GRAFT’s 2019!!

HUGE THANKS to all of our artists, collaborators, partners, participants, audience and everyone who has given us their support. We couldn’t do the things we do without you. 


Did you come to one of our events? Or did you follow what we were doing on social media? 

We do everything we can to make sure our activity is democratic, accessible and audience-led. We would really appreciate any comments you could give us about what we’ve done this year to help us plan our 2020. 

Please take our online survey to leave any comments you have…

In 2019 WE…

Film by Jack Lewdjaw at the Gregson Centre for BF Artist Film Festival, July 2019.

…hosted the BF Artist’s Film Festival at the Gregson Arts and Community Centre…

Semaphore workshop with Shonagh Short at JAM, August 2019. (Photo credit: Joel Maudsley)

…ran JAM, a weekend of free public arts workshops around St George’s Quay in partnership with the Maritime Museum with Bonnie Craig, Shonagh Short, Kathryn Tovey and Theo Vass…

DIY at LESS harvest market in September

…opened DIY, a pop-up art gallery at a market stall filled with work made by visitors…

Installation shot of FUN, October 2019. (Photo credit: Johnny Bean)

…showed 8 artists in FUN, an exhibition about having fun with contemporary art. This included work by Olwyn Carroll, Pippa Eason, Helen Hamilton, Flora Hunt, Denise Kehoe, Frances Kelly, Sumuyya Khader and Genevieve Slater…

Making a playground in a gallery for Lancaster Fun Palace, October 2019.

…commissioned Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis to run a workshop where we turned the gallery into an adventure playground for Lancaster Fun Palaces…

First Proper Outing, Sade Mica (2019) was one of the films shown in the video art trail.

…installed a video trail of digital works by Soohyun Choi, Jamie Jenkinson, Sade Mica, Megan Visser and Jaf Yusuf in shop widows around Lancaster…

DIY FILM workshop in the Storey at Light Up Lancaster, November 2019

…created 108 short films made by members of the public using a green screen for Light Up Lancaster 2019…

Anna with her work The Merry Wagtail Jades, The Breeches They Do Carry, (Pankhurst in The Park Commission 2018)

… and welcomed Wigan based artist Anna FC Smith onto our board of trustees. Anna joins Fran Liebig, who is currently company manager for Pop-Up Projects based in London. 

SEE YOU IN 2020…



GRAFT for Lancaster Fun Palace

We’ve been featured on the Lancaster Fun Palace blog!

Our next exhibition – FUN – will run in the library, and feature a workshop by artists Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis for Lancaster Fun Palace 2019.

Read the article here.


GRAFT profiled in the Lancaster Guardian

We were featured in the Lancaster Guardian with our upcoming event JAM. Read the story HERE!


GRAFT hosts the 9th BF Artist Film Festival in Lancaster

First up for our 2019 programme: the BF Artist Film Festival

The festival is open to national and international artists at any stage of their career. We welcome single channel film and video works from within the field of artists’ moving image; short narrative films, documentaries, experimental and essay films, animation and video collage. There are no restrictions on date or theme. Videos under 6 minutes are preferred but videos of up to 10 minutes will be considered.

Visit the BF Artist Film Festival website to apply!

Deadline for entries is midnight Wednesday May 15th

​We’ll confirm date/time/venue in the near future…


Interview with Dominique White

Dominique White exhibited as part of GRAFT’s first exhibition, Allen Road Sculpture Park in 2017.

For her PhD research, Ellie interviewed Dominique in her studio almost a year later. The interview has been published by Young Artists in Conversation. You can read it here.

Dominique White, An Eternity of Purgatory, a Lifetime of Hell (2017)