Approved: 28.10.2012

Claire Weetman

Artist, Community worker, Gallery educator, Project manager

Approved: 28.10.2012

Claire Weetman is interested in how her art can be created in public spaces, in the places where the movement that she follows takes place. When situating herself in these locations, she creates interventions that not only document movement, but also seeks to alter the day-to-day movement of people within that space; Lines of water painted onto the floor that people feel the need to jump over, a pedestrian

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    Claire Weetman is interested in how her art can be created in public spaces, in the places where the movement that she follows takes place. When situating herself in these locations, she creates interventions that not only document movement, but also seeks to alter the day-to-day movement of people within that space; Lines of water painted onto the floor that people feel the need to jump over, a pedestrian needing to alter their course to pass the artist at work or an audience member 'playing' with the artist drawing a line to see who is in control. Weetman uses drawing processes combined with interventions in public spaces, responding to, recording, measuring and altering movement. Using bold calligraphic lines combined with video projections, she records the motion of people on everyday journeys; Flowing pencil drawings, charting transient and fleeting traces, noting how movement alters according to environment; Interventions into public spaces interact with an audience by both measuring and interrupting natural movement. Much of Weetman's work is created in a live context, which reflects her wont to document the transient and temporal. This transience translates into notions of presence and absence such as in the fading water traces painted onto a floor in Watermark or the empty outlines that are suggested in her earlier One Minute drawings. In 2012 Weetman became aware that the verb 'trace' and it's literary definitions was a core tenet of her work. The concepts within those descriptions - following a course, marking a position, superimposing lines over things, outlining people and objects - have run through Weetman's entire portfolio of work since 2002 and continue in her most recent works.

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions

    2014 - A landscape of marginal encounters, The Brindley, Runcorn
    2013 - Two Installations. The Vide, The Bluecoat, Liverpool

    Selected Group exhibitions

    2017 - Public View: The Bluecoat, Liverpool
    2017 - Curiouser and Curiouser: Masham Gallery, Yorkshire
    2016 - Landscapes and Boundaries: The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn & The Gallery at St George's House, Bolton
    2014 - Residual Projects, South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford
    2014 - The Drawing Project, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
    2014 - Urmson Burnett Photogram Open, Salisbury and London
    2013 - Small Change, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent
    2013 - Anonymous Drawings 2013, Kunstverein Tiergarten | Galerie Nord, Berlin
    2013 - I am awaiting the arrival of night, thegalleryatbankquayhouse, Warrington
    2013 - Through, Neo:Gallery 22, Bolton
    2012 - Trace, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol
    2012 - TRADING STATION, Curve Gallery, Liverpool
    2010 - Global Studio, The Bluecoat, Liverpool
    2010 - How much exchange can you stand?, Kuenstlervereinigung MAERZ and Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, Austria

    Curated projects
    2012 - riPOSTe, POST Liverpool, Liverpool/Austria
    2012 - TRADING STATION, POST Liverpool, Online and Newspaper publications Worldwide, exhibition in Liverpool
    2008 - Move, Self-Initiated group exhibition, Albert Dock, Liverpool.
    2006 - Lines of Investigation, Self-Initiated group exhibition, Albert Dock, Liverpool.

    Live/Performance
    2014 - Migrate: Free movement of workers, drawing performance at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
    2011 - Invisible City, Ruimte in Beweging, Schiedam, Netherlands

    Selected Residencies
    2014 - Time and Space Residency, METAL Southend.
    2012 - METAL International Residency to Shanghai, METAL Liverpool and Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
    2011 - AA2A residency, Salford University, Salford, UK

    Educational experience - early years (selected)
    2010 - A Tent of Objects/Midas Touch, St Helens Council, St Helens, Merseyside

    Educational experience - primary (selected)
    2004-2014 - Topic inspired, curriculum linked and practice-led arts workshops across KS1 and KS2 in North West schools.

    Educational experience - secondary (selected)
    2009-2014 - Inspired Responses, Various High Schools and The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn and Widnes, Cheshire
    2005-2014 - Tailored workshops for high schools across the North West

    Public realm commissions (selected)
    2014 - New Mills Arts Festival
    2013 - Town Centre Interventions, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington
    2009 - Flights of Fancy - Process led family workshops and Permanent Artworks, Robins Lane Children's Centre, Huyton, Merseyside
    2008 - Movement and Play - Privacy Panels for a window space, Sandy lane Nursery, Warrington

    Qualifications and training
    2003 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool