My art practise involves the construction of sculpture, drawing and collaborative performance/dance work. The research is concerned with the relationships between three-dimensions and two-dimensions, the physical and metaphor,movement and stillness,light and shadow. Work is made for gallery exhibitions,interior/exterior sites and architectural spaces.My work explores shape, line, form, perimeter, position,location, in response to spaces within, around and in-between. My concerns are to construct work in harmony with the space in which it is to be located, whether it is a domestic, architectural, landscape or urban environment. To create spaces that can celebrate the location, and the constant changes of the surroundings, people moving, light and weather.
Essentially for me, the sculpture is about creating forms that encourage contemplation,a sence of time and place, an awareness of changing natural light throughout the day, in and around the material form. The sculpture articulates light, shadow, darkness,internal and external spaces. These elements become intrinsically and metaphorically expressive. The intention through making art, is to create a spiritual presence that has a timeless quality. To discover and create experiences of stillness and quiet.
Initially I develop ideas in note books, drawing shapes and forms, often in response to a line, contour curve of the body or a natural form, in contrast to straight, more measured lines. The shapes are used both for large scale drawings and also to make patterns for the development and construction of sculpture. Rythm and repetion are also important construction and expressive elements, which relate to my interest in sound and music.
In early 2011 my work was installed in the ICC Building,Hong Kong for the Ritz Carlton Hotel on the 118th floor. I was commissioned by CE Sun Hung Kai Properties for the installation of wall based work, for three sites. These works were develpoed in response to the location and interior architecture, using forms that hang from fine stainless steel cables, which were repeated across a given space, changing the size of the form,to imply a sense of depth and movement.
Within the collaborative multi-disciplinary work, I am interested in exploring the relationship between form,body,movement and sound. In 2001,I became the founding artistic director of Sculpture, Dance, Performance Collaboration Ltd. and director of the performance work 'so far, so near' which we performed in Rehovot Municipal Gallery,nr.Tel Aviv, Israel and in the Square Chapel, Halifax, West Yorkshire.The Artists that collaborated for this project were Irit Bluzer-performance artist, dancer- Andrea Buckley, video artist-George Saxson,composer-Jim Beirne, and phonic artist- Helmut Lemke.
In November 2012 I began to work again with Irit Bluzer, we developed a new performance work titled 'StorRa'.This collaboration continued through 2013 to 2014. The first performance of 'StorRa' was performed in the event '25 Performance Art Platform' in Tel Aviv, Dec.2013.
Influences : Landscape,Nature, Japanese art & culture, Minimilism, Sexuality/Gender, Contemporary classical music, Contemporary dance, English and North American art, own gender (Female) Career path 1985/86 Sculpture Fellowship, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 1985 Research Fellow, Humberside College of Higher Education 1983 Artist in Industry Fellowship 1978/79 Fellowship in Sculpture, Cheltenham Art College 1976/78 MA, Fine Art 1973/76 BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Received numerous awards,including a Henry Moore Bursary in connection with Yorkshire Sculpture Park,1991-92. Yorkshire Arts Awards - 1980, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001. Combined Arts Award, 1999, for research and development of sculpture,dance,performance collaboration with video,music and phonic art. Awards for All, 2002, for S D P C Ltd. Sculpture and drawing included in private and public collections in Britain and Europe. Most prestigious commissions - a permanently sited, outdoor, stainless steel sculpture for the Halifax Building Society, 1989-'Side by Side': a permanently sited,public sculpture 'Far and Beyond' 2006, for Ashwood Business Park, Ashington,Northumberland, commissioned by One NorthEast,a regional development government agency. A private large-scale sculpture commission for the grounds of a house, was installed on site in 2008. In 2010 CE Sun Hung Kai Properties Group (via Walsh Greene, art consultants) commissioned wall based sculpture, for 3 sites in the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Hong Kong, China.These works were installed in 2011. 'So far,so near' Sculpture, dance, performance with music/sound, video, collaboration with performance artist-Irit Bluzer,choreographer/dancer-Andrea Buckley,composer-James Beirne,video artist-George Saxon,phonic art-Helmut Lemke. Performances and residencies at Rehovot Municipal Art Gallery, nr.Tel Aviv 2000 and Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax 2002. 'Surface Tension'(version 1) Performance and residence at Leeds City Art Gallery- Sculpture, Dance, Music, Collaboration with choreographer/dancer, Gregory Nash and composer/musician, James Beirne - commissioned by the Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture, 1990. 'Surface Tension'(version 2) Performance and residence with Gregory Nash and James Beirne - commissioned by the Contact Theatre, Manchester, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park 1992. '5 x 2 Collaborations' - Choreographer/dancer,Gregory Nash and sculptor, Joanna Mowbray-Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London, 1990. Work exhibited in galleries and sculpture parks both nationally and internationally. One person outdoor exhibitions at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 1985-86 and 1995-96. Exhibited in London,Scotland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, France, Northern Ireland, Palestine, Israel, Tokyo, Australia, Luxembourg, New York, Hong Kong. Currently sculpture is on show in Belgium, near Antwerp, at Tweede Natuur, Lia Schelkens Gallery: The University of York, Heslington Hall: Ashwood Business Park, Northumberland: ICC Building, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong. Since 1978, employed as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, in Fine Art, at BA Hons Degree and p/t MA level,within Art Schools and Fine Art Departments in Universities,nationally. Appointed as Reader/Professor in Sculpture, Fine Art, at Hull School of Art & Design, University of Lincoln in 1998. External Examiner for undergraduate courses at University of Wolverhampton 1997-01 and Liverpool John Moores University 2002-07.
CV & Education
2015 - Joanna Mowbray, New small sculpture and wall based constructions,Lia Schelkens Gallery. Tweede Natuur, nr. Antwerp. Belgium.
2009-17 'Drawing in space no.1' 09-2011 & 'Drawing in space no.4', 09-2016, Lynne Green's garden - Art historian & Writer, West Yorkshire
2006 - Contemporary Sculpture Programme, Clifford Chance LLP, 10 Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London
2002 - Joanna Mowbray, New Small Sculpture & Drawing , Lia Schelkens Sculpture Gallery, Tweede Natuur,nr Antwerp,Belgium
2000 - Incisions, Recesses , Rehovot Municipal Art Gallery,nr.Tel Aviv,Israel: Al Wasiti Art Centre, East Jerusalem, Palestine:, The Bruton Gallery,Leeds:The European Illustration Gallery,Hull
2000 - Installation of Abyss and Encompass, The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
2000 - Joanna Mowbray, Small Sculpture & Drawing, 'Tweede Natuur' Lia Schelkens Sculpture Gallery, Nr Antwerp, Belgium
1998 - The Atrium Gallery, London
1995 - New Steel Sculpture And Drawings, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Pavilion Gallery in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
1991 - Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
1990 - Leeds City Art Gallery
1988 - Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
1987 - The Civic Centre, Huddersfield
1986 - Installation Of Sculpture, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
1985 - Huddersfield Art Gallery
1984 - Bretton Hall College, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
1984 - Heslington Hall, University of York
1983 - Huddersfield Sports Centre
1982 - Joanna Mowbray -sculpture and drawing, Falmouth Art School Gallery, Falmouth,Cornwall
1982 - Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse
1980 - Yorkshire Exhibition Circuit, Touring one person exhibition of drawings to educational institutions in the region , Yorkshire
2019 - '35 Years of WYPW'. West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield, West Yorkshire.
2019 - 'From the Kitchen Table' / Drew gallery Projects. Southwark Park Galleries, London.
2018 - ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London.
2018 - 'From the Kitchen Table' / Drew Gallery Projects. Herbert Read Gallery,UCA Canterbury.
2012 - 'lentetentoonstelling', exhibition of small sculpture inside and large scale sculpture outside. Joint exhibition with the paintings of Raoul De Keyser. Lia Schelkens Gallery,nr.Antwerp, Belgium
2010 - 'herfstproject-tweede natuur', Tweede Natuur, Lia Schelkens Gallery,nr.Antwerp, Belgium
2010 - 'Precious' (national touring exhibition), Royal Pavilion & Museums, Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Hove,East Sussex
2009 - Newby Hall Contemporary Sculpture Park
2009 - Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire
2008 - Drawn to sculpture, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Brigstock, Kettering.UK.
2005 - Sculptors Drawing, Burghley Sculpture Garden and Stamford Arts Centre, Burghley House, Stamford
2004 - 'A Shriek from an Invisible Box, revisited 11', Medialia - Rack and Hamper Gallery, New York, USA
2003 - Northern Sculptors, North Light Gallery, Huddersfield
2003 - Outdoor Exhibition, Newby Hall Sculpture Park, Newby Hall, Ripon, N Yorkshire
2003 - Sculptures in Schildehof, Schildehof, Schild, Nr Antwerp, Belgium
2002 - In Praise of Trees, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury Festival, Salisbury, Wiltshire
2001 - A Shriek from an Invisible Box, The Meguro Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2001 - Exhibition of Sculpture Outside, Tweede Natuur, Lia Schelkens Sculpture Gallery, Nr Antwerp, Belgium
2001 - From Ritual to Romance, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, N Ireland
2000 - Bruton Collection Exhibition, Bruton Gallery, Leeds
2000 - The Music Show, Bruton Gallery, Leeds
1999 - Art in Northern Churches- Exhibition toured to 11 churches throughout the northern region , Hartlepool Art Gallery , Wooler, Bedlington, Blyth, Whitley Bay, South Shields, Sunderland, Durham, Sedgefield, Stockton, Middlesbrough
1998 - Art at 100, Hammerson, 100 Park Lane, London
1998 - Art Futures, The Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London
1998 - Artranspennine 98,, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
1998 - Mail Art Exhibition, Ekaterinburg Union of Artists Gallery, Ekaterinburg, Russia
1997 - A major retrospective exhibition of 30 years of Cheltenham Fine Art Fellows 1967-97, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham & Gloucestershire College of Higher Education, Cheltenham Art Gallery, Axiom Centre for the Arts, Cheltenham
1997 - Cheltenham Group Artists, Cheltenham Art Gallery, Cheltenham,Gloucestershire
1997 - 'Exported', Southern Cross University, Canberra,Australia
1996 - Cadzow Glen Sculpture Park Commissions, Exhibition of Sculpture Commission Proposals, Hamilton Town Centre, Scotland
1996 - Collection (sculpture on exhibition 96-02), New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
1996 - New Art Centre Collection ( 96-2002), New Art Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow,Salisbury,Wiltshire
1996 - Yorkshire Park Collection, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, West Bretton, Wakefield
1996 - Yorkshire Sculpture Park Collection - 'Beyond and Within' (sculpture on exhibition in park 95-04) , Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
1994 - Roadworks II, Proposals for Public Art Works on the Black Country Route, Bilston Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
1992 - BP Re-Vision : New Challenges in Contemporary Art, Touring exhibition, Greenwich Citizens Art Gallery, London
1992 - 'On The Brink?' An exhibition of Four Contemporary Women Sculptors. In conjuction with the International Art Historians Conference,titled-Subversions/Objects , The University Gallery, Leeds., Leeds,West Yorkshire.
1989 - Proposals For Dewsbury Town Centre Sculpture Commission, Dewsbury Town Hall
1988 - Wakefield Womens Festival, Wakefield 100
1987 - 'Four Artists from Huddersfield', Hotel de Ville, Besancon,France
1987 - Kirklees Artists Exhibition, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield,West Yorkshire
1987 - 'New Art in Yorkshire', Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds.
1987 - 'Sculpture in Scarborough: June 87', Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough
1986 - '3rd Generation Women Sculptors', Canterbury Arts Festival, Canterbury
1986 - Holbeck Triangle-commission proposals., Bond Street Shopping Centre, Leeds
1986 - 'Open Air Sculpture Exhibition' Lincoln, Hull, Scunthorpe., Lincoln - Castle grounds, Hull - Queens Gardens, Scunthorpe -Town centre.
1984 - 'Paper Trails', Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
1983 - Artists in Industry Exhibition,Yorkshire Arts Association, Touring Exhibition: The Mappin Art Gallery-Sheffield,Rotherham Arts Centre,Piece Hall-Halifax,Bolton Art Gallery,Huddersfield Art Gallery,City Centre Arts Centre-Edinburgh, , Ferens Art Gallery-Hull,Cooper Art Gallery-Barnsley,Royal Festival Hall-London.
1983 - Joanna Mowbray and Jenny West, Manor House, Ilkley,West Yorkshire
1983 - Yorkshire Arts Touring Exhibition, St.Paul's Gallery-Leeds,Mapin Art Gallery-Sheffield,The Cooper Gallery-Barnsley,The Washington Arts Centre-Tyne and Wear,, The Elizabethan Gallery-Wakefield.
1982 - Bluecoat Summer Sculpture Exhibition, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
1982 - Group Exhibition, Piece Hall, Halifax
1982 - Summer Exhibition,Kirklees Artists Group, Huddersfield Sports Centre, Huddersfield 1982 - Two Sculptors- Nick Lloyd and Joanna Mowbray, Sheffield City Polytechnic Gallery, Sheffield,West Yorkshire
1981 - Kirklees Artists Exhibition, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield
1980 - Kirklees Art Action Group, Huddersfield Sports Centre, Huddersfield
1980 - Yorkshire Arts Association Award Winners, St.Paul's Gallery, Leeds
1979 - Cheltenham Group Artists, Cheltenham Art Gallery, Cheltenham,Gloucestershire
2013 - 'StoRa', collaboration with performance artist Irit Bluzer. '25 Performance Art Platfrom' 5th December, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2002 - 'so far,so near', Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
2000 - 'so far,so near' Sculpture,dance,performance,working with performance artist-Irit Bluzer,choreographer/dancer-Andrea Buckley,composer-James Beirne,video-George Saxon,, phonic art-Helmut Lemke,Rehovot Municipal Art Gallery, M.Smilanski Cultural Centre., Nr.Tel Aviv
1992 - Surface Tension (version 2) working with choreographer/dancer Gregory Nash and composer James Beirne,contemporary dancers and musicians. , The Contact Theatre, Manchester., Yorkshire Sculpture Park,Bretton Hall,West Yorkshire.
1991 - Vertigo - Dance,sculpture,music,collaboration working with choreographer/dancer Sue MacLennan and composer/musician Rob Worby,contemporary dancers and dance,fine art students. , The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
1990 - 5x2 New Collaborations - 5 electronic composers,5 choreographers. Choreographer/dancer-Gregory Nash and Sculptor Joanna Mowbray,composer Augustin Fernandez, Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London
1990 - Surface Tension (version 1) Dance,sculpture,music,collaboration with choreographer/dancer Gregory Nash and composer/musician James Beirne, Leeds City Art Gallery, The Headrow.Leeds.
1988 - 'some consolation' Dance,sculpture,music collaboration with choreographer/dancer Gregory Nash , The Mappin Art Gallery , Sheffield
2002 - 'So far,so near' Sculpture,dance,performance,with video,music/sound collaboration, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax,West Yorkshire
2000 - 'So far,so near' Sculpture,dance,performance,with performance artist-Irit Bluzer,choreographer/dancer-Andrea Buckley,video artist-George Saxon,composer-James Beirne, ,phonic art-Helmut Lemke:Rehovot Municipal Art Gallery, M.Smilanski Cultural Centre, Nr.Tel Aviv,Israel
1993 - Dance,sculpture collaboration with Gerry Turvey, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield,West Yorkshire
1992 - Dance,sculpture,music,collaboration,working with choreographer,Gregory Nash and composer,James Beirne,contemporary dancers and fine art students, Contact Theatre - Manchester, Yorkshire Sculpture Park,Bretton Hall,West Yorkshire
1991 - Dance,sculpture,music,collaboration working with choroegrapher/dancer Sue MacLennan and composer Rob Worby,contemporary dancers, dance and fine art students, The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
1990 - Dance,sculpture,music collaboration,working with choreographer/dancer Gregory Nash and composer James Beirne,Gregory Nash Dance Group and fine art students. , Leeds City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Centre for the study of sculpture. , Leeds
1988 - Dance,sculpture,music,collaboration working with choreographer/dancer Gregory Nash and composer James Beirne, contempoary dance and fine art students, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1985 - Research Fellowship, Humberside College of Higher Education, Hull
1983 - Yorkshire Arts Association, Artist in Industry Fellowship, Systime Computer Centre, Leeds
2016 - 2 'open hearts' , Private collections, Belgium.
2013 - 'Together' commision for Art historian and writer Lynne Green, West Yorkshire
2012 - 21 'open hearts', Private address, Belgium
2012 - 9 'open hearts', Private address, Belgium
2008 - Lia Shelkens Sculpture Gallery, private collection, Belgium
2007 - 'View from within' - Large scale outdoor sculpture , Private garden, Suffolk
2005 - University of York, Heslington Hall, York
2002 - Lia Shelkens Sculpture Gallery, private collection, Belgium
2000 - Lia Shelkens Sculpture Gallery, private collection, Belgium
2011 - N2: 'open leaves', Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong
2006 - Far and Beyond , Sculpture Commission by One NorthEast, Ashwood Business Park, Ashington,Northumberland
2006 - New Downe Hospital Art Commissions, Shortlisted for Sculpture Design proposal, New Downe Hospital, Downpatrick,Co.Down,Northern Ireland
2003 - Brewery Wharf, Shortlisted for Sculpture design proposal, Brewery Wharf, Leeds
2001 - Bath Lane, Shortlisted for Sculpture design proposal, Grainger Town Project, Newcastle upon Tyne
2001 - Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance New Building,Shortlisted for Wall Sculpture design proposals., Northern Ballet Theatre & Phoenix Dance, Leeds
1996 - Cadzow Glen Sculpture Park Commissions-Shortlisted for Design Proposals & maquette., Cadzow Glen sculpture park, Centre of Hamilton,Scotland
1996 - Centro-West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive.Shortlisted for Sculpture design proposals for Tamebridge Gateway, Tamebridge , West Midlands
1996 - The Exterior Gardens -Shortlisted for Design proposals & maquettes , Public Arts, The Orangery, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
1994 - Roadworks - Shortlisted for Design proposals & maquette for sculpture commission. , Hare Street Roundabout , Bilston, Wolverhampton.
1992 - Surface Tension (version 2) Dance,sculpture,music collaboration with choreographer/dancer Gregory Nash and composer/musician James Beirne commissioned by,Contact Theatre and YSP, Contact Theatre and Yorkshire Sculpture Park., Manchester and Bretton Hall,West Yorkshire
1991 - Vertigo-dance,sculpture,music performance with choreographer/dancer-Sue MacLennan and composer/musician-Rob Worby , Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
1990 - Surface Tension (version 1) Dance,sculpture,music,performance with choreographer/dancer-GregoryNash and composer/musician-James Beirne , Leeds City Art Gallery, The Headrow,Leeds
1988 - 'some consolation' Dance,sculpture,music,performance with choreographer/dancer-Gregory Nash and composer/musician James Beirne, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
2011 - H3: 'copper leaves', Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong,China
2011 - N1: 'open leaves' , Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong,China
2011 - N2: 'open leaves', Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong,China
2005 - BBC Public Art Commissions, Shortlisted for Sculpture design proposal, BBC, Hull
2004 - Novartis Ltd. Shortlisted for Sculpture Commission design proposals., Novartis, Grimsby
1989 - Side by Side - permanently sited outdoor sculpture, Halifax Building Society, Data & Distribution Centre,Copley, Halifax
1984 - 'untitled' sculpture - Artist in Industry , Systime Computer Centre, Leeds
2016 - Lia Schelkens Sculpture Gallery - private collection, Belgium
2016 - Private collections Belgium
2015 - Private collection Belgium
2013 - Private collections Belgium
2012 - Private collections, Belgium
2012 - 'drawing in space no.3' -maquette, Axel Vervoordt Foundation, Antwerp, Belgium
2008 - Lia Schelkens Sculpture Gallery - private collection, Belgium
2007 - Mr.& Mrs. Carrington - private collection, Suffolk
2005 - University of York, Hesligton,York.
2002 - Lia Schelkens Sculpture Gallery, private collection, Belgium
2000 - Lia Schelkens Sculpture Gallery, private collection, Belgium
1998 - Yolande Szredzki - private collection, London
1996-2004 - 'Beyond and Within' sculpture on loan at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park,YSP collection.
1989 - Halifax Building Society.
1987 - Arthur Anderson Collection
1985 - Provident Financial Group,Bradford
1983 - Huddersfield Art Gallery
1983 - John Hall Collection
1982 - Educational Centre for Calderdale
1982 - Arthur Haigh Collection
1982 - Calderdale Museums Service
1980 - Leeds City Art Gallery, Schools Art Loan Service
Competitions, prizes and awards
2002 - Awards for All, Award for Sculpture,Dance,Performance,Collaboration Ltd., Yorkshire
2001 - Yorkshire Arts Award, Yorkshire Arts- Funding for new sculpture'Drawing in space 2' exhibition in Belgium., Schildehof,Nr.Antwerp,Belgium.
2000 - Research Funding, The University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Hull
2000 - Yorkshire Arts Award, Yorkshire Arts- Funding for publication of website by the EICH Gallery: Joanna Mowbray-'Selected Works'1985-2000 , Hull
1999 - Combined Arts Award - Research and development of sculpture,dance,performance collaboration., Yorkshire Arts, West Yorkshire
1997 - Research Bursary, The University of Humberside, Hull
1997 - Yorkshire and Humberside Arts Award, Yorkshire and Humberside, Yorkshire
1995 - Research Bursary, The University of Humberside, Hull
1993 - Yorkshire and Humberside Arts Award, Yorkshire and Humberside, West Yorkshire
1991 - Henry Moore Bursary, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire
1980 - Yorkshire Arts Association Major Award, Yorkshire Arts, West Yorkshire