Nancy Haslam-Chance, illustrator/artist, was born in Bradford and raised in the Undercliffe area of the city.
She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2014 with a first class BA(Hons) degree in Communication Design, specialising in Illustration and later studied 2016/17 for a MA in drawing at the Royal Drawing School in London.
After graduation, in addition to pursuing her own work, she became a volunteer with Project Ability, helping people with disabilities develop their creative talents.
Although the artist now lives in London, the Bradford district, and other post-industrial areas of the country, exert an influence on her work, leading to the South Square Arts Centre, Thornton, selecting Nancy for a Joan Day Painting Bursary. This enabled her to explore Bradford’s post-industrial landscape, including Undercliffe Cemetery and Lister Mills, and culminating in a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings, ‘A Dirty City’, at the South Square Gallery, September 2017.
Interviewed by the Bradford ‘Telegraph & Argus’ newspaper about the exhibition Nancy said:
It is something I always do in my work, I keep coming back to Bradford … It is about the cityscape, the mills and chimneys, and a lot of derelict buildings. A lot of the images are taking these uninhabitable ruins and turning them into imaginary worlds. It is imagining what these buildings could be.
Nancy’s work was also exhibited in 2016 at the Mercer Chance Gallery in London, as part of an ‘Emerging Artists’ display of new work. A range of her past and current work, plus a blog, can be found on the artist’s website, see below.
Artist’s website and blog: Nancy Haslam-Chance