Photo: Victoria Rance in Deptford, London

Victoria Rance

Artist, Curator, Writer

Based at APT Studios in Deptford London UK, award winning artist Victoria Rance's work is concerned with creating spaces for humans to inhabit, either physically or in the imagination. Her 'sculpture to wear' series creates a sheltering skin that protects or alters the sense of self. They provoke ambivalent responses in the wearer and viewer, and use elements of contemporary and historic architecture and costume drawn from museum collections. Physically they test the tension between protective constraint and freedom of movement. The larger works look architectural but still crucially relate to the human body, and create spaces suggesting shelter and containment using diverse cultural references. Their forms suggest a usefulness or functionality and they can literally contain the viewer. Rance records interactions with her work using photography and animation which are then shown alongside the sculptures. She shows her work extensively in UK and internationally with recent two person shows in Istanbul (Medusa Stories with Ruken Aslan 2012) and Osnabrück ( Sleep of Reason with Sylvia Lüdtke 2013). Victoria was the 2003-4 winner of The Mark Tanner Award for Sculpture, the resulting solo show was at The Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London, September - October 2004. read full statement

Location Deptford, London
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Critical writing, Curating, Film-making
Artforms / type of project Animation, Mixed Media, Participatory, Photography, Sculpture
Tags Sculpture to Wear, Animation, Interactive, Video, Photography, Istanbul, Self, Unconscious, Feminist, Behaviour
Website http://www.victoriarance.com

News & Events

  • I Wish - the film

    26/09/2014 – 05/10/2014
    APT Sudios 6 Creekside Deptford London SE8 4SA

    For Deptford X this year I have made an 8 minute film recording the events in my studio in last year when people visited me, told me a secret wish, & I made them a talismanic object. Runs 26/9 - 5/10

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  • I Wish - the film

    For Deptford X this year I have made an 8 minute film recording the events in my studio in last year when people visited me, told me a secret wish, & I made them a talismanic object. Runs 26/9 - 5/10

  • From David Bomberg to Paula Rego: The London Group in Southampton

    28/07/2014 – 01/11/2014
    Southampton City Art Gallery

    Co-curator and artist. This exhibition shows a selection from Southampton City Art Gallery's vast collection of artists who were London Group members in their lifetimes alongside current members.

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  • From David Bomberg to Paula Rego: The London Group in Southampton

    Co-curator and artist. This exhibition shows a selection from Southampton City Art Gallery's vast collection of artists who were London Group members in their lifetimes alongside current members.

  • Tipping the Line

    28/02/2014 – 29/03/2014
    Occupy My Time Gallery

    Group show with artists: Aileen Kelly / Antoinette Batey / Ray Brown / Victoria Rance / Heejun Lee 28th February -29th March 2014 Private View 28th February 6.00pm-900pm

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  • I Wish

    In this project for Deptford X 2013 I asked participants to communicate a wish to me and I made a simple talisman to give the good luck to achieve it. http://iwishdeptfordx.blogspot.co.uk/

  • The Sleep of Reason

    26/09/2013 – 19/10/2013
    BBK Kunst-Quartier Osnabrück, Germany

    Victoria Rance and Sylvia Lüdtke

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