Approved: 17.06.2011

Clare Thornton

Artist, Event organiser, Teacher, Researcher

Approved: 17.06.2011

Interdisciplinary artist and educator based in the South West, I am a studio holder at KARST Projects, Plymouth. I describe my work as a spatial practice, an exploration of body-site-text relations through sculptural installation, performance and bookworks. I put a variety of materials to work, including my body, testing their possibilities and limits to support and encourage my conceptual enquiries around repetition, display and processes of transformation. Drawing on a training in dance, scenography and literature, I am excited by re-working and layering materials and ideas, and exploring this process with others. My installations and events are often designed as sites to bring audiences together for social and critical exchange. I have shown my work nationally and internationally as a solo artist but also in on-going cross-disciplinary collaborations with Emma Cocker, Jan Steinum (Norway) and the Performance Re-enactment Society, which I co-founded in 2007 for investigating the problems and potential of performance and it's documents with projects shown at Arnolfini, Spike Island (Bristol), FlatTimeHouse, South London Gallery (London), Gagosian Gallery (New York)

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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, performance, artist books, mentoring, space
 
 

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    Biography

    Interdisciplinary artist and educator based in the South West, I am a studio holder at KARST Projects, Plymouth. I describe my work as a spatial practice, an exploration of body-site-text relations through sculptural installation, performance and bookworks. I put a variety of materials to work, including my body, testing their possibilities and limits to support and encourage my conceptual enquiries around repetition, display and processes of transformation. Drawing on a training in dance, scenography and literature, I am excited by re-working and layering materials and ideas, and exploring this process with others. My installations and events are often designed as sites to bring audiences together for social and critical exchange. I have shown my work nationally and internationally as a solo artist but also in on-going cross-disciplinary collaborations with Emma Cocker, Jan Steinum (Norway) and the Performance Re-enactment Society, which I co-founded in 2007 for investigating the problems and potential of performance and it's documents with projects shown at Arnolfini, Spike Island (Bristol), FlatTimeHouse, South London Gallery (London), Gagosian Gallery (New York)

     

    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