Chantal Powell

Chantal Powell


Chantal Powell creates sculptural objects and installations that explore concepts of truth, illusion and constructs of reality. With works playing up theatrical facade and illusionary twists, we are led to consider the self-fabrication and deception that occurs in our personal constructions of our realities. A PhD focusing on the social psychology of human relationships informs her practice as an artist. 

She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, most notably at Guildhall Art Gallery in London (alongside Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry and Matt Collishaw), The Royal West Academy in Bristol, OCCCA in California, and at collateral events at the 53rd and 54th Venice Biennales.

This year she was shortlisted for prestigious Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and selected by Griffin Gallery to create a collaborative work with a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust scholar.  In 2014 she was elected as a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and was a finalist in the Young Masters Art Prize. In 2013 she was awarded a Re:view Bursary for critical and artistic development by The Artist Information Company which led to a period of mentoring by gallerist Danielle Arnaud.

Powell has also worked on a number of public commissions including an installation in Saltwell Park for NewcastleGateshead Initiative; site specific installations for Guildhall Art Gallery, London and for a grade II listed church in Southampton, and an interactive public work for Museums At Night

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Location Southampton, South East
Activities Lecturing, Workshops, Participatory projects, Public art
Artforms / type of project Installation, Metalwork, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Tags baroque, materiality, expressive, psychology, scultpure, installation, literature, philosophy, psychology, psychology