Alistair joins Creative Spark
The current artist in residence at Creative Spark is Alistair Livingstone, who has spent a large part of his life working as a designer and director, working internationally in the theatre, mainly as a designer of sets, costumes and lighting.
At the same time he continued with his own arts praxis, exhibiting a range of work in the UK, Germany and Australia.
Alistair's career has included a stint as a part-time art teacher at a secondary school in the East End of London, lectureships at various arts schools and universities, including at the Slade. In 1979 he assisted in the establishment of the Centre for the Performing Arts in South Australian and later worked at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.
After a car accident in Scotland Alistair studied and practised homeopathy and later trained as a yoga therapist on his return from Australia to London.
A number of events conspired in bringing Alistair and his partner to Ireland at the time of the Good Friday Agreement, settling in Rostrevor, and for the past fifteen years he has been mainly involved in facilitating classes and workshops on yoga and other alternative processes.
During 2018 Alistair worked with the Light 2000 Community Group in designing and publishing a book, 'The Trees of Kilbroney Park', and curating an exhibition of 27 artworks that feature in the book. A small selection of this work is now on show at the Rostrevor Inn.
More recently, Alistair began an exploration of digital techniques and screen-printing which he first commenced at Creative Spark in 2018. The residency at Creative Spark will give him the concerted time and space to develop a comprehensive body of work for an exhibition of new large print works in May 2019 at the Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick.