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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
School submissions to World Beach are always a delight. Here, from students working in stunning and remote locations towards the extremities of our planet. The Falkland Islands: wild, beautiful, isolated in the Southern Atlantic Ocean and within spitting distance of the Antarctic.Karen, the teacher simply says ‘I took my small school on a field trip to make these pictures as part of the...
Author: Sue Lawty
Stick brown canes in clods of earth lined up in buckets take refuge in my hall, the ground outside still frozen and closed for business.I dug them up before Christmas. Hurriedly, passionately, with vigour and intent, quite desperate and determined to retain a small fraction of the raspberry tradition of No.28, my childhood family home in Derbyshire. It would soon be gone from us; it felt...
Author: Sue Lawty
SOFA New York 2012: The International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art, Park Avenue Armory.A pair of lead textile pieces informed by V&A research were featured in the VIP Lounge at SOFA New York in April.browngrotta arts presented my work . On the booth they showed the tapestry ‘Line’ (first exhibited at the V&A in 2005), ‘Calculus’ + two new...
Author: Sue Lawty
I was handed a hammer and encouraged to whack the rock hard. In an instant a startling starburst flash of light glanced from the interior as it fell open. This was Galena, the ore of lead. I was standing with a bleak windswept vista over the wild moors at the head of Weardale in the heart of the Northern Pennines: Killhope Lead Mining Museum. My humble piece of rock to the left and a perfect...
Author: Sue Lawty
I have mentioned previously about childhood coastal summers in Yorkshire. A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I walked a more northerly stretch from the magnificent pier at Saltburn by the Sea just east of Middlesbrough through the old fishing settlements of Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Whitby to Robins Hood’s Bay in the south. Twenty-eight miles to fish and chips and a very welcome...
Author: Sue Lawty
Tapestry Cartoon: The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, Luke 5: 1-11. Raphael (1483 - 1520). Italy 1515-16. © Royal Collection / V&A I will be running a three-day practical workshop at the V&A to coincide with the current exhibition Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel. Four of the ten tapestries designed by Raphael for the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City are displayed...
Author: Sue Lawty
More fantastic projects... In April 2009, Ka'u Homeschool Art Class Keikis were World Beaching on Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, Big Island of Hawaii. They wrote: ' Mothers & Teacher Suzshi Lang made a large scale Honu. (top left) By Hawaiian law, it is a requirement to keep a distance of fifteen feet away from the turtles. The class 'made a serene family of Honu resting on the...
Author: Sue Lawty
World Beach Project hits the 1000 mark! Fantastic! I feel so proud. (I'm never quite sure why pride is considered to be such a sin... just bubbling up, unbidden, as it does.) I think I can safely say it is shared by everyone at the V&A who is involved in the project and I hope equally by all who have taken part to date. Let us celebrate a truly collective pride in the achievement built...
Author: Sue Lawty
My father was from Hunmanby in the East Riding of Yorkshire and summer holidays as a young child were spent on the stretch of coast from Bridlington to Scarborough. We got there by steam train and double decker bus (dome roofed, dark blue). Sand in castles and sandwiches, donkey rides, rock pools, knickerbocker glories, prickly coconut mats on the helter-skelter, Filey Brigg and steep iron...
Author: Sue Lawty
Northern Art Prize 2010. On the long list but not the short. Short listed artists are: Alec Finlay, Lubaina Himid, David Jacques and Haroon Mirza. A very warm good luck to all of them. I look forward to seeing the show in Leeds in November.

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