Farah Ishaq is an multidisciplinary artist with a background in music publishing and journalism. Her current work explores the nuances of daily life through observation, wordplay and is an attempt to capture a feeling of home, both physically and emotionally. Gaining a distinction for the Poundstretcher show installed for her MA Fine Art degree show in Sept 2018 at UEL, she continues to research and develop mixed media works, merging printmaking with installation.
Her first made public work, A Mural for St James is currently on view underneath the railway bridge at St James Street Station, in East London. Depicting a dynamic view of the Walthamstow Marshes - as seen by a lifelong resident of the area – the motifs within are very much inspired by William Morris. The 3m x 3m paper prototype for the mural was created in early 2017 on a month long UEL residency at Trinity Buoy Wharf – and won the Batsford Prize 2017 runner up award for Fine and Applied Art. The finished aluminium panel installation, 2 sections of 120cm x 240cm won Best Community Art Scheme at the national ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2017.
Further installations are on display, in Carisbrooke Road, Walthamstow High Street (near St James Street) and at all eight of the London Overground Stations in Waltham Forest as part of a collaboration with Arriva Rail London and TfL for their 10th anniversary 2017-18.
Since career changing and becoming a mature student, her artworks have been shown prolifically within Waltham Forest, where she has lived, worked and raises a child; as well as in the neighbouring London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham, Hackney and Islington. She has recently moved into Trinity Buoy Wharf’s Container City to develop her practice.
As well as self-initiated work, she also takes part in many community-focused art projects, curating, facilitating, leading and helping with workshops for all ages and abilities. These have included giving screen printing demonstrations at the Bank Job - an ambitious social art & film project creating community bank notes to raise money for local causes, the Open Senses festival (Tower of Babel interactive exhibition to decorate the outside of St Augustine’s Tower), Traditions at Mile End Art Pavilion and shadow puppet making as part of E17 Art Trail in collaboration with Walthamstow Migrants Action Group and Stand Up to Racism in 2017.
Mixing politics with play, Farah continues to work on proposals for community-led and public realm art installations as well as being available to facilitate workshops, exhibitions and commissions.
2016-18 MA Fine Art, University of East London - Distinction awarded
2015-16 Printmaking, Ceramics & Portfolio building City & Guild’s and NCFE courses, Adult Leaner’s Service, Waltham Forest.
1999-2002 BA (Hons) History, University of Surrey
2018 Waltham Forest Council, Public Pitch Design Competition, Rosebank Villas. Shortlisted.
2017 Waltham Forest Culture Star Award, one of 20, awarded from public nomination for Borough of Culture 2019 Bid
2017 ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2017. Winner. Best Art Scheme (Renewable and Smaller) in UK for Mural for St James.
2017 Salon Des Refuses, Voted number 9 in Top 12 Artworks by public vote for Seven Wonders
2017 Batsford Prize, Runner Up. Applied/Fine Art category for Mural for St James
2017 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Selected-not hung, Seven Wonders
2016 Student scholarship award, to study for a Fine Art Masters degree at University of East London, London
2016 ‘I can & I will’ Highest achieving student award in Creative Industries at Waltham Forest College, London
2016 Festival of Learning - National certificate of achievement through commitment to learning, after nomination
2018 Poundstretcher (Hanging By A Thread), MA Fine Art Degree Show, AVA Building, Docklands Campus, UEL
2018 Looking Out, Windows installation. Carisbrooke Road/ Walthamstow High Street, permanent wall art. Installed January 2018
2017- 2019 #LO10 London Overground 10th birthday commission, 8 bespoke linocut plaques on aluminium at 8 stations in Waltham Forest. Installed November 2017
2017- 2019 Mural for St James, St James Street Station. London Overground/ E17 Art Trail/ London Borough Waltham Forest.
Installed June 2017
2016 Love & Light, Advent(us) community project, 2-channel outdoor public film projection, St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow.
Shown on December 4 and December 23
2019 Year of the Pig, 4 Legs Good 2 Legs Bad, Q Park Whitcomb Street, London WC2.
2018 MA Fine Art Graduate Show, UEL, Docklands
2018 Morris & Me, The Mill, Walthamstow, London
2018 Bank Job, Walthamstow, London
2018 Salon Des Refuses, Happenstance Gallery, Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London
2018 In A Country Far, Far, Away, Fairytales Museum, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
2018 100 Years/ 100 Voices, outdoor Perspex installation, Eastbury Manor, National Trust, Barking
2018 In A Country Far, Far, Away, Art Pavillion, Mile End, London
2018 MA Fine Art Interim Show, Low Hanging Fruit, Lightwell installation space, UEL, Docklands
2017 Summer Exhibition, Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, London
2017 Summary, one month artist-in-residence group show, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
2017 Salon Des Refuses, Happenstance Gallery, Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London
2017 E17 Art Trail: Shadowplay workshops x 6, Salvation Army, Walthamstow, London
2017 E17 Art Trail: Wonder, The Mill, Walthamstow, London
2017 Open Senses Festival, Babel in Bloom, St Augustine's Tower, Hackney, London
2017 MA Interim show, AVA Gallery, University of East London
2017 #51%RememberHer, Elements Gallery off-site project, Tower Gallery, London
2017 Element, MA Fine Art Residency Show, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
2017 Traditions, Art Pavillion, Mile End, London
2017 Ink, Press, Go, The Mill, Walthamstow, London
2016 Palimpsest, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
2016 100 x Madonna, Kings Cross Crypt, London
2016 E17 Summer Exhibition, Refugees week, St Barnabas Church, London
2016 Down The Roman Road, Generations, Bethnal Green, London
2015 E17 Art Trail, launch of letterpress book Animals of the Stow, St Barnabas Church, London