Approved: 16.08.2006

Karen Logan

Artist, Gallery educator

Approved: 16.08.2006

Karen Logan is a visual artist whose practice uses familiar materials and craft processes to elicit recollection and explore notions of memorial and memory with specific links to people, land and place. This work often  takes the form of site specific intervention, documented with photography. Central to her work is an engaged practice in galleries/school/community settings involving audiences

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Artist Statement

Karen Logan is a visual artist whose practice uses familiar materials and craft processes to elicit recollection and explore notions of memorial and memory with specific links to people, land and place. This work often  takes the form of site specific intervention, documented with photography. Central to her work is an engaged practice in galleries/school/community settings involving audiences in creative processes and assisting participants to explore, invent and enjoy art. Karen lives in Matlock, Derbyshire. Her DBS Enhanced Certificate is dated January 2019 and she has Public Liability Insurance.

CV & Education

Education

2002-2003 MA Textiles, Distinction, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Photography, installation, making: notions of home & the suburban landscape beyond. Studied with the aid of an Arts & Humanities Research Board Postgraduate Award. Thesis: Home & the Heart of the Wood: An Aesthic of Suspense.

1990-1993 BA (hons) Textiles, 1st Class, The University of Derby. Specialised in printed Textiles. Thesis: Geo-synthetics in Land Management.

Selected Exhibitions/Events

2018 Winter Exhibition, Haarlem Artspace, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

         Rituals and Rites, Artcore, Derby

2016 We Are Many Conference, Solihull

         The Old Station Gallery Open 2016 

         Like-Letters, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield

         Leytonstone Arts Trail, London

2015 Leytonstone Arts Trail, London

2014 Leytonstone Arts Trail, London

2012 Woolgather Art Prize 2012, Leeds

         Pecha Kucha Night Wakefield #5, The Hepworth Wakefield

2011 Open Studios, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield

         Allotment Soup, Sheffield

         Interior Lightning, Navigation Warehouse, Wakefield Artwalk

         Pecha Kucha Night Wakefield #3, The Hepworth Wakefield

2010 Open Studios, Yorkshire Artspace

         The Market Estate Project, N7, London

2009 Close Knit, The Changing Room Gallery, E17, London

         In Situ, E17 Arts Trail, London

         Cut it Out, The Otter Gallery, Chichester, touring to Southampton City Art Gallery & Benfliff

         Art Gallery, Maidstone

Creative Practitioner

2018-ongoing Creative Mentor, Derbyshire Virtual School. Creative mentoring for looked after children & young people. Working alongside social care professionals & schools to help children & young people reach their potential.

2010-2017 Creative Practitioner, The Hepworth, Wakefield. Workshops & courses for families, young people & schools, working solo & in collaboration, in response to the collection & temporary exhibitions, within budget & to deadline. The Hepworth Wakefield won Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2017 and the Learning Team won the Clore Learning Award in 2013.

2016 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. Collaborated with the DLWP in delivering a weekend of experimental drawing activities exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths for the STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival. Led a series of workshops for 7-11 year olds in response to exhibitions by Fiona Banner: Buoys Boys & Peter Blake: Alphabets, Letters & Numbers.


2015 Agder Folkehøgskole, Søgne, Norway. Lectures on walking & art, plus creative workshops with impromptu exhibition in the art department at the folk school. 

2014 Pitzhanger Manor, London. Ways of Looking: A Future Youth Inspired art project. Three-day project for young people responding to the art & architecture of Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery.

2005-2014 The Building Exploratory, London. Workshops for schools & families facilitating opportunities to discover the secrets of their local area & gain a better understanding of the buildings & spaces surrounding them.  

2010-2012 Brent Museum, London. Family summer holiday drop-in workshops inspired by the museums exhibitions.          

2010-2011 Museums Sheffield. Outreach projects in Sheffield primary schools.

2007-2011 Creative Partnerships, UK. Projects involved nursery, primary & secondary schools encouraging exploration of ideas through personal responses & interpretations. Sessions included movement, drawing, collage, sculpture, language, drama, INSET's, gallery visits & working alongside parents in school.

2010 Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. Activities for families, creating interventions in the landscape for others to enjoy.              

2005-2009 Tate Britain, London. Engaged audiences in creative processes, assisting nursery, primary, family & further education groups in exploring the galleries collections & creating art. This included leading INSET's & working on VerbalEyes, an art & literacy project in primary schools. 

Other projects include working with The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, The October Gallery, The Foundling Museum, The Geffrye Museum, [space] Studios, The Drawing Room and schools throughout London.     

Teaching Posts/Other Employment

2014-2016 Drew Primary School, London. Specialist artist working with every class & teacher to deliver bespoke creative projects.

2012 University Of Sheffield. Lecture to final year degree students on working as a Creative Practitioner in galleries.

Residencies

2018-2019 Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A), Derby University, Derby.
Opportunity to undertake a period of research and realise a project using facilities, equipment and workshop space at the university.

2012 Sites in Sight, The Art House, Wakefield. Residency exploring the theme of friendship in the Warwick Estate, Knottingley. Making stuff, drinking tea, eating homemade cake & chatting & sharing together. Awarded additional funding by the NHS as the project enhanced participants mental wellbeing.