Bridget is a dynamic, fine art professional whose passion is to communicate the importance and centrality of art in society. She understands how artists work, how the fine art market works and in particular, how it is changing in the 21st Century. She is a curator, skilled in putting artistic works together in exhibitions so that they can positively impact on the viewing public. Above all, she is passionate about education, about the communication of the importance of art to society and to ongoing generations. For her, fine art is an essential component in any society that aims to be civilised and her working life is focused on contributing to making that message clear.
Bridget has recently set up an online gallery and art consultancy, Axle Arts (axlearts.com), which follows a dynamic pop-up exhibition calendar working in conjunction with business to business partners. Axle Arts has a focus on outdoor sculpture but also exhibits a wide range of artists across media including paint, sculpture, ceramics and original print. Bridget is also a visiting lecturer to Bath Spa University and UWE, assisting on the Professional Practice module. She has been invited to judge competitions and deliver talks.
Prior to Axle Arts Bridget was an owner in partnership of Bath Contemporary, a large bricks and mortar gallery with an artistic history spanning 30 years or more. As managing director, she was responsible for all aspects of gallery management, relationships with artists, suppliers, staff and media. She developed an international market for fine art in the fields of painting, sculpture, ceramics and original print and curated over 50 specialist exhibitions, both solo and mixed shows.
Whilst managing director of Bath Contemporary, she designed and managed a work experience programme for fine art students in conjunction with Bath Spa University, which offered three places each year to graduating FA students and provided one of the best examples of employability training for this sector.
Following the award of her postgraduate qualifications in 2009, Bridget developed a portfolio of skills common with many aspirant fine art professionals covering not only fine art but education as well. As an artist herself (painter and printmaker) she has also run her own practice and studios in Kingston upon Thames, exhibiting locally and in central London, most notably at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
CV & Education
2006 - Hampton Wick Gallery, London
2006 - Families, Oxford House Gallery, London
2010 - Hounds and Horses, Gallery LeFort, Bath
2009 - Barratts Exhibition, Union Street, Bath
2004 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London