Approved: 27.07.2008

Claire Hope

Artist, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 27.07.2008

Claire Hope is a UK-based artist making digital videos and live performances. Hope explores themes of inequality and power, often by staging interpersonal situations collaboratively with actors, students and non-professionals in ways that explicitly respond to the economic status of images. Hope's works are choreographic, focusing on the specifics of interactions, adopting a politicised response to contemporary relationships, and their depiction in images. She is interested in self-reflexively questioning the status of image and art production, implicating the production of images in a form of class system; here whatever happens in images, or between people is connected to larger structural concerns. A key focus for Hope is change, that is the change that artworks can suggest or propose to situations in life or culture.

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Biography

Claire Hope is a UK-based artist making digital videos and live performances. Hope explores themes of inequality and power, often by staging interpersonal situations collaboratively with actors, students and non-professionals in ways that explicitly respond to the economic status of images. Hope's works are choreographic, focusing on the specifics of interactions, adopting a politicised response to contemporary relationships, and their depiction in images. She is interested in self-reflexively questioning the status of image and art production, implicating the production of images in a form of class system; here whatever happens in images, or between people is connected to larger structural concerns. A key focus for Hope is change, that is the change that artworks can suggest or propose to situations in life or culture.

 

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2010-2015, PhD Fine Art by Practice, University of Leeds, Leeds
2003-2004, MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
1996-99, BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Solo exhibitions

2017 (upcoming), Solo exhibition, Project Space, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
2014, Solo Exhibition, Gallery II, Bradford
2009, Solo Exhibition, tank.tv online gallery, http://www.tank.tv
2008, Complex Financial Instruments, Way East Project Space, London
2002, It’s not in our nature, Installation, Serviced office, Manchester
2002, without a second thought, Installation, Palace Hotel, Manchester
2001, had it can’t believe you could, Billboard, Preston

Group exhibitions & Screenings

2016, Presentation at 'Here is Information. Mobilise.' The Showroom, London.
2016, Screening of 'Contact' with Pavilion, Woodhouse Community Centre, Leeds
2016, Cinenova 'Now Showing' Screening, The Showroom, London
2015, Attach + Perform, public performance workshops, About Time, Leeds
2015, Concrete Gestures, Brunel Museum Tunnel Shaft, London
2015, The Programme, Hanover Project, Preston
2014, One Minute Volume Seven, Screenings, Furtherfield Gallery, London
2013, A Priori, Group exhibition (and Live Performance 1/10), Hanover Project, Preston
2013, London Seizure (Part Two), screening, Arbeit, London
2013, Playing with Space, screening, Firstsite, Colchester, UK
2013, London Seizure (Part One), screening, Bermondsey Project, London
2013, Taking Place, Group Screening, British Artists Film & Video Study Collection, Black Maria, Granary Building, London
2012, In Production Screening, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
2012, Solid on Our Source Planet, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
2011, Public Screens, Various Public Venues (with LUX/ i/o/lab), Stavanger, Norway
2010, 'A Determined Search Beyond Romance' performance shown in events series with Matthew Noel-Tod, Maija Timonen and Tom Ackers, Cremer Street Studios, London
2010, Complex Infrastructure, Cogcollective Screening, Melbourne, Australia
2010, Stones of Menace, St Paul's Church, Bow, London
2009, ‘Heterotopies, Places and the Psychology of Construction’ Urban Research screening programme, 5th Berlin International Director's Lounge, Berlin
2009, For Your Eyes Only, Mains d'Oeuvres Arts Centre, Paris, France
2009, S1/Salon09 'Complex Financial Instruments' Touring Schedule , 5 screenings, Various venues, UK & The Netherlands
2009, The Politics in the Room - In Eight Chapters, LUX Associate Artist 2008 Public Project, http://www.thepoliticsintheroom.org
2009, Urban Research on Film Screening, Medianhaus , Hannover, Germany
2009, S1/Salon09 Touring Programme - Outlet, Manchester/ Vivid, Birmingham/ CCA Glasgow/ Spike Island, Bristol/ FACT, Liverpool
2009, For Your Eyes Only, Group Exhibition, Mains D’Oeuvres, Paris
2009, The Politics in the Room – In Eight Chapters, LUX Associate Artist's Programme, 2008, http://www.thepoliticsintheroom.org/
2009, S1/Salon09, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
2009, Heterotopies, Places and the Psychology of Construction, Urban Research series, 5th Berlin International Director’s Lounge, Berlin
2007-8, transmediale.07 video selection screenings - India International Centre, New Delhi/ Japan Media Art Festival, Tokyo/ Amsterdam Film Experience, The Netherlands / Festival of Creativity, Firenze, Italy / 8th Biennial of Video and New Media, Santiago de Chile, Chile/ Full Pull, Malmo, Sweden/ Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany / Transit_07.by, Minsk, Belarus/ M_MULTIMEDIA, Amantes Art Space, Torino, Italy/ Futuresonic, Manchester, UK/ Multi-Media Arts International Lab & Forum, Beijing, China/ Athens Video Art Festival, Athens.
2007, Screening, Foldback Festival, Space Studios, London
2007, Unfinish, transmediale.07 festival of digital art & culture, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin
2007, Video Calendar, Tank TV online gallery, http://tank.tv
2006, OMSK Event, London
2006, Private Press, Resonance FM
2006, Exploding Cinema, Hoxton Hall, London
2005, Limbo, SRc Radio, Sweden, http://sverigesradio.se
2005, Siege, Carpark, Commercial Rd/Sidney St, London
2004, MA Fine Art Show, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
2004, Placard International Headphone Festival, State 51, London
2003, Artranspennine03, Manchester
2003, De-composing Philip Larkin, Poetry Society Café, London
2003, Eve of Destruction, International 3, Manchester
2002, 30X30X17.5X255.5X361.5X484X372X5X55.3X133.5cm, The Bassoon Club, Tmesis Ltd, Manchester
2002, Oncethemostdensleypopulatedplaceontheearth, Floating IP, Manchester
2002, Potential Hits, Chapman Gallery, Salford
2001, Record Collection, Espace d’art contemporain, Geneva/ International 3, Manchester
2000, Bloodstream, Islington Mill, Salford
2000, Lowry’s Living Room, From Space, Manchester

Residencies

2012, Escalator Retreat on 'The Self', Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

Public commissions

2016, 'Contact', Single screen moving image commission, Pavilion, Leeds, supported by AHRC Cultural Collaboration Award
2014, ‘Group Photo’, Solo moving image commission, Gallery II, Bradford, supported by Arts Council of England.
2011 - 'Values, Efficiency, Commitment', Video for 'Public Display' Programme, LUX, London

Competitions, prizes and awards

2016, AHRC Cultural Collaboratioin Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
2014, Arts Council Commission, Gallery II, Bradford
2012, University of Leeds/EARN Funded Research Placement at Documenta 13
2010, AHRC Studentship Award 2010-14 (PhD Fine Art, University of Leeds)
2007/8, LUX Associate Artist, LUX, London
2003, AHRB Postgraduate Study Award (MA Fine Art, Chelsea College)
2002 & 2001, Individual Artists Awards, North West Arts Board (Installations in 2002)
2001, Grant from University of Central Lancashire (Billboard project, 2001)

Reviews/Commentary

2016, Artist of the Month for December, Interview - Axisweb
2016, ‘Five2Watch: Working’ – Axisweb, Artists on Work and Labour
2015, ‘On Mediation’, text by Amy Charlesworth and Gill Park accompanying their screening of ‘The Fold (1)’ in The Programme Festival, Hanover Project.
2014, Review of ‘Group Photo’, Solo Exhibition at Gallery II Bradford, by Adam Pugh in This is Tomorrow.
2013, Curated Selection curated by Helen Hillyard 'Between the Lines: Exploring Language Systems'. 
2011-12, Listed in ‘100 Artists to Watch’ in Modern Painters Magazine
2010, Artist of the Month for August, Axis, selected by Ben Cook, LUX
2009, Review ‘The Politics in the Room’ Frieze, Jun-Aug, by Dan Fox