Approved: 16.08.2006

Eleanor Symms

Artist, Maker, Lecturer / academic

Archived
Approved: 16.08.2006

Eleanor Symms works in different areas of practice, from printmaking and artist’s books to textiles, installation and jewellery. She is interested in the physical world of materials and objects, as well as in the world of ideas. Her current work in jewellery design responds to 'found' and non-precious materials, combining these with precious metals and gem stones and challenging notions

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Activities: Further education, Adult education, Studio practice
  • Categories: Book Works, Jewellery, Printmaking, Textiles
  • Tags: jewellery design, found objects, reclaimed materials, printmaking, artist books, textiles, exhibitions, workshops, education

Biography

Eleanor Symms works in different areas of practice, from printmaking and artist’s books to textiles, installation and jewellery. She is interested in the physical world of materials and objects, as well as in the world of ideas. Her current work in jewellery design responds to 'found' and non-precious materials, combining these with precious metals and gem stones and challenging notions of preciousness and disposability.
Eleanor graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with Distinction in 2012. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including the International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea, 2013, International Print Biennale, Douro, Portugal in 2012 and she was the winner of the Fashion and Textiles Award in Inspired By… 2010 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her work is in a number of public collections: National Library of Scotland, Artists' Books and Special Bindings Collection; Printmaking Museum of Douro, Biennial Collection, Portugal; Scottish Borders Council, Fine Art Collection and the Scottish Poetry Library.
 

CV & Education

Education
BA (with Distinction) Combined Studies (Art and Design), Edinburgh College of Art, 2012
Postgraduate Teaching Qualification in Further Education, Dundee University, 2005
Postgraduate Diploma in Community Education, University of Edinburgh, 1986
MA Hons, University of Edinburgh, 1985

Solo Exhibitions
Galleri Listakot, Reykjavik, Iceland, 1998

Selected Collaborative Projects and Exhibitions
Monochrome, curated catwalk: contemporary jewellery design, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, 2014
Unravelling Signatures, Artists’ Altered Books, Impact International Print Conference, Dundee, 2013
Skin Deep, Edinburgh College of Art and Surgeons’ Hall Museum, Edinburgh, 2011

Selected Group Exhibitions
Craft Scotland, Summer Exhibition, Edinburgh, 2014
Chromatic, Association of Contemporary Jewellers, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2013
Global Print 2013, Douro, Portugal, 2013
Translations, McNaughtan’s Gallery, Edinburgh, 2012
Scottish-Polish Kolektyw, Arts Complex, Edinburgh, 2012
6th International Print Biennale, Douro, Portugal (invited artist) 2012
Contextus: a re-weaving of fabric’s context in Art, Curio Gallery, Arts Complex, Edinburgh, 2012
Wabi sabi: contemporary textiles inspired by Japan, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2012
SMALL: exhibition of artists’ books, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, 2010 and Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews, 2011
5th International Print Biennale, Douro, Portugal (invited artist) 2010
TEXTiles: textile artists' responses to words and text, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2010
The Art of the Book, Fruitmarket Gallery at Edinburgh Book Festival, 2002
Artists' Books, Edinburgh Printmakers, 2001                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Scottish Smalls, Glasgow Print Studio, 2000, touring 2000-2

Selected Open Exhibitions
ICONS, Association of Contemporary Jewellers, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, 2014
Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Exhibition, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, 2014                                                                                                                  
Something Old, Something New, International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea, 2013 International Artists’ Books Competition and Exhibition, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 2011
Inspired by..., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2010 (winner of Textiles and Fashion Award)
Printmaking Today, Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art, Pescara, Italy, 2008                                     
Mini Print Internacional Cadaques (Spain), 2000                                                                                        

Visual Arts Scotland, 1999, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh, 1993,1998,1999,2000, 2003, 2013

Awards   
Textiles and Fashion Award, Inspired by… 2010, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Professional Member, Visual Arts Scotland (elected 2013)

Collections                                                                                                                                        
National Library of Scotland, Artists' Books and Special Bindings Collection
Printmaking Museum of Douro, Biennial Collection, Douro, Portugal
Scottish Borders Council, Fine Art Collection                                                                                     

Scottish Poetry Library