EDUCATION:

2011   MA by Research. Manchester Met University / MIRIAD  

2003   MA Module. 'Challenge of the Social Sciences', Open University 

2007   BA (Hons) Fine Art. Liverpool John Moores University / Wirral Met. 1st

2000   BA (Hons) Photomedia. Plymouth College of Art and Design. 2:1 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 

2013   'HABITUS' - Edge Hill University Arts Centre Commission, Ormskirk 

2013   'LITTLE RED ROOM' - Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead 

2013   'STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND' - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

2013   'TREASURE FROM THE FOREST' - Key Theatre, Metal, NIE Visual Theatre, Peterborough 

2012   'SHADOW / LIGHT / REPRISE' - Deane Rd Jewish Cemetery, Liverpool 

2011/2012 - 'BANCA ROTTA - A Fiscally Co-dependent Break-up'. A durational intervention lasting 365 days. Location: The intersection of my credit rating and the banking system 

2008   '...AND THEN THE RAINS CAME' - Curve Gallery, Liverpool 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:  

2015 'HARVESTMENT' - 'Harvest Lab' commission in conjunction with Metal, Peterborough and Studio Orta, Paris 

2015 'THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER' - Threshold Festival, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool  

2015 'TEMPUS FUGIT' - Syson Gallery, Nottingham  

2014 '(Re)Discovering a New World: Sustainable Solutions for a Healthy Future' - Solid Waste World Congress, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

2014 'EN ROUTE' - A Secret Shed. Freedom Festival, Hull, in association with Walk the Plank, Manchester 

2014 'HOUSE OF SOUND' - Threshold Festival, Liverpool

2013  'LAST (BANK)' - National Trust Acorn Bank, Penrith, Cumbria in association with Eden Arts 

2013  'WATCHTREE' - Ullswater, nr Pooley Bridge, Cumbria in association with Eden Arts / Dalemain Estate  

2012 'DRESS CODE' by UHC - Commissioned by Deborah Smith Projects and Ben Eastop. Funded by Tower Hamlets as part of the High Street 2012. 

2012  'AlteRATION' - Curve Gallery, Newcastle, Australia  

2012  LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE - Metal, Liverpool 

2012  'ALWAYS GIVING YOU EXTRA' - 'Encompass', Falcon Mill, Bolton 

2012  'TRADING STATION' a POST project with Atilkunst & Nancy Atakan in Istanbul & Curve Gallery, Liverpool  

2012  'ANYTHING TO DECLARE' / 'new castle' (Artists Book) Curve Gallery, Newcastle, Australia 

2012  'SMART PRICE' Threshold Festival, Camp & Furnace, Liverpool  

2012  'THE WASTE' (8hr Performance) - Dress Code / High Street 2012, Whitechapel Road, London  

2011  'ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? Part 2: The Bible & the Bankers' Guys Hospital, London 

2011  'SHADOW / LIGHT' - Deane Rd Jewish Cemetery, Liverpool

2011  'FRIEND OR FOE' - Gustaf Adolf Kyrka Church, Liverpool 

2011  'ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?' - Guys Hospital, London in association with Kings Oral & Maxillofacial Society & Saving Faces. 

2011  'FIELD OF DREAMS' - 'Threshold' Festival, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool 

2010  'CLEAN / SOILED' - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool & Culturepool 

2010  'HOW MUCH EXCHANGE CAN YOU STAND? Galerie Maerz, Linz, Austria 

2010  'GLOBAL STUDIO' / riPOSTe - Bluecoat, Liverpool 

2010  'WOLF RUNNER' / 'CURVE GALLERY v PICASSOS DOG' - Curve Gallery, Liverpool

2010  'IN EVERY DREAM HOME A HEARTACHE' - The Bridewell Gallery, Liverpool 

2010  'TIME AND TIDE...' - Mersey Basin, an Exhibition, Art + Design Academy, John Moores University Liverpool

2009  FELLOWSHIP SHOW / WIRRAL MET - Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead 

2008  'FAITH, HOPE AND CLARITY' Independents Biennial, Novas, Liverpool 

2008  'SUPA SCOOP 2' Independents Biennial, Pilkington Paint Warehouse, Liverpool  

2008  'ROCHE FERRE' / SCISSORS/PAPER/STONE (Artists Book) - London Print Studio  

2008  'INTERIM' - Fellowship Exhibition, WMC, 12 Quays Campus, Birkenhead 

2007  'ROCHE FERRE' MANCHESTER ARTISTS BOOK FAIR - Holden Gallery, Manchester 

2006  GRIZEDALE GROUP SHOW / LIVERPOOL INDEPENDENTS BIENNIAL- A Foundation, Liverpool

 

FILM CATALOGUE:

2010  'ET IN ARCADIA EGO: THERE IS DEATH EVEN IN UTOPIA' 1min 20. Artists Film and Video (Dir/Prod). Arts Council 

Screened: 

   - Aesthetica Short Film Festival / Official Programme Selection (11) 

   - RUSHES Film Festival / T E N D E R P I X, Tenderpixel Gallery, London (10) 

   - RIPOSTE: A 'POST' EXCHANGE as part of GLOBAL STUDIO shown at: 

   • Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK (04-06/10) 

   • Galerie Maerz, Linz, Austria (07-09/10)


2009  'IMMERSION' 10 min Film Drama (Dir). Film Council / First Take - Commission 

Screened: 

   - The Firestation Arts Centre, Micro Gallery, Windsor (11) 

   - Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival Competition, France (10) 

 

2004  'EMIGRE' 10 min Documentary (Dir/Prod). Film Council / Screen West Midlands / ITV - Commission 

Screened: 

   - 'Global Studio' - Bluecoat, Liverpool (04/10) 

   - 'Optimistic Immigrants'- Jewish Museum, London  (03/10) 

   - 'Exodus' - Imperial War Museum North, Manchester (07) 

   - ITV Broadcast Commission (04)

 

ARTISTS TALKS & LECTURES: 

ARTISTS TALK: 'Wasted Space' an ecology of rejected matter, found objects and site responsive work. Hull College of Art and Design (10/14) 

PANELLIST: 'Paradigm Shift: Changing Lifestyles, Re-defining the Responsibilities of Stakeholders and Communication Strategies'. Solid Waste World Congress 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil (09/14)

ARTISTS TALK: Harrogate College School of Art & Design (02/14)

'IN CONVERSATION': Are we in the geological Anthropocene era? Dr Nigel Richardson, Head of Geography & Robyn Woolston, Artist, in discussion. Edge Hill University, Lancashire (11/13)

ARTISTS TALK: 'The Ecology of Time/Waste/Space', Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth (10/13) 

LECTURER: BA Hons Fine Art, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth (10/13)

KEYNOTE SPEECH: 'What is Practice? What is Pedagogy? Plymouth College of Art Symposium, Plymouth (07/13)

PANELLIST: 'Activating the Archive', Bluecoat, Liverpool (05/13)

ARTISTS TALK: 'Post Doctoral Opportunities in the Creative Arts and Industries' MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester (03/13) 

LECTURER: BA Hons Fine Art, John Moores University, Liverpool (09/12 - 02/13)

ARTISTS TALK: The Unexpected Guest Tour, Bluecoat / Biennial, Liverpool (09/12)

VISITING LECTURER: BA Hons Fine Art, John Moores University, Liverpool (03/12) 

ARTISTS TALK: 'Crossing the Line' - TEDx Merseyside. Open Labs @ LJMU (02/12) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS1HUty1mQo  

ARTISTS TALK: BA (Hons) Fine Art , John Moores University, Liverpool (11/11)

MASTERCLASS FACILITATOR: 3 Minute Wonders - Metal in association with St Helens Creative Network / St Helens Council Arts Service (11/11)  

CONFERENCE FACILITATOR: 'Putting the Art into Partnerships' - Liverpool Primary Care Trust / CHaMPs / Merseyside Arts Health Initiative / Bluecoat (01/11)

ARTISTS TALK / Culturepool, 'Building On What We've Got' in association with The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (11/10)

VISITING LECTURER (MOVING IMAGE): Wirral Met College, Wirral (03/10) 

BA Media, HND, BTEC Nat Dip and 'Access' courses - Plymouth College of Art and Design (99/00)

 

AWARDS:

2014 GO SEE AWARD - Hull 2017 / Hull County Council in association with Arts Council England

2012 LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE - Winner

2012 ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND - Grants for the Arts & 'POST' Liverpool

2010 ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND - Grants for the Arts & 'POST' Liverpool

2008 FINE ART FELLOW - Wirral Met College, Birkenhead, Merseyside

2003 FIRST CUT / New Directors Commission - Screen West Midlands + ITV

2000 Professional Qualifying Exam - British Institute of Professional Photographers - DISTINCTION 

 

RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS: 

2015 'The Anthropocene - the human epoch, and how it shapes our planet.' Christian Schwagerl & Dr Jan Zalasiewicz, The Royal Institute, London (Photography)

2015 'Anthropocene Hipsters & the Critical Theory Apocalypse' a talk by Jami Weinstein Linköping University at Goldsmiths, University of London (Photography)

2014 'Dot Earth' / The New York Times in response to the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, New York, USA (Photography)

2014 'Conservation Biology' course literature & presentation, Biological Sciences Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, USA (Photography)

2014 International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities Research Group 'Ethics of Science in the Research for Sustainable Development' - University of Tübingen (Germany) & http://esureblog.com/en/ (Photography)

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Green World / Green Party Magazine - Issue 79 / 2013 (Photography - Front Page) 

National Geographic Traveller - July / August 2011 (Photography)

'Think Then Think Again' / MMU Post Grad Research Degree Prospectus - 2011 (Photography)

Psychologies - November 2010 (Photography

 

SELECTED PRESS:  

2014  Contemporary Visual Art Network: Spotlight http://www.cvan.org.uk/news/2014/10/24/spotlight-robyn-woolston-in-sao-paulo

2014   Hull Daily Mail First Person http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/City-Culture-year-powerful-catalyst-change/story-20762102-detail/story.html

2014   Artist of the Week / Art in Liverpool http://www.artinliverpool.com/?p=49045

2012   Drawing Paper #5  http://issuu.com/mikecarney/docs/dp5_issuu

2012   Meet the Artist  http://liverpoolartprize.com/?p=554 

2004   BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/films/2004/screen_festival/insight_into_emigre.shtml 


RESIDENCY/EXCHANGE: 

2015   Harvest Lab, Metal, Peterborough & Studio Orta, Les Moulins / Paris, France 

2014 International Solid Waste Association (Vienna) / World Congress Panel Member (Brazil)  

2014   Points of Departure, Nantes, France in association with the British Council 

2013   Sound & Vision. Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral Schools Service & Wirral Council 

2013   The Canopy Suite. Eden Arts, Cumbria in association with the National Trust, Arts Council England, Eden District Council, Cumbria County Council http://edenartscanopy.tumblr.com

2012   Trading Station / a POST project. Istanbul / Liverpool http://www.postliverpool.com/tradingstation.html 

2010   Urban Interventions. Atelierhaus Salzamt & Liverpool Biennial, Linz, Austria 

2010   Makhad Trust. Sinai Peninsula, Egypt 

 

COLLECTIONS:

Walker Gallery, National Museums Liverpool: 'Waste. Product. Istanbul' - Artist's Book Work 

University of the West of England Research Repository, Bristol: 'Et in Arcadia Ego: There is Death even in Utopia' - Artists Film and Video

Private Collections 


SOCIALLY ENGAGED PRACTICE:

LEAD ARTIST: 'The Imaginarium of Common Understanding' - Transported. Arts Council England, Creative People and Places, South Holland & Boston, Lincolnshire 08/14 - 03/15)

LEAD ARTIST: 'Art Safari' - Arts, Health & Wellbeing in Adults. A 5 month, 10 part, programme in association with Hull County Council and Time Bank, Hull (10/14 - 03/15)

LEAD ARTIST: Williamson Art Gallery Summer School, Birkenhead (2008 - 2014)

LEAD ARTIST: 'Land Lovers' / Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead (24 + 31/14) 

ARTIST - IN - RESIDENCE: Newsham Park Arts Festival in association with The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Liverpool Council & Royal De Luxe (Nantes, France) (06/14)

ARTS FACILITATOR: Maps, Memoirs and Moonscapes / 'Heart of Glass' Family Art Club, St Helens (04/14)

ARTS FACILITATOR: Eco Art Workshop, Binbrook Church of England Primary School (03/14) 

ARTS FACILITATOR: 'Sound and Vision' / Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead in association with Wirral Schools Music Service (06-09/13) 

ARTIST - IN - RESIDENCE: Working with post-16 students exploring Fine Art within a 'site-specific' context. Edge Hill University, Lancashire (07 + 09/13)

'ARTS HERO' / ARTS AWARD: Grundy Gallery in association with The Oracle, Blackpool (07/13)  

ARTS FACILITATOR: Delivering an educational strand in response to Hansel & Gretel, working with 320+ children of primary and secondary age. In association with Metal (Peterborough), Key Theatre and New International Theatre (02/13)

ARTS FACILITATOR: Delivering an educational strand (workshops and film) in response to Kelly Richardson: 'Legion', Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (11/12 - 01/13)

MENTOR: 'OPEN ME / DREAM BE' A partnership between Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils, local housing associations, local neighbourhood management boards and NHS Cumbria as part of the arts engagement programme for West Cumbria. The principle funder of the programme is Arts Council England (2012)

ARTS FACILITATOR: 'Storyville' / Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire (02/12)

ARTIST - IN - RESIDENCE: Designing a bespoke resource tool to encourage interaction, response & reflexive thinking. (Arts Practice & Autistic Spectrum Disorder): Thumbs Up & Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (05/11 - 02/12)   

ARTS FACILITATOR: 'Harvesting Histories / Sowing Seeds' - Metal in association with The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Kensington Community Primary School & St Anne's Catholic Primary School (07 - 12/11)  

ARTS FACILITATOR: 'Start Club' Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (11/11) 

ARTIST - IN - RESIDENCE: Environmental Installation / The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Kensington, Liverpool (03 - 10/11)

ARTS FACILITATOR: Aiming High for Disabled Children & Wirral Borough Council in association with multiple project partners: Williamson Art Gallery, South Wirral Hub, Tranmere Rovers (2010 - 2011) 

ARTS FACILITATOR: 'Songlines' / Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire (08/11)

ARTIST - IN - RESIDENCE: Newsham Park Arts Festival in association with The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Kensington, Liverpool (06/11)

ARTS CONSULTANT: Designing and implementing a pilot study to integrate Disabled children & their parents or carers within a gallery based environment.  'Artsplay': Aiming High for Disabled Children & Williamson Art Gallery (02 - 05 / 2011)

ARTS FACILITATOR: Zion Arts for Autism / National Autistic Society, Manchester (01/11)

VISITING LECTURER (MOVING IMAGE): 'Creative Media Diploma', Grundy Art Gallery/ Blackpool and Fylde College (09/10)

ARTIST - IN - RESIDENCE: 'The Arts Award' Blackpool, Arts Council England / Trinity Guildhall (07/10)

ARTIST - IN - RESIDENCE: Greasby Junior School, Wirral (04/10)

ARTIST - IN - RESIDENCE: Portland Primary School, Birkenhead (05/09)

ARTS FACILITATOR: Prison learners. HMP Kennet, Merseyside (07/07 - 01/08)


TRAINING:

2014   Understanding Dementia for the Artist - Hull Dementia Academy, Hull County Council

2014   Mental Health First Aid Training - Mental Health Team, TimeBank / Hull County Council 

2014   Young People and Mental Health - 42nd Street / Curious Minds, Manchester 

2012   Using Play to Develop Positive Behaviour - Wirral Borough Council 

2012   Increasing Motivation & Engagement - Wirral Borough Council 

2011   Sensory Rooms - Wirral Borough Council 

2011   Well-being for disabled children and young people - Wirral Borough Council 

2011   Practice, planning & delivery for children & young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Wirral Borough Council 

2011   Deaf Awareness - Wirral Borough Council 

2011   Introduction to Down's Syndrome - Wirral Borough Council 

2011   Anti-Bullying Training - Wirral Borough Council 

2010   Structuring Provision to Minimise Anxiety with Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Wirral Borough Council 

2010   Managing Challenging Behaviour - Wirral Borough Council 

2010   Inclusion Awareness - Wirral Borough Council 

2010   Behaviour Management in Youth Arts - Artsplan Training

2010   Access all Areas: Disability and Youth Arts - Artsplan Training 

 

MEMBERSHIP:

AN 
Axis Artist 
POST - Founder Member (08 onwards)