Wig Sayell - Artist Photographer

 

biography

I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1995, with a First Class Honours in BA (Hons) Fine Art.

 

My work is predominantly lens based, conceptual in its approach, and  with an emphasis on experimental process. 

 

My professional career began in 1995, when I won the Margerat Bryan travel Award from Nottingham Trent University, for which I researched and exhibited pinhole photography from traces on the landscape from the ‘Great Hunger’ in Western Ireland. I moved to the South West of England, where I taught at Plymouth College of Art and Design and ran photographic workshops for the National Trust and Plymouth City Museum. I then moved to Cardiff, where I completed my MA in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art in 2000.  The geography of the South Wales valleys became the basis for both my dissertation and installation based work during this period, and issues of place and community, and the Welsh landscape in particular, still continues to exert an influence upon my work.

  

In 2002 I taught Photography at South East Essex College, and became involved in a variety of artistic projects in the local area, including running workshops and exhibiting at Focal Point Gallery, and exhibiting a series of cyanotypes at Southend Media Festival and 'Margate Rocks'.  It was during this period that I fully developed my teaching practice, ranging from leading the delivery of lens based media at national diploma, A level and HND / degree level, to working as a facilitator on video projects developed by and for young people with challenging behavior. 

 

Since 2008 I have been a Lecturer in Photography at Banbury and Bicester College and working with OYAP as a arts workshop leader and mentor, whilst researching and exhibiting historic parkland locations in England and Wales that engage with the 'wilderness picturesque'.

 

Most recently, I exhibited a site specific piece at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford as part of the ‘Afterhours’ programme. 

 

I was also an artist-in-residence at Stiwdio Maelor in Snowdonia, and used this opportunity to progress onto the concept of the ‘Sublime’ - especially at Cadair Idris, a truly magnificent location. 

 

 

'A Reminder of South Wales' commissioned postcard for ArtWorks Wales, later archived at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwth'

 

 

'A Modern Picturesque' shown at 'Margate Rocks' Festival at Substation, Margate.

 

 

'Breathe' photographic installation at Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

 

'Grounds for the Sublime - Cadair Idris' short video piece from residency at Stiwdio Maelor.