Approved: 09.09.2021

Gaia Redgrave

Artist, Consultant, Film-maker, Project manager, Researcher

Approved: 09.09.2021

Gaia is a neuro-divergent visual artist, creative facilitator, mentor and diversity advocate, living and working in Wales. Since her recent R&D focus, her work has evolved and is essentially autoethnographical, concerning itself with a deep connection to space and place, exploring how our sense of belonging, to landscape, place or culture, impacts our sense of self and our emotional health and wellbeing.

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Artist Statement

Gaia is a neuro-divergent visual artist, creative facilitator, mentor and diversity advocate, living and working in Wales. Since her recent R&D focus, her work has evolved and is essentially autoethnographical, concerning itself with a deep connection to space and place, exploring how our sense of belonging, to landscape, place or culture, impacts our sense of self and our emotional health and wellbeing.

Gaia’s work describes a pathway to rewilding in the widest sense and celebrates a return to our authentic selves. Her current research investigates the intrinsic link between humanity and a sensed, but unseen, Spirit of the Land, focussed on the landscape of Mynydd Preseli.

Exploring landscape and her own sensory experience she constructs and curates a narrative of human and natural existence both past and present, which is documented and shared through film, performance and placement and the creation of shared space.

Gaia is currently working with g39 to imagine their refocus in relation to the Welsh cultural contract, the pandemic and levelling up campaigns such as #BLM. Her recent commission ‘Kindness’ made for WARP g39 supports the sector to understand neurodivergent individuals. She is consulting with Arts Council Wales to help redesign their application procedure for neurodivergent artists. Gaia is an Oriel Davies Associate Artist, creatively supporting their work with Access and Inclusion.

Gaia’s future aspirations include the facilitation of sector change to encompass a culture of care and to embody her work in her local landscape where it becomes a meeting place of body and minds focussing on social and individual peace & healing.

CV & Education

Gaia Redgrave Artist CV

 

Contact details:

Rhyddid, Glandwr, Whitland, Pembrokeshire, SA34 0UA

[email protected]

 

Education

 

2012 BA Hons Fine Art (First Class), Birmingham City University (Solihull Campus)

1993 HNC Art & Craft Studies (Textiles, Metalwork & Ceramics), Coventry University

1992 Foundation in Art & Design, Coventry University

 

Selected Exhibitions & Performances:

 

2020

Outdoor / Indoors DAC Art Prize, Oriel Davies, Powys, Wales

Outdoor / Indoors DAC Art Prize, Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, Wales

 

2019

Life (University of the Self), Open Exhibition: Q Gallery, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

 

2018

The Ma of Equilibrium (Performance), Live Screen, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry (Commissioned by Home for Waifs & Strays)

 

2015

15 Minutes (Performance collaboration with Aleksander Wojtulewicz), Backbone, Home for Waifs & Strays, Digbeth, Birmingham

 

2014

YOU (Performance), Breaking the Law / Burning Down the House, Home for Waifs & Strays, Digbeth, Birmingham

Life (University of the Self), Coventry Open, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

 

Selected Funded Projects & Commissions

 

2021

Rewilding the Artist (Arts Council Wales Lottery Grant Funded)

 

2020

Kindness – An Artists Resource. Commissioned by g39/WARP

 

2020

Raising the Bar Together, supporting access for disabled artists. (Arts Council Wales Lottery Grant Funded)

 

Seminars, Initiatives & Curation

 

2020

Performance & Presentation: Unlimited Connects Wales: Making Space – Curating disabled Artists (in conjunction with Visual Art Group Wales) https://weareunlimited.org.uk/making-space-curating-disabled-artists/

 

2013

Seminar: Social Sculpture: The Role of the Artist, Roots Gallery, Coventry

Curation team member, Vessel: Roots Gallery Open Exhibition, Coventry

 

2012

Performance: Fragile, Femme:5, Roots Gallery, Coventry

Performance: [UP] Unhinged Plan (experimental performance and installation group), Meter Room, Coventry

 

Panels & Consultancy

 

2021 Wales Cultural Alliance – Cultural Content Panel

2021 National Centre for |Learning Welsh – Equality Focus Group

2021 g39 – Consultation Group: Strategic Equality Action Plan and Cultural Contract

 

Awards & Prizes

 

2020 DAC Art Prize Finalist

2014 HCE 10: The Circles Competition (3rd Prize)

2012 Judith Phillips Award for Outstanding Achievement

2011 Shortlisted for Phoenix Group Creative Prize

 

Supporters

 

2021 Oriel Davies – Associate Artist

2020 Art Council Wales Lottery Fund for Raising the Bar Together

2019, 2020 & 2021 g39 - Mentoring

2018 DASH – Cultivate (mentoring)