About

Libby Scarlett is an artist based in the UK.

Her practice is interested in the transformative nature of interaction and lived experience. Flaws/imperfections in communication and encounters are highlighted as sites for potential adjustment or movement. From these, she creates sets of circumstances or boundaries to test and explore notions of change and growth.

Attracted and fascinated by everyday rituals and routines: unconscious habits that have the potential to alter how you sense or perceive. Sensations that there are no words for: it’s all about how it feels.

Journeys –both inward and outward- are linked strongly to these exercises. Conscious movement. Being understanding and tender to your own and others’ adjustments. There is no one way to live or be.

Coming from a practice that was largely based around book works, Scarlett has previously been concerned with cultivating a connection to her audience that felt one-to-one. Though still concerned with intimacy, her interests are currently finding more space for experimentation amongst performance, intervention, actions, happenings and film.

She is also co-founder of Studio Tej, an artist-architect duo exploring small-scale urban interventions to promote interaction with public space. 

 

Selected exhibitions

2017  |    In Nothing Flat - Old Granada Studios, Manchester   
                 Strelnikov's Glasses and Other Stories - HOME, Manchester
                 Legacy - Benzie Gallery, Manchester
 2016  |    Warrington Contemporary - The Gallery at Bank Quay House (Studio Tej)
                 Microprovocations - Central YMCA, London (Studio Tej)
                 Transpire - Islington Mill, Manchester
                 The People's Cinema - Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
                 Crossings - Ahvaland, Åland Islands  
                 Put Your Feet on the Ground + reading | solo show | - Disposed, Salzburg
                 PRESENT003 - Protein Gallery, London
 2015  |    Sheffield International Artist Book Prize Exhibition - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
                 Mit de Data: Source Materials Visualised - New York Center for Book Arts, New York
 2014  |    An Overview of Small Occurrences | solo show | - Women's Studio Workshop, New York
 2013  |    The Reading Room (Parlour Press) - Counter Culture Club, Manchester
                 5th International Artist Book Exhibition - King St Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár
                 Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here - New York Center for Book Arts, New York; 
                                                                        John Rylands Library, Manchester;
                                                                       The Cambridge Arts Council, Massachusetts
 2012  |    Soho Seat | solo show | - Soho Collective, London
                  Ideas on a Postcard please (Studio Tej) - Space fiftyfour, London
                  European Artist Book Awards (ABOT) - Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; 
                                                                                  International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana
 2011  |    Flaminio (Studio Tej) | solo show | - The Castle, Manchester
                 European Artist Book Awards (ABOT) - Museum for Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna
                 The Reading Room (Parlour Press) - Lytham St Annes Pier, Blackpool
                 Wayzgoose - Sights from the other City, Salford
                 The Moment Of Privacy Has Passed - The Usher Gallery, Lincoln
 2010  |    Bibliotherapy Artist’s Book Library tour - various, UK
                  Ffotogallery Book Arts (Parlour Press) - Ffotogallery, Penarth
 2009  |    Manchester Art Crawl - The Castle, Manchester

 

fellowships  
residencies
awards

2017  |    StudioBook - Mark Devereux Projects, Manchester
2016  |    Ahvaland Artist in Residence - Åland Islands, Finland
                 Arts Council England - Artist's International Development Fund Award
                 Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Artist in Residence - Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
2014-15 | Women’s Studio Workshop Art-in-Ed Artist book residency and grant, New York, USA
2012  |    Publication of the year - Think Tank awards
2011  |    Honourable Mention - European Artist Book Awards
                 Hot Bed Press Atist in Residence (Parlour Press), Manchester, UK
                 Warrington Arts Grant
2010  |    The Phil Thomas Foundation Grant
                  An Inventory of Northern Extremes - Droog Lab, Amsterdam

 

collections

Book works held in the following:
Bank Street Arts (UK)  |  Bibliotherapy Artist’s Book Library (UK)  |  Bucknell University (USA)  |  Cheetham’s Library (UK)  |  Chelsea  College  of Art (UK)  |  Fayles Library, NYU (USA)  |  Franklin Furnace Archive (USA)  |  Glasgow School of Art (UK)  |  Harvard  University Fine Art Library (USA)  |  Iraq National Library (Iraq)  |  Indiana University (USA)  |  Library of Congress (USA)  |   Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)  |  MOMA - FF (USA)  |  New York Public Library  |  Ohio State University  |  Rochester  Institute of Technology (USA)  |  The Library of Congress  (USA)  |  University of Delaware (USA)  |  University of Michigan (USA)  |  University of Utah (USA)  |  University of West England (UK)  |  Vassar College (USA)  |  Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)  |  Yale University (USA)