Approved: 07.08.2007

Clare Winnan

Artist, Curator, Maker

Approved: 07.08.2007

Clare Winnan is an artist, maker and upholsterer based in Wiltshire. She revives objects through reusing, recycling and revamping. She uses objects to create pieces that are nostalgic and sometimes kitsch by using found objects often linked to childhood that evoke memories. 

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    Artist Statement

    Clare Winnan is an artist, maker and upholsterer based in Wiltshire. She revives objects through reusing, recycling and revamping. She uses objects to create pieces that are nostalgic and sometimes kitsch by using found objects often linked to childhood that evoke memories. 

    As a child, Clare created dioramas using objects that she found in her home and garden, such as petals, pebbles and small dead animals and this idea and desire to create sculptures in this way have stuck with her ever since. Escpecially her love of the macabre.

    Clare's pieces often have a twist on them, either in the use of opposing materials or unlikely media to realise her ideas. Taxidermied animals and the preservation of insects features heavily in her work to create a juxtaposition within her sculptures, creating a sense of death coming to life. 

    Born in Kent, Clare moved to Bath in 2004 to study a degree in Fine Art Sculpture at Bath Spa University. She moved after graduating university to Cornwall and then Brighton but was drawn back to the South West where she now lives and works. Her studio is at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham. 

    CV & Education

    Associations

    The Pound Art Gallery, Corsham, Wiltshire. (Studio artist)

    44AD Art Gallery and Studios, Bath. (Associate artist)

    Qualifications and training

    2018 - Professional qualification in upholstery, The Traditional School of Upholstery, Holt

    2008 - PGCE Art and Design, Brighton University, Brighton

    2007 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Bath Spa University, Bath

    Selected exhibitions

    2020 - Selected from open exhibition at Oink Gallery, Swindon

    2020 - 'Bath Spa Alumni exhibition' selected artist at Sion Hill Gallery, Bath

    2020 - Invited artist at Lane House Arts Gallery, Biddestone, Wiltshire

    2019 - 'Revive' exhibition at Pound Arts Centre

    2019 - 'Fantastic and Strange' (artist and curator) group show as part of Fringe Arts Bath

    2019 - Selected artist for Pound Arts Open, Pound Art Gallery, Corsham

    2018 - 'Hopeful Monsters' Roper Gallery at Bath Artists Studio, Bath (as part of a selected 6 week residency)

    2018 - Exhibition and silent auction at Royal United Hospital, Bath

    2017 - 'Obsessive Compulsive Practice' (artist and curator) group show as part of Fringe Arts Bath, Bath

    2017 - The Bath Open, group show at 44AD gallery, Bath

    2017 - 'Foundlings' group show responding to other artists work, Bath. 

    2016 - Pound Art Open, Pound Art Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire.

    2015 - Papergirl Calgary, Calgary, Canada.

    2015 - Hide and Seek, Fringe Arts Bath, Bath.

    2015 - Pretty In Pink, Bath Artist Studios, Bath.

    2015 - Group touring show, Trowbridge Arts Centre, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

    2014 - Box Wonders, No Format Gallery, Greenwich, London.

    2014 - Deck the walls, 44AD Gallery, Bath.

    2014 - Pound Art Open, Pound Art Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire.

    2014 - 'Nostalgia Project', Bristol Biennial, Edwardian Cloakrooms, Bristol

    2014 - 'Eighth wonder', 44ad Gallery, Bath

    2014 - 'Out of the box', Fringe Arts Bath, Stall Street, Bath

    2014 - Textile! , ArtStation, Huddersfield

    2013 - Deck The Walls, 44AD, Bath

    2013 - The Pound Arts Open, The Pound, Corsham, Wiltshire

    2013 - Larkhall Open Studios Exhibition, New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, Bath, Bath

    2013 - Uncovered, Fringe Arts Bath (Stall Street), Bath

    2012 - Larkhall Open Studios, New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, Bath

    2012 - Papergirl Bristol, The Looking Glass Art Space, Bristol

    2012 - Recycle A Book, Bath Central Library, Bath

    2011 - Fringe Arts Bath, The Officers Club, Stall Street, Bath

    2010 - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, Bath Fringe Festival, Milsom Place, Bath

    2009 - Canterbury Festival Art Fair, University College for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

    2008 - Canterbury Art Fair, The University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

    2007 - Canterbury Festival Art Fair, University College for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

    2007 - Bath Spa Degree Show, Bath Spa University

    2007 - 'Vitamin Bath' Group Exhibition, Trewman Brewery, London

    2007 - 'Death Is The Most Exciting Part Of Living', Somerset Place, Bath

    2006 - 'Ode to Eva', Dis-used shop, Cleveland Terrace, Bath

    2005 - Bath Fringe Festival, Various locations, Bath