Approved: 16.08.2006

Fiona E Gray

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Consultant, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
Public commissions:
I spend a lot of time researching to gather information on which to base the piece. New materials and processes also present a challenge to work with. My work tends to have a graphic quality with clean lines and a minimalist feel. I like mixing materials whenever I can and often include text in a piece.
Collages:
They are broadly based on the Northumberland

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  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, North East
  • Activities: Early years education, Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Special needs education, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Learning programmes, Arts in health, Disability arts, Community arts, Community consultation, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Visual arts consultancy, Project management, Technical installation, Collecting
 

Biography

Concepts Public commissions: I spend a lot of time researching to gather information on which to base the piece. New materials and processes also present a challenge to work with. My work tends to have a graphic quality with clean lines and a minimalist feel. I like mixing materials whenever I can and often include text in a piece. Collages: They are broadly based on the Northumberland coastline. I collect objects whilst on walks and hoard them. I also take notes and photographs while there and incorporate some of this information into the pieces. I like the fact that the objects and materials I use could be hundreds or thousands of years old, they all have layers of history embedded in them and exposed by the erosion of time. With some of the pieces I have actually embedded objects or text inside the collage, these will remain hidden unless the piece is disassembled. Career Path Public Art Commissions I have designed large-scale public art projects including seating, gates, railings, sculpture, signage, sundials, clocks, & bollards. I use a variety of materials - hardwoods, metal, Slate, stone, brick, polymer and glass, often mixing two together, this emphasises and enhances the different qualities of each. I am also interested in experimenting with construction techniques and how they relate to various materials. I like pushing boundaries regarding materials & processes. This has resulted in unique pieces of work that respond well to their settings. I subcontract out the manufacture of the large scale work, but do still make smaller items myself - clocks, trophies, furniture & mixed media collages Clients include - Newcastle Council, Gateshead Council, Sunderland Council, Easington Council, Northern Rock Plc, Northern Rock Foundation, Equality North East, DFDS Ferries, Tyne & wear Passenger Transport Authority & Arts Council North East. Education Practice I have 18 years experience of running a wide range of workshops and residencies with children from pre school age up to adults, and children with disabilities. Past workshops / residencies include:- Clocks, Sundials, Masks, Costumes, Models, Sculpture, Seating, Recycling junk, Banners, Silk painting, Mosaics, Decorated clay bricks, Lanterns, Plaster casting, Decorative Greetings Cards, Tree Dressing, Large scale Carnival puppets. South Tyneside & Gateshead councils employed me in 2006 as their art consultant on the 'Building Schools for the Future Project'. This involved working with 10 secondary schools to get their input for designing the new & refurbished schools. Consultation also took place with teachers & stakeholders.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - Teaching Thinking (Creative Partnerships), Arts Council North East, Newcastle 2008 - PGCE Adult Teaching, Sunderland University, Sunderland 2003 - 730/6 Further & Adult Teaching Certificate, North Tyneside College, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear 2001 - Computer Applications in Art and Design, Newcastle College, Newcastle 1990 - BA hons. Combined Studies in Crafts, Crewe & Alsager College, Alsager Group exhibitions 2009 - Off The Shelf, Saltburn Gallery, Saltburn 2008 - Open Studios, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle 2007 - Designed & Made, Designed & Made Gallery, Newcastle 2006 - Designed & Made, Blackfriars, Newcastle 2004 - Christmas Presents, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear 2004 - Mixed Media Collages, Dial Gallery, Warkworth. Northumberland 2003 - 25 x 25 exhibition - All work had to be this size, University Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2003 - Material Spaces, Tullie House, Carlisle 2002 - Clocks, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight 2002 - Collages, Wharf, Restaurant, Wapping, London 2002 - Open Studio, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle 2002 - Text Messages, Rufford Craft Gallery 2001 - La Sagesse, Newcastle 2001 - Open Studio, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle 2001 - Wedding gifts, Beatrice Royal 2000 - Christmas Exhibition, Beatrice Royal, Hampshire 2000 - Christmas Exhibition, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead 2000 - Clockers, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Hampshire 2000 - Crannach Gallery, Aberdeenshire 2000 - Open Studio, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle 1996 - Living at Belsay, Northumberland Workshops 2012 - Banner workshop, Burradon Nursery School, Tyne and Wear 2012 - Sculpture Day, Hartside Primary School, Tyne and Wear 2012 - Sculpture workshop, Bishop Auckland Primary, Co Durham 2012 - Soap sculpture, Tudhoe Colliery Primary School, Co Durham 2012 - The Lambton Worm, Barmston Primary, Tyne and Wear 2012 - Wire sculpture, Tudhoe Colliery Primary School, Co Durham 2011 - Craft classes, Stanhope Hospital, Wearside 2011 - Sundial Workshop, Ouseburn Festival, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne 2010 - Domino Project. The group helped to create a set of personalised dominoes., Alzheimers Society, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear 2009 - Craft Classes with visually impaired adults., Pearey House, North Shields, Tyne & Wear 2008 - Banner workshop, Urban 11 project, Robin Todd Centre, Hetton 2008 - Crafts class with older learners, Kirkdale Court, Burradon 2008 - Designing a panel for a shop window, Urban 11 Project, Streetz Cafe, Houghton Le Spring 2008 - Designing a seat with teenagers, Urban 11 Project, Lisa Dixon Centre, Haswell 2008 - Designing an outdoor sign for a building, Urban 11 Project, Flatts Youth Centre, Easington Lane 2008 - Mosaic Workshop with Adults, Urban 11 project, Hetton Community Centre, South Hetton 2008 - Tree Dressing, Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle 2007 - Carnival head dresses & costumes, Thomas Gaughn Centre, Walker 2007 - lantern workshop, Youth Club, Leamington 2007 - Making Sundials, Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle 2007 - Tree dressing, Ouseburn Farm, Ouseburn, Newcastle 2006 - mask workshop, Queens Hall, Hexham 2006 - Ouseburn Festival, head dresses, Various, Byker 2006 - plaster casting, Ouseburn farm, Ouseburn, Newcastle 2006 - tree dressing, Ouseburn farm, Ouseburn, Newcastle 2006 - windsocks, Trewitt Road, Heaton, Newcastle 2005 - Banner making workshops for the Walker & Leamington Riverside Festivals, various venues, Tyne & Wear 2005 - Silk painted banner, Blackhall community centre, Blackhall, Easington Residencies 2010 - Seat and Bird Boxes, Barley Mow Park, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear 2008 - Seating project. A group of students designed a seat for the playground, St Johns School, Bishop Auckland 2004 - Making Banners, Bishop Hartland School, Sunderland 2004 - 'My Best Time'. workshops were run with children from each year group, making clocks or sundials., George Washington Primary School, Washington 2001 - Residency, East Boldon Primary School, Sunderland 2000 - Constructing a 3ft long boat with cargo, Monkwearmouth Museum, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear 1997 - Residency, Chantry Middle School, Northumberland 1997 - Residency, Thomlinson Middle School, Northumberland Private commissions 2010 - Clock, Private Individual, North Shields, Tyne & Wear 2008 - Aluminium & Teak clock, Private residence, Midlands 2008 - Side table in Ash & sandblasted glass, Private residence, North Shields 2005 - Urn for cremated ashes - Made in Oak, Tyne & Wear 2004 - Commemorative Cross in Oak & Etched Stainless Steel, Private, Tyne & Wear 2000 - Holy Communion Box - Made in Oak with metal embossed detail 1998 - Commemorative Bench in English Oak - Inscription carved along back panel, Warkworth Church Yard. Northumberland 1998 - Dining room table & six chairs - Made in Ash with copper detailing, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1996 - Christmas Tree, Coutts Bank, London Public commissions 2012 - Memorial Seat, Kingston Park Primary School, Kingston Park Primary School 2011 - Mosaic, Outdoor, St Michaels Church, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne 2011 - Subway To The South, Outdoor, East Howdon, Tyne and Wear 2009 - Ridgeway School Gates, Ridgeway School, , South Shields. Tyne & Wear 2008 - Wheel of Time, High Street, Birtley 2007 - Journey, City Stadium, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne 2007 - Next Stop Byker, Byker Metro Station, Byker, Tyne & Wear 2004 - Clock made in Birch ply & Aluminium, George Washington Primary School, Washington, Tyne & Wear 2004 - 'Echo' - 4m high brushed Stainless steel sculpture with acid etched text, Pedestrian & Cycle Tyne Tunnel, Howdon, Tyne & Wear 2004 - 'The Ones That Got Away' - 1.5m high cast fish heads & tails, sprayed in Flip Flop paint, Pedestrian & cycle Tyne Tunnel, Howdon, Tyne & Wear 2001 - 4 Sculptural Signs for a Business Park, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2000 - Laser cut mild steel gates with curved bars, Stepney Bank Stables, Ouseburn, Tyne & Wear 1996 - Trellis to surround the Eco Office - Made from recycled clutch plates, Eco Office, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear Corporate commissions 2013 - North East England Tourism Awards 2012, Various, Various 2012 - Side table, John Gerrard Hair Salon, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2010 - Trophy 2010, Equality North East, Swawell, Tyne & Wear 2008 - Trophies, Equality North East, Tyne & Wear, Tyne & Wear 2007 - Trophies, Equality North East, Tyne & Wear 2006 - Trophies, Equality North East, Tyne & Wear 2005 - 3 trophies - Made in wood, metal & Perspex, 'Equality North East', Tyne & Wear 2005 - 5 clocks in wood, metal & glass, Northern Rock Foundation, Gosforth, Tyne & Wear 2003 - Board room clock in glass & Aluminium, Northern Rock plc, Gosforth, Tyne & Wear 2003 - Trophy commissioned by DFDS Ferries for 'Magazine of the Year', Private, Tyne & Wear 2000 - 7 clocks in mixed materials, Arts Council North East offices, Newcastle Upon Tyne Projects 2010 - Great British Art Debate. We created a stylised lighthouse sculpture with a series of panels using different mediums., South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, South Shields. Tyne & Wear 2009 - Sensory Garden project. Working with young offenders & a partially sighted gardening group to produce a seat & birdboxes., Barley Mow Park, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear 2008 - Urban II Project. Working with 5 comminity groups to produce pieces of public art, a seat, mosaics, banner, sign for community centre & window panel, Various, Easington & Sunderland 2006 - BBC Blast, Newcastle college, Newcastle 2006 - 'Building Schools for the Future'. Working with the coincils involved in the project, I ran workshops with 10 schools to help shape the new build & refurbished school designs., Secondary schools, South Tyneside & Gateshead 2006 - Family learning, various, North Tyneside 2006 - Sculpture day for anyone to come along and make something out of the wood provided, Saltwell Park, Gateshead 2004 - Calendar project - 3 youth groups created images/sculptures that were included in a printed calendar, various venues, Tyne & Wear 2004 - Ouseburn Festival, Various, Newcastle 2003 - Creating plaques for the 'Education Action Zone' - Using images on ceramic tiles from the 18 schools they had provided funding for Educational experience - early years 2012 - Banner workshop, Burradon Nursery School, Tyne and Wear 2011 - Teddy Bear Banners, School, Usworth Colliery Nursery Educational experience - primary 2012 - Sculpture Day, Hartside Primary School, Co Durham 2012 - Sculpture workshop, Bishop Auckland Primary, Co Durham 2012 - Soap sculpture, Tudhoe Colliery Primary School, Co Durham 2012 - The Lambton Worm, Barmston Primary, Tyne and Wear 2012 - Wire Sculpture, Tudhoe Colliery Primary School, Co Durham 2010 - Living willow structure, 4m high 12m long, Fordley Primary School, Cramlington, Tyne & Wear 2009 - Automata devices using cams & pulleys, South Beach School, Blyth, Northumberland 2009 - Carnival costumes, Peases West School, Durham, Tyne & Wear 2009 - Recycled Robot, 6ft high, Ryhope Infants School, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear 2009 - Recycled Seating, Fordley Primary School, Cramlington, Tyne & Wear 2009 - Silk Painted Welcome Banner, Ryhope Infants School, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear 2009 - Stitched, Caribbean themed banner, Peases West School, Durham, Tyne & Wear 2008 - Sculpture with withies, Blackfell Primary School, Washington 2005 - 'Big Oceans' project, making sea monsters, 5 schools in the West End of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2005 - Several 1 day projects with primary schools, based on sculpture, various venues, Durham, Tyne & Wear 2003 - Constructing a 3D model of the River Tyne after a boat trip up the river, All Saints School, South Shields, Tyne & Wear 2003 - Making decorative ceramic bricks, St Peters School, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear 2002 - Residency - Making pebble mosaics, Malverns Close School, Blyth, Northumberland Educational experience - secondary 2010 - Recycled Xmas Trees, John Spence school, North Tyneside 2008 - Workshop as part of the Birtley sculpture project, Lord Lawson School, Birtley 2007 - Sculpture with withies & collage materials, Stanley School of Technology, Co Durham 2007 - Six sessions to develop sculptures based on the learners personal projects, Mortimer Comprehensive, South Shields 2006 - Two day Education Conference for pupils of King George V & Brinkburn schools, Stadium of light, Sunderland Educational experience - tertiary 2011 - Craft classes, Stanhope Hospital, Wearside 2011 - Creative Card Making, Churchill Pavillion, North Tyneside 2007 - card making, Longbenton community college, Longbenton, Newcastle 2007 - Crafts for partially sighted, Pearey House, North Shields, Tyne & Wear 2007 - Sculpture with withies, Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle 2005 - Designing & making clocks, Fyndourne College, Sacriston, Durham 2005 - General Crafts Class, Royal Quays Community Centre, North Shields, Tyne & Wear 2005 - Woodwork Class, The Barn, North Shields, Tyne & Wear 2003 - Creativity day with a group of art teachers - making containers, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear 2002 - Silk Painting classes, The Meadows, North Shields, Tyne & Wear Educational experience - special needs 2010 - Aunt Sally project. A group of teenage NEATS, made a set of Aunt Sally boards 5-6ft high. They are usually on piers, you put your head through & get your photo taken, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, South Shields. Tyne & Wear 2009 - Crafts class with visually impaired older people, Pearey House, North Shields 2004 - Working with excluded children, to produce designs for ceramic tiles., Tudor Grove, South Shields 2001 - WOW Festival, making banners & decorating a mini bus, Linskill Community Centre, North Shields, Tyne & Wear Publications 2010 - Seat at Barley Mow Park 2009 - Peases West Carnival parade 2008 - Clocks, Saturday Times magazine 2008 - Journey, City Life 2008 - The Journal 2007 - Journey is Completed, Journal 2005 - 'What makes a Memorable Journey' a guide to the Nexus Public art on transport programme, Tyne & Wear 2005 - Echo, Artist Newsletter 2004 - Fiona Tops & Tails story of River Tyne, Journal 2004 - Sculptures mark our rich heritage, News Guardian 2004 - Tunnel gets new vision, Herald & Post 2004 - Women learn how to DIY, Evening Chronicle 2004 - Wood you give DIY a chance, Evening Chronicle 2003 - Art show no strings attached, Journal 2003 - Designer Banks on River Business, Journal 2003 - Fiona's Inspiration, News Guardian 2003 - 'Textile Perspectives in Mixed Media Sculpture' a book by Jac Scott 2000 - Furniture maker gets back to basics, Journal 1997 - Contemporary design at Belsay, Furniture & Cabinetmaking