Abi Townsend’s artistic practice is formed out of responding to her cultural and creative landscape. The shaping and forming of a place and the means by which the reflected cultural values can be represented are her central concerns. Often adopting a socially engaged approach, she sees the relationships connected with making art as part of the rich interaction that forms, expresses and challenges the relevance of her projects. Working in a variety media from film, sound, photography to cultural crafts and painting depends upon the best suited response to the project. Recent projects such as Ruskin’s View, a sound and film piece, have exposed this iconic and beautiful viewing point to closer scrutiny in order to engage the audience in a new view of what they thought they knew.
Townsend’s current MA research builds upon her 2012 Mapping the Makers project as she socially maps a small piece of neighbourhood centred upon UCLan’s Hanover building. This space of diverse inter-relations is uncovered through representation of a series of encounters and conversations, historical archive and mapping research, planning and design development in order to locate the viewer within wider and imaginative perspectives of place identity and investment.