Approved: 16.08.2006

Jane Ponsford

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am an artist and papermaker based in the South East. I use repetitive processes to construct sculptural forms made up of hundreds of near identical fragments to make bookworks, sculpture and installations. 

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    I am an artist and papermaker based in the South East. I use repetitive processes to construct sculptural forms made up of hundreds of near identical fragments to make bookworks, sculpture and installations. 

    I am very interested in materiality and process, enjoying the effects of change and error. A starting point for much of my work is drawing, marking lines and accumulations within specific spaces. Though some of my practice might seem to be an autonomous activity, in fact interaction and collaboration underlie much of it. The objects that I make or the photographs that document temporary and ephemeral work result from an interaction with people and places. I view collaboration to include the give and take required when working not just with individuals and groups but also with particular settings and landscapes.

    Although in the past I have used a variety of materials, recently I have mainly concentrated on working with handmade paper, which I make myself. I enjoy using this material because it brings together surface and form. It is evocative, reminiscent of documentation and archives. Staining and tearing easily, it can be seen as the receptive surface for forensic investigation or a blank form to catch light or shadow.

    My current preoccupation is with materiality and process in response to place. While craft processes are integral to the development of my work and inform the final outcome, the starting point of the work is often based on collections of dust and materials connected with specific locations.

    Key words to describe my approach: Respond, trace, collect, accumulate, mark

    I very much enjoy working with people and deliver workshops in a variety of settings from schools and galleries to museums and out in the landscape.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    1983 - BA (Hons) 1st Class, Fine Art , Kingston Polytechnic (now University), Kingston-upon-Thames
    1995 - City & Guilds 730 part 1 Further & Adult Education Certificate
    2006 - Community Arts Training, Surrey County Arts

    Solo exhibitions

    2008 - Books from the Landscape, Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
    2008 - Translations, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking

    Selected Group exhibitions

    2016 - Threads, Contemporary Textiles Open, Selected by Mchael Brennand-Wood and Polly Leonard, Salisbury Art Centre, Salisbury
    2015 - 10 Days Winchester: Chalk, City Museum, Winchester
    2015 - Select Showcase, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
    2015 - Paper and Thread, Exhibition of Tutor's Work, West Dean, West Sussex
    2014 - Selected at Newark Park, Stroud International Textiles, Gloucestershire
    2013 - Share and Exchange, ZeitgeistArtProjects, London
    2012 - Xmas BOGOF, WW Gallery, London
    2011 - First Anniversary: Paper, Unit Twelve, Staffordshire
    2009 - In To Land, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
    2008 - Connection, BECA Gallery, New Orleans, USA
    2008 - Paper Foundations, Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering
    2008 - Recycled by Design, Guildford House Gallery, Guildford
    2007 - Delicate Situations,, Web-based
    2006 - GIFT, Museum MAN, Liverpool
    2006 - Objects in Waiting, End Gallery, Sheffield
    2006 - Paperworks: Paper Art in the 21st Century, Bury Art Gallery, Bury
    2005 - The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
    2004 - Pulped, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
    1999 - Paper, Ikon touring exhibition, Birmingham
    1998 - Field, exhibition touring to Scunthorpe Museum and Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery, Pitshanger Gallery, Ealing, London
    1997 - Field, Chapman Gallery, Salford University, Salford
    1996 - New Paper, Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield
    1995 - Boxing Clever, Chertsey Museum, Chertsey
    1995 - In + Out of Paper, Alternative Arts, London
    1994 - Old Object / New Subject, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham
    1994 - Paperworks, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
    1994 - Recent work, Space Frame, Gillingham, Kent
    1993 - Truth, Dare, Promise, Prizewinner Gillingham Open, Gillingham
    1984 - New Contemporaries, ICA, London
    1983 - Stowells Trophy Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

    Selecting / Curating

    2013 - Mr Sherriff's Artists, for R C Sherriff Trust, Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton on Thames, Surrey
    2009 - MAstar Selector for Axisweb
    2008 - 2011 Artist Residency project, St George's Arts, Surrey
    1995 - In + Out of Paper, Group Exhibition, Alternative Arts, London


    2008 - Storytrees: Contemporary Art in the Surrey Landscape, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking

    Selected Workshops and Teaching

    2016 - Art in Action with West Dean, Waterperry, Oxfordshire
    2015 - Creative Papermaking with Colour and Thread, Short Course, West Dean, Sussex
    2014 - Papermaking Workshop, SIT select 2014, Painswick, Gloucestershire
    2012 - People, Places and Papermaking, The Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership, Barnard Castle
    2010 - Papermaking workshop and demonstration, Renaissance Late, The British Museum, London
    2010 - Practical papermaking, The British Museum, London
    2009 - Making Paper with Jane Ponsford, Guildford House Gallery, Guildford
    2009 - Papermaking, Epsom Salts , Bourne Hall, Surrey
    2008 - Family Workshop: Papermaking, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, Surrey
    2008 - Pulp Fiction: Papermaking, Guildford House Gallery, Guildford
    2008 - Papermaking, Riverhouse Barn, Walton, Surrey
    2008 - Progressive Paper, Farnham Maltings, Farnham
    2008 - Assisted Alinah Azadeh, Crafting Space at Origin, Somerset House
    2007 - Papermaking workshops with schools, Hurst Park Primary, St Albans, Cardinal Newman School and Esher Church School, Surrey
    2007 - Assisted with workshops, The Making, West Dean, Sussex
    2007 - Craft taster day at Teddington School for year 10 pupils from local schools
    2006 - INSET at Teddington School, Teddington Middlesex, Papermaking
    1994 - Life-story Boxes, Access for Women into Art, Gillingham Adult Education, Gillingham, Kent


    2011 - Track Changes, Figure Ground, LV21, a decommissioned Lightship on the Kent Coast 2010 - Residency and environmental art project, ACS International School, Cobham
    2008 - Ten week residency, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, Surrey
    2007 - Papertrails, 12 Month artist residency, St George's Church, Esher, Surrey

    Projects and Commissions

    2014 - Thread, collaborative project with SHARE collective based at Fabrica, Brighton
    2012 - Home Ground, short environmental papermaking project, Elmbridge, Surrey
    2010 - Trace, environmental art and paper-making project, ACS International School, Cobham, Surrey
    2008 - Storytrees: Contemporary Art in the Surrey Landscape, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking
    2008 - Recycled by Design: Translations, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, Surrey
    2007 - Papertrails: art in the landscape, the woods and commons of Elmbridge, Surrey
    1999 - A series of wall-pieces for Eversheds Ltd, Birmingham
    1997 Colour Field, The Chapman Gallery, Salford University

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2012 - Capital Grant, The R. C. Sherriff Trust, Elmbridge
    2009 - Shortlisted for ARC Craft Award, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
    2007 - Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, South East
    1993 - Prizewinner, Truth Dare Promise, Gillingham Open, Gillingham
    1982 - Travelling Scholarship, Stanley Picker, Florence

    Publications and Interviews

    2014 - Thread, a publication from a collaborative project with SHARE collective based at Fabrica, Brighton
    2012 - BBC Surrey, interviewed by Emily Jeffery
    2011 - Track Changes, an artists book with Figure Ground
    2010 - Artists' Books, Nature and the Landscape, Sarah Bodman for the Deverodde Book Arts Festival and Exhibition
    2008 - The Art of Blogging, a-n collections, Jane Watt
    2007 - a-n Magazine, 'Artists' projects in progress': Jane Ponsford, Papertrails residency
    1999 - Paper: An Inspirational Portfolio, Gabrielle Falkiner, Watson-Guptill ISBN10:0823003043
    1994 - Vogue Magazine


    2007/8/9 - The Big Draw, St George's Church, Esher, Surrey