Stephanie Province (neč Bull) is a British artist currently working in Lancashire. She spent part of her childhood in Iran where her parents were missionaries. The experiences, aromas, sights and sounds of that region have remained with her and continue to influence her art work.
Stephanie completed a Foundation Course in Fine Art (Ravensbourne) and then studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design where she was awarded a BA (Hons) in ceramics. She later trained and worked as an art therapist (qualified 1993) and specialised in working with adults with learning disabilities. She has published journal articles, lectured at Roehampton University and co-edited ‘Art Therapy and Learning Disabilities’ (Routledge, 2012).
Alongside her career as an art therapist, Stephanie continued to work as an artist where possible, with her work exhibited at venues including Harbour Lights Art Centre (The Other Side, 2001) and Southampton City Art Gallery (The Art of Water, 2009). In June 2012 Stephanie gained valuable curating and presentation skills whilst setting up exhibitions during voluntary work at a major gallery. She also performed in a video installation by the artist Gary Stevens (exhibited September 2012).
In April 2013, Stephanie and her husband Phil began what was to become a two year voyage around the inland waterways of England and Wales on a narrow boat. During that adventure she concentrated on printmaking and photography (photograph published in The Observer, 2014) but also took time to assess and redefine ideas about the purpose of her own art making.
In July 2015 Stephanie and Phil returned to land and have settled in Overton, near Morecambe. Stephanie works full time as an artist and runs ‘Edge at Overton’ – Britain’s first microgallery.