Ey Up Stephen Sheehan
In 2016 I was super fortunate to be selected as one of eleven artists for the newly established Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists Award. Funded by Arts Council England, the award was designed to provide travel bursaries for artists based in the North of England to help develop their careers both nationally and internationally. Out of all us recipients, however, Stephen has certainly been the one to make the most out of it, with an almost constant stream of residencies around the world. Not bad given he has only been making art for the last few years.
Getting to know Stephen and considering him a friend has been one of the real unexpected highlights of being a part of this associate artists thing, and was very interested to learn more about his life before he turned to art and his experiences since. As an artist I am very envious of the energy and freedom with which he makes work, but did not necessarily expect where that attitude and approach comes from, and why this lead him to make such life-changing decisions.
If you would like to view some of the works talked about, such as ‘Dropping a stone into a bucket’ please visit https://www.stephen-sheehan.com.