Approved: 07.02.2018

Clare Qualmann

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 07.02.2018

I am an artist/researcher working across a wide range of media; from drawing and sculpture to text-works and live art events (often in the form of walks). Collaborative practice is at the core of my work – with interdisciplinary projects that use the creative methods of art and performance making to construct research enquiry. Outcomes are multi-form and engage audiences in both their process and presentation. 

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

I am an artist/researcher working across a wide range of media; from drawing and sculpture to text-works and live art events (often in the form of walks). Collaborative practice is at the core of my work – with interdisciplinary projects that use the creative methods of art and performance making to construct research enquiry. Outcomes are multi-form and engage audiences in both their process and presentation. 

I am interested in work that connects people and places, uncovering stories in order to activate the overlooked and construct new narratives. I am excited by the potential of walking as a medium that holds political potential and that can blur the boundaries between art and everyday life. Projects such as Perambulator (2011-ongoing) work from an auto-ethnographic standpoint, beginning with personal experience and then expanding to include a range of participants and collaborators, the project explores gendered spaces, maternal narratives and shifting identities, inequality and mobilities. Outputs include a series of photographic works, performances and live art events, a blog, and several pieces of writing. 

In 2007 I was a founding member of the Walking Artists Network, and continue to facilitate its online presence, occasional events, and a seminar series that connects those using walking as part of a creative critical practice. From 2012-2015 I was Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded networks project 'Footwork: The Walking Artists Network as mobile community' which extended the scope of the network internationally in a focussed research enquiry connecting academics, practitioners and cultural stakeholders. 

 

CV & Education

 

Education:

2007/2008

London Metropolitan University, PGCERT Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

1996/1999

Liverpool Art School, BA (HONS) Textiles, Fine Art Pathway

1995/1996

Winchester School of Art, Foundation Art and Design

 

Selected Exhibitions:

2018 Labors: An Exhibition Exploring the Complexities of Motherhood, Pearl Conard Art Gallery, Ohio State University, Mansfield, USA

2015 Gossip and Nonsense, joint show, The Bank Gallery at the Cass, London

2013-2014 Walk On: 40 years of walking art, group show with walkwalkwalk, Pitshangar Manor Gallery, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, mac Birmingham, Plymouth City Museum & Gallery

2009 Flash Company, group show, Cecil Sharp House, London, 30th April – 28th June

2008 walkwalkwalk: stories from the Exeter archive, offsite project, Exeter Central Station, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, 12th April – 1st September

2007 Peer Esteem, group show, Five Years Gallery, London, 15th September – 23rd September

2007 E8 the heart of Hackney, group show, Transition Gallery London, 15th June – 15th July

2007 Mapping, group show, Bury Art Gallery, 21st April – 30th June

2006 - 2007 Collect Transform Repeat, group show, Michael West Gallery, Isle of Wight, 4th November – 14th January

 

Selected Events & Performances:

2015-17 East End Jam, walk, workshop and live art event, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

2014 Renaissance Rumours and Chinese Whispers, performance, Somerset House, Part of the Inside Out festival at King’s College London

2014 Perambulator Parade, Baby Slow Marathon Deveron Arts, Huntly, Scotland, May

2012 Perambulator, part of 'Chain' at Lewisham Art House, 24th May

2010 Homage to Mrs. Rowlatt, or, there's no such thing as black felt tips (from the series 'everything I learned in science') performed as part of 'Correspondence', London Metropolitan University 25th and 26th June

2010 Spinning Stories, a walk about laundry, with Emily Butterworth, London, 17th & 22nd July

2010 Darned Memory, a walk around memory, mending and Millbank, London, 25th March

2009 The Nightwash laundry chorus, London, 14th October

2009 Spinning Stories, a walk about laundry, with Emily Butterworth, London, 19th September

2008 Night walk Marsh Barton, part of walkwalkwalk: stories from the Exeter archive, 12th April

2007walkwalkwalk at Chelsea Physic Garden, InTransit festival, 18th July

2007 Chip Shop tour of E8, walkwalkwalk, Architecture week, 21st June

2006 walkwalkwalk at Camden Arts Centre, 6th September

2005 - 2009 Nine night walks, including The Musical, Points of Non-Interest and Things that have gone, walkwalkwalk, London

2005 walkwalkwalk: an archaeology of the familiar and forgotten, live installation, Design History Society conference, London, September

 

Residencies:

2014 Deveron Arts, Huntly, Scotland

2008/9 The Women’s Library, London, research residency

2007 Spacex Gallery, Exeter, research residency, walkwalkwalk, August

2006 Camden Arts Centre, live art residency, Space in Architecture series, walkwalkwalk, August

 

Collections & Commissions:

2009/2010 Artsadmin, Site-specific works for Bethnal Green Old Town Hall, walkwalkwalk

2008 The Women’s Library and LCACE, Spinning Stories, with Dr.Emily Butterworth

 Publications:

2017 Walking Women (study room guide, co-edited with Amy Sharrocks) Live Art Development Agency

2017 The artist in the library (article) Performance Research Journal

2016 Perambulator (article) Studies in the Maternal

2015 Ways to Wander, (book co-edited with Claire Hind) Triarchy Press, Axminster

2013 Spuren Verfolgung: Walking and Talking East London (co-authored article with Mark Hunter) in Weishaar, B. (ed) Spaziergangswissenschaft in Praxis: Formate in Fortbewegung, Jovis Verlag gmbh.

2013 Walkwalkwalk: Stories from the Bethnal Green Archive (article) in Selected Essays from the On Walking conference, University of Sunderland

2009 Spinning Stories, A walk about laundry, 16p, with Emily Butterworth, Published by Site Projects, isbn 978-0-9554379-5-3, September

2009 walkwalkwalk: stories from the Exeter Archive, 32p, published by Site Projects, isbn 978-0-9554379-4-6, June

2007 E8 the heart of Hackney, 64p, published by Transition editions, isbn 0954895444, June

2006 walkwalkwalk: The Musical, audio CD, edition of 100, walkwalkwalk, Tai Shani and Stephen Fowler, isbn 978-0-9554379-2-2, November

2006 Collect Transform Repeat, 44p, Published by Site Projects, isbn 978-0-9554379-0-8, October

2006 Nerds Rock, audio CD, edition of 50, walkwalkwalk in association with Camden Arts Centre, September

Curatorial

 2016 Walking Women, co-curated with Amy Sharrocks, Somerset House, 11th-17th July, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh 11th August

 

Employment:

2010 - 0.5 Lecturer, University of East London, Institute for Performing Arts Development

2004 - Associate Lecturer, London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

Web:

http://www.clarequalmann.co.uk

http://exeterstories.blogspot.com/

http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk

http://walkfinds.blogspot.com/

http://spinningstories.wordpress.com

http://pedleystreetrip.blogspot.com/

http://walkingartistsnetwork.org/