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Following in a long tradition of art and the body, my interests lie with themes of life, health and illness.

I make highly formal sculptures using materials that are often medical, such as syringes, hypodermic needles, microscopic slides and plastic airline tubing. These materials bring the work into the context of medical intervention and of the hospital as place. They also help to convey feelings of the fragility and vulnerability of the human condition. Using these materials as a starting point in an exploratory way, the work develops organically, acting on natural instincts, and taking inspiration from both personal experience and research. As a result, each piece is autonomous.

There are many research avenues open for today’s artists working within this growing subject area. I have used medical libraries, art history, literature, media articles and the Internet for my research, as well as drawing from life experiences. Artists of influence include Eva Hesse, Helen Chadwick and Mona Hatoum.



Further Education and Qualifications

Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, University of Central England, Birmingham. B3 3BX

B.A. Honours Fine Art

Sept. 2001 – June 2002

Warwickshire School of Art College, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. CV32 5JE

Diploma of Higher Education, Fine Art

Sept. 1999 – June 2001

Warwickshire School of Art College, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. CV32 5JE

Access to Fine Art

Sept. 1997 – June 1999

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

March 2009               Inspiration, Interpretation, Oxford Town Hall Gallery, St. Aldates, Oxford.

July 2008                  Warwickshire Artsweek, Plot on the Edge, Whitnash Allotments, Whitnash.

May 2008                  Commission for Daily Mirror newspaper.

April 2007                  MAD UK Design Awards, Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Highly Commended

Feb 2007                   Laboratories. Trinity Catholic Arts & Technology College, Leamington Spa

Jan / Feb 2007          Helen Keller International Award, Collins Gallery, Glasgow

July 2006                  Warwickshire Artsweek, Art Injection, Warwick Hospital, Warwick

July 2006                  Warwickshire Artsweek, You can keep your hat on, Cancer Research Shop, Leamington Spa

July 2006                  Warwickshire Artsweek, LSA Selected Exhibition, Warwickshire College, Leamington Spa

Nov 2005                   Little Footprints Exhibition, Totnes, Devon

Sept 2005                  LSA Selected Exhibition, University of Warwick Library Gallery, Coventry

April 2005                  Kidney Research Open Day and Art Exhibition, Biomedical Research Institute                                  

                                 University of Warwick

March 2005               BA Graduate/Dip HE Exhibition, On Course, Warwickshire School of Art, Leamington Spa

Jan to Feb 2005        Helen Keller International Award, Commended, Collins Gallery, Glasgow

Jan to Feb  2005       The Art House Exhibition, Whispers, The Workstation, Sheffield

Oct to Nov 2004        Themed Exhibition, Medical Edge, Euroart Gallery, Tottenham, London

May to June 2004      Group Exhibition, Beneath the Surface, CAW Gallery, Leamington Spa

March 2004               International Women’s Week, Mother, West End Centre, Aldershot

Nov 2003                   1st Prize, Old Town Photography Competition, Regenesis, Leamington Spa

Aug 2003                   2nd Prize, MAD Design UK Comp., The Belgrade Theatre & Shaskeen Carnival Design, Coventry

Feb to April 2003      Themed Exhibition, Spring, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury

Dec 2002                   Group Exhibition, Take-off, The Grid, Harborough Magna

Nov 2002                   LSA Selected Exhibition, CAW Gallery, Leamington Spa

June 2002                 Degree Show, Deduce, UCE, BIAD, Birmingham

June 2002                 1st Prize, Sir Whitworth Wallace Trust Marine Painting Exhibition UCE, BIAD, Birmingham          

Community work

2006 to 2007             Residency, Trinity Catholic Arts & Technology College, Leamington Spa

Sept 2006                 Bath Place History Project

                                Installation in response to memories of The Midland Counties (Home for Incurables)

June 2004                 Big Arts Week, Sculptures, mobiles and hand puppets

                                 St Anthony’s Primary School, Sydenham, Leamington Spa

March 2003               Arts Class for all, especially disabled adults and those with difficulties

to present                 Westbury Centre, Westlea Road, Leamington Spa. 

Sept 2003                  Artsfest, Birmingham

                                 Do-it Officer, City Centre Gardens

                                 Ensuring smooth running of children’s programme

July 2003                   Wire Sculptures

                                 Edgewick Park Primary School, Foleshill, Coventry

June 2003                 Big Arts Week, Sculptures, mobiles and masks

                                 Ferncumbe Primary School, Hatton

May 2003/4                Age Concern, Gilbert Richards Centre, Earlsdon, Coventry

                                 Arts worker in pottery workshop

Sept 2002                  Artsfest, Birmingham

                                 Assisting artist with ceramics workshop for children of all ages


                       Warwickshire Artists. Online art gallery Owner.

                       Leamington Studio Artists (Webmaster). LSA

                       The Edge. Artsweek Installation with contemporary art group The Edge

                       The Art House. The Art House

BBC artist profile

From May 2003         http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/culture/profiles/grace-newman-profile.shtml