Approved: 05.12.2007

Caroline Wright

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 05.12.2007

Caroline Wright's practice is based on conceptual archaeology. Her work includes live performance and visual art that is often site-responsive. She works in mediums as diverse as glass and gold as well as the human body and has made work for cities and rural spaces, for galleries, theatres, churches, on desolate uninhabited islands and for audiences of 100 and of one.

Through taking control of

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    Artist Statement

    Caroline Wright's practice is based on conceptual archaeology. Her work includes live performance and visual art that is often site-responsive. She works in mediums as diverse as glass and gold as well as the human body and has made work for cities and rural spaces, for galleries, theatres, churches, on desolate uninhabited islands and for audiences of 100 and of one. Through taking control of the past, by resurrecting, enacting or undoing, she explores the relationships we each have within the world and our control over histories and narratives. Objects are taken out of service; events are acted, enacted and reenacted. Transformation takes the artist and the viewer from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Wright's pieces operate with subtlety, proposing small but significant shifts; performances. tableaux and installations offer gentle but persistent variation for the artist and audience alike through time. Works make use of the senses, in particular the use of music and the spoken voice, some pieces inclining towards minimal, quiet encounters between the artist and the public, others are immersive and large scale and many pieces reference Michel Foucault's text Of Other Spaces in which he introduces the concept of the Heterotopia, somewhere that requires alternative social codes for a shared experience. In 2012 she performed Out of Water in collaboration with Helen Paris and with a new score composed by Jocelyn Pook. Out of Water took place on Holkham Beach, Norfolk for the London 2012 Festival, part of the Cultural Olympiad and was a Live Art Collective East project ( Out of Water was also shown at PSi19 in San Francisco. She is currently working on a publication to draw together a body of work examining drawing and writing with artists Helen Rousseau, Phyllida Barlow and poet George Szirtes. In late 2012, Wright showed her first film, on tides and fathoms at the artist led space Aid & Abet in Cambridge. Her work as a curator includes the project Gesture with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art and PILOT Festival in Brightlingsea Essex. Wright has received several awards including an Artsadmin bursary and she is an Arts Council England East Escalator Artist for visual and live art.

    CV & Education


    2013        Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    2012        PG Certificate in Higher Education Art and Design, University of the Arts, London

    2002        MA Fine Art, Norwich School of Art and Design

    2000        BA Hons Fine Art, Norwich School of Art and Design




    Out of Water, PSi 19, Stanford University, USA

    Soundings, Pilot Live Art Festival, Brightlingsea, Essex

    The Inishlacken Project, invitation residency, Galway, Ireland

    GroundUP commission, Burnley, Lancashire



    Trace, permanent commission at Trumpington Meadows, Cambridge for InSite Arts/TMLC

    Antidote for the Lonely Diner, performance, Hunt and Darton Café, Edinburgh Festival

    Open Space, firstsite Colchester and Atelier, Beaconsfield, London – performance/discussion

    Manicure, Garden of Reason, Trust New Art, Ham House, Richmond

    Hopscotch to Victory, LACE world record attempt East of England, producer Artsadmin

    Out of Water, Holkham Beach, Norfolk, London 2012 Festival, producer Artsadmin

    on tides and fathoms, film screening, The South Lookout, Aldeburgh



    Encounters, Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts, audio work and neon installation

    Latitude Festival, Suffolk, neon installation

    Trumpington Meadows, Artist in Residence for Insite Arts/TMLC



    Latitude Festival, Suffolk

    Repeated Deaths, solo performance, Live Art Sampled, The Junction, Cambridge

    Recollecting, solo exhibition, Visions Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

    VERB: to read and write, Bury Art Gallery, Suffolk



    Twinning Households, residency Orchard Park, Cambridge

    I’m on the Train, Sampled: Live Art, The Junction, Cambridge

    In site | my space 5, performance, Switch, Hackney, London



    100 Greetings, performance, Outpost, Norwich

    100 Greetings, performance, A Foundation, Liverpool Biennial

    Impossible Changeling, Towner, Eastbourne



    Flock, St Martins Church, Colchester for Colchester Arts Centre   

    Voice Technology Action, performance, Netvotech Research group, York University



    Untitled (believe) text, Taxi Gallery, Cambridge

    Voice Human Action, performance, Camberwell Arts Festival.

    Conversations with Friends, performance, Arnolfini, Bristol

     Manipulate, firstsite, Colchester

     Breathing, one to one performance, Colchester Arts Centre

     Lines of Communication, Touring Exhibition, Babylon Gallery, Ely/ The Old Hospitium, York



    Voice Human Action, performance, Ely Cathedral

     Repeater, durational performance, Soundworks, Ireland

     Conversations with Friends, home, London

     Acts of Faith, Church Ale Festival, Suffolk


    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS from 2003 – present


    on tides and fathoms, film for The Brothers, Smiths Row, Suffolk (2 person with Elin Hoyland)

    ANTECHAMBER, drawings from You Can Get To Heaven From Anywhere, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London



    Roaming with the collective ROAM, Aid and Abet, Cambridge

    Allotment 2 for Trove, MAC, Birmingham

    Transformations, Smiths Row, Suffolk



    Great Ormond Street Hospital Exhibition, curated by AXIS

    Cut and Thrust, performance for Late at Tate with Norwich Castle Museum, Tate Britain

    The Inishlacken Project, Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast

    Togra Inis Leacan, Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast



    Visual Dialogues, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

    The Late Shift, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich

    Wysing Arts Contemporary: Partnering, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

    Artside,  CoExist Gallery @ TAP, Southend

    Film screening, National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg, Russia

    Respond/Reply, Town Hall Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk

    The Worcester Open, Worcester Art Gallery and Museum

    Wysing Arts Contemporary: Presents, Cambridge, with C-O-L-L-I-D-E-R

    The Inishlacken Project – Residency, Inishlacken Island, Galway, Ireland



    Triptych Papers (Drawing), The Project Space, Norwich University College of the Arts

    A Working Weekend, New Work Network, Essex University

    Inishlacken; a place apart, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland, Redhouse Arts Centre, U.S.A.

    The Inishlacken Project – Residency, Inishlacken Island, Galway, Ireland


    2003 - 2008            

    Mapping Voice, research collaboration, Norwich University College of Arts/York University

    TULCA Arts Festival, Galway, Ireland.

    The Inishlacken Project – Residency, Inishlacken Island, Galway, Irelan

    Unsere Nachbarn, Kunsterhaus Metternich, Germany

     Being, Visions Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2 person show with Jan Mladovsky)

     Romantic Detachment, Q Gallery, Derby

     Hubbub, Globe Gallery, North Shields 

     Ida Branson 2003 national selected student show, Millfield, Somerset       

     Artevent- Helmond, Netherlands

    Human, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham 

    The Big Throw, Commissions East, Lowestoft

     Breathing Spaces, Year of the Artist project, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel



    Pilot, curator, Live Art Festival, Brightingsea, Essex (2013)

    Gesture, co-curator, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, (2012-13)

    East Activator, curator and coordinator, artist development and events programme - Escalator Live Art/New Work Network (2010-12)

    Respond/Reply, research/publication, George Szirtes, Helen Rousseau, Phyllida Barlow (2011)

    Open Space – professional development with curators Ben Borthwick/Naomi Siderfin (2011)

     Arts Council England East Escalator Retreat, Wysing Arts, Cambridge (2010)



    Sawdust and Threads: Curiosity and Knowing, lecture, Castle Museum, Norwich, 2013

    Values and Rights, paper, Engage Conference, Birmingham, 2013

    TRACE, publication for Trumpington Meadows, 2013

    Practice Makes Perfect, paper, UAL Conference on e-Learning, September 2012

    The Rant, AXIS notes, July 2011

    Space and Work, paper, State University of New York, January 2009

    Creative Carers: A Reflective Study, ISBN 978-0-9561008-0-1

    Bridget Riley, presentation, Castle Museum, Norwich, 2010

    Impossible Changeling, Exhibition Catalogue, 2008

    Lines of Communication, Exhibition Catalogue, 2006

    Vauxhall Gardens, Norwich School of Art and Design, 1999

    In Conversation, with Louise Gray, Ben Borthwick, Anne Hilde Nesbet, Latitude Festival 2010



                      Performance Art Journal No 103, January 2013

                      EastLife, July 2012

                      Festival Notes, The Times, July 26th 2010

                      Repeater, East Anglian Daily Times, February 2010

                      The Big Picture, an magazine, July/August 2008

                      Latitude Festival, ITV 2, 29th and 30th July 2008

                      RTE Gaelic Television and RTE RADIO 1, Inishlacken: a place apart 2008

                      The Guardian Newspaper, I didn’t know where to look, March 2005