Approved: 02.12.2016

Heather Ross

Curator, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 02.12.2016

Within my practice I generate spaces within which to question and experience historical, archival and or instructional text and images. I am concerned with the use of embodied experience as enquiry and how this can offer new perspectives on seemingly stable or factual material. Often these interactions are a visible part of the work through the documentation of a process, the re-staging or referencing of a past moment, framing devices and multiple screens in dialogue with each other. I work across a range of disciplines which include: moving image, print, painting, drawing and performance, dependant on the subject being explored. Past projects have included: working with found materials (e.g. a box of found slides), questioning visual and text-based information (e.g. in my study of ‘The Observer’s Book of Birds’) and making visible lost or uncatalogued artworks (e.g.re-printing a lost archive and re-staging an undocumented performance). I’m interested in the recuperation of personal agency through finding new ways to connect with a distanced subject.

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Biography

Within my practice I generate spaces within which to question and experience historical, archival and or instructional text and images. I am concerned with the use of embodied experience as enquiry and how this can offer new perspectives on seemingly stable or factual material. Often these interactions are a visible part of the work through the documentation of a process, the re-staging or referencing of a past moment, framing devices and multiple screens in dialogue with each other. I work across a range of disciplines which include: moving image, print, painting, drawing and performance, dependant on the subject being explored. Past projects have included: working with found materials (e.g. a box of found slides), questioning visual and text-based information (e.g. in my study of ‘The Observer’s Book of Birds’) and making visible lost or uncatalogued artworks (e.g.re-printing a lost archive and re-staging an undocumented performance). I’m interested in the recuperation of personal agency through finding new ways to connect with a distanced subject.

My current practice centres around the work of German artist Kurt Schwitters, in particular his internment in the Isle of Man and his final years spent in exile in the Lake District, where he made his final’ Merzbau’ The Merz Barn. 

 

CV & Education

Education

2017-present  PhD (practice-based) Fine Art, Newcastle University

2012-13 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London. Award: Distinction

2009-10 PG HELT (Postgraduate Higher Education Learning and Teaching).The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Award: B Pass

2001-05 BA Honours Degree in Fine Art (Painting), Grays School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Award: First Class


(Selected) Professional Grants and Awards

2017 AHRC Northern Bridge Studenship Award

2017 Heritage Lottery Grant 'Sharing Heritage.'

2013 Vice Chancellors Scholarship Award, Central St. Martin's, London

2012 The Dewar Arts Award, Scotland

2010 Alistair Salvesen Traveling Scholarship to Japan (in conjunction with RSA)

2009 Shell Premier Award, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum

2007 Royal Scottish Academy Guthrie Award and Medal for Painting

2006 Royal Scottish Academy Guthrie Award and Medal for Painting

2006 Scottish Arts Council ‘Artist In Residence,’ His Majesty’s Theatre,

Aberdeen

2006 Royal Scottish Academy Meyer Oppenheim Award

2005 Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship to Florence

2005 Royal Scottish Academy Painting Prize and McLean Waters Medal


Professional Experience

2016- present Visiting Practitioner, MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London

2015- present 0.4 Lecturer in MA/BA Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

2013 Visiting Practitioner, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge,

2007-12 0.5 Lecturer in Painting, Grays School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

2011 Visiting Lecturer, The Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (Erasmus Exchange)

2006-07 Full Time Lecturer in Painting, Grays School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.


(Selected) Conferences/Presentations

2017 Sound and Environment, Hull.

2017 Merz North Conference, The University of York.

2016 'Making Meaning' AHRC Postgraduate Consortium, Manchester.

2016 Entartete Kunst Conference, Merz Barn, Cumbria

2016 Research Talk, Chelsea College of Art, London

2015 'Creating Sound in Context,' Panel Member/Facilitator, Sonica Festival, Glasgow

2015 Artist Talk, West End Film Festival, Glasgow

2014 Artist Talk, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

2014 LUX Seminar Member, Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany

2011 Artist Talk, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2010 Artist Talk, The Academy of Fine Arts, Prague


(Selected) Solo Shows

2017 All The Better To Hear You With, Merz Barn, Cumbria

2015 Domestic Dawn Chorus, Studio3Arts, London

2013 Things to Come, The Morgue, Chelsea College of Art

2011 Constants In Practice, The Royal Scottish Academy, National Galleries, Edinburgh

2009 Stages of Control , The Foyer, Gallery Aberdeen


(Selected) Group Shows

2017 The Caravan Press: Making Visible The Archive of Gwyneth Alban Davis, Florence Arts Centre, Egremont.

2017 A Bird In The Head, Danielle Arnaud, London

2016  'FSP', The Brunel Museum, London (CRISAP/EAVI)

2016 Works For Air, Hanover Project, Preston

2016 One Minute Volume 9, curated By Kerry Baldry (touring)

2015 Concrete Gestures: Brunel-Fly-By-Night, Brunel Museum, London

2015 The Programme (Film Festival), Hanover Project, Preston

2014 Taint, GRAD Gallery, London

2013 The Exchange Project: Part Two, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2010 Nord Art, Kunst in Carlshutte, Hamburg, Germany

Curatorial Projects

2017 Typ-ooo North Print Collective

2016 Co-Founder of SKELF Virtual Project Space (monthly curated projects)

2015 Brunel Fly-By-Night: Concrete Gestures, The Brunel Museum, London

2015 (Co-Curated) The Film Programme, Hanover Gallery, Preston

2013 Brunel Fly By Night: Division of Labour, The Brunel Museum, London