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9. AW19

Perfume as Practice AW19 was an exhibition at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol which took place in October 2019. The exhibition looked at the artistic potential of perfumery and how it can accommodate portraiture. The exhibition comprised 18 perfumes, each a portrait of another artist. These perfume portraits were achieved through a process that began by asking artists the question ‘why do you make art?’ Then, through a method of intuition and investigation, I created relative to the response received – capturing the essence of the artist.

The exhibition was supported by visual elements pertaining to the theme of ‘Voyage’. This theme was chosen as it referenced Bristol’s history as a port town while acting as a metaphor for the journey’s artists embark upon in their careers.


These visual elements were designed by myself and the artists I created a perfume portrait of; resulting in the first occasion Perfume as Practice has exhibited the work of artists alongside their perfume portrait. This enabled the audience to associate the perfumes with the artists involved in a direct and meaningful way: adding a new dimension to Perfume as Practice. 

The artists involved were:

Sue Burley
JanCarlo Caling
Marisa Culatto
Stig Evans
Jenna Fox
Andrea Freeman
Liz Griffiths
Catherine Higham
Jeff Hunter
Lady M
Grant Lambie
Heather Fiona Martin
Sharon Mossbeck
Helen Sills
Agatha Smith
Clare Smith
Robert Verrill
Myfanwy Williams

I also hosted a perfume making workshop during Perfume as Practice AW19. The workshop introduced the art of perfumery and allowed participants to make a perfume of their own.

I would like to thank Centrespace Gallery, the artists involved and all the wonderful visitors for making Perfume as Practice AW19 a success.

Perfume as Practice AW19 is supported by Arts Council England.

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