Robyn Woolston

Artist in Residence, Penrhyn Castle

Robyn Woolston - Artist in Residence

Penrhyn Castle's new artists in residence have been chosen, from tens of applications around the globe. Find out more about the artists, what they do and why they are here

All about Robyn

Robyn Woolston is a visual artist who works across installation, photography, moving image and print.

From socially engaged practice to site-specific responses her work seeks to harvest, uncover and re-appropriate what is 'left behind' from archetypal narratives to manufacturing byproducts.

Previous installations have included 7500 ice-cream containers, 45,000 carrier bags, a selection of trees from Ash to Silver Birch as well as a reproduction Las Vegas sign.

She often questions economic imperatives, environmental impacts and the disjuncture inherent within our 'relationship' between the two.

During 2012 she won the Liverpool Art Prize and was awarded a solo show in 2013 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, during which she exhibited 3.6 tonnes of post-consumer waste prior to recycling.

" 'Robyn often examines issues that others shy away from, from difficult emotions to consumer waste. In so doing, she seeks to make visible that which is forgotten, left behind and discarded.'"
- Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art. National Museums, Liverpool

Her work has featured within National Geographic Traveller, Psychologies Magazine, the New York Times Dot Earth Blog as well as on the front cover of the Green Party magazine: Green World (issue 79).
In September 2014 she exhibited her photography in São Paulo, Brazil, whilst contributing as a panel member to the International Solid Waste World Congress.

She has shown across the UK, Europe and Australia.

Why this project?

“The castle provides an amazing opportunity to work with incredible architectural features alongside a community steeped in stories.

Alongside this I'll also be exploring the quarry, that supported the castle and provided an income for such splendour, and its stories both historical and current. All-in-all the residency offers an incredible journey of discovery and connection”

More from Robyn

Slate and Plants

My first week in Penrhyn Castle

Find out what Robyn, one of our artists in residence, has been up to during her first week in the castle.

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Lichen on slate

My second week in Penrhyn Castle

Two weeks as a Penrhyn Castle resident artist: Historical details, interviews, letters from the archive and taxidermy!

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A sign on a electricity post at Bethesda, North Wales

My third week in Penrhyn Castle

Music, montains and landscapes. Read Robyn's latest blog entry form her residency at Penrhyn Castle.

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