Approved: 26.11.2009

Chantal Powell

Artist, Curator, Project manager

Approved: 26.11.2009



    Artist Statement

    Chantal Powell creates sculptural works about the unseen aspects of our psyche. A PhD in social psychology and an interest in Jungian theory inform her practice.

    Curious about how we are influenced by our personal and collective unconscious, Powell embraces metaphors, myth and symbolic language in her making. She works intuitively and intellectually in order to identify archetypes and discern key associations from her objects. 

    Her use of symbolic processes and materials (such as sand casting, tin and gold), reflect her research into the alchemical process. Alchemy serves as a metaphorical representation for the process of transformation of the self that Jung called individuation – the goal being to re-establish connection between the conscious and unconscious.

    Consciousness is transformed by the encounter with mystery and art is an instrument to facilitate this. Powell’s created objects can be read both as intimate portraits of the artist’s experience and more widely as poetic understandings of human psychological states.

    Powell was shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award in 2015 and has exhibited at venues including the Guildhall Art Gallery in London (alongside Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry and Matt Collishaw), The Royal West Academy (Bristol), OCCCA (California), and at collateral events at the 53rd and 54th Venice Biennales. Powell has also worked on a number of public commissions and is the founder of the artist residency program and annual exhibition at Hogchester Arts. 

    CV & Education

    Selected Exhibitions


    Green Seeds from Dark Earth (solo), Haarlem Artspace, Derbyshire, UK



    The Opening Of The Egg (2 person show), Arusha Gallery, Edingburgh, UK

    Backyard Sculpture, Domobaal Gallery, London, UK



    As The Crow Flies, Bo.Lee Gallery, London, UK

    The Salamander Devours Its Tail Twice (curated by Ashley Middleton), Gallery 46, London

    Paper Cuts, (curated by Kristian Day), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

    Black Swan Arts Open 2018, Black Swan Arts, Frome, UK



    Enchanted Parks, Saltwell Park, Newcastle Gateshead, UK

    CREATE/MAKE (collaboration with Griffin Gallery and QUEST), Crypt Gallery, London, UK



    Existential Mirage (solo), Stand Clear Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

    Enchanted Parks, Saltwell Park, Newcastle Gateshead, UK

    Museums At Night, The Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK

    Young Masters Art Prize, Lloyds Club, London UK

    Young Masters Art Prize, Sphinx Fine Art, London UK

    Burning Bright, Saatchi Suite, Hyatt Regency  (Curated by Rebecca Wilson, director of Saatchi Gallery), London, UK



    Victoriana: The Art Of Revival, The Guildhall Art Gallery (Curated by Sonia Solicari. Other exhibiting artists include Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, Mat Collishaw, Grayson Perry, and Jack & Dinos Chapman), London, UK

    Room Of Wonder, Newcastle Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire, UK

    Cave, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

    Burning Bright, Saatchi Suite, Hyatt Regency , London, UK



    Unnatural, Natural History, Royal West Academy, Bristol, UK

    London Calling, Orange County Centre of Contemporary Art Museum, California, US

    Imprint, Serpentine Gallery's Centre Of Possible Studies, London, UK

    When The Artists Move To Albert Square, A-Side B-Side Gallery, London, UK

    The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London, UK



    Afternoon Tea At The 54th Venice Biennale, WW Gallery, Venice, IT

    The Fall Of The Majestic Elk (2 person show), Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

    FLAGSTOP, South Bay Lexus, Los Angeles, US

    MOMAC pop up exhibition, Organicstone, Glouster, UK

    Received Wisdom, Arlington Arts, Newbury, UK



    Time, WW Gallery, London, UK

    Traces and Testament (solo), Westbourne Grove Church Artspace, London, UK

    The National Open Art Competition, Minerva Gallery, Chichester, UK

    Here Today, The Outside World Gallery, London, UK

    Recollection, Chapel Gallery, Lancashire, UK

    Austerity Xmas, WW Gallery, London, UK

    To Be Confirmed, The Bristol Gallery, Bristol, UK



    Travelling Light, WW Gallery, London and toured to 53rd Venice Biennale, UK & IT

    Cork Street Open Exhibition, Cork Street Gallery, London, UK

    Open Show 09, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

    ReOpen, KUBE Gallery, Poole, UK



    2015           Shortlisted for Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

    2014           Young Masters Art Prize - Finalist

    2013            Re:view Bursary. Critical and artistic development bursary awarded by a-n The Artist Information Company 



    2013            Victoriana: A Miscellany



    2014    Commissioned by NewcastleGateshead initiative to create outdoor public commission for Saltwell Park, Newcastle Gateshead, UK

    2014    Lucid Dreaming. Public participatory installation for Museums At Night, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK

    2013    Nightingale’s Nest. Site Specific Installation for the Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK

    2011     Site Specific Installation for Grade II listed Church building, Hampshire, UK

    2010     Alternative Christmas Tree for ASPEX gallery, Portsmouth, UK

    2010     Work to raise awareness of sex trafficking, Poole, UK


    Other Activities/Achievements

    2015    Artists talk at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

    2013    Selector and review writer for Axis MA Stars

    2013    Artist talk with Guildhall Art Gallery curator Sonia Solicari to Love Art London members

    2012    Work selected for Billboard presentation, Boxpark Shoreditch,, London, UK

    2012    Work displayed in Saatchi & Saatchi building in London for six weeks, London, UK

    2011    July host of  COLLABORATE for Blaise & Co Contemporary Art , New York, US

    2011    Work auctioned by Hugh Edmeades (Christies) for the Jennie & Jessie Gunhammer Lupus Trust, UK


    Selected Press           

    2013            The Independent

    2013            Fine Art Connoisseur

    2013            Saatchi Online Magazine

    2012            Stylist magazine

    2012            Interview with FAD

    2012            Huffington Post

    2012            Guardian Online

    2012            Culture 24

    2011            Creative Boom. Readers Studios

    2010            AN magazine (Front Cover)                                   

    2010            Country and Townhouse Magazine                                                                                         

    2010            The Big Issue.                                                



    2002                  PhD. in Social Psychology, Southampton University, UK

    1998                  Bsc. Psychology, Southampton University, UK