Approved: 16.08.2006

Gillian Brent

Artist, Gallery educator

Approved: 16.08.2006

Gillian Brent works in response to particular parameters that she sets herself and to those imposed on her. Certain elements remain constant while others change depending on a current line of enquiry, project or site for the work. The sculpture is constructed using formal, spatial and aesthetic relationships that allude to existing objects (architectural, industrial, functional), creating new ones

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  • Location: Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Special needs education, Lecturing, Residencies, Learning programmes, Built environment, Community arts, Community consultation, Participatory projects, Public art, Gallery education
 

Biography

Gillian Brent works in response to particular parameters that she sets herself and to those imposed on her. Certain elements remain constant while others change depending on a current line of enquiry, project or site for the work. The sculpture is constructed using formal, spatial and aesthetic relationships that allude to existing objects (architectural, industrial, functional), creating new ones that synthesise her experiences and perceptions of the world. Gillian works mainly with welded steel, embracing its structural and industrial applications, while subverting and humanising them. The constructive and reductive process is fundamental to her way of working, in the extracting and honing of meaning from material. A large part of Gillian's practice is collaborative. She works with all sorts of people, in art galleries and with schools, youth groups and other community groups on creative learning projects and commissions to make artworks for their locality.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2008 - 'Thicket', Persistence Works, Sheffield 2006 - 'Outlook', Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby 2006 - 'Outlook', Pickford's House Museum, Derby 2006 - 'Outlook', The Architecture Centre, Bristol 2004 - 'Surface Tension', Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire 2001 - 'Standing Ground', Wysing Arts, Cambridge 2001 - 'Timesight', 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 2000 - 'Building Sight', Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Doncaster 1999 - New steel sculpture, The Orangery, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham 1999 - 'Steel placement', Sanctuary Courtyard, Upper Chapel, Sheffield 1998 - 'Household Names' , Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport 1994 - Wall-based Sculpture, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax 1990 - Woodlands Art Gallery, London 1988 - Worcester City Art Gallery Group exhibitions 2011 - Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London 2007 - Annual exhibition, Newby Hall Sculpture Park, Ripon (since 2002) 2004 - 'Secret Garden', Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 2000 - Sampled, Rotherham Art Gallery 1999 - Inside Out, Art Co, Leeds 1998 - House Room, Ruskin Craft Gallery, Sheffield 1998 - Two Person Exhibition with Monair Hyman, Wrexham Arts Centre 1996 - Engineering Art, Swan Hunter Shipyard, Wallsend 1996 - Outer Limits, Two Person Show, Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley 1993 - Metal Sculpture, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham Live/Performance 2012 - Underscore, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield Public commissions 2013 - 'Worry nuts' & 'Untangling memories', Leicestershire Open Museum, Leicestershire 2012 - 'Bird's Eye View', Laughton Common, commissioned by Rotherham MBC 2007 - 'From the undergrowth', Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Derbyshire 2007 - 'Rain:slow filter:clean water', Manor Fields Sustainable Urban Drainage System, Sheffield 2007 - Ten 'megaflowers', Edlington Victoria Primary School, nr Doncaster 2006 - Lead artist, Westfield School PFI new build, Sheffield 2006 - 'Seven ages', Southmead, Bristol 2006 - Window screens, Greenhill Library, Sheffield 2005 - 'Megaflowers', Woodseats Junior School, Sheffield 2005 - Sculpture sign, Brazley Community Centre, Bolton 2003 - Lead artist, new build Space for Sports and Art, Netherthorpe Primary School, Sheffield 2003 - Lead artist, new build Space for Sports and Art, Southey Green Junior School, Sheffield Projects 2010 - 'Wall garden', Bollo Brook Youth Centre, South Acton, London 2009 - 'Changing space', Creative Partnerships Sheffield, Stannington Infants School, Sheffield 2009 - Sculpture for Travellers' sites made with young people, Southwark Travellers Action Group, London 2009 - Three year change school programme, Creative Partnerships, Norfolk Community Primary School, Sheffield 2009 - Two year change school programme, Creative Partnerships, Armthorpe Tranmoor Primary School, Doncaster 2007 - Inside out, Creative Partnerships, Sir Harold Jackson Primary School, Sheffield 2007 - Looking to the Sky, CapeUK/Creative Partnerships Sheffield, Manor Lodge Community Primary School, Sheffield 2007 - Shape of Ideas, Tate Liverpool/Rolls Royce , Liverpool and Derby 2006 - Creative partner , Creative Partnerships Sheffield, Spring Lane College Inclusion Support Unit, Sheffield 2005 - 'Mood mapping', Herringthorpe Junior School, Rotherham 2005 - Particolare=detail, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 2004 - Shape of Ideas, Tate Liverpool/Rolls Royce, Liverpool and Derby