Faye Spencer is an artist and associate lecturer in moving image at the University of Central Lancashire. She was previously tutor of drawing at Bedford Crafts Centre. She is currently based in Preston, UK.

 

Faye is drawn to the irrational, the unclean, the unkempt, the kitsch, the ugly, the gaudy, the grotesque and the carnivalesque. She makes gewgaws, whatsits and thingummies.

 

She straddles that uncomfortable territory between fine art and illustration, which probably means that she isn't doing either of those things properly.

 

Education

 

2010 - 2013 - University of Central Lancashire - 1st class BA (Hons) Fine Art

 

2008-2009 - Studied BA Philosophy and Theology at St. Andrews University

 

 

Group shows

 

July 2017 - 25 and Counting - NOHAT Colective, The Panacea Society, Bedford

 

July 2017 - Grounding - Ormston House, Limerick

 

April 2016 - Folklore, with Marcus Coates and Cassandra Harrison, Hanover Project, Preston

 

January-Feb 2016 Love Conquers All - Circus of Illustration - Bedford

 

December-Feb 2015/16 NN Contemporary Open - NN Contemporary, Northampton

 

July-August 2015 Stages - Circus of Illustration - Bedford

 

July-September 2015 - MK Calling - Milton Keynes Gallery

 

December-January 2014/15 - Eastern Approaches - UH Galleries, St. Albans

 

September 2014 - Corridor - Video piece commissioned by Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books, Manchester

 

July 2014 - Leverhulme Scholars Presentation - Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire

 

October 2013 - Best, - Malgras/Naudet, Manchester

 

October 2012 - Art of Ours - Chorley

 

 

Solo show

 

November-May 2013/14 - The Monstrous Body of Perpetual Research - Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

 

 

Performances

 

July 2017 - Paper Morris - improvised performance with John Macormac and Emma Fisher at Ormston House, Limerick - part of the Grounding Residency

 

March 2017 - New Improved Morris - part of 25 Hour Day held at UCLAN.

 

October 2016 - Questioning the Dead - collaboration with Marcus Coates at Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol, as part of the Museums at Night Festival

 

June 2016 - Simon Munnery's Fylm School: end of term presentation - morris dance jig in collaboration with Mill Race Folk - guest slot in Munnery’s Fringe festival show.

 

May 2016 - Cover Me in Pens 2 - Remixxd - solo jig as part of a rebrand event for Bedford Creative Arts

 

April 2016 - Pigeon Religion - a behaviourist pigeon dance at Hanover Project, Preston

 

March 2016 - Twa Sisters - morris dance performance in collaboration with Mill Race Folk, Bedford

 

December 2015 - Simon Munnery’s Fylm School - guest (morris dancing) slot in Munnery’s Fringe festival show, brought to Bedford.

 

November 2015 - The Bedford Songbook launch concert - morris dance to Martyn Shouler’s song ‘Cover me in Pen’. Collaboration with Andy Holden and Roger Illingworth. Commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts.

 

July 2015 - Wired for Morris - morris dance as 1981-era Cliff Richard in Milton Keynes, commissioned by MK Gallery

 

July 2014 - Nous, nous - feral morris performance in the woods at Wysing Arts Centre

 

December 2012 - The J.P. Foster Fragments - Lecture performance at UCLAN, Preston

 

 

Publications

 

May 2017 - Mine Anthology - in support for the Abortion Rights Campaign

 

January 2017 - Dead Singers Society volume 3 (anthology), published by Good Comics

 

October 2016 - Tales from the Nonniverse 1: Everything is Boke. Some publicity stuff can be found here and here.

 

September 2016 - Dirty Rotten Comics 8 (anthology) - Throwaway Press

 

May 2016 - Dead Singers Society volume 2 (anthology), published by Good Comics

 

December 2015 - Dirty Rotten Comics 6 (anthology) - Throwaway Press.

 

December 2012 - Red Rose Book of Fairytales - anthology of contemporary fairy tales - published by UCLAN Publishing

 

 

Awards

 

April 2016 - Nominated by CVAN to take part in CONNECT! programme with Marcus Coates as part of the Museums at Night Festival

 

December 2014 - St. Albans Fashion Week Award, as part of Eastern Approaches exhibition

 

February 2014 - Shorlisted for Beers Contemporary award for emerging artists

 

June 2013 - NADFAS Northwest Bursary Award for excellence in fine art

 

 

Residencies

 

June - August 2014 - Leverhulme Scholars Art School - Wysing Arts Centre

 

July 2017 - Grounding, Limerick