Lorraine Robbins is an artist and curator who works across multiple disciplines – including sculpture, performance and drawing. Born in Stroud and based in London and Gloucestershire, Lorraine creates socially-engaged art that is intended to provoke vital discussion.
Lorraine was an award winner in the Jerwood Drawing Prize, and was the first guest curator to be invited to work with Gallery Pangolin in London. Most recently, Lorraine has been creating a series of finely-detailed self-portraits to explore the idea of private identity in contemporary western society.
In 2015, Lorraine and Soozy Roberts launched the Hardwick Gallery in Cheltenham with their exhibition ‘Perky and Pinky’. A riot of real-life and circus influences, the exhibition explored ‘feminist themes and gender-specific symbols in playfully anarchic manner.’ The centrepiece was a life-sized plaster cast of a woman, styled as a poodle and poised on a plinth, as if ready to jump through a series of bunny hoops. It is a challenging and vibrant work – typical of Lorraine’s style – that raises a smile whilst asking difficult questions about the treatment and representation of women in society.