Louisa Fairclough lives and works in Bristol, her work takes the form of film loops, performances, field recordings and drawings. She co-founded BEEF with the core aim of supporting and nurturing experimental film practice in Bristol.
In 2017, Louisa had a solo show A Song Cycle for the Ruins of a Psychiatric Unit at Danielle Arnaud in London (November/December). Late at night on November 24th, VOICE IMAGES was performed over three hours by the Dieci Choir at Swiss Church, Covent Garden. VOICE IMAGES is a new composition devised with composer Richard Glover and commissioned by Being & Appearing. Earlier on in the year, Bore Song was shown at Rojas + Rubensteen Projects in Miami, and Louisa and Richard Glover presented two new compositions for Voice and Tape Loop performed by Samuel Middleton and George McKenzie as part of BEEF’s programe at the Brunswick Club in Bristol.
In 2015, Louisa was artist-in-residence at Metal in Southend working on field recordings and drawings which were shown at Estuary Festival in September 2016. She exhibited at Contact Film Festival at Apiary Studios, London (2016), Channel at Penarth Pier Pavilion (2016) and Stories in the Dark at Beaney Museum, Canterbury (2016).
Absolute Pitch was commissioned by Whitstable Biennale 2014, Jeannie was commissioned by Bristol New Music and Arnolfini in 2014, Song of Grief was included in Guy Sherwin’s Film in Space at Camden Art Centre (2013) and Bore Song was shown at Ha gamle Prestegard in Norway before being acquired by Contemporary Art Society for Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum: The Wilson (2013). Louisa has had two solo shows with Danielle Arnaud in 2011 and 2014 and is working towards a third in 2017. Her drawings have been acquired by public and private collections with two drawings selected for Jerwood Drawing Prize (2011).
Louisa graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art (MFA) in 2000 and is currently an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes and Falmouth University. She lectured at the Slade from 2002 – 2008 and co-curated Mezz from 2009 – 2011.
Louisa is represented by Danielle Arnaud.