Helen Marie Newman is a British visual artist predominately working in cermaic sculpture and drawing. Her work studies the nature of tactile materials and how as humans we use our bodies to create a relationship with materials to make an object.
Newman takes huge influence from her childhood growing up studying her parents approach of transforming everyday materials into something new. “I consider my role as an artist as a person at play. I treat the studio much like a person pottering in their shed, taking influence from my Father’s D.I.Y mentality of making something out of anything approach.”
Through modes of play with tactile materials her intention is never to make anything that looks likes something, but more to analyse how materials react to her hands through play, making and touch to find their own way of turning into an object and finding their own characteristics.
Human interaction with materials is a large factor of Newman’s work. Currently working with clay she examines how the material moulds with her hands, inspecting how every mark made the clay preserves it, containing a history of her making. Newman lives and works in Manchester, UK and completed a residency in 2016 at the Whitworth. She has also recently completed a solo show ‘Contact’ at Sloe Gallery and shortlisted for The Greater Manchester Art Prize 2017.
CV & Education
Helen Marie Newman
Lives and works in Manchester, UK.
Fine Art (BA HONS) - Nottingham Trent - 2011-2014.
Foundation diploma in Art and Design - Blackburn College - 2010.
Play and Construct - The Horsfall - Manchester - 2017.
Contact - Sloe Gallery - Manchester - 2017.
B'N'B - Rogue Artist Studios - Manchester - 2015.
Free For Arts Festival - Penthouse Gallery -Manchester - 2014.
FLAT_PAK/TOAST - Federation house: Castlefield Gallery New Art Space - Manchester - 2014.
Bo Hunk Open - Bo Hunk Gallery - Nottingham - 2014.
Lytham Arts Festival - Lytham United Reform Church - Lytham - 2014.
FINE ART (BA) DEGREE SHOW 2014 - Nottingham Trent University - Nottingham - 2014.
Title Art Prize 2013 - BLANKSPACE - Manchester 2013.
RE - PRESENT - Crocus Gallery - Nottingham - 2013.
'Play and Construct' - The Horsfall and 42nd Street - Manchester - 2017.
Artist in residence for Whitworth Young Contemporaries - The Whitworth Art Gallery - Manchester - 2015 - 2016.
Shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Art Prize 2017.
How Does Youth Culture Age : What is an Emerging Artist? - Whitworth Art Gallery - Manchester - 2016.
Art Reveal - 2017.
Whitworth Art Gallery Residency - 2015.
Artist Youth Practitioner 2015 - 2017.
42nd Street Manchester - 2017.
The Horsfall - 2017.
Salford College - 2017.
Manchester College - 2017.
Various school across Manchester 2015 - 2017.
Factory Youth Zone - 2016.
The Proud Trust - 2015.
Whitworth Young Contemporaries - 2015 - 2017.
Artist Assistant to Jenny Steele - 2017.
Not so Nautical a Divide - The Midland Hotel Morecambe - 2017.
Artist Assistant to Susie MacMurray - 2014 - 2015.
Medusa - 2014-2015.
Cloud - Winchester Great Hall - 2015.
Halo - York Art Gallery - 2015.
Artist Assistant to Naomi Kendrick at Manchester Art Gallery - 2014 - 2017.
Making Conversation, a monthly workshop for partially sighted and blind adults.
Marketing Internship with Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham - 2014.