Elisa Artesero uses light and text in spatial environments to address themes of transience, the nature of happiness and hope. She has exhibited in the UK, Iceland, France, Montenegro and the Faroe Islands creating both temporary and permanent artworks in the public realm.


Born: Sheffield, UK

Education: First Class BA (Honours) in Interactive Arts, Manchester School of Art 2010 – 2013    2.1 BA (Honours) in English, Exeter University 2002 – 2005

Shortly after graduating, Artesero was awarded Curator Choice for Fine Art at NOISE Festival 2014, selected from over 5,000 entries by Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy, London. Her winning entry, ‘Sun Scroll’ was exhibited at the Buy Art Fair in Manchester, the Tetley in Leeds, and at Better Bankside and on London’s Southbank.

Artesero had a large-scale solo exhibition ‘Light Holds Me Here’ in Manchester September 2014 funded using public funding through Arts Council England and sponsored with lighting by Pulsar. In November 2014 she had work installed in the Nordic House at the light art and literature festival, Bókadagur, in the Faroe Islands.

She was selected as a Red Bull Creative 2014 and asked to collaborate with award-winning photographer, Layla Sailor, to create a special installation in Red Bull Studios, central London. Elisa was awarded another Arts Council England grant to produce ‘A Solid Wish Scatters’, her first large-scale outdoor piece of work in Piccadilly Gardens for the Enlighten Manchester Festival of Light Art 2014.

She exhibited one of her largest outdoor works, DREAMERS, as part of Lumiere Durham 2015, a four-day international light festival produced by Artichoke – the largest festival of its kind in the UK. DREAMERS was shortlisted for the international awards, The Darc Awards 2016, for Best Light Art category.

She was commissioned by Canary Wharf to create ‘The Garden of Floating Words’ 2017; then went on to Iceland in the same year to create mountainside projection ‘Tonight We Dream’ for the List i Ljosi Festival.

‘The Garden of Floating Words’ was shortlisted for The Darc Awards 2017 and long listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2018. In 2018 Artesero had her first London solo exhibition ‘Building Text’ at Broadgate London 10th September – 26th October.

In 2019 ‘The Garden of Floating Words’ was selected by a panel of art experts to be installed outside of 70 St Mary Axe in central London for the 9th edition of Sculpture in the City. This will remain on view into 2021. The installation ‘The Stories Under Our Feet (Poetry Benches)’ is also on view at Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Park until the Spring of 2021.

Artesero continues to create light and text art for permanent and temporary installations in the public realm across the UK and internationally.



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