Approved: 02.07.2012

Jemma Watts

Artist, Gallery educator

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Approved: 02.07.2012

Working across a diverse range of media including drawing, photography and installation my work explores ideas of the sacred and mystical in the everyday. I engage in a process of recombining familiar signifiers to conjure a sense of the numinous and powerful potential of the commonplace.

My drawings combine the language of arcane symbols and street furniture to re-cast cities as a playground for

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  • Location: Norwich, East
  • Activities: Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Residencies, Workshops, Learning programmes, Community arts, Private commissions, Creative writing, Gallery education
  • Categories: Drawing, Illustration, Installation, Photography, Printmaking
  • Tags: psychogeography, urban, city, mysticism, cult, magic, occult, ritual
 

Biography

Working across a diverse range of media including drawing, photography and installation my work explores ideas of the sacred and mystical in the everyday. I engage in a process of recombining familiar signifiers to conjure a sense of the numinous and powerful potential of the commonplace. My drawings combine the language of arcane symbols and street furniture to re-cast cities as a playground for cults. By integrating the starkly functional vernacular of traffic control with indulgent and illogical occultism a new syntax of curb-side shrines emerges, portentous and sinister. I am proud to say I am now part of XVI Collective, a diverse group of artists committed to peer support and opening new opportunities up around the world.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions

2012 - Ennead, Soup Lab, Norwich

2010 - Sacrosanct, Street interventions, Norwich

Group exhibitions

2013 - East Contemporary Art collection inaugural exhibition, Ipswich

2013 - Animamus Art Salon, Coohaus Art Gallery, New York

2013 - Shelf Life, Leytonstone Arts Trail, London

2013 - Animamus Art Salon , Culture Fix, New York

2012 - LDN – BCN, Barcelona Untitled, Barcelona

2012 - Alas residency exhibition, Matt Roberts Gallery, Vyner Street, London

2011 - Rituaalit (Rituals) exhibition, Köysiratagalleria, Turku, Finland

2010 - Arts Pool 10, Arts Pool Gallery, Oxford

2010 - Drink and Dial, Wilson Williams Gallery, London

Residencies

2013 - Animamus Art Salon, Apiary Studios, London

2013 - HERE, Fish Factory, Iceland

2012 - ALAS Residency, Matt Roberts Arts, London

2012 - Artist in resident, Soup Lab, Norwich

2009 - Mundesley Encounters, The Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts, Norfolk

2009 - Rapid, Seachange Arts, Finland

Competitions, prizes and awards

2013 - Invited to join East Contemporary Art, permanent collection held at UCS, UK

2012 - Attendance of ALAS residency, Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England

2011 - Rituaalit exhibition, The Finnish Cultural Heritage Foundation's Residence Grant , Finland

Qualifications and training

2012 - Arts Award Bronze and Silver Adviser, Arts Award, UK

2011 - Working with looked after children, Norfolk County Council, Norwich

2008 - Enquire - Artist Educator training, The Sainsbury's Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

2006 - PGCE in Post-Compulsary Education, City College Norwich, Norwich

2004 - Visual Studies, Norwich University College of the Arts, Norwich