Approved: 16.05.2017

Gail Howard

Artist, Curator, Project manager

Approved: 16.05.2017

My work both as a visual artist and a curator, explores and questions our relationship to our environment, touching on how the political, social, economic and the cultural impact on our lives. Motivated by the belief that art can be actively transformative, my practice as an artist/curator has developed through the initiating of acts of collaboration, negotiation and re-imagination. The work is site and people responsive, focusing on dialogue, engagement and legacy, with an emphasis on working with groups and individuals who may have been excluded, don’t have an art background, or both.

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Artist Statement

My work both as a visual artist and a curator, explores and questions our relationship to our environment, touching on how the political, social, economic and the cultural impact on our lives. Motivated by the belief that art can be actively transformative, my practice as an artist/curator has developed through the initiating of acts of collaboration, negotiation and re-imagination. The work is site and people responsive, focusing on dialogue, engagement and legacy, with an emphasis on working with groups and individuals who may have been excluded, don’t have an art background, or both.

The Tu Fewn commission which I undertook from 2015-2016 with g39 in Cardiff was the first time that I have worked as a curator specifically in the context of disability and the arts. Using the concept of ‘adaptive resilience’ (the capacity for organisations to retain their integrity, maintain standards of excellence and remain productive within their core ethos whilst adapting in response to changing circumstances for both artist and audience), the project focused on a number of key areas - empathy, interpretation, access, diversity and the relationship between the mainstream and the margins; specifically addressing the space that exists between the mainstream contemporary art world and the Disability Arts Movement. Through dialogue and practical engagement with the space, the project attempted to unpick accepted institutional approaches to the arts, from the point that the visitor is first made aware of the exhibition to the point at which the artwork is encountered.This led to a further debate within the gallery and the wider art community about how best to deliver interpretive material which did not further alienate new visitors, and has resulted in one of my current preoccupations as an artist and a curator : to attempt to dispense with impenetrable handouts and presumptuous,pretentious artspeak. As a long term mental health service user, much of my own artwork references my experiences of manic depression and the way this is treated both within the NHS, and also in a societal/responsive context. I am a co founder/project manager of the hyper local Cardiff based organisation madeinroath, an artist led organisation which, through the use of overlooked, abandoned, domestic and community spaces has been delivering contemporary art of quality to the public since 2009.

CV & Education

 

GAIL HOWARD

Artist///Curator///Facilitator

contact : milkfloatcymru@gmail.com

Selected Exhibitions since 1997 :

  • Deep Place, Gallery 76m2, Pontypool 2017
  • yn cynnwys ni, does that include us? G39, 2016
  • Moment(o)s of Leaving, Whitchurch Psychiatric Hospital, 2016
  • All Back to Carols, Group Show, 2016
  • Migrant, Venice Biennale  2015
  • Births, Deaths and Shuffles, Cardiff Contemporary 2014
  • How The Light Gets In, Bay Art, Cardiff 2013
  • You Don’t Know Me, Cardiff, 2013
  • Apophenia, Attic Gallery, Cardiff, 2013
  • Fertile Body, Musee Perigorde, France 2013
  • Experimentica, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 2012
  • Subtweet Retweet - Tweet Me Up Tate Tanks, London 2012
  • Unexpected Room Solo off site project, MiR Festival 2011, Cardiff.
  • Mothers & Sons Collins Gallery Glasgow,Whistlers Mother Centenary Festival 2004
  • Mostyn Open Oriel Mostyn Llandudno, North Wales 2001
  • On Home Ground Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, North Wales 2000
  • in Restrospect  g39 Cardiff 1999
  • Dream Factory, Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff 1999
  • Blue Monday Mill Lane Studios, Cardiff 1998
  • Howard Gardens Gallery, Group Show 1997

commissions, residencies, collaborative projects since 1995 include :

  • National Museum of Wales, Cardiff & South Wales Valleys

  • Attic Gallery, Cardiff

  • Cardiff Contemporary

  • Sustrans charity for sustainable transport, South Wales Valleys

  • Mental Health Media, London/Cardiff

  • Artists in Schools Project, Cardiff

  • Ty Gwyn School, Cardiff

  • Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff

  • MINDCymru & Cardiff MIND

  • St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life.

  • National Gallery, London

  • Welsh Assembly

  • Salfran (for the promotion of awareness of sexual and cultural diversity)

  • SCOPE (for people with Cerebral Palsy), Cardiff

  • DART (Disability Advisory Resource Team) Cardiff

  • WEA (Workers Education Association) Cardiff

  • Cywaith Cymru, Tremorfa, Cardiff

  • Cardiff City Council

Education

1985 - 1988     BA (Hons) First Class Philosophy/History of Ideas  Middlesex Polytechnic

1994 - 1997    BA (Hons)  Upper Second Fine Art University of Wales Institute Cardiff