Approved: 11.12.2012

Anne Guest


Approved: 11.12.2012

My practice is an exploration of the beauty, fragility and vulnerability of the natural world.

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      Artist Statement

      My practice is an exploration of the beauty, fragility and vulnerability of the natural world.

      I am interested in our current relationship with the natural world and I like to emulate the sense of awe and wonder associated with the cabinets of curiosities that were first established in the seventeenth century in an attempt to categorise and tell stories about the wonders of the natural world and offering a strange link between ancient myth and scientific reality.

      Some of my work represents current facts, for example 67 species of bird in the Uk are endangered, that is 1 in 4, of which 33 are songbirds. There are also symbolic references: moths are associtaed with vulnerablity and butterflies with the soul and rebirth. The Large Blue butterfly became extict in UK but has been successfully reintroduced. 




      CV & Education


      2006 - MA Fine Art (Distinction), Birmingham City University, Birmingham 

      2005 - BA Fine Art (First Class Honours), Birmingham City University, Birmingham

      Solo exhibitions

      2020-21 Under the Sun, Fulham Palace, London

      2020 - Shadows of the Sun, The Coach House Gallery, Birmingham

      2018 - Awe and Wonder, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery 

      2018 - Fragile, Number 8 Gallery, Pershore

      2012 - I have glimpsed the future, Aedas, Birmingham

      2011 - I am not myself, VINYL, Birmingham

      2 Person Exhibitions

      2017 - Foreshadow, Showcase gallery, Birmingham

      2016 - Foreshadow, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

      2014 - A Sign of the Times, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

      2013 - Shadow, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

      2013 - A Sign of the Times, Midland Art Centre, Birmingham

      Selected Group exhibitions

      2021- Prize Photography Exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham

      2020 - FiftyBees4, Black Swan Arts, Frome

      2019 - PrizePhotography Exhibtion, RBSA, Birmingham

      2016 - Ruskin Drawing Prize, Walsall and London

      2016 - Wirksworth Arts Festival, Wirksworth

      2015 - Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes

      2015 - The Big Hoot, Birmingham

      2014 - Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes

      2014 - West Midlands Open 2014

      2011 - London Group Open, Cello Factory, London

      2008 - Jerwood Drawing prize Exhibition, Various, London, Cheltenham, Winchester, Bury St Edmunds, Durham

      Residencies and Projects

      2018 - Portrait of an Alternative Anatomy; A Turn for the Better, Birmingham

      2014 - Soul to Sole, Croome Court, Worcester

      2009 - Unnatural Selection, Rea Garden, Birmingham

      Public Commissions

      2017 - The Big Sleuth, Birmingham

      2015 - The Big Hoot, Birmingham