Approved: 04.10.2014

Gillian Widden

Artist, Maker

Approved: 04.10.2014

My work is informed by my rural surroundings, nature providing me with the physical material and the inspiration for most of my work. This usually involves traditional skills such as coppicing, stripping, splitting, and charring of wood, weaving with natural materials, and drying of berries, to create contemporary art works.

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  • Location: Taunton, South West
  • Artforms: Basketry, Environment, Installation, Sculpture
  • Tags: charring and whittling, stripping, coppicing, traditional woodworking skills, fuller's teasel, dupsicus sativus, the hooked teasels, gather-ing, the priory stoke sub hamdon, somerset national trust, bushel baskets, fuller's teasels, dipsacus sativus, the hooked teasel, somerset art works
 

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    Biography

    My work is informed by my rural surroundings, nature providing me with the physical material and the inspiration for most of my work. This usually involves traditional skills such as coppicing, stripping, splitting, and charring of wood, weaving with natural materials, and drying of berries, to create contemporary art works.

    The quantities of the material gathered, and the preservation and decomposition of this material have becoming increasingly important in my work, and reflect my preoccupation with the passage of time and the fragility and preciousness of life.

    CV & Education

    Education

    2012 B.A.(Hons) Fine Art (First Class), University of Plymouth

    2011 Foundation Degree Fine Art, University of Plymouth

     

    Exhibitions

    2017: ‘Gather-ing’ A Contemporary Craft Commission for Somerset Rural life Museum Glastonbury

    2017: Telling Tales The Brewhouse Theatre and Art Gallery Taunton

    2017: Trinity THe Bishops Palace Wells

    2017: Museum of Somerset A Fragile Beauty Art in the Blackdowns

    2016: Atkinson Gallery Summer Open

    2016: Thelma Hulbert Open Honiton

    2016: Broadway Open Art Competion

    2015: Wells Art Contemporary

    2015: ‘Gather-ing,’ Contemporary craft commission for the Priory, Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somerset. Initiated by Somerset Art Works, and the National Trust. Curated by Craftspace.2015 : Hand of Four Group Exhibition for Somerset Arts Festival, Brewhouse Theatre and Art Gallery, Taunton.

    2015 : Wells Art Contemporary.

    2015 : 'Gather-ing,' Contemporary craft commission for the Priory, Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somerset.Initiated by Somerset Art Works and the National Trust. Curated by Craftspace.

    2015: Saltaire Arts Trail, Open Houses.

    2015: The Open West, Cheltenham.

    2015: Black Swan Open Frome. Shortlisted for Solo Show Prize.

    2014: Quartz Exhibition, Queens College Taunton.‘The Big Tease, made in conjunction with Queens Junior School.

    2013: Somerset Art Week. Part of the Abundance Garden Trail, commissioned by Somerset Art Works in partnership with the National Garden Scheme. 

    2013: Blackdown Hills Artists and Makers, commissioned for Stage 2 of the Skills Unearthed Project, Cotley Barn, near Chard, Somerset.

    2012 : Pre-selected RWA Open.

    2012: Blackdown Hills Artists and Makers, commissioned for Stage 1 of the Skills Unearthed Project, Thurlbear Wood.

    2012: Somerset Art Week. ‘Thread’ at the White Space Somerset College, a Post Graduate Exhibition supported by Reveal Somerset.

    2012: Flight of the Cranes, a contemporary art exhibition at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Gloucestershire, a partnership between Somerset Art Works and the RSPB. The work was created in response to the Great Crane Project on the Somerset Levels.

    2012: 3rd Year Degree Show at Somerset College Taunton and at the Brewhouse Taunton.

    2011: Summer Open at the Atkinson Gallery, Millfield.

    2011: ‘Multicollared’ 2nd Year Fine Art Exhibition at the Old Collar Factory Taunton.