Anne Waggot Knott
Installation / Mixed Media / Photography / Printmaking / Sculpture
• Purple Route • New in 2022
I am a geographer, printmaker, artist and writer with a strong focus on places and spaces where we pause to connect with our environment. Following a deliberate escape from a corporate university career I now use art to provoke questions and conversation.
Images of studio
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My striking prints pick out the forms and colours we see when we stop and examine our surroundings closely. Relief printmaking was my initial artform of choice, but I am experimenting with film, sculpture, craft and hybrid techniques. I am developing a vibrant, expressive new body of sculptural mixed media work, Bibliotreks, over winter 2021/Spring 2022.
Largely self-taught, my practice spans the borderlands, much of it inspired by journeys. I am interested in interpreting peripheral areas, boundaries, places where processes and people intersect. I believe it is important for rural contemporary artists to challenge our urbancentric, hierarchical art world.
A member of the PLACE Collective – artists and researchers interested in meaningful environmental change – I have recently worked on projects with Northern Print, Curatorspace, Somewhere-nowhere, Tullie House, the Catstrand, Natural England and the University of Cumbria. In addition to my own creative practice I am Director of Florence Arts Centre (part-time), a hub for contemporary arts in west Cumbria.
Tools & Materials
Spring Fling 2022 marks the public launch of Anne’s new studio space at Wellwood, a historic Galloway cottage which has undergone (or may still be undergoing…) an inspired yet simple renovation. Visitors can explore several rooms, primarily Anne’s print studio but also further gallery space and an area showing short films and other conceptual work.
You can browse quietly at your own pace, and Anne is happy talk you through her the processes and inspiration behind her original prints and abstract sculptural pieces. You will see works in progress, as well as materials and equipment used for lino cuts, wood cuts, collagraphs, digital and mixed media techniques. Please check Anne’s social media nearer the time for participatory activities including exciting co-creative project for visitors to join in with.
As a result of recent commissions and collaborations Anne has produced several short films which will be shown on a loop. You will also encounter writing in the form of finished and unfinished poetry as you explore the house.
Artwork will be available to purchase framed and unframed, including artist’s proofs, one-off experimental pieces, and single editions offered here for the first time. New for this year are Bibliotreks: unique, sculptural works based on the structure of open books. Vibrant, limited edition screen prints, conceived during Anne’s recent bursary with Northern Print in Newcastle, will also be on sale.
Wellwood is at the heart of Auchencairn, a welcoming, creative village community with a focus on caring for our environment. The nearby community shop offers delicious hot and cold drinks, snacks, and wholesome home-cooked food to eat in or take away. Weather permitting you are welcome to enjoy these in Anne’s garden. Intrepid visitors can walk to the beach or the hills, experiencing some of the landscapes that inspire Anne’s work.
Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity
There will be live printmaking demonstrations, inspiring chat, and an opportunity to purchase framed and unframed prints, proofs, samples and experimental work not for sale elsewhere.
Wellwood, 2 Bakery Street, Auchencairn, DG7 1RN
There is one step to the rear entrance – assistance can be provided. Accessible toilet at community shop 200m away. Please park considerately for local residents – preferably on the main road or at the bowling club (east end of the village).
- Family Friendly
- Credit/debit cards accepted
- Open through the year by appointment
Visiting my studio
Depending on the Covid-19 situation, face coverings may be required, so please come prepared with one.
Parking on Bakery Street is for residents only – please be considerate of neighbours and park on the main road or in the bowling club car park (east end of the village) if you can.
Wed / Thu / Fri / Sat