Lisa Stansbie


Member Since November 14, 2004

Lisa Stansbie is an artist and Head of The Department of Art and Communication at The University of Huddersfield U.K whose work crosses the disciplines of film, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices.

Her series of works Spitfire Beach (2010) were shown in the Short Cuts exhibition in March 2010 at g39 Cardiff, Wales U.K and were on long-term display at The Arts Council Headquarters, London (2010-2012). Stansbie's audio piece Background to a film: Spitfire Beach (2010) features on A History of Background audio CD + booklet published in an edition of 1000 by cantaudio033 in February 2011. Spitfire Beach was also shown in April 2011 as part of the g39 and Halle 14 collaboration Portmanteau, in Leipzig, Germany. In March 2011 she was commissioned to make the new film work Ark (2011) in response to the Artemis Archive in Leeds. This film was exhibited in the Hunter Gatherer exhibition at Project Space Leeds April - August 2011.

Her solo show Flight at Huddersfield Art Gallery January - March 2012 showcased Stansbie's existing and new work related to the notion of flight via wings, journeys, travels and aeroplanes. She was commissioned in August 2012 to make the film Diaphone for Outcasting Fourth Wall supported by Arts Council Wales and Cardiff Contemporary.

Recent work investigates the narratives, processes, rituals and apparatus of the sport of open water swimming with a focus on the ‘cult’ of channel swimming, in particular the collective interaction and identity of the channel swimmer.

The work combines both object based sculpture, photography, drawing and films that research the sport by a direct involvement and performance within it. Documentary processes and re-enactment are engaged, with Stansbie as the subject of the study in the video series Acclimatisation (2012). The piece documents the body’s physical response to cold-water immersion and the method of acclimatising (habituation) over a set period of time, a process that is core to channel swimming training. This piece in particular reflects aspects of ‘positive deviant’ behaviour (Ewald and Jiobu, 1985) where there is an over commitment to extending the action (Hughes and Coakley 1991) undertaken by extreme athletes. Sandettie Lightship (2012) and Shipping Lane (2012) are part of a series of sculptural photographs made from the same apparatus that channel swimmers use to feed themselves during a swim.

Stansbie has written and published around sport and contemporary art and notions of storytelling and voice in artists film.

She was joint editor (with Derek Horton 2008-2012) of an experimental online magazine project centred around notions of narrative and storytelling.

Her PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University Zeppelinbend: Multiplicity, encyclopaedic strategies and nonlinear methodologies for a visual practice was completed in 2010 and exists solely as a website