Approved: 03.03.2009

Joanne Hummel-Newell


Approved: 03.03.2009

Human habits and social behaviour inform an improvised process which combines collage, painting, and installation, sometimes of a public nature and not limited to the environment of a gallery.

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    Artist Statement

    Human habits and social behaviour inform an improvised process which combines collage, painting, and installation, sometimes of a public nature and not limited to the environment of a gallery.

    Carnivals, makeshift shrines, allotment gardens, protest signage and handwritten notes are some of the found forms of expression which intrigue and stimulate my arts practice. I’m interested in the cultural artefacts and experiences that are created for celebration, mourning, demonstration, worship or survival which allow us, for a brief moment, to journey psychologically within the joy, sadness, meditation and belief, and freedom or dependence of our fellow beings.

    What do these artefacts and experiences tell us about the human condition and what is there to learn by analysing the nature of our instinctual creative acts?

    Cardboard Castle is my attempt at aiding the creation of an artefact described above. It’s a platform to facilitate societal creative expression by providing simple materials and a 3D cardboard canvas. It’s ephemeral nature has enabled me to recreate the event over 10 years and document a slice of society's shifting priorities and interests. 

    In addition to this research I recently spent 18 months working from an allotment shed to observe a micro society and became fascinated by the impulse to plant in rows and grids. I questioned whether this instinct crossed over into social design. Integration draws comparisons between the patterns of planting arrangements created by allotment gardeners to encourage growth and the social segregation patterns which we are currently witnessing at a time of hardening attitudes to both disadvantaged people and immigrants.

    CV & Education

    MA Royal College of Art, London

    Solo exhibitions

    2015 Cardboard Castle Installation, Bestival Music Festival

    2015 The Farmer's Clock, Briddlesford Museum and Gallery, Isle of Wight

    2014 Panic of the Human Fancy, Aspex Guildhall Gallery, Portsmouth

    2013 Artist in Focus, Newashgate Gallery, Farnham 

    2012 works on paper, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 

    2012 Pocket Museum, The Lightbox, Woking 

    2011 works on paper, Arc Space, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 

    2011 'Beast Fables' an onsite collage, Cuckoo Studios, Isle of Wight 

    2011 Ephemera Narrate, Portsmouth Cathedral, Portsmouth

    2009 Collecting Lines, Eldon Gallery, Portsmouth University, Portsmouth


    Group exhibitions

    2015 Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes Hospital, MK

    2015 RWS Contemporary Prize, Bankside Gallery, London

    2014 Out of the Box, No Format Gallery, London

    2014 Bryant and keeling painting prize, One Church Street Gallery, Buckinghamshire

    2014 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, London

    2014 Royal Watercolour Society, Contemporary competition, Bankside Galley, London

    2013 Duet, West Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight 

    2013 Xmas BOGOF, WW Gallery, Hatton Gdns, London 

    2012 Jerwood Drawing prize shortlist Exhibition, Jerwood Space London – ongoing uk tour Jerwood Hastings, MAC Birmingham 

    2012 Cork Street Open, Cork Street Gallery, London 

    2012 Spare Parts, The Rag Factory, London 

    2012 Visual Diaries, Newashgate Gallery, Farnham 

    2012 CAVE, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 

    2012 Say What You See, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 

    2011 Drawing the Line, Aspace Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton 

    2011 Parallax 1 AF, Le Galleria , Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall , London 

    2011 Afternoon Tea, WW Gallery, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice 

    2010 Fukt Magazine Presents, Nomas Foundation, Rome 

    2010 Anonymous Drawings, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin 

    2010 Drawing the Line, Aspace Bargate Gallery, Southampton 

    2007 No Man is an Island,The Empire, London 

    2006 Parnu film and Video Festival Parnu, Estonia 

    2006 Drawing Works, Coningsby Gallery, London 

    2006 Terrestrial television screening of ?Pull', BBC 2, London



    2015 Social Sculpture, 4 day intensive , ArtSway, Sway

    2011 Artist in Residence, 3 month, Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth 

    2010 Artist in Residence, 2 Month, Boojum and Snark, Isle of Wight



    2014 Flip the Page, Pop up Book Commission (funded by Arts Council grants for the Arts)

    2012 Ideas to paper, Animation commission (funded by Aspex Gallery, Arts Council England) 

    2011 Axis web, Choice Artist 

    2010 Quay Arts Purchase prize, Quay Arts, Isle of wight


    Publications and Press

    'Picking up a Picasso is only one click away' The Times Sat 17 Aug 2013, Mark Bridges 

    'Next generation turns its back on Emin and Hirst's conceptual artworks' The Observer, Sunday 22 May 2011, Vanessa Thorpe

    Coast Magazine, ‘Character Feature’, Interview by editor Alex Fisher, Nov issue 2013

    Jerwood Drawing Prize Catalogue, 2012, Introduction by Prof Anita Taylor

    WW Gallery at the 54th Venice Biennale, Afternoon Tea, Catalogue,  Texts by Cherry Smyth, Helen Sumpter,  Chiara Williams and Debra Wilson


    Commissions- flip the script, pop up book and animation funded by arts council

    Ideas to paper, stop motion animation, gallery response, commissioned by Aspex Gallery