About | Biography

Originally from Matlock in Derbyshire, Tansy studied Three Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University.  After three years working and travelling as a puppet maker and performer she settled Edinburgh and now lives beside the river Forth.

Tansy has worked for the last 25 years in community development projects, evolving a practice using art and creativity to support marginalised communities throughout Central Scotland. In 2008 she set up her studio in Edinburgh’s St. Margaret’s House to focus more fully on her drawing and in 2017 she moved to her purpose-built garden studio, where she now works full-time as an artist and educator.

Tansy has exhibited and curated around Scotland and beyond. In 2015 she was commissioned by South Yorkshire Biodiversity Research Group to work on ‘Tree Stories’, an Arts Council England funded project in the Peak District examining tree carving and graffiti.

In 2016-17 she was artist in residence at Howden Park Centre, Livingston, collaborating with poet and photographer Steve Smart to produce ‘Drawing Breath’, inspired by Calder Wood, West Lothian. She curated ‘Grown Together’ in 2017 at St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, which brought together the work of 20 artists and makers who shared trees as central to their work.

In 2018 she collaborated with artist Anne Gilchrist to document Dalkeith Old Wood, Midlothian, with its nationally important collection of ancient oaks, presenting ‘Dead Wood and New Leaves’ at the European Wood Pastures conference at Sheffield Hallam University.

In 2020 her joint show at National Trust Scotland’s Drum Castle with printmaker Margaret Pitt ‘Out of the Wood’  was cancelled and subsequently shown online at Edinburgh Palette, where she will be exhibiting again this year.

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