Approved: 16.08.2006

Gillian Hobson

Artist, Consultant, Curator, Project manager, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006




    A history of working with glass, light and space informs Hobson’s practice across photographic, moving image, sculpture and installation based approaches. Works are concerned with the interplay between person and place, how it can be understood, analysed and constructed through art-making, addressing the importance of environment in everyday experience.


    Themes consider what is at stake in the spaces we occupy and are central to imagining how artistic approaches can slow, re-orientate and redefine the ongoing relation of the person to their everyday spaces of occupation.


    Recent projects include commissioned artworks for Tegel: Flights of Fancy, shown at Babylon Kino, Berlin and Site Gallery, Sheffield, and the research residency Evaluating Public Art: Light Logic, part of the AHRC Knowledge Exchange in Design Programme.


    Recent activities include showings and presentations in Germany, Switzerland and Ireland, as well as the UK. She is a participating member of The World Ornamental Forum, an international community exploring ornament and gesture at the intersection of art and economics, and Creative Director of the Lightlines Project, supported by Arts Council England, an initiative concerned with subjectivity and place explored through digital and installation art practices.


    She is a contributing author of Interactive Experience in the Digital Age (Pub. Springer Series on Cultural Computing) and author of Recovery, commissioned by RDaSH NHS Foundation Trust, exploring creative strategies for recovering from enduring mental health problems.


    Her work is featured in numerous publications, including Tegel: Speculations and Propositions (Pub. The Green Box, Berlin) and the British Glass Biennale 2015 Catalogue.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 2012 - KED Research Associate, Site Gallery, Sheffield UK 2011 - Accredited Coach for Creative Leadership, Creative Partnerships, Hull 2010 - Doctoral Researcher in Contemporary Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield UK 2010 - MA Contemporary Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield 1987 - Three Dimensional Design, Birmingham Polytechnic, Birmingham UK Solo exhibitions 2012 - Gill Hobson, 28 Plough Hill Gallery, Caistor 2010 - Negotiated Territories, SIA Gallery, Sheffield UK 2010 - Objects & Artworks, Abbey Walk Gallery, Lincolnshire 2008 - Gill Hobson, Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire 2008 - Gill Hobson - Inspirations in Glass, Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, Barton upon Humber 2006 - Gill Hobson , National Glass Centre, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear Group exhibitions 2012 - Head & Whole 2, Abbey Walk Gallery, North East Lincolnshire 2012 - Tegel: Flights of Fancy, Babylon Cinema, Berlin, Germany 2010 - British Glass , Plowden & Thompson, Midlands 2010 - Take Thirty, Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands 2009 - British Glassmakers, Obsidian Gallery, Surrey 2009 - Cohesion, Pyramid Gallery, York 2008 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London 2008 - British Glassmakers Exhibition, Obsidian Art Gallery, Stoke Mandeville 2008 - Cohesion Glassmakers Exhibition, British Embassy & Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, UAE Curated projects 2012 - Head & Whole 2, Abbey Walk Gallery, North East Lincolnshire 2012 - Winter Wonderlands, 2021 Gallery, North Lincolnshire 2008 - AXIS Curated Selection: Decorative/Ornament, AXIS, 2005 - Glass Threads , Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford, UK Live/Performance 2012 - Gill Hobson and Abbey Walk Gallery, LIGHTWORKS 2012, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby Artist talks 2012 - Belonging: Cultural Topographies of Identity, University College, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland 2012 - Head & Whole 2: Talking Heads, Abbey Walk Gallery, North East Lincolnshire 2012 - Knowledge Exchange in Design KED 1, BIAD, Birmingham 2012 - Knowledge Exchange in Design KED 2, BIAD, Birmingham Private commissions 2010 - Wall relief sculpture in glass, Private Residence, Lincolnshire 2008 - Commemorative Vessel Form, Private Residence, Lincolnshire 2007 - Meridian, Private Residence, London 2005 - Deep Blue Meridian, Domestic residence, Surrey Public commissions 2012 - Digital collage wall works, St Hughs Specialist College, Lincolnshire 2012 - Entrance artwork, Inmans Primary School, Yorkshire 2012 - Exterior Sculpture, Lindsey Lodge Hospice, North Lincolnshire 2011 - Arts & Wayfinding Strategy, The Ironstone Centre, NHS Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire 2011 - Chapel of Rememberence Sculpture, St Hughs Festival, Grimsby Minster, North East Lincolnshire 2010 - Interior works, Lindsey Lodge Hospice, Lincolnshire 2010 - Tree of Life Window, Sandfield House Arts Project, RDaSH NHS Trust, North East Lincolnshire 2009 - Rainbow Sculpture, The Cygnets Childrens Hospice, Lincolnshire Corporate commissions 2007 - SG Jewel, Gibson Guitar Town London, London 2006 - Sculpture, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Miami/London, Pride of Hawaii Vessel 2006 - Vessel Form, Watersedge , Lincolnshire Site specific 2011 - Lead Artist, The Ironstone Centre, NHS Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire 2010 - Lead Artist, Sandfield House,, Lincolnshire Other 2008 - Worked Acquired for Museum Collection, Museum of Nature in Art, Gloucestershire 2006 - Work acquired for Museum Collection, Broadfield House Glass Museum, Midlands