Approved: 16.08.2006

Gill Newton

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Inspired by an inner reality I make impermanent, balanced sculptural assemblages and carbon drawings, often grouped in relational installations.

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    Artist Statement

    Inspired by an inner reality I make impermanent, balanced sculptural assemblages and carbon drawings, often grouped in relational installations.

    I explore and respond to place instinctively, making drawings, noticing and collecting organic and mundane objects or discarded materials on my way; moss, twig, brick fragment, used tea bag, postcard of a painting, carbon paper, tools, paintbrush or pallet wood, all chosen for their accessibility and peculiar qualities.

    Touch, balance, chance and play are crucial to my process as these collected objects and materials are frequently refurbished, repaired, painted and combined by hand with low tech methods, into sculptural assemblages and drawings.

    A significant aspect of my practice is the continual recycling of objects and materials, changing as they will with repeated use. Sculptural assemblages are disassembled and the elements reconfigured into new ones. Drawings made in multiples are reviewed, layered and recombined differently or occasionally burnished onto assemblages.
        
    Through the making of my works I seek solace from the whirl of the world and aspire to share an appreciation of the humdrum or disregarded.

    CV & Education

         

    projects
    I am a founding member of Drawing Connections (2015) a group of artists working collaboratively to extend the medium of drawing. We have exhibited in the UK and Internationally

    professional development and residencies
    2012 Contributing speaker ‘Drawing Lines’ Pecha Kucha No 7, The Hepworth, Wakefield
    2008 Selected for Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme University of Portsmouth

    education
    2012   MA Fine Art,Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London 
    1991   BA (Hon's) 3 D Design (Metals) West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham

    solo exhibitions (edited list)
    2006    Craft & Design Showcase, Oriel Davis Gallery, Newtown, Powys
    2006    First Sight Showcase, Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Hove
    2004    Jewellery Showcase, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
    2002    Jewellery Showcase, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

    group exhibitions (edited list)
    2020   Postponed until 2022 
    'Strange Lightness', duo show, venue to be confirmed
    2019   Yellow Edge Gallery Open, Gosport, Hampshire
    2019   Drawing Connections|Murmuration’ (selected) hARTslane, London
    2019   'Time Memory and Transience' St Georges Church, Esher, Surrey
    2019   'Go Figure’, (selected) Summer Open, Guggleton Farm Arts, Stalbridge, Dorset
    2018   Bath Open Art Prize, (selected) 44AD Fringe Arts Bath
    2018   Drawing Connections, Studio 93a, Artist Open Houses, Brighton
    2017    'Between a Rock and a Divine Space', duo show, no format Gallery, London
    2016    'A Many Sided Thing: Drawing Connections, A-Side B-Side Gallery, London
    2016    'On Our Way to Where: Drawing Connections, hARTslane Project Space, London
    2015    ''Make/Create', (selected) The Crypt Gallery, London
    2015    'Line and Light' duo show, The Wall's Cafe Gallery, Husk, London
    2013    ‘Motivation Meaning and Making’, Craft Central, Clerkenwell, London
    2013    ‘Perspective’, (selected) Farnham Library Gardens, Farnham, Surrey
    2012    Postgraduate Summer Show, Wimbledon College of Art, Wimbledon
    2012    ‘Wunderkammer’, The Nunnery, London
    2011    ‘Futura Bold/ Futura Oblique’, The Nunnery, London
    2009    ‘Where we were before’ AA2A 10th Anniversary CCi Space, University of Portsmouth,
    2008    ‘Inspired by the banks of London’, ACJ London Group, A&D Gallery, London
    2007    Craft Showcase, (selected) aspex (gallery), Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
    2006    ‘Heirlooms’, ACJ Membership Exhibition, St Botolphs Church, Aldgate, London
    2005    ‘Cracker’, (selected) Kath Libbert, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford
    2004    ‘Jewellery Unlimited’, (selected) Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol

    publications (edited list)
    2011    a-n blog: http://www.a_n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/1266395
    2011    One-Liner-Opinion, http://onviewonline.craftscouncil.org.uk/one-liner-opinion/
    2007    Jewellers: The Directory, A&C Black Publishers
    2006    Heirlooms, an exhibition of rings, Catalogue, Edited byProf. G Votalato & E Callinicos
    2004    Jewellery Unlimited, Catalogue, Edited by Holly Belsher & Jessica Turrell

    background
    I set aside designing and making jewellery in 2008 to explore the motivations behind my craft practice and gained my MA Fine Art in 2012. Alongside my craft practice I worked as a freelance consultant and subject specialist. I also taught visual arts subjects, including professional development, within adult, further and higher education settings until 2016