Approved: 16.08.2006

Pamina Stewart

Artist, Digital designer

Archived
Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
At present I make creatures from seashells. In the past I was a painter but increasingly became interested in 3D objects and installations. These have ranged from fully functional interactive robots and manipulated toys. I am intrigued by the way the human mind reads behaviour and personalities into simple movements or assembled objects.

I started to collect the simple shell animals

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  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Activities: Further education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Public art, Private commissions, Project management
 

Biography

Concepts At present I make creatures from seashells. In the past I was a painter but increasingly became interested in 3D objects and installations. These have ranged from fully functional interactive robots and manipulated toys. I am intrigued by the way the human mind reads behaviour and personalities into simple movements or assembled objects. I started to collect the simple shell animals that are often found at beach resorts, sold as souvenirs or made by children. These are often comical and badly made with lumps of glue stuck to the shells. I like the idea of taking a kitsch hand made object and making my own much larger and more sophisticated and elevating them to a fine art object to be displayed in galleries. They celebrate home crafts but also refer to many of these objects that are imported from the far east. It is a strange comparison. They are either unique handmade objects, usually made by children or equally handmade mass-produced objects, on the other side of the world. My creatures are surreal objects; one animal made from what used to be the homes of many much smaller creatures. Kitsch definitely, unique and hand crafted but also with imagined personalities.Influences Artistic, cultural, philosophical, psychological, scientific, kitsch, home crafts.Career path Education: 1991/95 BSc Hons, Psychology, The Open University 1989/90 MA Fine Art, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design 1986/89 BA Hons, Fine Art, First Class, Stourbridge College of Art 1984/85 Foundation in Art, Lanchester Polytechnic Artist in Residence: Sept-Oct 1999 Lahti Art Association, Finland Aug-Oct 1996 Cannon Hill Nature Reserve, Birmingham July-Aug 1995 Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada Nov-Dec 1994 Young Artists Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic Jan-June 1993 Hodge Hill School, Birmingham Awards: July 2000 Creative Ambition Award, West Midlands Arts April 1999 New Work and Commissions Award, West Midlands Arts May 1996 New Work and Productions Award, West Midlands Arts Nov 1993 Project Funding Support Award, West Midlands Arts March 1991 'Go and See' Grant, The Prince's Trust June 1989 Nancie Cleve Award

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2010 - Riders, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London 2008 - Seashell Creatures, The Weekend Gallery, Hastings 2005 - 'Species', The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham 2003 - 50 Picatus, The Window, Birmingham 2002 - Phobia: Insect Robots, Foyle Gallery Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham 2001 - Robots, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design 2000 - Touring Show, Gallery Network, Shropshire, Telford, Leicester 1997 - Islands, The Arcadian, Birmingham 1996 - Creatures, Cannon Hill Nature Reserve, Birmingham 1995 - Ceremonies, Staff House, The University of Birmingham 1990 - Paintings and Prints, Malvern Workshop, Worcester. Group exhibitions 2010 - Meleager's Garland Exhibition, Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory, Lincoln 2010 - Worceser Open, Worcester Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester 2009 - Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Lincoln Art Centre, Lincoln 2009 - Re:Place, Bordeaux/Birmingham, The Works Gallery, Birmingham 2009 - Showcase, Hossack Gallery, London 2009 - The Art of Ideas, Baskerville House, Birmingham 2009 - The Secret Garden, The Works Galleries, Newcastle 2008 - Bordeaux/Birmingham, a Bridge, Le Hangar en Bois, Bordeaux, France 2008 - Its Not What You Do, St Ives Society of Artists, St Ives 2008 - Knit Knot Teapot, The Old Sweet Shop, London 2008 - Summer Exhibition, Pitt Art Gallery, Worcester 2008 - The Art of Birmingham 1839-2008, The Waterhall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham 2008 - Visual, Baskerville House, Birmingham 2008 - Visual, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham 2008 - Washed Up, Lurcher Gallery, Broadstairs 2007 - Summer Exhibition, The Fenton Gallery, Cork 2007 - The Birmingham Open, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham 2006 - 'A Magical Christmas', Bilston Craft Gallery, West Midlands 2006 - Open Exhibition, The Royal West Academy, Bristol 2006 - 'The Obsessive Garden', Ashford Gallery, Dublin 2006 - Unititled, The Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland 2005 - 'Robots, Bugs and Kugelbahnen', Chameleon Gallery, Walsall 2005 - 'Sculptural Possibilities', Cupola Gallery, Sheffield 2005 - 'Wilderness', Craft in the Bay, Cardiff 2004 - Art Play, The Gallery, Stratford upon Avon 2004 - Blue Skies, The Custard Factory, Birmingham 2004 - 'Crow', The Custard Factory, Birmingham 2004 - No Object, Harbourne Gallery, Birmingham 2004 - Open Exhibition, The City Gallery, Leicester 2004 - Virtual, BBC, Mailbox, Birmingham 2003 - Birmingham Works II, Chuck Works, Birmingham 2003 - Flipside, St Paul's Gallery, Birmingham 2002 - Birmingham Works I, Chuck Works, Birmingham 2000 - hah, Town Art Exhibition, Lahti, Finland 2000 - Toys Are, Stroud House Gallery, Gloucestershire 1999 - Binary Propositions, Lahti City Museum, Finland, Bond Gallery, Birmingham 1998 - G9 + 1, Bond Gallery, Birmingham 1996 - Beast, Islington Art Factory, London 1995 - Fight or Flight, Gallery 101, Otiawa, Canada 1994 - Images from Prague/Birmingham, Birmingham Museum/YAG, Prague 1991 - New Works, The Cotton Gallery, The Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - Arts Award, Arts Council, West Midlands 2007 - Studio Support Award, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham 2006 - Grants for the Arts, Arts Council, West Midlands 2005 - Feasibility Funding, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham 2000 - Creative Ambition Award, Arts Council, West Midlands 1999 - New Works and Commissions Award, Arts Council, West Midlands 1996 - New Works and Production Award, Arts Council, West Midlands 1993 - Project Funding Support Award, Arts Council, West Midlands 1991 - Go and See, Prince's Trust, London 1989 - Nancie Cleve Award, Stourbridge College of Art, West Midlands