Lucy Sparrow works at the intersection between contemporary craft, with previous works including ‘Mini Structures’ – a series of supersoft London landmarks created for Time Out magazine and activist creations for Greenpeace. Lucy's creations often discuss issues spanning the politics of consumerism, sidelined social groups and mental wellbeing.
Lucy Sparrow is perhaps best known for her 2014 Cornershop project where she took over a derelict Cornershop in London's East End and restocked it with 4,000 felt versions of everyday grocery items - from fish fingers and cans of SPAM to sanitary towels and newspapers, rocket ice-lollies and oven chips to ciggies, veggies, and what is most certainly the softest loo roll ever manufactured.
Every single item inside the Cornershop – the till, the functioning pricing gun, the contents of freezers, the pick ‘n’ mix stand – is fashioned from fabric, and the whole lot took Lucy seven months to complete.
Cornershop captured the imagination of the public and the attention of the world media and Lucy sold the entire contents of the shop, all 4,000 items, along with the fixtures and fittings.
We're delighted for Lucy to bring Cornershop to our Brighton gallery for one final outing. Cornershop-by-the-Sea runs until October 25th. You can view all available Lucy Sparrow work in our online shop.