Lisa Stansbie is an artist and Head of The School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University, U.K. Her work crosses the disciplines of film, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies and exhibited Internationally. Stansbie’s work has been shown at galleries, non-art venues and festivals all the way from from Bury, U.K to New York.
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. Her solo exhibition Nothing Great Is Easy at Platform Arts, Belfast in September 2014 was the result of two years of work and research into swimming and its relationship to the practices of making and performing artworks. She continues to produce collages which are fictional machines for moving through water. To date she has made 70 Swimming Machines collages.
Her work Swimming Machine (2015) and Swimming Apparatus Costume (2015) are on show at Huddersfield Art Gallery until January 2016. Both pieces are based on 19th century patent designs that were never constructed. The patents were for objects that would assist in teaching people to swim.
She was joint founder and editor (with Derek Horton) for 16 editions of www.soanyway.org.uk 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 www.zeppelinbend.com