Approved: 24.11.2010

Estelle Woolley

Artist, Project manager, Researcher, Community worker

Approved: 24.11.2010

I have a deep rooted affinity with the countryside and its resources, in part informed by my family's long association with farming. The cyclical element of the processes in nature inspires me, as do the insignificant details that we might often pass by. I am interested in ways that we work with or against nature; how we react and intervene, and how nature responds back at a domestic level and

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  • Location: Chester, North West
  • Activities: Residencies, Workshops, Disability arts, Community arts, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Curating, Project management, Collecting
  • Tags: Sound, Nature, Fragility, Uncanny, Disgust, Sublime
 

Biography

I have a deep rooted affinity with the countryside and its resources, in part informed by my family's long association with farming. The cyclical element of the processes in nature inspires me, as do the insignificant details that we might often pass by. I am interested in ways that we work with or against nature; how we react and intervene, and how nature responds back at a domestic level and beyond. Exploring the oscillation between microcosm and macrocosm, I often question how very small things can imply much larger thoughts or concerns. Through a minimal and poetic use of materials, which are often very fragile, I explore possible narratives and layers of meaning. By subtle manipulation I hope to renew a sense of curiosity, while always highlighting the beauty inherent in the forms used.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2014/15 - MA Fine Art (pass with Distinction), The University Of Chester, Chester 

2010 - BA Fine Art (First Class Hons), The University Of Chester, Chester (North West)

2004 - Art, Music and Psychology A Levels (A, B, B), Malbank School and Sixth Form College , Nantwich

2003 - Grade 8 Clarinet (pass with Distinction) , ABRSM, Crewe

2002 - 10 GCSEs (A* - B grades), Malbank School and Sixth Form College , Nantwich

2002 - Arts Ambassador, Malbank School and Sixth Form Specialist Arts College , Nantwich

 

Solo exhibitions

2009 - All Things Bright And Beautiful, Nantwich Museum, Cheshire

2008 - Indigo Diminuendo, Nantwich Library, Cheshire

 

Group exhibitions

2015/16 - Art Vend Round Three, commission for the Oriel Wrecsam Gallery, Wrexham

2015 - Staff show, Contemporary Art Space Chester, University of Chester 

2014 - MA show, Contemporary Art Space Chester, University of Chester 

2014 - Loop: Maria Walker / Estelle Woolley, joint show at Chester Film Co-op Studio 2, Old Odeon, Chester

2014 - MA interim show, Kingsway foyer space, University of Chester

2014 - Matchbox Microcosms: Mini Museum Marvels, Curiovan: Explorium of Natural Wonderment, London et al (travelling gallery)

2014 - MA interim show, Kingsway foyer space, University of Chester

2013 - Open Market, UnDegUn, Wrexham

2013 - Alumni, Contemporary Art Space Chester 

2013 - Interim: part 3, Kingsway foyer space, University of Chester

2013 - Wrexham Open, Oriel Wrecsam Gallery, Wrexham

2013 - Above and Below, Yarangall Green Farm, Alvanley Cliff Woodland

2013 - neo:art prize 2013, neo:gallery 22 , Bolton

2013 - Interim: part 2, Kingsway foyer space, University of Chester

2013 - Here | There | Everywhere (part 3) , Oriel Wrecsam Gallery, Wrexham

2013 - Purple, ur:performance , Islington Mill, Salford

2013 - The Grosvenor 10th Annual Open , The Grosvenor Museum , Chester

2013 - Interim, MA show of work in progress , Kingsway Foyer space, University of Chester

2013 - The Macabre and The Beautiful , Funky Aardvark Gallery , Chester

2012 - Here | There | Everywhere (part 2) , Huttons Buildings, Sheffield

2012 - Here | There | Everywhere , Contemporary Art Space Chester, University of Chester

2012 - Here | There | Everywhere (the pop up preview) , Contemporary Art Space Chester, University of Chester

2012 - Life, The Universe and Everything, The Funky Aardvark, Chester

2012 - Moon, Islington Mill, Salford

2012 - Stitched, City Road Church, Chester

2012 - White, Islington Mill , Salford

2011 - Free For All, Free For Arts Festival, Piccadilly Place, Manchester

2011 - In The Woods Today, Alvanley Cliff Woodland, Alvanley, Cheshire

2011 - FFAF Art Auction 2011, Common, Manchester 

2011 - Expo!, Telford's Warehouse, Chester

2011 - Beyond These Walls, Contemporary Art Space Chester, University Of Chester

2011 - Memory Blanks, Axis Arts Centre, MMU Cheshire

2011 - Panoply, Piccadilly Place, Manchester

2011 - The Exchange , Neals Yard Galleries, St Johns Street, Chester

2011 - Wunderland, TactileBOSCH Gallery, Cardiff

2010 - The Conversation, Christ Church, Chester

2010 - Intro: The University Of Chester Fine Art and Photography Degree Show, The CUBE Gallery, Manchester

2010 - Intro: The University Of Chester Fine Art and Photography Degree Show, University Of Chester, Kingsway Campus

2010 - Mill 24, Islington Mill, Salford 

2009 - Opaque, University Of Chester, Kingsway Campus

 

Curated projects

2014 - Loop: Maria Walker and Estelle Woolley, RE:New Development project, Chester

2011 - Expo!, Telford's Warehouse, Chester

2011 - Beyond These Walls, Contemporary Art Space Chester, Chester

2010 - The Conversation, Christ Church, Chester

 

Live/Performance

2013 - Tonewood  A site specific performance in collaboration with Rob Maclese and Oscar South, for

Above and Below

2012 - Stitched  Performance collaboration with musician Emily Warren and tenants of The Chester Link), City Road Church, Chester

2012 - Summertime (Gershwin arr. Estelle Woolley - experimental performance), Oriel Wrexham Gallery

2011 - Summertime (Gershwin arr. Estelle Woolley - experimental performance), Expo! Telford's Warehouse

2009 - Untitled Experimental clarinet performance with Stephen Maxwell-Campbell, Islington Mill, Salford

2005 - Performance of Alan Ridout's Clarinet Concertino accompanied by The Northern Chamber Orchestra. St Michael's Church, Coppenhall

 

Workshops

2015 - current: Weekly art and craft workshop facilitator working in a therapeuting setting for the tenants of the Chester Link

2012 - Art (painting) workshop facilitator for the tenants of the Chester Link for a one off project

2011 – 2015: Ceramics, art and crafts workshop facilitator. The Spotty Pig Craft Cafe, Chester

2010 - Ceramic painting workshop facilitator, Ceramic Cafe Chester , Chester

2010 – current: Music workshop facilitator working in a therapeutic setting with the tenants of the Chester Link

2010 - Music, art and poetry workshop assistant and facilitator, Northgate Locks day care centre, Chester

 

Residencies

2015 - Resident artist on the ARIAD scheme. This provided use of the facilities, studio space, student mentoring opportunities, staff group critiques and culminated in a group staff show. (University of Chester)

2012 - Artist in residence alongside the AA2A scheme, University of Chester

2010 - Artist in residence, Christ Church, Chester 

2003 - Young Artists In Italy, Selected Artists from Cheshire Schools (9 day residency), Florence

 

Projects

2011 - current: Project manager of Chester Contemporary Artists, Woodhouse Studios, Chester

2010 - Chester Artist Collective (co-manager), Christ Church, Chester

2010 - Project co-ordinator for a mural with students and service users of Canal Street House, Chester

 

Competitions, prizes and awards

2012 - First place in The People's Prize , Life, The Universe and Everything (The Annual Aardvark Open), Chester

2011 - NADFAS North West Bursary Award, The Brian Mercer Charitable Trust, North West

 

Publications

2012 - Expo, exhibition catalogue. University of Chester special collections library

2012 - The Conversation, exhibition catalogue. University of Chester special collections library

2012 - The Paper Tree Magazine, Issue 1, June 2012, (p. 88)

 

Other related experience 

2009 - Artist assistant to Susie MacMurray, 'Tempus Mutatum' and 'Widow', Nottingham Castle and Islington Mill

2009 - Assistant to the curator and the educational officer, Nantwich Museum, Cheshire