Safelight, Carrie Stanley, 2023 | Image: courtesy of the artist

Carrie Stanley

We are collaborating with Carrie Stanley to produce a new solo touring exhibition; There are two colours in my head. This project stems from the artist’s personal experience of trauma recovery and complicated grief, following the loss of her late husband by suicide.

Artist Statement

Carrie Stanley’s work focuses on family, memory, traumatic loss and re-finding one’s place in the world as a result. The work uses a personal archive of analogy photography, letters and the artist’s own writing as the raw material for her practice. This material then transmuted through a rich variety of media including oil paint, charcoal and pigment into visceral and sensual works where physicality is key. Her expressive and dynamic practice is key to reclaiming and reimagining an identity in the present tense and into the future. The works although raw in nature are transposed by the joy of making and saturated colour.


Carrie Stanley studied at the Lorenzo di Medici art institute, Florence (1991-1993) and was a student on the Turps Banana correspondence course (2000-2022). She was the recipient of a White Pube Working Class Creatives grant (2022) and an Arts Council England DYCP grant to focus on her grief project in 2022. This project included a residency with Small Bells Ring and supported practice through Mark Devereux Projects' Dialogues course.

Selected Artworks