I’m delighted to have supported ceramic artist Vicky Lindo in her successful bid for Arts Council funding for her latest project, Dead Dad Book.
With partner Bill Brooks, Vicky will make a brand new collection of work inspired by her research into the life of her late father, a Windrush immigrant, absent father and alcoholic. Through a series of harvest jugs and amphorae, Dead Dad Book will explore family fragmentation, migration, trauma and addiction – themes that Vicky says recur in her conversations with others of Caribbean heritage.
Vicky is one of just 10 artists nationally to be selected to exhibit as part of AWARD, the headline exhibition at the British Ceramics Biennial 2019, which takes place in Stoke-on-Trent from 7 September to 13 October.
Vicky, who is a great storyteller, explains: ‘My dad died when I was 16 years old, not that I or my family knew anything about it. We had not heard from him in years, one day he had just disappeared and we never saw him again. Seven years after his death my eldest sister discovered where he had been. He died alone in a wood in Wexford, Ireland; his body lay undiscovered for 2 months.
The Dead Dad Book was a diary kept by my mum and sisters about the journey we took to Ireland to visit my dad’s grave and to find out what had happened to him in the years he’d been missing.’
It’s been a privilege to contribute in a small way to this exciting project and I can’t wait to see the new collection of work.
Follow Vicky and Bill’s progress on their Facebook page @vickylindoceramics and vickylindo on Instagram.
Dead Dad Book is supported using public funding through an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant.