansea, City Council Josef Herman Award artist, Pontadawe Arts Centre, The Welfare,Ystradgynlais


        2006 ‘Three Sparrows come over the Mountain’ Monte San Martino Italy collaboration with local community resulting in exhibition of work and process with Elizabeth Adeline and Kirsty Claxton

        2005/06 Marking a Point, exhibitions in Brecon, Newport, Aberyswyth & Pontadawe of work made during a residency at The National Assembly for Wales

        2004 Rhythms of Light, collaboration with Bisakar Sarka, NWDAF & Liverpool Museum, 'Iron frescoes', exploration of found materials with Brynmawr School, Big Draw events with Brecon mobile library and Theatr Brychieinog and Bath Spa

        Solo exhibitions

        2021-22 Matter of Identity, I, you, we & other y Gaer, Brecon

        2019 Matter of Identity Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, 2018 Matter of Identity, ACE Somerset

        2014-Listening for the mark, Andrew Lamont Gallery, Brecon

        2009-Elemental forces: 1 Water, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog

        2007-Marking a Point, , Oriel Coliseum Museum &Art Gallery, Aberystwyth

        2006-Marking a point, Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Rare Music 2, Plas Glyn y Weddw,

        2005-Marking a point, Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery

        2003-Re-presenting Wool, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff, Die Winterreise, South Western Medical Centre, Dallas

        2001 Theatr Brycheiniog, Drawing attention. Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery, Rare music

        2000- ACAD, London Schubert series

        1999-From a Brecon Barn, Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth

        1998-Land, Light & Colour, Knutsford, Impressions of the Dyffryn Theatr Clera,

        1996-Black And White Cows, Royal Agricultural Show

        1995-Colours Of The Black Mountains, The Bear, Crickhowell, Norwegian Church, Cardiff


        Group exhibitions (selection)

        2019 Doorways, FAB, Bath

        2016 Identity in the SPace, Swansea

        2014-Dylan Thomas Dialogues, Ceri Richards Gallery, Swansea

        2013-Woollenline, Courtyard Barn, Crickhowell

        2011-Bog~Mawnog Brecknock Museum &Art Gallery

        2010-Lines & Strata 2, tour. Drovers, Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery

        2008-Mapping the Welsh Group, at 60 years, tour

        2007- Disposable Fetish, Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, London, The Farm, Stroud House

        2004-Identity, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Sheep, Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery, Drawing the  Line, Orleans House Gallery, London

        2000-Rare, International Women's festival, Washington Gallery, Cardiff

        1999 Taunton open

        1998-Black & White, Gulkbenkian Welsh Art Prize, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Open

        1997 Pontardawe, Aspects of Wales, Wales Drawing Biennale