Louise Adkins (b.1971) practice explores the intersection between performance and the documentation of the live act using film and digital media. Her work investigates how film and digital media can be used to foster alternative narratives to a performance or live event. The appropriation and re-enactment of historic cultural events as well as popular cultural references are an ongoing theme in her work. Between, 1998 to 2006 she collaborated with the Glasgow based artist Lisa Le Grove under the name ‘Lisalouise’. This collaborative practice was predominately performance-based and explored collective personal histories as well as the shared cultural landscapes of England and Scotland.
Louise Adkins has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and Europe including new work commissions for the Cornerhouse Gallery Manchester and the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Glasgow. She is currently working as Artist/Curator on 'Between' a programme of performance art commissions at the Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester.
Louise Adkins lives and works in Manchester, UK and is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in the School of Art.
1997 – 1998 MA Performance/Live Art Central St Martins College of Art and Design.
1998 Student exchange programme at DAMU Prague
1991 – 1994 BA (hons) School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
2006- ongoing Senior Lecturer Manchester School of Art (MMU.
2003 – 2006 Senior Lecturer The University of the Creative Arts
2000 – 2003 Associate Lecturer –Wimbledon School of Art, London
1998 – 2001 Associate Lecturer – Winchester School of Art.
2011/12 Research support funding, MIRIAD MMU. Artist/Curator ‘Between’ a programme of performance commissions at the Cornerhouse, Manchester.
2010. Research and development funding, MIRIAD, MMU. ‘Between’ a programme of commissioned performance art events.
2006/08 Research funding from the University of the Creative Arts looking at how digital media and surveillance technologies can inform narrative within performance based practice.
SOLO PROJECTS (Exhibitions)
2011/12 Between - artist performance commission, Cornerhouse, Manchester.
2011 Hold the Pose - solo show, VYNYL gallery, Birmingham.
2008 Hold the Pose - Artranspennine 08’ various locations across the North West 2002 Helpmehelpyou - new work commission, The Arches, Glasgow. 2002 Lisalouise - solo show, Hereford Salon, London.
SOLO PROJECTS (Performances & Screenings)
2006 The Magic of Real Life in Real Situations – performance, CCA Glasgow.
2006 Et Tu Tribute – performance, Embassy Gallery Edinburgh.
2006 Helpmehelpyou - public screening, The Cornerhouse Gallery and BBC North.
2004 Helpmehelpyou - public screening, The Cornerhouse Gallery and BBC North.
2000 Somethin’ Stupid - performance, Philadelphia International Festival of Visual and Live Art USA.
1999 Lisalouise - performance, Expo 99 & Now 99 Nottingham.
1998 Renaissance Bodies - performance and installation, Sceno Fest 98’ Linbury Gallery, Central St Martins, London.
GROUP PROJECTS (Exhibitions)
2011 Meanwhile in Manchester - Grand Union Birmingham.
2011 Meanwhile in Manchester - Lombard Method Birmingham.
2010 The Pursuit of Happiness - Arsenal Gallery Poznan, Poland.
2009 Pressure Point: Between Tracks – Badhaus Nextex St Gallen, Switzerland. 2009 The Open West – Summerfield Gallery, The University of Cheltenham Art.
2005 Bishops Move - Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
2003 The Summer Show - International3, Manchester and Vilma Gold, London.
2002 Fight - Leytonstone Centre of Contemporary Art (LCCA), London.
2001 Record Collection - Espace Contemporain,
2001 Paradise Revisited - Bury Art Gallery, Manchester (edition of the video was purchased for the gallery’s permanent collection).
2000 Lowry’s Living Room - From Space Gallery, Manchester.
2000 Record Collection – The International3, Manchester
GROUP PROJECTS (Performances & Screening)
2009 Outcasting season 10’ moving image gallery Web link – www.outcasting.org.
2009 Artists Moving Image Screening Programme - Another Roadside Attraction Gallery. London.
2008 Outcasting Season 6’ moving image gallery. Online programme Web link – www.outcasting.org.
2001 East End Live Whitechapel, London.
2000 Stuffed, performance The Stuff Gallery Bethnal Green, London.
2011/12 Cornerhouse artist commission ‘Between’.
2011 Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council of England, ‘Between’ Performance Programme, Cornerhouse.
2011 Research support funding, MIRIAD. ‘Between’ Performance Programme Cornerhouse.
2010 R&D Research support funding, MIRIAD. ‘Between’ Performance Programme Cornerhouse.
2010 Research support funding, MIRIAD. ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’, Arsenal Gallery Poznan Poland.
2006 Research support funding, MIRIAD. ‘Pressure Point: Between Tracks’, Badhaus St Galan Switzerland.
2006 Research Support Funding, University of the Creative Arts.
2006 CCA Commission, Scottish Arts Council. ‘The Magic of Real Life in Real Situations’, CCA Glasgow.
2005 Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council of England. ‘Berg och Dalbana’.
2005 Scottish Television Media Group. ‘Berg och Dalbana’.
2002 New work commission. ‘Helpmehelpyou’, The Arches Glasgow.
2002 Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council of England. ‘Helpmehelpyou’, The Arches Glasgow.
2002 Grants for the Arts Award, Scottish Arts Council. ‘Helpmehelpyou’, The Arches Glasgow.
2002 The Big Idea & My Beautiful TV. ‘Helpmehelpyou’, The Arches Glasgow.
2001 Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council of England. ‘Paradise Revisited’, Bury Gallery Manchester.
2000 Festival Commission Award. ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, Philadelphia International Festival of Visual and Live Art USA.
1999 EXPO commission & Now 99. ‘Lisalouise’, Nottingham.