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Alison Forsyth Bell
Alison Forsyth Bell

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Personal Statement

‘You are not in a place;
The place is in you.’

Certain landscapes remain within our subconscious and continue to be a source of inspiration long after we have left them. What occurs between the landscape and the artist which enables this flow of creativity over a period of time?

My textile art practice focuses on visual and emotional responses to island shorelines. I have been exploring the visual qualities; colour, form, light and patterns observed along the west coast of the Scotland. My exhibition; Seasilks, exhibited in Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, 2009, was a response to a stretch of shoreline on the Isle of Arran. The work was a sensory distillation acquired over many years through observing the colours reflected on the sea, the feel of dried seaweed in the hand and the sound of the wind.

Recently I began doctoral research at the University of the West of Scotland, into the process of relinquishing through transitioning and how this impacts on the creative process.

Year Established: 1992


1977 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

2011 Hi-Arts for Shetland Residency £500
2010 NAN Bursary towards Shorelines project £500
2010 Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Award towards travel to Australia
to install exhibition, Shorelines, at Newcastle University, NSW £1709
2009 Hi-Arts Award for Sea Silks Exhibition £450
2008 Hope Scott Trust Award £2000 towards exhibition catalogue
2006 Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Research into Creative Digital
Processes £700
2006 AIE Development Award for Digital Textiles £3000
2005 Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Award, towards travel and
attendance at the International Surface Design Conference, Kansas City, US
and to attend exhibitions; Digital Reflections and Recursions in Kansas City and
Columbia, U.S. £800.00
2005 Hi-Arts Awards for Artists, towards costs incurred in transporting work to the US exhibitions mentioned above. £500

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