Approved: 17.06.2011

Clare Thornton

Artist, Event organiser, Teacher, Researcher

Approved: 17.06.2011

I am an interdisciplinary maker working predominantly with performance, sculpture, installation and print. Using a variety of props and materials I devise 'scenes' to examine my relationship to certain objects, texts and spaces. Exploring specific locations, libraries and archives I then enact/present my findings playing with memory, materiality and desire. Conversation and cross-disciplinary

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  • Location: Plymouth, South West
  • Activities: Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Creative writing, Curating, Gallery education, Visual arts consultancy, Project management
  • Categories: Installation, Participatory, Performance, Research, Sculpture
  • Tags: Installation, materiality, archives, sculpture, choreography, drapery, transdecorative, performance, artist books, mentoring
 
 

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    Biography

    I am an interdisciplinary maker working predominantly with performance, sculpture, installation and print. Using a variety of props and materials I devise 'scenes' to examine my relationship to certain objects, texts and spaces. Exploring specific locations, libraries and archives I then enact/present my findings playing with memory, materiality and desire. Conversation and cross-disciplinary exchange are crucial elements in my process of making and I collaborate with groups/individuals across diverse fields of art and science to produce new works for public art contexts, museums and galleries nationally and internationally. I am a studio holder at KARST Projects, Plymouth

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 

    1992 - MA(Hons) Theatre Studies (History/Design) & English Literature, University of Glasgow, Scotland 

    Solo exhibitions 

    2014 - The Italic I (with Emma Cocker), project space plus, Lincoln

    2014 - Grey Gorges Cast No Shadows (with Jan Steinum), Kurant, Tromsø,  Norway

    2014 - Going Down To Barrys, A3 Project Space, Birmingham

    2014 - The Dandy & the Mute, Oriel Myrddin, Wales

    2011 - Unfurl, University of Bristol Theatre Collection, Tudor Red Lodge Museum, England 

    2011 - Material Matters, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales

    2009 - Pleats & Folds, installation, Galleri SOFT, Oslo, Norway 

    Group exhibitions

    2015 - Surface Contact, Exeter Pheonix, Exeter

    2014 - Oriel Davies Open, Newtown, Wales

    2013 - After After Richard Hughes, A3 Works, A3 Project Space, Digbeth, Birmingham, England 

    2013 - Salad Dressing, Ed Rusha Books & Co, Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA 

    2012 - In Praise of Shadows, commission, Maggs beneath the Covers, Maggs Bros. Mayfair, London, England

    2012 - Tact Series: Orange, Rhod 2012, Carmarthenshire, Wales 

    Live/Performance 

    2014 - Unfurl: After Alison Knowles, Live Art Day, Joseph Beuys ARTISTS ROOMS, Worcester Museum & Art Gallery

    2013 - A Lexicon of Labour Movements, with Paul Hurley, The Showroom Projects & KWMC Bristol, England  

    2012 - 'GROUP SHOW', performance re-enactment society, Performing Documents, Re-make Symposium, Arnolfini, Bristol, England

    2012 - Act 1 After Alison Knowles, One Night Stands Performance, Spike Island, Bristol

    Residencies

    2014 - Redefining Print, Double Elephant Print Workshop, Exeter Pheonix

    2014 - Corresponding with Conflict, Artist in Residence, University of Bristol Theatre Collection

    2012 - AHRC funded Research Residency 'Performing Documents', University of Bristol & Arnolfini, with my group Performance Re-enactment Society

    2011 - Laura Ashley Foundation Residency Award, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales 

    2011 - Unfurl - Inaugural Artist in Residence, Theatre Collection, University of Bristol, England 

    Public commissions

    2010 - Nine Trades of Dundee, textile & tailoring trade, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee, Scotland  

    Competitions, prizes and awards 

    2013 - Re:view Bursary Award, a-n, UK 

    2012 - TPSW/Spike Associates, Research Bursary Award, Turning Point South West & Spike Island, Bristol & South West 

    Publications 

    2014 - The Italic I with Emma Cocker,  NTU

    2014 - A Lexicon of Labour Movements with Paul Hurley, KWMC

    2013 - Stairways, Corridors & Corners: Selected traces of performance 1976 - 1998 Arnolfini, Bristol, England

    2013 - Italic I, with Emma Cocker, On Not Knowing: How Artists Think (Eds. Fisher/Fortnum) Black Dog Publishing

    2013 - Games of Resonance: Soul Partition, with Emma Cocker, Revolve:R Bookwork 

    2012 - Games of Resonance: Soul Partition, with Emma Cocker in 'Papers, Fictions, Scripts & Circles' by COPY, bookwork