Lavinia Haslam

Multi-Disciplinary Artist | Bio

Lavinia Haslam, a single mother of two with African-European heritage, embarked on her journey in the creative realm after graduating as a professional photographer and stylist from Bradford University in 1999. With over 30 years of experience as a bridal hair specialist and hairdresser, she transitioned into the world of Fine Art, earning her MA in 2022 and evolving into a multi-disciplinary artist.

Her artistic practice delves into the 5 ways to wellbeing, exploring themes of identity, place, belonging, social injustice, social inclusion, and climate change. Lavinia employs various mediums and images to convey the intricate layers within life and the self.

Lavinia’s commitment to mental health and resilience led her to collaborate with organizations like the Creative Innovation Zone and Growing Resilience. She actively engages with the Sensory Toolkit, contributing to its development and application beyond visual needs. At the Tate Liverpool, she collaborated with LGBTQ+ communities, inspiring artwork printed on Zines.

Currently involved with Embracing Possibilities, an art collaboration within the CVAN network, Lavinia envisions this underrepresented group contributing significantly to exploring climate justice and social change.

Driven by a passion to share her experiences, Lavinia employs creativity to enhance wellbeing, health, and social inclusion. Inspired by the sensory connection to water, she intricately explores its various characteristics and its soothing impact on the mind. The sound of running water becomes a central element in her work, investigating its potential to enhance mental resilience in both aquatic environments and daily life.

Lavinia’s current research focuses on Cumbria’s historical ties to slavery and colonialism. Her goal is to uncover hidden histories, drawing inspiration from water and the middle passage of transatlantic slavery. Utilizing diverse mediums such as old photography, cyanotypes, print, fabric, 3D print, VR, and installation, she aspires to create a memorialization of the past, weaving together the elements of water and history.