Abject Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by the winner of the Experimental Studio 2018 residency, Sophie Lisa Beresford.
Sophie Lisa Beresford was born in Sunderland and grew up immersed in the North East Rave Scene, which she describes as being part of a “council estate culture”. Beresford celebrates this culture, by using her art work as a vessel with which to explore, how the impact of her practice can represent the culture she so strongly believes in – according to Beresford, the “artwork being created from our culture, about our culture, is a powerful way to encourage people from working-class communities to engage in their own creativity and have belief and ownership in their own ideas and art practices”.
After winning The Journal Culture Awards Visual Artist of the Year 2017 for her exhibition “Geordie, Mackem, Magick” at Arts Centre Washington and Sunderland City Library, Sophie Beresford applied for Breeze Creatives Experimental Studio residency programme, which this year was based around responding to The Great Exhibition of the North. After being selected out of over 80 applicants, the result of her residency can be experienced in this exhibition of new work, “North East Style”.