Artist Ingrid Pollard, part of 100 Pioneering Women of Sussex

colour photo of Ingrid Pollard standing in a garden in front of a tree and green bush. She is holding her hands to her chin and looking seriously at the camera. She has a royal blue shirt on.
Ingrid Pollard

Artists such as Ingrid Pollard are continuing to open up new ways of exploring representation, race and identity. Guest blogger, Amy Zamarripa considers Ingrid to be a trailblazer in her work and she discusses why in our 100 Pioneering Women of Sussex blog series.

Ingrid Pollard (b.1953) is a photographer, media artist and researcher. She is a graduate of the London College of Printing and Derby University.

Ingrid has developed a social practice concerned with representation, history and landscape with reference to race, difference and the materiality of lens based media.

Her work is included in numerous collections including the UK Arts Council and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She lives and works in London UK.

In 1989 she produced a new series of 14 art works of hand tinted silver prints, text and 3D objects based on her experience of Hastings called “Seaside Series”. Sized 20×24, the pieces harkened to the moveable identity of the English coast and the sense of borders and other.

As part of our 2019 anthology Hidden Sussex, we approached Ingrid to use a selection of these beautiful works and text in the first edition of our book. We felt a synergy in her visual art work examination of this seaside town and the opening up of possibilities for new writers to create Sussex as their own entity.

Ingrid writes: ‘Tourism within the southern coastal town of Hastings defines this work. The year 1066 is seen as the last stand of the ‘true Anglo Saxons’ before invasion by the conquering Normans of Northern France transformed the identity of the English.The seaside town of Hastings forms the location for this work. It examines the visual and text based language of tourism. A postcard-type series of self portraits taken within Hastings are accompanied by text from tourist literature. They explore ideas of invasion and repulsion of the ‘migrants/invader’ to this landscape of historical and cultural contestation. 3D tourist memorabilia placed within the frame act as the trophies and spoils of the of the returning traveler.’

In 2019, Ingrid was named one of the recipients for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists, one of the most significant philanthropic awards for visual artists and composers in the UK. An exhibition of her work will appear in 2020 Glasgow International (24 April – 10 May).


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