Approved: 16.08.2006

Gillian Brent

Artist, Gallery educator

Approved: 16.08.2006


I am an artist who works mainly in sculpture. I interpret particular contexts and places by investigating perceptions of the physical environment and how it reflects and affects people’s social and intuitive behaviour. The work is constructed using formal and aesthetic relationships that respond and allude to objects, space and dynamics, creating new ones that synthesise and subvert my experiences and observations of the world. 

A large part of my practice is in a learning, engagement and research context working with both adults and children in arts projects and programmes with galleries, universities, public and community organisations.


CV & Education

Solo exhibitions
2008 - 'Thicket', Persistence Works, Sheffield
2006 - 'Outlook', Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby
2006 - 'Outlook', Pickford's House Museum, Derby
2006 - 'Outlook', The Architecture Centre, Bristol
2004 - 'Surface Tension', Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
2001 - 'Standing Ground', Wysing Arts, Cambridge
2001 - 'Timesight', 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
2000 - 'Building Sight', Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Doncaster
1999 - New steel sculpture, The Orangery, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham
1999 - 'Steel placement', Sanctuary Courtyard, Upper Chapel, Sheffield
1998 - 'Household Names' , Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport
1994 - Wall-based Sculpture, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
1990 - Woodlands Art Gallery, London
1988 - Worcester City Art Gallery

Group exhibitions
2011 - Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London
2007 - Annual exhibition, Newby Hall Sculpture Park, Ripon (since 2002)
2004 - 'Secret Garden', Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
2000 - Sampled, Rotherham Art Gallery
1999 - Inside Out, Art Co, Leeds
1998 - House Room, Ruskin Craft Gallery, Sheffield
1998 - Two Person Exhibition with Monair Hyman, Wrexham Arts Centre
1996 - Engineering Art, Swan Hunter Shipyard, Wallsend
1996 - Outer Limits, Two Person Show, Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley
1993 - Metal Sculpture, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

2012 - Underscore, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

Public commissions
2017 - ‘Interconnect’, Nottingham YMCA
2016 - ‘School of Makers’, wall panels, Manor Lodge Primary School, Sheffield.
2014 - ‘Ocean chest’, handling artwork for people with Dementia, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.
2013 - 'Worry nuts' & 'Untangling memories', Leicestershire Open Museum, Leicestershire
2012 - 'Bird's Eye View', Laughton Common, commissioned by Rotherham MBC
2007 - 'From the undergrowth', Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Derbyshire
2007 - 'Rain:slow filter:clean water', Manor Fields Sustainable Urban Drainage System, Sheffield
2007 - Ten 'megaflowers', Edlington Victoria Primary School, nr Doncaster
2006 - Lead artist, Westfield School PFI new build, Sheffield
2006 - 'Seven ages', Southmead, Bristol
2006 - Window screens, Greenhill Library, Sheffield
2005 - 'Megaflowers', Woodseats Junior School, Sheffield
2005 - Sculpture sign, Brazley Community Centre, Bolton
2003 - Lead artist, new build Space for Sports and Art, Netherthorpe Primary School, Sheffield 2003 - Lead artist, new build Space for Sports and Art, Southey Green Junior School, Sheffield

Gallery learning
2009-present - Associate Artist, Nottingham Contemporary
2010-present - Artist, The Hepworth Wakefield
2016 - Art Sheffield tours for young people, Site Gallery, Sheffield
2015 - 'Learning Together' action research with families, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
2012 - Chatsworth Education Trust, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
2007 - Shape of Ideas, Tate Liverpool/Rolls Royce , Liverpool and Derby
2005 - Particolare=detail, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 
2004 - Shape of Ideas, Tate Liverpool/Rolls Royce, Liverpool and Derby

2010 - 'Wall garden', Bollo Brook Youth Centre, South Acton, London
2009 - 'Changing space', Creative Partnerships Sheffield, Stannington Infants School, Sheffield 2009 - Sculpture for Travellers' sites made with young people, Southwark Travellers Action Group, London
2009 - Three year change school programme, Creative Partnerships, Norfolk Community Primary School, Sheffield 2009 - Two year change school programme, Creative Partnerships, Armthorpe Tranmoor Primary School, Doncaster
2007 - Inside out, Creative Partnerships, Sir Harold Jackson Primary School, Sheffield
2007 - Looking to the Sky, CapeUK/Creative Partnerships Sheffield, Manor Lodge Community Primary School, Sheffield
2006 - Creative partner , Creative Partnerships Sheffield, Spring Lane College Inclusion Support Unit, Sheffield
2005 - 'Mood mapping', Herringthorpe Junior School, Rotherham