About

Up The Workers, 2020
Velvet high vis jacket hanging on copper piping.
(piping donated by Phil and Paul the plumbers from Pap Gas after installing a new boiler at my house)

Jayne Lawless is an artist based in Liverpool, UK.

Jayne’s practice moves across multiple mediums, from nylon tights to galvanised steel, film and installation to printmaking and painting, each idea determining the materials and approach required. This multi disciplinary practice often results in a piece of new work becoming a ‘mission’ and involving many other people’s skills and expertise, creating a collaborative nature to the project.

Jayne’s background is in sculpture, training in Fine Art at University Campus Suffolk (BA) and Bath Spa University (MA). She’s worked as an artist in the UK and internationally since 2008, most recently undertaking a three month residency in Texas, bringing with her Dead Pigeon Gallery, a ‘roaming gallery’ and North End Sketch Club, a community based sketch club, both founded by the artist in 2017/18.

Jayne’s working-class background underpins her practice as a whole. Defining art as something that belongs to everyone, not just the social elite, she aims to break barriers, inspire creativity and encourage others to follow their own creative paths.  Jayne sees the artist’s role extending from the institutional gallery setting to activism, influencing change in social and environmental policy; with artists sitting in boardrooms across all sectors of the work place, as well as operating within the political arena.

Jayne’s practice has also been influenced by periods living in the United States, firstly through Camp America in Pennsylvania, when she was 19 and later working as a waitress in lower Manhattan the following year. This was followed by other periods overseas, living in Mexico, a year long post graduate study programme in Cyprus at the Cyprus College of Art and residencies and research periods in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Portugal and Wales.


Ultimately the interest for me lies in the journey in my work rather than the outcome. ” Jayne Lawless.

C.V.

Education

MFA, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK. 2010 – 2011

Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, The Cyprus College or Art, Lemba, Cyprus. 2008 – 2009                                            

BA Fine Art (2.1), UCS, University Campus, Suffolk, UK. 2001 – 2004         

On-going Projects

Dead Pigeon Gallery 2017 – Present

Founder/artist/manager – roaming gallery started in 2017 within a rundown warehouse full of dead pigeons.

Oct – Dec 2020

High Vis

Dead Pigeon Gallery takes over a semi derelict former bakery, Kensington, Liverpool 7

Oct 2019 – Feb 2020

In A Little Terrace House

Dead Pigeon Gallery takes over a Homebaked Community Land Trust managed house, Anfield, Liverpool 4

Collective representation of artists and activists that have developed and worked with Homebaked over 9 year period beginning with Jeanne van Heeswijk

Aug 8th – Oct 2019

A Little Painting Show

Office of Dan Carden MP for Walton, Liverpool.

HOSTS Dead Pigeon Gallery presenting: curated by Josie Jenkins, mixed show of international painters

May 20th – 24th 2019

The Old Griffin Pub, Kirkdale, Liverpool.

Dead Pigeon Gallery took two rooms within a former pub and brothel, HOSTS Josie Jenkins for a week residency documenting her making a painting over a 5 day period with time lapse recording

June 22nd – Sep 22nd 2019

The Old Griffin Pub, Kirkdale, Liverpool.

Dead Pigeon Gallery HOSTS The Ralla Ecological Garden, local group of activists aiming to save local green space from development

Nov – Dec 2018

Kingsbury Voluntary Fire Department, Texas.

HOSTS Dead Pigeon Gallery – selected group show of local and international artists including work by San Antonio artist Buster Graybill and Haitian artist, Marika Bordes,

July 2018 – Jan 2019

Everyday Politics

Office of Dan Carden MP for Walton, Liverpool.

HOSTS Dead Pigeon Gallery –  selected group show of local and international artists

Sep 2017

On site: The Plasterers

The Tapestry, Liverpool.

HOSTS Dead Pigeon Gallery – selected group show of local and international artists including work by Adrian Henri,

North End Sketch Club

Founder/artist – community sketch club delivering cultural activity in areas identified by Government as deprived. Now into its 3rd year including three months ‘on tour’ in Texas, part of a 3 month residency with Habitable Spaces.

Without These Walls and Ghost Mural

Artist/writer/co-producerArts Council funded short film made in response to loss of Jayne’s family home and community in North Liverpool, demolished in a government regeneration scheme (HMRI) first screened 2016 made with Trickfilm.

2020/21 – Currently screening at National Museum Liverpool, part of their social histories exhibit at The Museum of Liverpool. 

Selected screenings: Liverpool: Homebaked Anfield, Peaceful Warrior at Cains Brewery, The Hesletine Institute of Public Policy and Practice, The World Transformed, The Liverpool Radical Film Festival, Scalarama Film Festival, Bridge Guard Residency Slovakia, 2016, Bristol Film Festival, 2018.

Homebaked Anfield

Artist, local resident, volunteer and board member for two years on the Community Land Trust – multi award winning community bakery within a HMRI demolition zone in North Liverpool. Project initiated by Dutch artist Jeanne Van Heeswijk via the Liverpool Biennial.

Residencies

Habitable Spaces, Texas, USA. Sep 2018 – Dec 2018

Coming Home Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. Sep 2016 – Nov 2017

The Bridge Guard, Slovakia. Oct 2012 – Jan 2013

Tunnel, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, UK.  May2005 – May 2007

Onjaty Centre, Bucowiec, Poland. July – Aug 2005               

Age Concern UK, Age Concern Charity Shop, Ipswich, UK 2006

Selected Projects/Workshops

Getting to Know You: Walton CLP, Liverpool, UK 2018

Artist/producer/activist – a communal show of talents and passions delivered over a one night event developed with Political Education Officer, Lena Simic.

Return to the Bridge, Sturovo, Slovakia 2016

Artist – past resident artists from around the world invited to return to Slovakia to work collaboratively with local council and architects in redesigning a new access point for the Marie Valerie Bridge.

Peaceful Warrior at Cains Brewery, Liverpool 2016

Artist/producer – event built to house the screening of short film Without These Walls including artists, poets, writers, designers, rappers and a Brazilian drumming band.

Homebaked Tour and History 2015 – Is this Art?

Artist/local resident/community activist/speaker – Tate Liverpool outreach, guided group tour around the Anfield and Everton areas of Liverpool with discussion and talk around themes of housing, art and politics

Chaire Habitat Cooperatif  2013

Lyon University, France

Invited by Professor of Science and Politics Yann Maury to speak on behalf of Homebaked at 2 day seminar examining co-ops and CLT’s from around the world.

L5-6QW

Large scale sculpture made from galvanised steel used to board up houses waiting to be demolished

Site 1: South Gloucestershire, UK May – Oct 2011

Site 2: Gwaelod y Garth, South Wales 2012-13

Site 3: Safe Productions, Liverpool 20, 2013 – Present

Awards/Grants

Arts Council England, Project Grants 2020 – Dead Pigeon Gallery Project

Arts Council England 2020, Emergency Covid Response Fund

a-n Re:view Bursary 2014, Re:View Bursary that pays for mentors and filmmakers to help develop my idea for a short film which leads to full production of, Without These Walls

Arts Council England 2013, Mural/Film Project, Without These Walls and Ghost Mural (£10,000)

Venice Biennale 2011, Post-Graduate Student Ambassador Award from Bath Spa University and Elena Hill to assist with install of exhibition during the Biennale 

Arts Council England, Tunnel 2007 (£5000)

Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council, Tunnel 2007 (£5000)

Selected Exhibitions/Commissions

Sui Generis, the Possibilities of a House – Mixed exhibition of selected artists, Plas Bodfa, Anglesey, UK. 2019

GIT Awards – GIT Music Awards Commission, UK. 2013

Art and About Project – Leeds Art Gallery & Grassington Festival, wooden sculpture, The Man on The Hill, installed in rural location in Yorkshire, 2012

Wrong Love – Mixed Exhibition of selected artists, A Foundation, Liverpool, UK. 2010

The Liverpool Art Prize – Inaugural exhibition of 6 shortlisted artists for The Liverpool Art Prize, The Novas Centre, Liverpool, UK. 2008

Breastissues – Invited to make work responding to issues around Breast Cancer resulting in an installation in the waiting room, Conversation in The Kitchen, Stowmarket Health Centre, Suffolk, UK. 2006

Service Not Included – Mixed exhibition of selected artists, The Adi Gallery, London, UK. 2005

Labour to Lush – Wolsey Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, solo show in ‘The Room Upstairs’, Ipswich, UK. 2005