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

Claire Manning

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Event organiser, Writer

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, installation, film, print and poster.

I work with appropriated images and spaces that feel overlooked, abandoned and lost, commenting on issues relating to power, control and desire, and exploring how vulnerable fixed ideas are to subversion. Recent work, for example, investigates how images of women are portrayed by pairing a 1930’s photographic postcard with a ‘twin’ in a similar posture sourced from a contemporary fashion magazine.

I’m fascinated by shifting realities; in the ability of photographs to trap something living in deathly stillness and in moving image to re-animate what’s lost and gone. I collect slices of images from different sources, constructing them into something new which connects different time periods and ideas to produce ephemeral, new possibilities that contain a hint of truth.

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Location London & the South East, London
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Project management, 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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