Photo: Claire Manning in London & the South East, London

Claire Manning

Artist, Maker, Film-maker, Project manager

I make collages that may only fully and completely exist in the minds-eye of the observer. These montages are held loosely in place, folded temporarily or built-up through assemblage, juxtaposition, installation, film or amassing of images. I work with appropriated images and non-places which feel overlooked, abandoned and lost, commenting on issues relating to identity, power, control and desire, and exploring how vulnerable fixed ideas are to subversion.

Recent work focuses on how images of women are portrayed in the mass media, pairing 1930’s photographic postcards with a ‘twin’ in a similar posture sourced from a contemporary fashion magazine. These result in a variety of collages and montages quite disparate in terms of construction method, scale, and medium.

I’m fascinated by shifting realities.

I’m drawn to the ability of the photograph to trap something living in deathly stillness and in the power of film to re-animate what’s lost and gone.

I collect image fragments from different sources and construct them into something new that connects different ideas and moments to produce ephemeral, fresh possibilities that contain a hint of truth.


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Location London & the South East, London
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Creative writing, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture
Tags collage, photographs, prints, animations, assemblage, installations, layering, fracture, power & control, shifting realities

News & Events

  • Art Market, Maidstone

    Market Hall, Lockmeadow, Baker Road, Maidstone, ME16 8LW

    I’ll be showing a series of 10 new limited edition prints inspired by my recent film (+more!) A 1-day chance to see the work of 80+ artists & a programme of arty events. Free entry. 9am to 4pm

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  • Exhibition: Islington Arts Factory Summer Salon 2015

    85 artists work in a salon-style hang, including 3 pictures from Claire Manning’s ‘Collage Abuse’ series. Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, London, N7 0SF, 12/6/15 to 3/7/15 PV: 12th 6 - 9pm

  • Shadow and reflections

    A collection of experimental studio work using shadow, reflection and translucent layers. The images will be stored here as I make them:

  • Response

    08/11/2014 – 29/11/2014
    Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, St Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent. ME14 1LH

    My new Vanitas piece will be shown as part of Making Art Work’s 'Response' exhibition in Maidstone Museum, November 2014 alongside new, original artworks by over 25 artists.

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  • 'On Tap' - A Site Responsive Exhibition by Making Art Work

    06/06/2014 – 09/06/2014
    VENUE: Brewery Tap, 53 Tontine Street, Folkstone, Kent, CT20 1JR. OPEN: Fri 6th June until Mon 9th June, 11am - 4pm daily. PRIVATE VIEW: Fri 6th June, 5.30pm – 8pm

    Inspired by the gallery’s former life as a pub artists create new works reflecting on its past life, combining memories, imagined traces & historical anecdotes with musings on shifting cultural trends

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