Approved: 16.08.2006

Caitlin Heffernan

Artist, Curator

Approved: 16.08.2006

In my work I use, adapt and transform domestic objects and create sculptural forms that are inspired by a variety of elements drawn from social and personal histories. I also create immersive installations that use craft elements, drawing and photography drawing on traditions of assemblage and installation. I am interested in ideas surrounding memory, home, social histories and the real and imagined and many of my works have elements that suggest longing, escape and melancholy.

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  • Location: Brighton, South East
  • Activities: Residencies, Private commissions, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Project management
  • Categories: Installation, Intervention, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Textiles
  • Tags: site-specific, installation, crafts, research, curatorial, sculpture, intervention
 
 

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    Biography

    In my work I use, adapt and transform domestic objects and create sculptural forms that are inspired by a variety of elements drawn from social and personal histories. I also create immersive installations that use craft elements, drawing and photography drawing on traditions of assemblage and installation. I am interested in ideas surrounding memory, home, social histories and the real and imagined and many of my works have elements that suggest longing, escape and melancholy.

    Many of my installations, embroidery pieces, drawings and photography have been triggered by domestic objects, fabrics and family photographs because I find that these can be used to recall a previous time and moment and to perhaps trigger a sense of memory in the viewer. I also use historical and archival research as inspiration to create my installations.

    CV & Education

     

     

    EDUCATION

    2004 Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design, M.F.A

    1998 Winchester School of Art, B.A Hons Fine Art Printmaking

     

    COMMISSIONS

    2015 Harvest commissioned by Metal to produce work in response to the traditional festival, alongside 10 artist commissions alongside lead artists Lucy and Jorge Orta, Studio Orta. http://www.metalculture.com/projects/harvest-festival/ 

    2015 In-Site Collaborative site-specific commission along the Rochester & Chatham riverside.

    2014 Hoodwink commission ‘Letters Home’ site-specific response to Horsmonden. www.hoodwink.org.uk  

    2013 Unravelling the Vyne, The Vyne, Unravelled

    2012 Unravelling Nymans, Nymans House and Gardens, Unravelled

    2010 Unravelling the Manor House, Preston Manor Brighton, Unravelled

    2007 Comfort Zones touring exhibition curated by Oriel Davies Gallery

     

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2010 Terrain Rodhus Gallery, Brighton

     

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2015 Leaving Home, Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London, group show with featured Unravelled artists. http://www.caa.org.uk/exhibitions/archive/2015/leaving-home/

    2013-14 Letters Home site-specific response to Horsmonden social club & Gun & Spitroast pub

    2014 Unravelling Uppark, Unravelled, Uppark House & Gardens.

    2013 Craft Emergency Open, aspex gallery, Portsmouth.

    2013 Unravelling the Vyne, Unravelled, The Vyne, West Sussex

    2012 Unravelling Nymans, Unravelled, Nymans House and Gardens

    2011 Shifting Boundaries, House Festival, Phoenix Brighton

    2010 Lost in Translation? Riverside Studios, London

    2010 Unravelling the Manor House, Preston Manor, Brighton

    2010 Dream Home, Phoenix Brighton Gallery, Brighton

    2008 I am not I: pity the tale of me curated by Robert Lowe part of www.axisweb.org.uk

    2008 That’s Entertainment…Off-site project curated by Cathy Lomax, Transition Gallery London as part of Whitstable Biennial, Comfort Zones Oriel Davis Gallery group show touring to: Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight and Bury St. Edmunds Gallery

    2007 Comfort Zones Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales, touring to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, James Hockey Galleries, Farnham

    2006 Jerwood Drawing Prize touring to: Rennie Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Bayart, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff , The Gallery, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, Poole, Drawing Room Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

    City Running, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Fringe Festival

    2005 Jerwood Drawing Prize Jerwood Space, London touring to University of Gloucestershire, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham, What Happens When Everything Is Reduced to Ones and Zeros? Pearlfisher Gallery, London

    Sussex Open ‘Words-Imagination, Fantasy and Tales’ Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

    2004 Perspective 2004 Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast curator Vittorio Urbani Director of Nuova Icona Venice

    The Inscriptive Ferret, curated by Craig Martin, Space 44, London

    2003 artinheaven The Meeting House, Sussex University, Brighton Fringe Festival

    Here The Lethaby Gallery, Southampton Row, London

    2002 The Haven Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

    2001 Collective Pulse (duo show) Orleans House, Twickenham & Gallery 100 Queens Road, Brighton

    2000 TW7 Redlees Arts and Crafts Stables, Isleworth, West London 

    1998 16 New Artists The Tannery London

    1997 Instalce (duo show) Galerie Aspekt Brno, Czech Republic

     

    RESIDENCIES

    2008 Aftershave Workshop, Nigeria Triangle Arts Trust

    2007 Braziers International Artist’s Workshop Oxfordshire, UK

    2005 International Artist Fellowship with the Arts Institute Prague, Czech Republic

     

    ARTIST TALKS

    2009 Phoenix Brighton Studios Tours part of ‘House’ Brighton Festival, talk on ‘Aftershave’ workshop Nigeria and presentation of new work.

    Coastal Currents talk on current projects and residencies and role at Fabrica Contemporary Art Gallery

     

    AWARDS

    2013 Arrivals & Departures, travel grant from Farnham Maltings for R&D visit to New York City.

    2008 Arts Council Individual Award

    2004 Arts Council R & D Award

     

    COMPETITIONS

    2012 CultureCloud shortlisted from 927 entries to the final 101

    2009 Short-listed for Resider/Reside cross border residency and exhibition project

    2004 Short-listed for newcontemporaries, London & the Jerwood Drawing Prize

     

    PUBLICATIONS

    2013 & 2014, Crafts Magazine July/August, May/June issues.

    2012 Crafts Magazine, May/June issue, news item, Celebrating Sussex, the Argus and online review from Crafts July, Embroidery magazine and Selvedge magazine, September/October issues

    2012 Unravelling Nymans, produced by Unravelled Arts

    2010 Unravelling the Manor House, produced by Unravelled Arts

    2010 Crafts Magazine, review, July/August issue

    2010 Arts Industry, published by BC Publication

    2007 Comfort Zones, produced by Oriel Davies Gallery

    2005 The Jerwood Drawing Prize, produced by Wimbledon School of Art

    2004 Perspective 2004, produced by Ormeau Baths Gallery.