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Anne Lydiat Wainwright has exhibited both nationally and internationally for over thirty years. Since 2002 until 2017 she lived with her husband Chris Wainwright on board a converted fully navigable British barge (Medway Coaster) moored on the River Thames. Her research interests are in gendered narratives, personal, political and historical implicit in living and working as an artist on board a ship. In 2013 she made her first voyage into the Arctic Circle to follow in the wake of the Arctic explorer Louise Arner Boyd the first woman to venture into Arctic regions. Followed by two further voyages to the Arctic Lydiat sailed with her husband to Svalbard (2014) and Scoresby Sound (2016) She made drawings, kept a Ship’s Log and filmed and photographed the voyages. In August 2018 Lydiat is leading a unique expedition of artists and scientists to Louise Boyd Land and the Louise Glacier to re photograph Boyd’s scientific photographs of the glaciers and fiords of East Greenland to record the impact of climatic changes over the past 80 years.

Anne studied BA Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and MA Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was awarded a Henry Moore Fellowship at Birmingham Polytechnic and has taught Fine Art in art schools in the UK, USA, Norway and Japan. In 1992 she was appointed Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University until 2002, working at MA and PhD level, and as Acting Course Leader. In 2008-2010 she was appointed Senior Adviser Research and Publications at Bergen National Academy of the Arts (KHIB) and in 2010-2011 she became Research Consultant at Columbia College, Chicago, USA. Since 2014 she has been an artist/researcher for her practice led PhD on Gender and the Ship.

Recent group exhibitions: Flow and Flux, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, 2018; What Has to be Done, Today Museum, Beijing, China 2017; Points of Departure: ESTUARY, Tilbury Passenger Terminal, River Thames, London, UK.

Recent Publications: WAKE 2016; A MAIDEN’S VOYAGE, 2016; WITHDRAWN, 2015.

Presentations: WOW (Women of the World) Festival, Southbank Centre, London, March 2017 and 2018.

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Anne Lydiat’s work was first shown as part of Island Tables during DISPLACEMENT: Uncertain Journeys in Geneva, October 2015