New Perspectives

New Perspectives


Lancaster Arts is really delighted to be opening the Peter Scott Gallery at long last!

As with our Autumn exhibition, entry will be free, but we are continuing to operate a booking system in the gallery for your safety. Please scroll down to book your slot.

We’re all finding our way back into the world following more than a year of distancing and lockdowns. Our surroundings are familiar but can feel very different. Do we want to return to everything we had before? Lancaster Arts is working with three artists to look at different perspectives on where we are now. Garth Gratrix, Julia Heslop and Gavin Renshaw are making new work and proposing how we can connect with the local landscape and community surrounding Lancaster Arts on the Lancaster University campus.

We want to fall in love with our place again, which means getting to know it all over again through the new and changed perspectives left by the pandemic. We invite you to reconnect with your sense of place beside us.

New Perspectives has work by all three artists on display in Peter Scott Gallery so you can find out more about their practices and what they are doing on the Lancaster University campus.

Garth Gratrix

Garth’s work deals with queerness and queering and how materials, language and space can remain slippery, experimental, and curious. Garth’s practice explores formal relationships within spaces and situations, drawing on the tensions between opposing states such as hard to soft or camp to controlled. This is expressed through his choices and arrangements of materials, interrogating how ‘queer’ is embedded within materials such as wood, concrete, metal, and paint.

Julia Heslop

Julia’s work is concerned with questions of land and land ownership. The politics of land and our connection to it is at the centre of her practice, especially our relationship with land in the urban environment. She often works in participatory, slow ways with groups and communities to ask important questions regarding property ownership, housing precarity, urban planning and local democracy.

Gavin Renshaw

Gavin’s practice has a focus on topography, the arrangement and physical features of an area. In addition to the forms and features of the natural and built environment, Gavin is interested in our ability to interact and respond to the city. Gavin’s practice uses drawing, photography, film and other means to understand the emotional connection with place or physical environment - as he traces movement, histories and moments that define our urban environment.


Have a read of Rhian Daniel's personal take on the exhibition in her review here.


Please book your free visit using the ‘book now’ button below and select an hour slot on a day of your choosing.