Lou Baker

Bristol, UK

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Awards

Embroiderers’ Guild Scholarship (over 30), 2015-2016

Membership of Societies and Guilds

The Embroiderers’ Guild

Art Education and Qualifications

2011 – 2015, University of the West of England, Bristol

• Drawing and Applied Arts BA, First Class Honours

2009 - 2011 (part time), Bristol School of Art, Filton College, Bristol

• ABC Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media, Level 4, Distinction

2007-2008 (part time), City of Bristol College, Bristol

Current exhibitions

2018 Page 17 with The Embroiderers' Guild at Artrix, Bromsgrove, 5th Sept. - 4th Nov., curated by Amanda Smith and Alex Messenger, part of a touring show (see below)
 
2018 Intent, Part 1: an online art exhibition with Cultivate Gallery, London, and Organ, curated by Sean Worrall, January 16th - ongoing

2017 Red, an online art exhibition by Cultivate, curated by Sean Worrall, February 27th - ongoing


Forthcoming exhibitions and events


2018 disquiet at Walcot Chapel, Bath with Clare Thatcher, September 18th -23rd 
 
Past exhibitions, residencies and events
 
2018 Living Sculptures, a participatory event at Make Space, alongside the Woman's Hour Craft Prize exhibition at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, July 18th
 
2018 Subversive surfaces; taboo and fragility at Trowbridge Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge with Gina Baum, curated by Katie Ackrill, June 9th - July 14th
 
2018 Page 17 with The Embroiderers' Guild at Harborough Museum, Market Harborough, March 26th - 2nd June, curated by Amanda Smith and Alex Messenger, part of a touring show (see below)

2018 Page 17 with The Embroiderers' Guild at The Fashion and Embroidery Show, NEC Birnmingham, March 15th -18th, part of a touring show (see below)

2017 PRILIC with Impermanence Dance Theatre at Jacobs Wells Baths, Bristol, December 8th-16th

2017 Page 17, with The Embroiderers' Guild, at The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, November 23rd -26th, curated by Amanda Smith and Alex Messenger, part of a touring show 

2017 Page 17, with The Embroiderers' Guild, at The Knitting and Stitching Show, London, October 11th -15th curated by Amanda Smith and Alex Messenger, part of a touring show

2017 Synecdoche presents [dis]place residency at The Vestibules, College Green, Bristol, September 4th to October 2nd

2017 Synecdoche + Southmead: Opposing positions, with Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, curated by Helen Acklam and Soraya Schofield,  July 18th 2017 to January 2018

2017 My future at St. Werburgh's Primary School Aspiration morning, Bristol, with My future, my choice, July 6th 

2017 Refuge: in search of safety, Fringe Arts Bath, curated by Mike and Dona Bradley, May 26th to June 11th
 
2017 We need to talk about clothes, with Threadcounts, Atelier Stroud and University Of Gloucester's Fashion Design BA at Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham, April 26th-29th

2017 Synecdoche + Southmead: Bodies, with Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, curated by Lou Baker and Soraya Schofield, March 28th - end of July

2017 Window Wanderland at 212 Gallery, Bristol, curated by Sarah Thorp, February 4th -10th 

2016 Synecdoche + Southmead: Creative Pathways*, with Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, curated by Andrea Oke, Sandra James and Veronia Gayle, November 30th - Feb 29th 2017

2016 The Memory of Space - Space of memory, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, November 24th-30th, curated by Jan-Phillip Fruehsorge, director of Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawing Gallery and The Drawing Hub, Berlin

2016 Unravelling: an exhibition of knitting and crochet art, Bow Arts' Ice House Studios, London, October 6th-16th

2016 Bodies: a group residency by Synecdoche, The Unit, Bristol, September 1st -29th

2016 Synecdoche + Southmead: Windows to Elsewhere*, with Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, curated by Rosie McLay, Laura Waite and Nicola Pearce, August 31st - November 30th

2016 Privy at The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol with Lou Baker, Maura Zukina and Nicola Pearce, June 22nd -29th

2016 Synecdoche + Southmead: Drawing > Talking, with Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, curated by Rosie McLay, Laura Waite and Nicola Pearce, June 12th - Aug 31st

2016 The Cartesian Cut? at Fringe Arts Bath, curated by Eloise Govier, May 27th -12th June

2016 Pattern at Fringe Arts Bath, curated by Laura Waite and Nicola Pearce, May 27th -12th June

2015 The Embroiderers' Guild Graduate Showcase, Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, November

2015 The Embroiderers' Guild Graduate Showcase, Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London, October 

2015 The Degree Show, University of the West of England, Bower Ashton campus, Bristol, June

2015 Symbiosis at the Phoenix Café, Bristol, curated by Jennifer Dudley and Eloise Dunwell, April

2014 Synecdoche at The Christmas Steps, Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol, curated by Rosie McLay, Laura Waite and Nicola Pearce, December

2014 Emergence, Paper Plane Gallery, Bristol, September-October

2014 Synecdoche, curated by Rosie McLay, Laura Waite and Nicola Pearce, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, July

2014 Align @The Guild, Bristol Guild Gallery, Bristol, January-February

2013 Unearthed, with Drawing and Applied Arts, UWE, Corinium Museum, Cirencester, June

2013 Scratch, with Align, at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, June,

2013 New Movement Gallery, pop up, Broadmead, Bristol, June-September

2012 Align, with Dozen, UWE, Bower Ashton campus, Bristol, June-September

2011 End of year show, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Bristol School of Art, Queen’s Road, Bristol, June,

2011-present, permanent exhibition, Pickwell Manor, Devon

2010 Fine and Unique, Pedlar’s Gallery, Warwick Museum, Warwick, November 2010-January 2011

Gallery experience
 
I have worked with others to plan, organise, promote, co-curate, set up and run numerous exhibitions. I am one of the organisers of the Bristol-based artists’ group, Synecdoche Art Community, a group of graduates from the Drawing and Applied Arts degree at UWE, Bristol. We have hosted a number of exhibitions in Bristol and one in London. For some of the recent Synecdoche exhibitions (those marked with an asterisk*) I have helped organise the exhibition, but not shown my own work. I have worked with several other exhibition groups too – Unravelling, Privy, Emergence, Align and Dozen. I have also set up solo exhibitions at The Knitting and Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate as part of my Embroiderers’ Guild Scholarship.

Volunteering

September 2015 - December 2017: I worked with a lead artist, Rachel Davies, at Make Your Mark with Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, for one afternoon a week, facilitating art activities with elderly patients with dementia.

2016, September - June 2017: I mentored a third year student who’s doing a degree in Contemporary Art and Professional Studies at Weston College, accredited by Bath Spa University.

Other art related work

2017 February - March: I worked with Fresh Arts, mentoring a final year student, Emily Jacobs, who was doing a Foundation Degree in Creative Art Therapies at the City of Bristol College as she facilitated a series of 6 art workshops, Life Books. We worked with neuropsychiatric patients at Southmead Hospital, Bristol as part of some ongoing research into Arts on Referral

2015, September - present: part-time assistant at The Art Shop, Bower Ashton campus, UWE