Lucy Irvine | DESIGN Canberra Festival designer-in-residence recipient

Art Almanac congratulates the 2021 DESIGN Canberra Festival designer-in-residence recipient, Scottish-born Canberra-based sculptor and educator Lucy Irvine. During the residency, Irvine will create a new sculptural work that will respond to the festival theme of ‘transformation’, which will be part of DESIGN Canberra Festival, on across Canberra from 8 to 28 November 2021.

Reflecting on the notion of ‘transformation’, Irvine says, ‘Our appreciation of transformation can too easily rely upon a definitive before and after. What if transformation could also be an ongoing process without a beginning or an end, existing in a million small interrelations that are, for example, happening long before the materials are in hand and long after the work is on the wall?’

Lucy Irvine, The Stills, 2021 DESIGN Canberra signature artwork Photograph: Lean Timms. Courtesy the artist and DESIGN Canberra Festival, Australian Capital. Territory

Irvine’s commissioned signature artwork, titled The Stills (2021), will be presented at Craft ACT for the duration of the festival. For this work, Irvine revisited two small sections of weaving, cast them in bronze, then used repetition and pattern forming, to exemplify the sequential process of transformation.

Throughout the residency, Irvine will create a large-scale, site-specific temporary installation at The Cutting next to Lake Burley Griffin; take part in a workshop and present an artist’s talk about her exhibition; she will develop a series of short-term sculptural interventions looking at iconic Canberra 1970s design including: Daryl Jackson and Evan Walker’s School of Music building (1976); Clem Cummings concrete bus bunkers (1975); and public art by Bert Flugelman (1979). Photographs of these micro-interventions by Davey Barber will be on view during the festival.