Lucy Saggers (photographer) and Peter Spafford (writer) are the first two artists-in-residence appointed by SCAF.
Lucy and Peter are working collaboratively to compile an archive in words and images from the life and work of Michael and Eileen Scott, drawing from the first-hand testimony of people the artists knew, as well as from diaries and other writings the couple produced.
In May 2019, Lucy and Peter will present an exhibition comprising material drawn from this archive, alongside their own artistic response to themes from the Scott’s work.
Lucy Saggers is a documentary photographer. Her personal work centres on the daily goings on of village life in deeply rural North Yorkshire, where she is based.
Lucy has lived in Ampleforth since 2004 and worked as a photographer since 2013. Having maintained an interest in documentary photography since childhood, influenced particularly by the work of James Ravilious, she learnt darkroom photography while studying for her psychology degree and animal behavior masters at Newcastle and Edinburgh. For the following ten years Lucy worked in wildlife conservation and rural development in the UK and Africa, until settling in Yorkshire with her family.
Arriving in Ampleforth, Lucy was struck by the beauty she saw in everyday life. She felt increasingly rooted by a sense of permanence derived from the deep layers of connection among the community, and the intimacy between the landscape and its people. After a photography diploma (2013), Lucy began documenting both the landscape and the daily goings on around the village. This marked the beginning of her long-term project, ‘Of Life and Land’.
Lucy’s unhurried, considered style is key to allowing people to become accustomed to being photographed going about their ordinary lives. Lucy’s work is raw, honest, authentic and wholly reliant on the development of mutual trust and understanding.
Working in black and white Lucy focuses on what she considers the essential components of composition, texture and light. She feels that this way she can get closer to the timeless essence of a scene. Using prime lenses, and available light she produces her photographs as limited edition, archive prints on fine art paper.
“A modern visual poet”
Joe Cornish, 2018
“These wonderful photographs are poems and short stories; they are miniatures and epics; they are tiny movements at the edge of the folding map and huge gestures at the vortex of the turning world”
Ian McMillan, 2017
- Shortlisted: Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition2018
- Highly Commended: Bowes Museum’s“Only in the North” 2017
- Finalist: Pink Lady Food Photographer of the YearAward 2015 & 2016
- Second Round: National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize2015
Peter writes for theatre, radio, musical theatre, and opera. His plays have been performed in theatres, cathedrals, museums, arts centres, day centres, prisons, schools, piazzas, and in the woods.
His television drama, ‘Alarmed’, written with Mary Cooper, won New Voices and was produced by Yorkshire/Tyne Tees. He has written 7 Afternoon Dramas for BBC Radio 4 and his first collection of poetry, ‘Quick’, came out last year.
In the field of musical theatre, he was a founder member of The Mercury Workshop. He has written 3 opera libretti for The Ryedale Festival, a PRS-award winning set of lyrics for Music in Prisons, 3 community operas (one for The Shaw Theatre, London), as well as 3 albums (music and lyrics) for the music collective Schwa. A music/text performance collage, Threshold, toured the north of England in 2017 funded by Arts Council England and his play SAND HOUSE was recently produced at Cast in Doncaster.
Peter has held a number of writing residencies, in national museums, schools, prisons, and hospitals. He is currently Director of Words at Chapel FM Arts Centre, Leeds, and writing a song cycle for 3 choirs and a brass band for performances in the summer.