Approved: 16.08.2006

Ann Goddard

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

My practice explores the crossover between the Fine Art and Fine Craft disciplines of sculpture and textiles. Working across these boundaries I make mixed media constructions, assemblages and small installations comprising multiple units. Rather than direct representation, I aim to utilise the provenance and intrinsic qualities of materials, to evoke associations and carry the essence of ideas.

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  • Location: Chester, North West
  • Activities: Practice-based research
  • Categories: Environment, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Textiles




    My practice explores the crossover between the Fine Art and Fine Craft disciplines of sculpture and textiles. Working across these boundaries I make mixed media constructions, assemblages and small installations comprising multiple units. Rather than direct representation, I aim to utilise the provenance and intrinsic qualities of materials, to evoke associations and carry the essence of ideas.

    Working methods begin with thorough research followed by experimental sampling. Ideas are explored by working directly with materials. Techniques and processes vary as they are informed by my research. My preferred method of working is construction; building up forms by assembling separately prepared units. Textile elements such as felted fibres, fabric and stitch are frequently juxtaposed with concrete, wood, metal or natural materials.

    Investigation into the marginalisation of textile practice led to questioning the role and function of boundaries. The resulting body of work references a variety of boundaries including those between art and craft, between genres, between men and women's work, and those in the landscape. Current work reflects my concern for the environment, in particular the impact of human activity on nature. My main interest is the threat to biodiversity. Focus is on the small, overlooked life forms that are in danger of extinction due to the destruction of their habitats. The pieces allude to the vulnerability and fragility of nature. A consequence of this work has been the development of small format artworks that explore the possibilities of concentrating ideas into a miniature size.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2003 - MA Fine Art, University College Chester, University of Liverpool
    2001 - Cert. Advanced Studies in Art, University College Chester
    1999 - BTEC HNC Stitched and Constructed Textiles, West Cheshire College, Chester
    1998 - City and Guilds Creative Studies - Embroidery Parts 1 and 2, West Cheshire College, Chester
    1986 - BEd Hons, Chester College of Higher Education, University of Liverpool

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - Making Space, Macclesfield Silk Museum, Macclesfield, Cheshire                     2015/2016 Arte&Arte Miniartextil touring exhibition, Como, Italy; Montrouge, Paris, France; Caudry, France; Venice, Italy                                                                                                   2015 - Power of Ten, SIT Select, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire                    2015 - 62 Group Now, Upfront Gallery, Unthank, Cumbria                                                    2014 - Ebb & Flow, Fishing Heritage Centre / Grimsby Minster, Grimsby, Lincolnshire         2013 - British Textile Art, Koyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    2013 - Pinpoint, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, Bucks
    2013 - Pink Wood, Bruton, Somerset
    2013 - 6th International Biennial Exhibition on Mini Textile, Kherson Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine
    2013 - Small Talk, Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths University of London, London
    2013 - Miniature Magnified, The Beetroot Tree, Draycott
    2013 - A Personal Perspective, Craft In The Bay, Cardiff
    2013 - Cabinets of Curiosities and Room of Wonder, The Borough Museum & Art Gallery, Newcastle-under-Lyme
    2012 - 62@50, Farfield Mill, Sedburgh
    2012 - 62@50, The Holden Gallery, Manchester
    2012 - Interventions, Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester
    2012 - Package Tour, Alexandra Palace, London
    2012 - Package Tour, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate
    2012 - Package Tour, RDS, Dublin
    2011 - 7 Strands, Gate Gallery and Grimsby Minster, Grimsby
    2011 - 7th International Biennial of Textile Miniatures, Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2011 - Sofia International Paper Art Biennial
    2011 - National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
    2011 - VI WTA International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art - Air, The Ramon Alva de la Canal Gallery of the University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Mexico
    2010 - Amateras Annual Mini Paper Art Exhibition 2010, Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
    2010 - Bending More Lines, Collins Gallery, Glasgow
    2010 - Cartasia Biennial of Contemporary Art, Cavallerizza, Lucca, Italy
    2010 - International Biennial Miniature Art (Finalists), House of Commons, Ottawa, Canada 2010 - International Biennial Miniature Art (Finalists), Museum of Contemporary Art Latino-American de la Plata (MACLA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
    2010 - International Biennial Miniature Art 2010, Salle Augustin-Chenier, Ville-Marie, Quebec, Canada
    2010 - Made To Fit, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke
    2010 - The 62 Group of Textile Artists, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, Netherlands
    2009 - Bending the Line, The Hub National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford
    2009 - Bowland - An Inspirational Landscape, The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
    2009 - Moving On, Upfront Gallery, Nr Penrith, Cumbria 
    2008 - Considered Matter, Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley
    2008 - Designer Crafts 2008, Mall Galleries, London
    2008 - Healing, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Runcorn
    2008 - Size Matters, Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case, Rochester
    2008 - Stuff: contemporary textiles by the 62 Group, Catmose Gallery, Oakham
    2008 - The Foyle Trust Award Winners Exhibition, Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch
    2007 - 62 Group, Textile Gallery, Knitting & Stitching Show, Birmingham, London, Dublin, Harrogate
    2007 - Abstract Construction, The Beetroot Tree, Draycott, Derbyshire
    2007 - Square Route, Blackburne House, Liverpool
    2007 - Stitched Up, Crescent Arts, Scarborough, N.Yorks
    2007 - You Are Here, The Kitchen Gallery, Runcorn
    2006 - Art of the Stitch, RWA, Bristol; The Hub, Sleaford, Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead
    2006 - E Squared, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conway
    2006 - E Squared, Upfront Gallery, Cumbria
    2006 - Expressions, The Brindley, Runcorn
    2006 - Tracing Threads, New work by the 62 Group of Textile Artists, Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Hove, East Sussex
    2005 - In the Square, Cajobah Gallery, Birkenhead
    2005 - Showcase, The Maria Louisa Gallery, Liverpool
    2004 - Consequences, Upfront Gallery, Cumbria
    2004 - The Hard with the Soft, Cajobah Gallery, Birkenhead

    2003 - MA Fine Art exhibition, University College Chester
    2002 - A Time and a Place, Upfront Gallery, Cumbria
    2001 - Affordable Art Fair, London (with Beatrice Royal Gallery)
    2001 - Art of the Stitch, Mall Galleries, London; Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
    2001 - Madeira Show, Harrogate
    2001 - Open Art Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester
    2000 - Affordable Art Fair, London (with Beatrice Royal Gallery)
    2000 - Connections: Africa's West Coast, The Beetroot Tree, Draycott, Derbyshire
    2000 - New Horizons, Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch
    2000 - Progressions, Yale Memorial Art Gallery, Wrexham
    2000 - Riches of Stitches, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
    2000 - Spring Showcase, Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art & Craft Gallery, Hampshire
    1999 - Graduate Showcase, Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London; RDS, Dublin; Main Halls, Harrogate
    1999 - Open Exhibition, Drumcroon Arts Centre, Wigan
    1997 - City & Guilds Showcase, National Needlecraft Show, Olympia, London

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2010 - Grand Prize AMATERAS Annual Mini Paper Art Exhibition, Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
    2010 - Honourable Mention, International Biennial Miniature Art, Salle Augustin-Chenier, Ville-Marie, Canada
    2000 - Main Award winner, Charles Henry Foyle Trust Award for Stitched Textiles
    1999 - Embroiderers' Guild Graduate Showcase, The Knitting & Stitching Shows
    1996 - City and Guilds Medal of Excellence for Creative Studies Embroidery Part 1


    Web articles:

    2013 - Artist of the Month (August),
    2013 - Featured Artist (April),
    2012 - Artist Interview,

    Books and Journals:

    2015 - Selected Journal issue 2: Spring/Summer 2015                                                                2012 - Radical Thread, The 62 Group 1962-2012; ed. Lesley Millar; pub.Direct Design Books

    Exhibition Catalogues:

    2013 - A Personal Perspective on Landscape, The Makers Guild in Wales
    2011 - Sofia Paper Art Fest, Bulgaria
    2011 - Aire, World Textile Art, Mexico  
    2011 - Vanish / Survive, Arka Gallery, Lithuania                                                                  
    2010 - Amateras Mini Paper Art, Bulgaria                                                                              
    2009 - Bending the Line, 62 Group of Textile Artists                                                                
    2008 - Designer Crafts at the Mall, Society of Designer Craftsmen (SDC)                            
    2007 - Knitting & Stitching Show (CD), 62 Group of Textile Artists                                         
    2006 - Tracing Threads (CD), 62 Group of Textile Artists                                                        
    2006 - Art of the Stitch, Embroiderer’s Guild                                                                          
    2000  - New Horizons, Charles Henry Foyle Trust                                                                   
    1998 - City & Guilds Calendar

    Professional Memberships

    The 62 Group of Textile Artists                                                                                          
    Society of Designer Craftsmen (MSDC)                                                                                  
    ETN (European Textile Network)                                                                                            
    WTA (World Textile Art)