Approved: 16.08.2006

Jackie Berridge

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator

Approved: 16.08.2006

‘Perfume and Savages’ is a body of work exploring issues of group dynamics and social isolation. The utopian landscapes are the setting for clusters of people and solitary figures whose subtle gestures hint at a darker mood than the bright colours might suggest.
I am particularly fascinated by the subtle nuances of body language – the tilted heads, twisted bodies and small involuntary signals signifying elements of power, control, vulnerability and alienation. From the kindest of gestures to sinister acts of Machiavellian treachery I am interested in the tiny tales of growing und crumbling relationships. Groupings of individuals and lone characters suggest leaders and factions mimicking the hierarchy of the workplace, different social strata or power struggles in the boardroom.

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  • Location: Southwell, East Midlands
  • Activities: Residencies, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting
 
 

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    Biography

    ‘Perfume and Savages’ is a body of work exploring issues of group dynamics and social isolation. The utopian landscapes are the setting for clusters of people and solitary figures whose subtle gestures hint at a darker mood than the bright colours might suggest.
    I am particularly fascinated by the subtle nuances of body language – the tilted heads, twisted bodies and small involuntary signals signifying elements of power, control, vulnerability and alienation. From the kindest of gestures to sinister acts of Machiavellian treachery I am interested in the tiny tales of growing und crumbling relationships. Groupings of individuals and lone characters suggest leaders and factions mimicking the hierarchy of the workplace, different social strata or power struggles in the boardroom.

    The cast have human like bodies topped with heads of animals and birds. Using anthropomorphic beings brings an element of theatre to the paintings whilst at the same time depersonalising the characters. 
    The fantastical landscapes are inspired by formal public gardens such as the Italian Giardini di Boboli, the Botanical Gardens in Visby and closer to home the Arboretum, Nottingham. These landscapes create the perfect environment for games and human interaction.
    The sketchbook is usually the starting point, often beginning with drawings such as direct observation in one of the parks. I have spent many years drawing people and places and much of the recent sketchbook work is about developing the characters and creating my own visual language. I never work directly from a sketchbook, preferring to rely on memory or a direct source for inspiration.
    Narrative resource material is wide and varied – from Margaret Atwood’s novel, ‘Cat’s Eyes’, works by Jane Austen and TV dramas. Personal memories and historical events also provide rich pickings for little scenarios that pepper the work. 
    Whilst I have particular narratives in mind when creating the work, the stories are also deliberately ambiguous allowing the viewer to interpret the work for themselves

    CV & Education


    Qualifications and training
    2007 - MA Children's Book Illustration Major Project 91%, Anglian Ruskin University, Cambridge
    1996 - Certificate in Arts Practice, University of Derby, Derby
    1995 - Fine Art BA (Hons) 1st Class, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

    Forthcoming Shows

    2016 - Precious Little curated by Jackie Berridge, HMS Exhibition Space, Nottingham

    2016 - Precious Little, Platforms@Art-Athina, Athens, Greece

    2016 - Tarpey Gallery solo show 
    2017- Solo Drawing show,TBA at the Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough, Wilts

    Solo exhibitions
    2014 - Solo Show 'Perfume and Savages', Angear Centre, Lakeside Arts Centre
    2012 - Short Sharp Blow to the Head..., Trade, Onethoresby Street, Nottingham 
    2010 - Play Or Not to Play, Millgate Museum & Art Gallery, Newark, notts
    2009 - Play, Harrington Mill Studios Exhibiton Space, Long Eaton, Nottingham
    2009 - Play or Not to Play, DEDA, Derby
    2007 - Grace: Large Sequential Drawings, Frances Bardsley Visual Arts Centre, Romford
    2002 - Extracting Anatomy, The Yard Gallery, Nottingham
    2002 - Royal College of Pathologists, London
    2002 - Unnatural Selection, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby
    1997 - 'Fragments in Time', Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
    1995 - Habitat, Nottingham, 'Home'

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

    2016  - In the Paravent, Harley Gallery, Welbeck Estate

    2016 - Salon 8, The Old Lock Up, Cromford, Derbyshire

    2015- Lawrence Alkin Gallery - Mix Winter

    2014 - Lawrence Alkin Gallery - Mix:Winter
    2014 - Nottingham Castle Open 19  SEAN EDWARDS (ARTIST),
    ANTONY MICALLEF (ARTIST) and KIRSTY OGG
    2014 - LONDON CALLING 14, Factory Art Gallery, Truman Brewery, London, juried selection
    2014 - Salon 6, Cromford, Derbys
    2014 - 50/50/50 Auction, Syson Gallery, Nottingham
    2014 - GREY, HMS Exhibition Space, Nottingham
    2014 PLATFORM PROJECT @ ART-ATHINA 2014, Athens
    2104 - Supermarket Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm. Invited by Mary Ellen, Art on Armitage, Chicago
    2013 - SKETCH 2013, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough. Touring Plymouth College of Art

    2013 - The Mark, Harrington Mill Studios, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 4QE
    2012 - Derby City Open 2012, highly commended, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby
    2012 - Games People Play, Quad, Derby, Derby DE1 3AS
    2012 - Nottingham Painting Now, Nottingham Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham
    2012 - Recollections, Embrace Arts, Leicester LE1 7HA
    2012 - The Darkness Of Light, Heyri KeumSan Gallery , Heyri, Seoul
    2011 - HMS @ Art On Armitage, Art On Armitage, Chicago, USA
    2011 - OPEM Open Exhibition, selected by Richard Wilson, Deanna Petherbridge, Alan Parker, The Collection, Lincoln, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 1LP
    2011 - 'Through A Glass Lightly' , GoCArtGallery, Visby, Sweden
    2010 - Louisa Harrison, Jackie Berridge, Penny Withers, Thoresby Gallery, Thorseby
    2010 - Royal Academy Summer Show 2010, Royal Academy, London
    2010 - SUPERMARKET Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
    2009 - Cambridge School of Art Children's Book Illustrators, Exhibition Hall, Paju Book, Seoul, Korea
    2007 - MA Children's Book Illustration, Coningsby Gallery, Tottenham St, London
    2002 - Linking Rhythms, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham


    Curated projects
    2011 - Card Deal, Games People Play, Various, East Midlands / India
    2010 - At Play, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berkshire

    Competitions, prizes and awards
    2014 - Nottingham Castle Open
    2014 -  Long-listed for John Moores Painting competition – Stage 2
    2014 – Long- listed BP National Portrait Prize – Stage 2
    2013 - SKETCH 2013 Winner of Open Drawing Competition, Rabley Drawing Centre,             Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 2LW Meryl Ainslie, Stephen Felmingham, Mel Gooding, Art Critic 
    2012 - Nottingham Castle Annual Open 2012 prize winner, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, Selectors -Laura Sillars, Simon Roberts, and Clarissa Corfe
    2011 - SKETCH Drawing Prize 2011, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough Wiltshire
    2011 - Nottingham Castle Annual Open, prize winner, Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery, Nottingham Selection by Dan Perfect, Sheila McGregor
    2010 - AN Seasonal -Greeting Competition, A-N The Artist Information Company
    2010 - Nottingham Open 2010, Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery, Nottingham. Selection by Gordon Cheung & Shelly
    2007 - Dragon Prize Winner, Anglian Ruskin University, Cambridge
     

    Residencies
    2014 – Summer Lodge, Nottingham Trent University
    2014 – Angear Visitor Centre, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
    2011 - Residency and Exhibition, Art On The Armitage, Art On The Armitage, Chicago
    2005 - Artist in Residence, The Frances Bardsley School, Romford, Essex


    Projects
    2011 - The Art Collaborative: Messages Lost in Time, Collaboration, USA

    Educational experience - tertiary
    2001 - EMFEC CAAD Multimedia, Web Design, Photoshop, Animation, West Notts FE, Mansfield, Notts

    Publications
    2012 - M/I/S/C Publication http://www.jackieberridge.co.uk/other/Berridge%20&%20Nilausen.pdf
    The Southwell Folio, Summer 2014, Issue 26, ‘Every Picture tells a Story’ by Penny Young, pgs 12- 13 

    Reviews
    A-N Interface, 5 May 2014, Tom Hackett, ‘Permindar Kaur - Hiding Out’
    http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/4584303
    David Manley -Wordpress, 3 May 2014
    http://davidmanley.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/is-god-in-the-details
    Nottingham Evening Post, Nightmare-ish Animal Magic by Mark Patterson
    http://www.nottinghampost.com/Nightmare-ish-animal-magic/story-16688460-detail/story.html

    Other
    2011 - Arts Auction Pakistani Floods Appeal, DEDA, , Chapel Street, Derby, DE1 3GU