Approved: 16.08.2006

Paula Tod

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Project manager, Event organiser

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts There is no common theme to my work although areas of interest include perception, surveillance, watching and being watched, and seeing the bigger picture in the small details of things. I like to relate the theme and the method of working. Recent paintings in response to environmental concerns have focused on surface and the use of materials, the breakdown and disruption of the painted surface

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  • Location: Eyemouth, Scotland
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Environment, Painting, Photography, Unclassified
 

Biography

Concepts There is no common theme to my work although areas of interest include perception, surveillance, watching and being watched, and seeing the bigger picture in the small details of things. I like to relate the theme and the method of working. Recent paintings in response to environmental concerns have focused on surface and the use of materials, the breakdown and disruption of the painted surface standing as a visual metaphor for the gradual erosion of Eco-structures and the disappearance of the pastoral and familiar scene.Using both oil and egg tempera, the paintings alter as the light falls on the surface. The view is modulated through fragments, broken textures and translucent paint layers. Influences Aesthetic/Formal Concerns,Environment, Literature, Philosophy, Emotions; own cultural identity (English, British); own gender (Female); Sexual Identity (Heterosexual) Career path I trained initially as an architectural historian and changed career in my mid-30s to study at Leeds College of Art & Design. Whilst developing my own practice, I have also worked as a community artist in schools, theatres, hospitals and for a number of organisations including Leeds City Art Gallery, York City Art Gallery,Yorkshire Sculpture Park, LMU, Heads, The Art House, Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah and the National Trust. The work has been broad and covered many techniques and themes including installations, textile hangings, sculpture and performance art. Established limited company Red Chalk in March 2003 to deliver arts projects in educational and community settings. Member of Leeds Sculpture Workshop October 2004- June 2006. Member of Westgate Studios, Wakefield 2007 - 2012. 2012 - Present: Co-Director Hippodrome Arts CIC, Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2013 - From the Ground, Westgate Studios, Wakefield 2011 - Dark Matter, Jordan's Solicitors, Wakefield 2008 - Sea, Mountain, Wakefield Theatre Royal, Wakefield 1998 - Incursions in Atmosphere, Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds 1998 - Nefertiti's onion and other stories, Bolton Royd Gallery, Bradford Group exhibitions 2011 - Winter Wonderland, Westgate Studios, Wakefield 2010 - Group show by various artists, Art of Oak Gallery, Wakefield 2006 - The Great Art Christmas Fair, Alexander Palace, London 2005 - Zero destination, Brahm Gallery, Alma Road, Leeds 2002 - The House Next Door, Doncaster City Art Gallery, Doncaster 2001 - Alphabet Soup, touring exhibition, various venues nationwide 1999 - Opening Doors, Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire 1998 - Christmas Exhibition, Dean Clough, Halifax 1997 - C4U Public Art Installation, Huddersfield 1997 - The Five Million Second Show, Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire 1996 - Abfab, Harvey Nichols, Leeds 1996 - Sex in Art, Coventry Gallery, London 1995 - P3 Paint, Photography, Print, Yorkshire Dance Centre, Leeds