Alison Proctor

Alison is taking part in our coming Home is a Feeling show in Faversham on 13th and 14th November.

Describe what you do as a creative.

I am an artist who works with clay and the nature around me.

Tell us  about yourself

I originally trained as a dancer and have a degree in Art, but an injury led me to retrain in theatre lighting and I worked as a lighting designer and lecturer. I discovered my love of ceramics at evening class and this led to a Studio Ceramics course in the Royal Forest of Dean. I then worked for 16 years as an Arts Producer for Performance and Visual Arts. At the beginning of 2021 I was fortunate to receive a grant from the Arts Council to develop my own creative practice and I am now setting up my own studio full time.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a dancer and choreographer.

What turns on your creativity?

The natural world – landscapes and seascapes, plant life, the changing seasons.

What do you like best about your work?

I like the range of work I’m able to make, working in different forms and media.

When were you most satisfied in your work?

I’m always looking towards what I can do next!

What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?

That I’m able to make full time, explore different ways of making and live in the landscape that inspires me.

What is your dream project?

I would love to create an immersive installation either in a gallery or out on a beach.

Your idea of happiness

Walking along the beach, being in my garden.

What art/creativity related book should everyone read?

It changes depending on what I’m working on. I tend to read about what I’m interested in researching at the time – currently it’s lots of books on geology, landscape and natural sciences. I was recommended the series by Whitechapel Gallery, Documents of Contemporary Art – particularly ‘Nature’ and ‘Craft’
I’m currently reading Unquiet Landscape by Christopher Neve
I also recommend the Camden Arts Centre podcasts, Earth and World

Tell us a lesson life has taught you.

Somehow you will always find a way, maybe not in the way or timescale you imagined, but there is always a solution or opportunity that is possible.

Author: nathalieb