Liz Atkin is a visual artist based in London. Physicality underpins a creative practice with her skin as a primary source for corporeal artwork and imaginative transformation. Compulsive Skin Picking dominated her life for more than 20 years, but through a background in dance and theatre, she confronted the condition to harness creative repair and recovery. She creates intimate artworks, photographs andperformances exploring the body-focused repetitive behaviour of skin picking. Liz has exhibited and performed her work in therapuetic settings, galleries and venues in the UK, Australia, USA and Japan. She aspires to de-stigmatise Compulsive Skin Picking, raise awareness and advocate recovery through public talks, specialist commissions, residencies and exhibitions. Her story and art has been profiled on BBC World Service Outlook, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, and BBC Arabic TV’s art programme Afaq. Her studio is on Havelock Walk in SouthLondon, a creative community of sculptors, painters, designers, photographersand other visual artists.

Most recently she exhibited at the Southbank Centre in 'Making Visible' for the Winter Festivalcurated by the Bethlem Gallery. Solo commissions include Curdled for the Anxiety Festival 2014 in London, at ORTUS Maudsley Learning and Events Centre,and My Singular Fascination at The Bethlem Gallery, for Bethlem Royal Hospital, coinciding with OCD Action Awareness Week in 2013.

She was selected for City Arts Nottingham 'Recovery' exhibition 2013/14 at the Institute of Mental Health. Her work was exhibited at the Skin Gallery for the Skin and Cancer Foundation in Melbourne, Australia, and 'PAIN' postcard show at LRG Gallery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles USA, 2014. Other exhibitions include APT Gallery, Camden People's Theatre, Siobhan Davies Studios, Blackheath Halls, and curated group shows for Impact Art Fair, Muxima, ParallaxAF Pall Mall, Showcase Cities, and Rich Mix. She has won awards with theBritish Women Artists, The Affordable Art Fair, and New Artist's Fair.

International residencies include Fellowship Artist at the Akiyoshidai International ArtVillage in Yamaguchi Japan 2011 and Artist in Residence on ART2102 Genesis Project Los Angeles in 2008. She was a contributing artist to an Arts Council England funded project residency Dungeness and Chisenhale Dance Space. Most recently she was one of 8 artists on Art Admin's DIY 11: 2014 with Manuel Vason considering the notion of ‘The Photo-Performer’.

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