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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.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

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

July 2018               1st Prize, LSA Sculpture and 3D Exhibition, East Lodge, Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa.

June 2018              Invasive, The Edge,  Warwickshire Open Studios, Harbury.

June 2017            The Edge, Warwickshire Open Studios. Saltisford Canal Trust, Warwick.

June 2014            Behind the GlassThe Edge, Warwickshire Open Studios, Althorpe Studios, Leamington Spa.

June 2012            Warwickshire Open Studios. "The Edge at Mary's", Leamington Spa.

June 2011            Fallacies, Fringe Bath Arts, Walcot Chapel, Bath.

June 2010            The Edge Warwickshire Artsweek Project, Coombe Country Park, Coventry.

Oct 2009               Safe House, The Edge, North Hall, Spencer Yard, Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, 

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, Lucian Freud inspired painting.

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

Membership

UK Artists. Online art gallery Owner

The Edge. Artsweek Installation with contemporary art group The Edge

 

BBC artist profile

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