Fiona E Gray

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Consultant, Teacher

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. read full statement

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