Edwina fitzPatrick

Edwina is a UK based artist and researcher, who is concerned with mutability and change in the living environment.

Her practice explores what happens when ‘grey’ (architectural); ‘green’ (parks/forests/landscapes/growing spaces) and ‘blue’ (oceans/rivers/canals) environments intersect. They focus on how humans have and are, affecting the nature, culture and ecology of a place. It also reflects upon how these delicate local balances relate to complex global issues such as climate change or marine pollution.

The art projects are created through developing layered research, celebrating narratives and conversations that are often deeply informed by the history and the specific qualities of a place. The inclusive projects engage with the value systems and priorities of local individuals because they are experts in where they live and work.  Edwina also collaborates with experts across a range of disciplines, including horticulturalists, biodiversity experts, engineers, architects, perfumers, foresters, archivists and composers. Her practice encompasses sited projects (as permanent or temporary works) and work presented in galleries. The two are not mutually exclusive, as responding to a specific context has always underpinned her approach to making and installing work.

Edwina completed her AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) funded collaborative practice-based PhD about sited artwork and climate change in 2014.

She is a designated Early Career Researcher at the University of the Arts London, and is the Course Leader of the MFA Fine Art Course at Wimbledon College of Arts.



2009-14    Glasgow School of Art. Arts & Humanities Research Council funded practice-based PhD with the UK Forestry Commission

Commissioned Gallery Installations/Solo Exhibitions/Curation

2018      Fermynwood Contemporary Art. The Archive of the Trees for Fineshade Wood, Northamptonshire

2015       Wimbledon Space. Larsen’s Lost Water. Curated the exhibition and artwork

2014       Grizedale Gallery. Loss and Trace 

2008       Gallery 33, Berlin. An Orchid Collection

2007       Ovada Oxford (as part of OXDOX). Arboreal Laboratory

2006       Ashford Library Arboreal Laboratory as part of Process and Product exhibition

2004       Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury and touring. Arboreal Laboratory

1996       inIVA , London. Trust

1996       Middlesborough Art Gallery. Trust

1992       Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. Skins

1992       Arnolfini, Bristol. Terra as part of Trophies of Empire exhibition

1992       Ferens Art Gallery Hull. Terra as part of Trophies of Empire exhibition

1991       Photographers Gallery, London. Colourworks

1990       Submarine Gallery, London. The Balancing Act as part of Double Vision exhibition

1989       Photographers Gallery, London. Networks Dreaming Wires as part of Machine Dreams show

1989       Photographers Gallery, London. Untitled in The London Project commissioned exhibition

1988       Camerawork, London.  Redemption commissioned for Imaging the Future exhibition

1987       Battersea Arts Centre, London. Between the Lines (parts I and II)  

1986       Cambridge Darkroom. Between the Lines (part I)

1986       Camerawork, London. Festivals: Domestic Stories

Group Exhibitions

2021        Waiting video in the Waiting Room online exhibition

2019        Royal Geographical Society, London. Biostrata and Archive of the trees in Explore 2017        Xian Academy of Art. Professorial print exhibition.

2016       Q Park, London. Safari Park (Alpha Male)  in Drive Thru

2014       Standpoint Gallery, London. Woods for the Trees in Un-natural Narratives

2013       Stour Valley Arts Gallery, Ashford, Kent. Arboreal Laboratory in Re-forest

2012       Grizedale Art Gallery. Arboreal Laboratory in terra: sensual sculpture

2011       Jerwood Space, London. Arboreal Laboratory in terra: sensual sculpture

2011       Glue Factory, Glasgow. Restless Nature

2011       Beaconsfield, London. An Orchid Collection: Happy Stripes in Fraternise

2011       Collyer Bristow Gallery, London. An Orchid Collection and Restless Nature in Restless Nature   

2011       Newlyn Art Gallery. An Orchid Collection and Restless Nature in Restless Nature   

2001       Spacex Gallery, Exeter. Cultivar in East of Eden

2000       Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Cultivar and After Eden: Tree of Knowledge in A Different Kind of Show

1999       Royal College of Art, London. Trust in Five years of inIVA

1998       Dziekanka Gallery, Warsaw, Poland. After Eden: Conception: Winter version in What If? 

1997-8    Ikon Gallery touring exhibition Before and After Eden in Earthly Delights           

1997       Burford House Gallery Pedigree in Earthly Delights

1996       Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. After Eden: Life and Dead Matter in Happy Shopper                                                               

1996       Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. After Eden: Conception in Whitechapel Open

1994       Whitechapel Art Gallery. Terra in Whitechapel Open

1993       Ikon Gallery touring exhibition. Torso in Under the Skin

1991       Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland.  Colourworks in New Spaces of Photography                                        

1990       Polytechnic of Central London Gallery. Colourworks in WAC Bursary exhibition

1989       Kunstverein, Frankfurt. Cell in Award for the Young European Photographers

1989       Whitechapel Art Gallery. London Project in Whitechapel Open  

1989       Untitled Gallery, Sheffield. Redemption in Earthworks

1989       Impressions Gallery, York, and national tour. Redemption in The Globe

1988       Sheffield Polytechnic Gallery. Between the Lines

1984       ICA. London. New Contemporaries

1982       ICA and Chisenhale, London. New Contemporaries

Commissioned Sited Projects

2018      Fermynwood Contemporary Art. The Archive of the Trees for Fineshade Wood, Northamptonshire

2008-9    Manchester Metropolitan University & St Helens Teaching Hospital commission Untitled

2007-8    Oxford Churchill Hospital oncology unit. Wytham Woods

2005-7    Reputations, Glasgow. Art of Living permanent sited artwork

2002-4    Stour Valley Arts residency leading to Arboreal Laboratory

2002-3    Peabody Trust. Artist in residence at Coopers Road Estate, London. Ice Tower

2000       Barking River Festival, London. Ice Bridge: Revealings

2000       TH2000 Hidden Art. Bethnal Green Town Hall. Kaleidoscope

2000       Plymouth University commission. Sited artworks in Exeter. Windowsills: Pollination.

1999       Panchayat/ Slow Release commission for Bishopsgate Goodsyards. Cultivar

1997       Ikon Gallery commission for Ikon in the City offsite projects. Flow chart and Returning the Stolen Water

1995       Ikon Gallery sited commission Parks and Gardens: From Nature to Art. Temporary site-specific work in Uttoxeter Park. Untitled

1992       East-South. Site-specific commission for Norwich Cathedral. Hive

Selected Residences

2018       Fermynwood Contemporary Art. The Forest is a Museum Residency.

2017       Fourth International Print Residency, Xian Academy of Art, China

2005-7    Reputations. Glasgow. Art of Living permanent sited artwork

2002-4    Stour Valley Arts project. Artist in residence at Kings Wood, Kent

2002-3    Peabody Trust. Artist in residence at Coopers Road Estate, London

1997        Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Ikon in the City off site projects

1996        inIVA. Artists Residency in Industry at Teeside Chemical Plants

1994        Whitechapel Art Gallery residency


2019         CCW Graduate School research funding. Archive of the trees publication 2015 CCW Graduate School project funding Wilding the Edges (interactive fieldwork)

2016        CCW Graduate School Year of Resilience project funding, Getting Real: Interactive Fieldwork

2015        CCW Graduate School project funding Wilding the Edges

2014        CCW Graduate School research funding for CAA conference in New York

2014        CCW Graduate School research funding for Colloquium

2012        CLTAD Sustainability in the Curriculum Award

2011        Collaborative CCW research award for Creative Transition project

2009-14   AHRC Collaborative researcher award

2007        Wimbledon College of Art. Research Award

2003        Chelsea College of Art & Design. Research Award

1999        RSA Art for Architecture Award with Marc Lemanksi

1998        British Council- travel bursary to Poland

1991        British Council- travel bursary to Poland

1991        GLA (Arts Council). Grant for experimental projects.

1990        Westminster Arts Council. Photographic bursary

1989        GLA  (Arts council). Grant to individual artists

Publications and Published Texts

2019         The archive of the trees book

2019         British Forests: The Forestry Commission 1919-2019 . Ed: Ian Gambles. (Archive of the Trees)

2019         The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon: Global Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Difference. Gilane Tawadros (Trophies of Empire – Terra)

2014         Artist’s Geographies of the Landscape-archive. 40,000 word publication. Lambert Academic Press

2014         5000 word paper published by CCW Bright Light Publication Implicit Geographies

2013         6000 word paper published in eSharp online peer reviewed journal

2011         Terra publication. Jerwood Space London. Essay by Joy Sleeman

2008         Art of Living publication. Monograph with commissioned short story by Lesley Forbes

2007         Art of Living brochure

2005         Stour Valley Arts. King’s Wood: A Context. Essays featuring Arboreal Laboratory

2004         Arboreal Laboratory. SVA monograph of Kings Wood Residency

2001         London Institute. Out of the Bubble publication. Essay

2000         Locality, Diver©ities, publication, essay by Sarah Bennett and John Butler

2000         Windowsills; Art of Locality publication. Essay

1999         inIVA Artist in Research Programme publication

1998         Make magazine. Article

1996         Maps. inINVA publication. Visual contribution

1994         Trophies of Empire. Bluecoat/ Arnolfini catalogue. Essays by Sandra Drew and Jenny Uglow

1992          East-South Catalogue. Norwich Art Gallery

1991          New Spaces in Architecture. Catalogue. Wroclaw Poland

1986          Between the Lines. Self-published artist’s book


2014         BBC Radio Cumbria. Interview about PhD research exhibition 10/4/14

2007         BBC Radio Scotland. Good Morning Scotland feature on art of living 23/05/07

2007         BBC Radio Scotland The Radio Café feature on Art of Living 29/05/07

2005         Radio 4’s Open Country. Feature on Arboreal Laboratory

2004         Radio 4 Womans’ Hour. Feature on Arboreal Laboratory

1992         BBC TV The Late Show feature on Trophies of Empire. 1/12/92

1992         Radio 4, Kaleidoscope feature on Trophies of Empire.  20/11/92

1992         BBC TV South West News feature on Trophies of Empire. 19/11/92

Conferences/Events (as speaker and convener)

2021         Artists and Gardens: New Perspectives. Hestercombe Gallery. Speaker

2019         Evolving the Forest conference, Dartington Hall. Speaker

2017          Inter, Trans, Multi, Cross discplinary conference Sheffield Hallam University. Speaker

2017         CAA 4-day conference, New York. Speaker

2016         Convenor of Getting Real tour. Wimbledon College of Arts

2015         Co-convenor of Wilding the Edges walking tour and BarCamp. CCW London

2015         CAA 4-day conference, New York. Speaker

2014         National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Travellers Tails Seminar: Finding Voices & Re-shaping History.  Speaker

2014         CCW London & GSA Glasgow. Practising (in) Uncertainty Colloquium. Convenor and speaker.

2013         Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich. Considering Landscape Study Day. Speaker

2013         ArtQuest. For the Love of It Symposium. London. Speaker

2013         Maison Francais Study Day, Oxford. Speaker

2013         CAA 3-day conference, New York. Speaker

2005         RANE lecture at Falmouth College of Art. Sole Speaker

2003         Stour Valley Arts. Day conference. Speaker

1997         Plymouth University. Round table discussion on Why Societies may (not) Change. Speaker

2000         Tate Britain. Time and Space. Speaker

1999         London Institute. Out of the Bubble  conference. Speaker

1998         Ikon Gallery Process and Participation conference. Speaker

1991         San Francisco College of Arts.  Photoscape. Conference. Speaker

1990         Projects UK, Newcastle. Expanding Photography weekend conference. Speaker


2021         https://www.irreplaceable.world/blog/norweigan-spruce-detail-edwina-fitzpatrick

Current Post

9/08-        Wimbledon College of Arts 0.8 post Course Leader MA and Postgraduate Co-ordinator then MFA Fine Art Course Leader + PhD Supervision

Professional Qualifications/Membership

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (since 2004)

CLTAD Research Supervisor Training Course (2005)

CCA (Since 2012)

CLTAD Research as Academic Practice course (2015)

External Advising/Examining

2017          External Examiner PhD Viva Trinity College Dublin

2017-         External Examiner Plymouth University MA and MFA Fine Art

2012-15     External Examiner Falmouth University MA Fine Art and MA Art and Environment

2012          External Advisor for Fine Art Programme review at Bath Spa University

2007-11     External Examiner MA and BA Visual Arts courses at University of Glamorgan

2008          External Advisor Thames Valley University

2006-08     External Advisor for University of Greenwich

Invited Speaker/Lectures

2017          The Anthropocene discussion panel. Beaconsfield, London

2013          Artquest For the Love of It. Chair for panel on “Success”

2009          Whitechapel Art Gallery & Artquest. Cross Disciplinary Collaboration talk

2005           Falmouth University. RANE research lecture series

2000           Serpentine Gallery The Greenhouse Effect

2000          Whitechapel Art Gallery In your head

2000           Serpentine Gallery Bridget Riley

1999           Serpentine Gallery Andreas Gursky

1998           Whitechapel Art Gallery. Speed

1997           Ikon Gallery. Earthly Delight

1997           Ikon Gallery Mark Dion

1996           inIVA The Visible and the Invisible

1996           Whitechapel Art Gallery Jeff Wall

1995           Hayward Gallery Art and Power

1995           Whitechapel Art Gallery Guillermo Kuitca

1995           Hayward Gallery Yves Klein

1994           Photofusion : Beyond the Looking Glass

1994           Royal Festival Hall. Designs on the Future

1994           Hayward Gallery. Salvador Dali

1994           Whitechapel Art Gallery Bill Viola

1993           Hayward Gallery Julian Opie

1993           Hayward Gallery Georgia O’Keefe

1993           Whitechapel Art Gallery Tim Head

1991           Whitechapel Art Gallery Cindy Sherman

1991           Barbican Art Gallery Beyond Japan

1990           M.O.M.A. Oxford . Extending the Image

1989           Cambridge Darkroom Shifting Focus event

1987           Battersea Arts Centre Visual Narratives

Edwina fitzPatrick

e-mail: e.fitzpatrick@wimbledon.arts.ac.uk
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