Approved: 16.08.2006

Sheila Gaffney

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
The central theme in my practice is a reflection upon what it is to be human. The body, humble substances, space and place are the tools I use to mediate this. I work as a sculptor siting objects, creating installations and contriving social participations in interior sites which vary in context. Using the exhibition in an attitudinal manner I have engaged with ideas such as identity;

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  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
 

Biography

Concepts The central theme in my practice is a reflection upon what it is to be human. The body, humble substances, space and place are the tools I use to mediate this. I work as a sculptor siting objects, creating installations and contriving social participations in interior sites which vary in context. Using the exhibition in an attitudinal manner I have engaged with ideas such as identity; the boundaries between high art and low art; gender; class; work and labour; communities; museology; and the nature of public space. Common to some of my projects has been the process of drawing into the production a volunteer 'community' as I contrive to make a space for viewing art that is neither didactic nor hierarchical. I work with a variety of mediums but wax has a significant place in my practice. I particularly engage with its materiality to construct analytical and reflexive sculpture which locates the viewer in a critical position. Influences Society/individual, identity/gender, memory/history, class, sculpture. Career Path My Foundation and Undergraduate years were spent at the Camberwell School of Art & Crafts in London followed by postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art. Awards include the Natsopa Award for Sculpture and the Vikki Oppenheim Blum Rites of Passage Travel Award and I have received bursaries from The Arts Council of England, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, and the Yorkshire Arts Development Programme. I have held Artist in Residence positions at Dean Clough Halifax, Cliffe Castle Museum and during The UK Year of the Artist at First Direct Bank Plc. I have contributed numerous papers at international conferences on various aspects of my practice and have been a visiting lecturer at several institutions. In conjunction with my practice I am currently Course Leader for BA(Hons) Fine Art at Leeds College of Art.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2003 - MA Studio Practice (Distinction), University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire 1984 - Postgraduate Studies in Sculpture HDFA (Lond), Slade School of Fine Art University College London, London 1982 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture Class I Highly Commended in Art History, Camberwell School of Art & Crafts, London 1978 - Foundation Studies, Camberwell School of Art & Crafts, London Solo exhibitions 2009 - Dialogues/To the Table Sculpture and Drawings by Sheila Gaffney and Carl Plackman, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 2009 - Others, Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley, West Yorkshire 2003 - footNOTES, Henry Moore Institute Library, Leeds, UK 1999 - Locale, Gallery II, University of Bradford 1995 - It’s a girl, the Dean Clough Christmas Tree project, Dean Clough , Halifax, West Yorkshire 1993 - Button, Eastthorpe Gallery, Mirfield, West Yorkshire 1991 - Hidden Riches, Design Innovation Centre, Leeds 1991 - Mirrors, Cookridge Street Gallery, Leeds Group exhibitions 2007 - The Ninth Plinth, Leeds Art Fair, The Light, Leeds 2005 - Contemporary Artists play ‘Pictionary’ presented by The Little Artists, The Agency Gallery, London 2005 - SituationLeeds:Contemporary Artists And The Public Realm0505, Patrick Studios, Leeds, West Yorkshire 2000 - before now…and after, ecArt, 148 St John st, London EC1 2000 - UK Art 2000 in Berlin Mitte, ec Art, Berlin 1999 - A christmas pudding for Henry, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, A Henry Moore Institute External Programmes Project 1994 - La Poupee, Bankfield Museum 1994 - Penumbra, Crossley Gallery, The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax 1994 - Wunder Kammer-The Female Gaze Objectified, Leeds City Art Galleries Residencies 2007 - Artist in Residence, Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley, West Yorkshire 2001 - Year of the Artist Residency, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery & Studio Theatre, First Direct Bank Plc (Call Centre) Competitions, prizes and awards 2004 - Individual award winner Research & Development, Witness project, Arts Council England, Patrick Studios, Leeds 2001 - New Tools for Sculpture Research & Development Award, Yorkshire Arts Development Programme 1999 - Vikki Oppenheim Blum Rites of Passage Travel Award, Rites of Passage, Bows Arts Trust 1997 - Individual Artists Award (glass), Yorkshire & Humberside Arts 1982 - Natsopa Award for Sculpture, South London Gallery, London