Iris Priest


Iris Priest

Artist // Writer // Permaculture Apprentice, Tyne Valley

Earth Care // People Care // Fair Shares

I have been working as a freelance artist, writer and researcher since Graduating from the Fine Art BA (hons) at Cumbria Institute of the Arts in 2009. I am currently undertaking the Diploma in Applied Permaculture (2020 - 2022) and exploring issues around food, farming and equality.

In 2017 I was Writer In Residence for Corridor8 and Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) in which I used interviews with gallery visitors, the artist and local philosophers to develop a variety of textual responses to the exhibition 'Andrew McDonald' culminating in the publication 'Restlessness'. In 2018 I collaborated with artists Gordon Close and Alfons Buytautas to create imaginative textual responses to two limited edition books of original lithography 'Time Beguiled' and 'Unknown Lands' printed, bound and published by Hole Editions (Newcastle upon Tyne).

I am concerned with how the permacultural ethics of earth care, people care and fair shares can be practised with, and enhanced by, creativity. I am particularly interested in trauma, magick and story telling in relation to the land and people.

My visual work, which has been heavily influenced by my time as a writer and researcher, often explores the relationship between language and context through the lens of folklore, folk magic and storytelling. I believe that art and creativity are central to us as humans and can help connect us to the living universe. I enjoy epiphany and the latent magic which is inherent in the spaces and materials of the everyday.


Production Assistant at Wunderbar
July 2018 – Present Newcastle upon Tyne
Studio Assistant at James Hugonin
December 2012 – October 2017 Wooler, Northumberland
Editor at CANNED Magazine
November 2010 – November 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne, GB