Approved: 20.06.2012

Charlotte Warne Thomas

Artist, Gallery educator, Teacher

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Approved: 20.06.2012

Charlotte Warne Thomas' work explores the presence of physical and ideological structures that avoid revealing themselves, and thus possess a forceful field of influence. Her recent work incorporates the imagery and rhetoric deployed by such fields as advertising, architecture, domesticity and bureaucracy to evoke the power structures inherent in the infrastructure of everyday life. Of particular interest are the apparently benign institutions of town planning, interior design and furniture, which exert their authority in terms of manipulating the behaviour, mood and atmosphere of societies and individuals. Her work investigates the myths of free will and individual choice as products of neoliberal ideology and the consumer subject.

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Artist Statement

Charlotte Warne Thomas' work explores the presence of physical and ideological structures that avoid revealing themselves, and thus possess a forceful field of influence. Her recent work incorporates the imagery and rhetoric deployed by such fields as advertising, architecture, domesticity and bureaucracy to evoke the power structures inherent in the infrastructure of everyday life. Of particular interest are the apparently benign institutions of town planning, interior design and furniture, which exert their authority in terms of manipulating the behaviour, mood and atmosphere of societies and individuals. Her work investigates the myths of free will and individual choice as products of neoliberal ideology and the consumer subject.

 

Charlotte Warne Thomas' art practice is research-based; she works by responding to the situations she encounters, particularly in terms of her intervention projects. Her research is informed by her experiences and observations, alongside such theorists and artists as Adolf Loos, Hal Foster, Joel Sanders, Michael Taussig, Eyal Weizman and Frances Stark. She is based in London, where she works in adult and museum education. Central to the artist's practice is Peer Sessions, a crit group she co-founded in 2009 to provide a regular platform for post-graduate level art education, peer mentoring and feedback, for which she curates exhibitions, residencies and educational events. She graduated with an MFA from Goldsmiths in 2009 and has since exhibited and lectured widely in the UK and internationally.

CV & Education

  • Qualifications and training


2012 - PGCE, School of Education; University of Greenwich
2009 - MFA Art Practice, Goldsmiths, London
2002 - BA Fine Art, University of Leeds, Leeds

 

  • Solo exhibitions and projects

2015

Be more than individual, March
Stage set for an anonymous super-subjective individual, April
Working isn’t labour, May
Display2, June
all Cass Window Space Gallery, London Metropolitan University, London

2013
Willpower, ASC Window space gallery, London
Archology Lives, Here Today Here Tomorrow, London

 

  • Group exhibitions and projects

2014
Who Thinks the Future, Lewisham Arthouse, London
TRIALOGUES: Conversations Over Chocolate Squares, ASC Gallery Bankside, London 

2013
Paradise Lodge @ Studio X, Studio X, Mumbai, India
Post Post, Goldsmiths, London 
Art Moments Festival, Artplay, Moscow, Russia
/ / FEEDBACK / / co-curated by Charlotte Warne Thomas as part of Peer Sessions
New Work, Bond House Gallery, London
Misery Connoisseur - commision for publication, publised London June 

2012
Overview 2011, Frans Masareel Centrum, Belgium

2011
Translate/Transcribe, Art Moscow, Moscow, Russia
All that glitters, Renewal Award, Deptford X, London
Creekside Open, selected by Dexter Dalwood, ATP Gallery, London
Studio Artists Gallery Show, Woodmill, London

2010
Legacy I, Formans Smokehouse Gallery, London
PERM WORKS, permanent intervention, 2 Jonnys' project space, London
The Dictionary of Received Ideas, curated by Bridget Donlon, Q Art, London
Diamonds are Forever, collaboration with Trever Kiernander, Dirty Square Gallery, London
That's just criminal!, Kent Cultural Baton; Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable, UK
Heart of Glass, 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London
The Devil’s Neck Tie, Woodmill, London
Incidents, Goth on Bus, London

2009
The Object of the Attack, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
The Disciples of Lucas Cranach, Utrophia Project Space, London
MFA Degree Show 2009, Goldsmiths College, London
Group/Grope, Area10, London

2008
The Mirth of Manfred Blob, Utrophia Project Space, London
LOOP film festival, Barcelona, Spain
gold&delicious, Apple Tree, London

 

  • Residencies

2015 - LIMITACTION, Cass Window Space Gallery, London Metropolitan University, London
2013 - Paradise Lodge Residency, Lonavala, India
2012 - Escape the Contemporary, Treignac Projects, Treignac, France
2011 - Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium
2009 - Academic exchange: Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL
2005 - Peggy Guggenheim Museum Venice Internship Programme, Venice, Italy

 

  • Awards

2014 - Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England for Peer Sessions
2011 - Deptford X; Renewal Award, London
2008 - BAA Expo Award; final shortlist
2007 - AHRC full fees and maintenance award: Professional Preparation Masters Scheme

 

  • Teaching

Mary Ward Centre London Course Leader, Foundation in Art & Design
British Higher School of Art & Design, Moscow, Russia Course Leader, Foundation in Art & Design; Pathway leader & Lecturer – Fine Art
Camberwell College of Arts; MA Visiting tutor – Fine Art
Chelsea College of Art & Design; Post Graduate Diploma Visiting tutor – Fine Art
Colchester Institute; Foundation in Art & Design Tutor – Fine Art pathway
Havering Sixth Form College Tutor – Fine Art; Textiles; Fashion

 

  • Peer Sessions

Peer Sessions is a London-based crit group run by artists Kate Pickering and Charlotte Warne Thomas, as a forum for the live discussion of contemporary art by and for artists. Peer Sessions consists of a fluid informal membership of around 300 artists and curators, who are all welcome to attend any of the monthly discussions, which take place either in the studios of the presenting artists, or in partner spaces/locations. Sessions meet approx once a month to discuss the work of two members, who present their work for feedback and discussion. Pickering and Warne Thomas set up Peer Sessions after graduating from the MFA programme at Goldsmiths in 2009, receiving Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England in 2014. See www.peersessions.com