Approved: 16.08.2006

Gemma Cumming

Artist, Arts administrator, Project manager, Event organiser, Community worker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Gemma Cumming graduated in 2006 from Loughborough University (School of Art and Design) with a BA in Fine Art. Looking at ideas of failed perfection, anticipation and tourism, her work primarily reacts to imagery that sells an expectation of a place, not its reality.

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  • Location: Wokingham, South East
  • Activities: Events management, Studio practice
  • Categories: Digital, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
 
 

Biography

Gemma Cumming graduated in 2006 from Loughborough University (School of Art and Design) with a BA in Fine Art. Looking at ideas of failed perfection, anticipation and tourism, her work primarily reacts to imagery that sells an expectation of a place, not its reality.

Through various media she aims to subvert this kind of imagery. Using paint, she creates giant painted postcards with an ominous twist. Replacing the blue skies with darker and/or more ominous ones, while retaining the brightly lit foreground, and occasionally adding other incongruous objects she asks the viewer to look again at the scene. She also creates drawings, prints and other works that explore similar themes and concerns.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2003 - BA hons Fine Art (Painting) 2006, Loughborough University School of Art and Design, Loughborough 2002 - Foundation Studies in Art and Design 2003, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham Solo exhibitions 2012 - While Things Were Good, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell 2011 - Summer is Coming, Maiden Place Shopping Centre - Empty Shop, Lower Earley, Reading 2010 - Greetings from the Mantlepiece, ReOrsa Project Space, 114 Broadway, Bracknell 2006 - Solo Show in Old Foyer LUSAD, Loughborough University School of Art and Design, Loughborough Group exhibitions 2012 - Boundaries and Beyond, Gallery@49, Bracknell 2012 - Mis-InFormation, Fringe Arts Bath, Bath 2012 - Spring Open, Ark Conference Centre, Basingstoke 2011 - All That Remains, ReOrsa Project 5 at More Arts Space , Wokingham 2011 - Brighton Open, Open Fridge, Brighton 2011 - Double Lives: Duple Trials, Malt Cross Gallery, Nottingham 2011 - Inaugural exhibition , Royal Berkshire Bracknell Clinic, Bracknell, Berkshire 2011 - Jungle City Edinburgh, Elephant Family, Edinburgh 2011 - Light Bite, Open Fridge, Nottingham 2011 - Trans-Siberian Arts Centre, A KITCHEN project, travelling from Moscow to Beijing 2011 - Unblank, Square Art Exhibition, Golden Square, London 2011 - Wokingham Arts Trail, Maiden Erlegh School in association with More Arts Wokingham, Wokingham Borough, Berkshire 2010 - 5th Annual Summer Exhibition, Atelier-East, Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Wisbech 2010 - Elephant Parade London 2010, Elephant Family, Throughout London 2010 - Summer, Crocus Gallery, Church Square, Lenton, Nottingham 2009 - Ideas Bank 2009, Slough Museum, Slough 2009 - ReOrsa Artists Project No 4, 11 Crossway, Bracknell 2009 - Somewhere Else, Broadwalk Arts, Bristol 2009 - Somewhere Else, Broadwalk Arts, Broadwalk Shopping Centre, Knowle, Bristol 2009 - Summer Salon 09, Islington Arts Factory, London 2009 - Wish You Were Here?, The Firestation, Windsor 2008 - Hide and Seek, Blue Elephant Theatre, London 2008 - In Common, New Greenham Arts, Newbury 2008 - Locus, Fringe Arts Bath, Bath 2008 - Ode to Sartorial, Sartorial Contemporary Art, Notting Hill 2008 - The Great Purpose of Landscape Art , Mile End Park Arts Pavillion, London 2008 - Wrapped and encased in Liverpool, The Artists Book Fair, Liverpool Biennial, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool 2007 - Art at the Heart, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, Esher, Surrey 2007 - Notting Heaven, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London 2007 - Word on the Street, Museum of Farnham, Farnham 2006 - Fine Art Degree Show 2006, Loughborough University School of Art and Design, Loughborough Artist talks 2009 - “What would it mean to take part?”, 23:25 group, Goldsmiths University, London 2009 - Ideas Bank 2009, Slough Museum, Slough 2008 - Locus, Fringe Arts Bath, Bath Competitions, prizes and awards 2006 - Painting 'Loughborough' Bought by Charnwood Borough Council (annual Charnwood Purchase Prize), Town Hall, Loughborough Educational experience - primary 2011 - Creative Partnerships Project: "How can we tell our story", Ashmead Combined School, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire Publications 2011 - Catalogue - "Jungle City Edinburgh 2011" 2010 - "Jumbo parade to protect elephant is capital" Bracknell Forest Standard 2010 - “Wish you were here” Bracknell Forest Standard 2010 - Catalogue - "Elephant Parade London" 2009 - "Freedom to Paint", Picture Business Magazine 2008 - “Opening up possibilities” Newbury Weekly News 2008 - Catalogue - "In Common" 2008 - Catalogue - "The Great Purpose" 2007 - The Rebel – Class issue 2006 - Catalogue - "Fine Art 06" LUSAD Degree Show