Approved: 16.05.2012

Claire Manning

Artist, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 16.05.2012
  • Location: London & the South East, London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Creative writing, Studio practice
  • Categories: Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture
  • Tags: collage, photographs, prints, animations, assemblage, installations, layering, fracture, power & control, shifting realities




    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 in assemblage, installation, film, print or poster. I work with appropriated photographs and with non-places that feel overlooked, abandoned and lost, commenting on issues relating to identity, power, control and desire, and exploring how vulnerable fixed ideas are to subversion. I collect fragments from different sources and reconstruct them into something new, connecting disparate ideas and moments to produce ephemeral possibilities containing a hint of truth.

    Recent work uses film to create collages about the liminal, barren, non-space of the train journey, our relationship to it and how this can shift as a result of making art. It exploits the points where the technology of the camera fails, unable to frame a shot or keep things correctly in perspective. The final film offers fragments of different places - dislocated moments trapped in time - one event interrupting or haunting another, constructing a vision of a world poised between beauty and dystopia.

    Another current series of work focuses on how the image of woman is portrayed in the mass media, using a variety of non-traditional construction methods to make the final collages. Each one pairs a 1930’s photographic postcard with a ‘twin’ in a similar posture sourced from a contemporary fashion magazine, constructing a hybrid ‘Other’ picture of womanhood. Superficially the material selected offers the passive perfection of theatrical stills, but it resists my patriarchally-based gaze to produce a final image that’s never intact, blocking possession of womanly perfection, denying pleasure, and re-siting the experience of viewing in castration and anxiety.

    CV & Education


    2013: Master of Arts in Fine Art (distinction), University of the Arts London, Wimbledon

    2010: BA (hons) in Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

    Prior: Claire had a successful career in business before deciding to re-train as an artist.

    Claire is a founder member and Secretary for Making Art Work, an artist's collective based in Maidstone, Kent.

    Past group exhibitions:

    2014    Response, Making Art Work, Maidstone Museum, Maidstone

    2014    Repetition, part of RECURSIVE, No Format Gallery, London

    2014    The Other Side of Here, 51zero's Film and Arts Festival, Pop Creative Space, Chatham

    2014    Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition 2014, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London

    2014    Open Projector Night, Making Art Work, Maidstone

    2014    On Tap, Making Art Work, Brewery Tap Gallery, Folkestone

    2014    Timeslip, Fringe Arts Bath Festival, FaB 2, Bath

    2014    Tension, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery

    2014    Share and exchange exhibition, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London

    2013    S.I.T.E., CCW Alumni Show 2013, Chelsea Collage of Arts, London

    2013    Object Abuse, Spinach, London

    2013    SHIFT, Making Art Work, Maidstone

    2013    In the Shadow of Her Gaze, MA fine art graduation show, University of the Arts London

    2013    Maidinski project, Making Art Work, Maidstone

    2013    MA pop-up exhibition, University of the Arts London

    2013    Share and exchange exhibition, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London

    2012    Red, Making Art Work, Maidstone

    2012    Text, Making Art Work, Maidstone

    2012    Shoes, Cultivate Gallery, London

    2012    E17 Art Trail, London

    2012    All at Sea, Pie Factory, Margate

    2012    Memoria Technica, Nunnery Gallery, London

    2011    I's, Shes, Hers, Ours, The Gallery, London

    2010    Battle Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition, Battle

    2010    Neither Use nor Ornament, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury

    2010    Graduation Show, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury


    2014    Stitched Time, by Clare Smith, Limbo, Margate


    2013    Shortlisted for the Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize 2014