Do you ever get crazy excited when you see a photo booth when you’re on a random night out and know that you’ll end up having your photo taken when you’re all a little bit more intoxicated? Well Lucie Sheridan has taken the photo booth to the next level with a “Rubbish Portrait” booth where visitors step in to have their portrait drawn by Lucie!

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We loved the idea as soon as Lucie reached out and told us about her new adventure, so we caught up with her for a quick interview!

What's the idea behind your project 'Rubbish Portraits'?

I have been creating ‘Rubbish Portraits’ since 2007, which started life as doodles to pass the time, as standing behind my work at art fairs can have its dull moments. I would draw the visiting public as they browsed the art on show.


What inspired you to set up the portrait booth?

I had an enjoyable and rewarding experience when I was invited to be the artist in residence at The Affordable Art Fair in 2016. It proved very popular with the public as a live art event. I was given three blank walls to paint anyone and everyone who wanted their ‘Rubbish Portrait’ painted. It’s taken me a little while and a few bottles of wine to realise it’s potential and package the whole concept. I wanted to recreate this successful time and needed to take my event on the road and offer it to a wider audience. At the start of 2019 I found the momentum and the right person to build me a portable booth and another team to put together a short promotional video.

Great ideas can take time to raise their heads right?

Roughly how long does it take you create each portrait?

I am very quick! 3-4 minutes

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That’s probably quicker than most photo booths to be honest! I remember first meeting you at Hi-Fest in Hastings and you were offering quick portrait drawings there, have you always been fascinated in drawing other people?

I love to study people and their faces, and capture their character instantly. I also love the fluidity of brush and ink, and the social value that it offers - talking to new people for the first time and making them feel at ease. Reflecting on Hi-Fest, I was also behind a table selling my work and wanting to feel busy! I guess like most people I do like a stage and this is my opportunity to make connections and put on my very own event and get out of my studio.


What else have you been working on recently?

I am working an a children’s puzzle for an American company and progressing with a private commission painting the interior of a grand house in Clifton, Bristol, including creating a tropical jungle in a downstairs toilet. The brief was actually to recreate my Jungle Leaves design that I was commissioned by Ohh deer in 2016… now people can poo in paradise. ;-)

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Thanks for catching up with us Lucie! It definitely sounds like you want to keep yourself busy!

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