Approved: 12.11.2012

Harriet Hill

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Technician

Approved: 12.11.2012

Harriet Hill is based in South East London. She creates sculpture, site-specific installation and interactive live art that responds to the visceral qualities of materials, physical space and social frameworks. These may be structural, spatial, experiential or tactile. She is interested in the way these elements affect us and how they can be manipulated.

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    Artist Statement

    Harriet Hill is based in South East London. She creates sculpture, site-specific installation and interactive live art that responds to the visceral qualities of materials, physical space and social frameworks. These may be structural, spatial, experiential or tactile. She is interested in the way these elements affect us and how they can be manipulated.

    Working in a playful and dynamic way she uses evocative materials such as elastic, cardboard, felt and tape. She creates sculpture or contextual drawings that stimulate narrative through using the installation space as part of the work. By revealing or highlighting what is already there a viewer’s perception of an object and it's environment can be shifted or changed.

    This methodology also applies with a more recent move into live art and the emergence of her letter costumes. Working collaboratively with performers and videographers, Harriet groups these wearable sculptures into words to make singular, resonant statements. Taking them on walkabout around streets and public spaces the letters talk to people as they go about the word and its varied meanings. These moving artworks investigate similar ideas to her other work but from a performative rather than static angle: "My installations play with the dynamic of a space, becoming alive when the viewer moves through them. Conversely, the peopled words are alive themselves and move amongst the viewers and through the space." 

    Harriet has an MFA Textiles from Goldsmiths 2007 and supports her practise working in art fabrication.

    CV & Education

    UPCOMING:

    Rescheduled from April 2020:

    2021: Word walkabout at Tate Exchange with the Feminist Library

    2022: POLITICS IN ART exhibition: Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow 

     

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

    2019: SCULPT by Art in the Churches, North Yorkshire: site-specific sculptural installation                     commissioned in a rural church      https://www.artinthechurches.co.uk/

               TAKE BACK CONTROL, Crypt Gallery, London: Work in response to media                                 coverage of the Brexit referendum 2016

               PECKHAM FESTIVAL: Screening of PEOPLE MAKE PECKHAM

    2018: TATE Exchange, London: Female filmakers in Southwark showreel

               M2(at)15, APT Gallery, deptford - 'M3' letter costume

               OBS Gallery, Tonbridge: Installation - 'Wall Stitch'

    2017/18: P.E.C.K.H.A.M. Letter costume projects as part of Peckham Festival

    2011/18: OPEN STUDIO as part of The Nunhead Art Trail: experimental interventions                               and studio pieces

     2017: WORD PLAY, Forest Gate Arts, London: various word pieces

                OBS Gallery, Tonbridge: collection of small maquettes and found objects

    2016: BREAD AND JAM, London: site-specific installation 'Karzy Camo'

    2015: FRESH AIR SCULPTURE, Gloucestershire

    2013/14: FINALIST: National Sculpture Prize, Broomhill Art Foundation, Devon

    2012: ‘HOLE IN WALL’, M2 Gallery, London: solo show - installation

    2011: ASYLUM CHAPEL, Peckham, London

    2008: BUSSEY BUILDING, London: sculpture and installation

              FREIGHTLINERS FARM, Islington: residency and installation

              ‘ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MINERAL’, Deptford Arms: solo show - installation

    2007: MFA GRADUATE SHOW, Goldsmiths: sculptural installation

    2006: BREWERY ARTS, Cirencester: solo show of wall and sculptural work

               LLOWES COURT, Hay-on-Wye: joint show

               FIBRE, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds

    2005: ROYAL EXCHANGE, Manchester: solo showcase

               GALANTHUS GALLERY, Herefordshire: solo show - wall pieces

               WASHINGTON GALLERY, Penarth: solo show - sculptural work

               CHELSEA CRAFTS FAIR 2005: sculptural furniture

               UNDER CONSTRUCTION Gallery Top, Derbyshire

    2004: LLANTARNAM GRANGE ARTS CENTRE, Cwmbran

              THE MEADS GALLERY, Warwick University: solo showcase

    2003: THE GUARDIAN HAY FESTIVAL, Hay-on-Wye: solo show

              

    FESTIVALS AND EVENTS: WORDS

    2019: INDEX Festival, Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture International fringe: H.O.M.E. a two                     day walkabout, conversations with the public and film.

               HOME on the High Street, Slough: H.O.M.E., a walkabout and film as part of                               Marcelo Sanchez's Text Bender event   

    2018: H.O.M.E. as part of Southwark Refugee Week

              TATE Exchange, London: Female filmakers in Southwark, showcase

    2017/19: Peckham Festival: P.E.C.K.H.A.M. and “ PEOPLE MAKE PECKHAM”

     

    COMMISSIONS AND PROJECTS:

    2019: SCULPT by Art in the Churches, North Yorkshire: site-specific sculptural installation                     commissioned in a rural church      https://www.artinthechurches.co.uk/

               INDEX Festival, Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture International fringe: H.O.M.E. a two                     day walkabout, conversations with the public and film.

               HOME on the High Street, Slough: H.O.M.E., a walkabout and film as part of                               Marcelo Sanchez's Text Bender event   

    2016: LADY MARGARET SCHOOL, London: cross for school entrance, commission

    2011: HATCH SPACE, London: Curating project and site-specific installation     

    2003: HAMPTON COURT, Herefordshire: Outdoor sculptural commission

     

    PUBLICATIONS:

    2019: WORDPOWER: LANGUAGE AS MEDIUM: features "P.E.C.K.H.A.M."                                          Published by: Library X                                                                                                                    BOOK I ISBN: 9780993175152    BOOK II ISBN: 9780993175183

              THE FEMINIST TOILET: small print run and online zine featuring                                                 "Karzy Camo" and "Dry Wall"

    2006: CRAFTS Magazine, March/April issue: LOOKOUT article

     

    RESIDENCIES:

    2016/17: COPELAND PARK, Peckham: experimental week residencies

    2008: FREIGHTLINERS FARM, Islington

              THE DEPTFORD ARMS, London: site-specific installation

     

    QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING:

    2006-07: MFA TEXTILES, with distinction: Goldsmiths College, London

    2012: PTLLS, City & Guilds Level 4: City Lit, London

    2006-07: MFA TEXTILES, with distinction: Goldsmiths College, London

    1988-89: B’Tec PATTERN CUTTING: Liverpool

    1984-87: BA Hons, FINE ART: Cardiff

    1982-84: Datec Diploma, GENERAL ART & DESIGN: Bourneville, Birmingham

     

    AWARDS:

    2006: CRAFTS COUNCIL and UKTI: funded research trip to New York

    2005: ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES: grant to exhibit at Chelsea Craft Fair

              ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND: promotion at PULSE fair

     

    SELECTED TEACHING & EMPLOYMENT:

    Since 2007: MDM PROPS LTD, London: Freelance sculptor, art fabricator and prop maker:                             producing work for artists, museums, theatre, fashion, retail and events 

    2011-12: CITY COLLEGE, London: Tutor in felt making

                   WEST DEAN COLLEGE, Sussex: Tutor in felt making

    2009: V&A MUSEUM, London: Felt Making Course leader

    2006: BRITISH COUNCIL, Almaty, Kazakhstan: Course Leader, Product Development                          with professional felt artists