Approved: 16.08.2006

Brenda Oakes

Artist, Arts administrator, Project manager, Consultant, Researcher

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Brenda Oakes, MA is an award-winning international artist and designer. Trained as a sculptor, her practice now encompasses other skills which are diverse and wide-ranging. In Britain she has created new public spaces for several local authorities whilst invitations are received to create art for collections around the world.
Having worked as an artist in many global locations since 1995, in 2009

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  • Location: Neath Valley, Wales
  • Activities: Early years education, Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Special needs education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Built environment, Community arts, Community consultation, Participatory projects, Public art, Visual arts consultancy, Project management, Governance, Technical installation, Photographic documentation
 

Biography

Brenda Oakes, MA is an award-winning international artist and designer. Trained as a sculptor, her practice now encompasses other skills which are diverse and wide-ranging. In Britain she has created new public spaces for several local authorities whilst invitations are received to create art for collections around the world. Having worked as an artist in many global locations since 1995, in 2009 Brenda received a prestigious Creative Wales Award which enabled her to begin an ongoing investigation into what she perceives to be the closely linked areas of dowsing and drawing. This award enabled her to spend more than a year in her studio in the Neath Valley in South Wales allowing her a breathing space in which to reflect on her 25 years working in both her private practice but mainly being employed in the public realm. One of the outcomes of this time of contemplation is the change of direction for Brenda who now enjoys a much broader range of art activity encompassing collaborative working, exhibiting more frequently, new thinking, new approaches, and new kinds of art but most importantly of all, more freedom and risk taking.

CV & Education

Public realm

2000 - War Memorial for the soldiers who died in the Korean War, United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, South Korea

Solo exhibitions

2008 - Local Art Projects, YMCA Building, Port Talbot
2001 - Digital Prints, Verdi's, Mumbles
1993 - City Centre Public Art Proposals, Guildhall, Swansea, two person
1990 - Architectural Ceramics (2 person), Cywaith Cynmru Gallery, Cardiff
1987 - Solo Exhibition, Oriel Theatre, Clwyd

Group exhibitions

2011 - Bread and Roses, Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
2011 - Wunderland, tactileBOSCH, Cardiff
2008 - Marking Space, CIRIC (Swansea Metropolitan University) and Mission Gallery, Swansea
2008 - Transit7, Various venues / Kulturremisen, Denmark, Travelling around Europe until 2009
2007 - Landmark Wales Competition, Various venues / pARTS, South Wales
2006 - Exposition de sculptures de petits formats la Tour Saint-Martin Comblain au, Kercal, Comblain au Pont, Belgium
2006 - Invited to represent GB at 1st International Symposium Sculptures, Sculptural Pursuits / Artists' Refuge, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
2006 - Still Water, Natuurkunst Drenthe, Oranjekanaal, Drenthe, Holland
2005 - Lulea Summer Biennial (with David Jones), City of Lulea - Kilen Artists' Group, Lulea, Sweden
2005 - Maquettes, Canadian National Exhibition Showground, Toronto, Ontario
2004 - "Impulsos de Comunicacion" Installation, La Banda Ancha Group, San Martin Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2004 - Temporary artworks for Sculpture Works, Sculpture Cymru, Margam Park, Neath Port Talbot
2003 - "Esculturas en Pequeno Formato", Praxis Gallery and NecPlus Arte Gallery, Lima, Peru
2003 - Ars Terra International Drawing Workshop Exhibition, Invetro Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2003 - Touring exhibition of small maquettes, various venues throughout Canada - Echo Institute, Markham, Ontario, Canada
2002 - "Sculpteurs Bretagne", Landivisiau, Brittany - Sculpture Cymru, touring exhibition
2002 - International Art Symposium Exhibition, Mariager Salt Museum - County of Aarhus, Mariager, Denmark
2002 - International Sculpture Festival, Frederikshavn Commune, Frederikshavn, Denmark
2002 - Small Sculptures, Cultural Corporation of Valdivia, City of Valdivia, Chile
2001 - Brewery Print Fair, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
2001 - International Sculpture Exhibition, Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul, South Korea
2001 - International Sculpture Symposium Exhibition, Sagadi Manor, Estonia
2000 - 50th Anniversary Korean War Memorial Sculptures, Ichon and Pusan, South Korea
2000 - Symposium Exhibition, San-Chung, South Korea
2000 - Unterland Ausstellung Heilbronn, Stuttgart, Germany
1999 - International Artists Exchange Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
1999 - Lysbro Tileworks, Silkeborg, Denmark
1999 - Sea Change, The Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness
1998 - Symposium Exhibition, Cultural Institute of Peru and North America, Lima, Peru
1998 - Symposium Exhibition, Seolbong, Sculpture Park, Ichon, South Korea
1998 - Two foreshore buildings, Saltburn-by-the-sea, Cleveland
1997 - A Projection Tower for Batley
1997 - Manchester Street Design Competition, Liverpool Architecture and Design Trust, Liverpool
1997 - The Construction Tower Competition, Architecture Foundation, London and NEC Birmingham
1996 - Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham & Gloucester College
1995 - Symposium Exhibition, County Hall, Aarhus, Denmark
1995 - Word Overall, Year of Literature, Arts Workshop Gallery, Swansea
1994 - A Bus Shelter For Tipton, Angle Gallery, Birmingham
1992 - National Eisteddfod of Wales
1991 - MA Degree Show, Slaughterhouse Gallery, London
1991 - Sites - Cywaith Cymru, Old Library, Cardiff
1991 - Wilson Stephens Fine Art, Stephen Bartley Gallery, London
1990 - Group Show, John Holden Gallery, Manchester
1990 - Group Show, Lamplight Gallery, Salford

Workshops

2004 - Large wood sculptures for Kanji Wood, Afan Forest Park - Groundwork Bridgend Neath Port Talbot, Afan Valley, South Wales

Residencies

2004 - Artist in Residence, Opening of Out of Office 2004 for Arts and Business, Manchester Technology Centre
2001 - Visual Arts Residency, Play Resource Bus for Torfaen District Council, Pontypool
1999 - Working with communities in the creation of their own small public spaces, Barrow-in-Furness
1989 - TVEI Project, Groves School, Wrexham
1987 - Theatr Clwyd, Mold Mercury Court, Liverpool
1986 - National Eisteddfod, A.A.D.W. stand
1985 - Experience of working with other disciplines, e.g. structural engineers, and groups of assistants, Margam Park, West Glamorgan
1983 - Unlimited use of brickworks site, materials and factory facilities, etc

Public commissions

2007 - 3 Environmental Art and Design Projects, 3 Primary schools - Groundwork and Communities First, Briton Ferry and Clyne, Neath Valley, South Wales
2007 - Ballybay Globe, Ballybay, County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland - Monaghan VEC, Ballybay Community College
2007 - Environmental Art Project, The Cwm and Coed-Y-Graig - Dyffryn Clydach Environmental Group, Neath Abbey Woods, South Wales
2007 - Sound Art Project with Peter Appleton, Kanji Wood - Forestry Commission and Groundwork Bridgend & Neath Port Talbot, Afan Forest, Port Talbot
2006 - Large community artwork, Crynant Playing Fields - Groundwork Bridgend & Neath Port Talbot, South Wales
2006 - Regeneration scheme for Courtyard , Communities First - Cefn Saeson School, Neath, Neath, South Wales
2005 - Designs for regeneration of Angel Square, Neath, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Neath
2004 - Artwork for Fairyland, Neath (with David Jones), for Groundworks, Bridgend Neath Port Talbot, Fairyland, Neath
2001 - Lead Artist for the regeneration of Aberafan Seafront, Aberafan - Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Port Talbot
2001 - Town Artist, Teignbridge District Council, Newton Abbot, Devon
1990 - Local Government Officer, Planning Department, Swansea City Council, Swansea

Corporate commissions

2006 - Restoration of Neath Canal, Neath Canal Navigation Company with Groundworks, Neath Valley, Neath Port Talbot

Projects

2008 - Invited to represent GB at the 5th Yeongwol International Contemporary Sculpture, International Museum of Contemporary Art, Kangwon Do, South Korea
2008 - Invited to select GB team for 1st International London Ice Festival, Natural History Museum, London
2005 - 1st International Stone Carving Symposium, Echo Research Institute, Canada National Exhibition, Toronto
2005 - Invited to represent GB at 1st International Biennale of Granite Sculpture , La Floresta Regeneration Group, La Floresta, Montevideo, Uruguay
2005 - invited to represent GB at the 1st International Stone Carving Symposium, Colorado Stone Carvers, Boulder, Colorado
2005 - TV interviewer and reporter at Aichi Expo 2005, Japan, for East & West netTV channel
2004 - Geumgang Nature Art Biennale - selected artist, Geumgang - Yatoo Artists' Goup, South Korea
2003 - 2nd International Drawing Workshop, Gallery Ars Terra e.V, Hannover, Germany
2003 - 7th International Sculpture Symposium, Valdivia Cultural Association, Valdivia, Chile
2003 - invited to represent GB at 3rd International Sculpture Symposium , Miraflores District, Lima, Peru
2003 - invited to represent GB at the 11th International Sculpture Encounter , Rosario, Argentina
2003 - Sculpture Symposium - selected artist, Town of Horice, Czech Republic
2002 - 1st International Art Symposium, Mariager Salt Museum, County of Aarhus, Denmark
2002 - invited to represent GB at 1st International Art Symposium , Mariager Salt Museum, County of Aarhus, Denmark 
2002 - invited to represent GB at 1st International Sculpture Festival , Frederikshavn Commune, Frederikshavn, Denmark
2001 - International Woodcarving Symposium, Sagadi Manor, Sagadi, Estonia
2000 - Invited to represent GB at 1st International Modern Sculpture Symposium, San-Chung District Council, South Korea
2000 - Invited to represent GB at the International Sculpture Symposium , United Nations Korean War Memorial Park - International Sculptors' Friendship Association, South Korea
2000 - Invited to represent GB at the Remise Akademi International Art Workshop, Kulturremisen, Brande, Denmark
2000 - Invited to represent GB at the Worldwide International Tree-Sculpture Festival, Blokhus,, Denmark

Competitions, prizes and awards

2009 - Creative Wales Award, Arts Council Wales, Neath Valley
2009 - Creative Wales Award for dowsing/drawing project, Arts Council Wales, My own studio / Neath Valley
2008 - Travel Grant for attendance in Denmark at international, Various venues - Wales Arts International , studios and galleries in Denmark and other European countries
2007 - Arts Council Wales – Grant for Afan Forest Sound Art Project with Peter Appleton, Kanji Wood - Forestry Commission and Groundwork Bridgend & Neath Port Talbot, Afan Forest, Port Talbot
2007 - Winner (other team members CIRIC and Hyde & Hyde Architects), Landmark Wales , Dowlais Top, Merthyr Tydfil
2006 - Individual Revenue Project Grant, Community Art Project - Arts Council Wales, 2 sites on the Neath Canal
2005 - First prize – International Online Art Competition, East and West Artists’ Culture Club , Expo, Aichi, Japan 
2005 - First prize Online International Art Competition, Trip to Japan - East and West Artists Culture Club, Aichi Expo 2005, Japan
2005 - Travel grant, To visit the Venice Biennale Wales Arts International, Venice
2004 - Arts Council Wales Development Grant, installation at San Martin Cultural Centre by La Banda Ancha, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2003 - Sculpture category prize winner - online art competition, East and West Artists' Culture Club, www.ewacc.co.uk
2003 - Travel Grant to attend international sculpture symposium, Wales Arts International , Valdivia, Chile
2000 - Honorary Citizenship of City of Busan, South Korea, Busan City Council, South Korea

Educational experience - primary

2007 - Workshops , 3 Neath and Briton Ferry Primary Schools - Groundwork / Communities First , new public spaces alongside Neath Canal at Clyne, Ynysbwllog and Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot, South Wales 
2007 - Workshops at Neath Abbey and Mynachlog Nedd Primary Schools for designs for environmental artworks, The Cwm and Coed-Y-Graig - Dyffryn Clydach Environmental Group, Neath Abbey Woods, South Wales
2006 - School and Youth Club workshops - community artwork , Crynant Playing Fields - Groundwork Bridgend & Neath Port Talbot, Crynant, Neath Port Talbot
2006 - Workshop for School Council members - new courtyard , Cefn Saeson School - Communities First, Neath, South Wales
2004 - Initiated Aberafan Beach Art Festival for local schoolchildren , Seafront at Aberafan, Port Talbot, South Wales
2004 - Local children involved in painting mural , Fairyland -Groundwork, Neath, South Wales
2004 - Visual Design Project for Afan Forest Park, Local Schools - Groundwork Bridgend Neath Port Talbot, Pontrhydyfen and Tonmawr, South Wales
2003 - Schools workshops relating to Aberafan Seafront, Primary schools on Sandfields Estate, Aberafan, Port Talbot

Educational experience - secondary

2002 - Visual Art Project linked to Lead Artist post at Aberafan, Sandfields Comprehensive School, Sandfields, Aberafan, Port Talbot

Site specific

2007 - Cwmgors Velvet, Parc Howard Pony Club - Groundwork Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot, Cwmgors, Neath Port Talbot

Other

2006 - Arts Council Wales Individual Revenue Project Grant for Neath Canal Restoration schemes, Neath Canal Navigation Company, Clyne and Ynysarwed, Neath Valley