Lou Sheppard works in interdisciplinary audio, performance and installation based practice. His work is often responsive, investigating the material and discursive contexts of a site and their affect on bodies and environments. His research is often evidenced through graphic notations, scripts and scores which are then performed in collaboration with other artists and in community gatherings. Lou’s recent projects include Phase Variations, an exploration of queer archives, The Exquisite Corpse, a meditation on post human worlding, and I Want To Be a Seashell…, responding to the Dalhousie Arts Centre with collaborator Will Robinson.
Lou has presented work and participated in residencies across Canada, in the US and Europe, including at the International Studio Curatorial Program in New York, and La Cité des Arts in Paris. As faculty at The Banff Centre in Banff, AB. Lou has been long listed for the Sobey Award in 2018, 2020 and 2021, and was the recipient of the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award in 2017. He has participated in the Toronto Biennial, the Antarctic Biennial, and is currently completing a public art commission for the Broadway Subway Project in Vancouver, BC. Of Irish, English and Scottish descent Lou is a settler on the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia.