Approved: 02.07.2012

Jemma Watts

Artist, Gallery educator, Maker

Approved: 02.07.2012

About three years ago my practice shifted medium from drawing to ceramics. Since then I have been exploring this amazing material and sculptural practice. Currently, I have my own studio, Lich Yard, in the centre of Norwich which my own kiln.

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Artist Statement

About three years ago my practice shifted medium from drawing to ceramics. Since then I have been exploring this amazing material and sculptural practice. Currently, I have my own studio, Lich Yard, in the centre of Norwich which my own kiln.

Moving into sculpture has changed the conceptual focus of my practice, but I continue to be fascinated by the transformation of the familiar into the strange. I am conjuring wild places from my head, sometimes based on real places I have been, sometimes natural, sometimes man made. I am striving for a sense of menace; in natural places which have eaten away at any man made structure, in industrial buildings stained with pollution or in sun baked outcrops with with ancient ruins and abandoned pools.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions

2018 - Change Of Use - Studio 20, Norwich

2014 - Urbanmancy - Yallops Gallery, Norwich

2012 - Ennead, Soup Lab, Norwich

2010 - Sacrosanct, Street interventions, Norwich

Group exhibitions

2017 - Jan Crombie and Jemma Watts Recent Works - Anderson Yard, Norwich

2017 - Contemporary Masters from the East of England - The Cut, Halesworth

2016 - Print To The People Printer's Moot - Arts Centre, Norwich

2014 - Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting - Huddersfield Art Gallery

2013 - East Contemporary Art collection inaugural exhibition - Waterside Gallery, Ipswich

2013 - Animamus Art Salon - Coohaus Art Gallery, New York

2013 - Shelf Life - Leytonstone Arts Trail, London

2013 - Animamus Art Salon - Culture Fix, New York

2012 - LDN – BCN - Barcelona Untitled, Barcelona

2012 - Alas residency exhibition - Matt Roberts Gallery, Vyner Street, London

2011 - Rituaalit (Rituals) exhibition - Köysiratagalleria, Turku, Finland

2010 - Arts Pool 10 - Arts Pool Gallery, Oxford

2010 - Drink and Dial - Wilson Williams Gallery, London

Residencies

2014 - Crossed Borders, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

2013 - Animamus Art Salon, Apiary Studios, London

2013 - HERE, Fish Factory, Iceland

2012 - ALAS Residency, Matt Roberts Arts, London

2012 - Artist in resident, Soup Lab, Norwich

2009 - Mundesley Encounters, The Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts, Norfolk

2009 - Rapid, Seachange Arts, Finland

Competitions, prizes and awards

2013 - Invited to join East Contemporary Art, permanent collection held at UCS, UK

2012 - Attendance of ALAS residency, Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England

2011 - Rituaalit exhibition, The Finnish Cultural Heritage Foundation's Residence Grant , Finland

Qualifications and training

2012 - Arts Award Bronze and Silver Adviser, Arts Award, UK

2011 - Working with looked after children, Norfolk County Council, Norwich

2008 - Enquire - Artist Educator training, The Sainsbury's Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

2006 - PGCE in Post-Compulsary Education, City College Norwich, Norwich

2004 - Visual Studies, Norwich University College of the Arts, Norwich