Approved: 16.08.2006

Kirsty Brooks

Artist, Consultant, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

As an architectural glass artist, I work mostly to commission, responding to and creating a dialogue with the space in question. Screens, canopies, windows, walls or feature panels are produced for a variety of corporate, public and private locations. Whilst developing ideas, I work with photography as a means of accurately capturing an object, atmosphere or quality of light. My work utilises a combination

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    As an architectural glass artist, I work mostly to commission, responding to and creating a dialogue with the space in question. Screens, canopies, windows, walls or feature panels are produced for a variety of corporate, public and private locations. Whilst developing ideas, I work with photography as a means of accurately capturing an object, atmosphere or quality of light. My work utilises a combination of imagery and ideas drawn from the surrounding environment. I photograph or scan objects or textures and digitally manipulate and overlay them, playing with the scale and its eventual impact. The resulting composites are digitally printed onto film or screen-printed using glass enamels onto large sheets of float glass. These are often layered or obscured with textured, sandblasted and acid etched panels. These sheets of glass are either suspended using tensile cables or framed within the fabric of the building. Each piece is created specifically for the surrounding architecture and location and incorporates ideas relating to the function of the building and its aesthetic qualities. In reflecting and magnifying the often unexamined details and overall qualities of the location, I aim to root the artwork and achieve a synthesis with its surroundings.

    CV & Education

    P R O F I L E :

    Experienced artist, creating commissioned artworks for architecture and the public realm. Expertise in site specific research and practice, collaborative design, glass making, curation, project and budget management. Experience also of teaching, mentoring, workshops, public engagement, visual communication and creative thinking.

    C O M M I S S I O N S :

    Public Realm:

    2015    Kirkstall Bridge Retail Development – glass clock tower

    2014/6 Glasgow Fort Retail Development – free-standing screens in landscape

    2012    Fashion Avenue, Port Baku, Azerbaijan – external printed glass screens for retail area

    2009    Pembroke Gardens, Bridlington – glass screens as part of seafront redevelopment

    Education:

    2016    St John’s College, Oxford University – 15 metre long glass artwork for linking passage

    2013    National Film School, IADT, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland – façade artwork and graphics          

    2013    Finton House School, Tooting, London - printed glass walls for sunken courtyard  

    2007    South Bromsgrove High School – workshops and library commission

    2004    Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Maidenhead – memorial window

    Healthcare:

    2012    Nuffield Hospital, Woodingdean – sandblasted desks and vinyl artworks

    2011    Blackburn Health Centre, Lancashire – 104 reception & waiting area artworks

    2010    Cheltenham General Hospital – interactive artworks for new stroke and dementia wards

    2009    Harperbury Hospital, Radlett, Herts – glass artwork for new LSU/PICU unit

    Culture:

    2012    The Novium Museum, Chichester – façade artwork next to roman baths

    2008    Bournemouth Pavilion – workshops and metal artwork for building façade

    2006    Belfast Grand Opera House – screen printed balustrades based on performance history

    Retail:

    2012    John Lewis, Newbury – digitally printed window artwork for building exterior  

    1999    Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe, Kent - sandblasted balustrades

    Restaurants and Hotels:       

    2010    St Pancras Hotel, London – printed glass restaurant screens                                        

    2005    Barcelona Hilton – kiln formed, film and hanging features in five parts

    1998    Café des Amis Restaurant, Covent Garden, London - glass wall and partitions

    Housing:

    2008    Barratt Homes, Chelmsford – stairwell glass artwork with Max Jacquard

    2004    Chance de Silva Architects - ‘Cargo Fleet’, London, etch film installation on glass façade

    2000    Look Ahead Housing Project, Hammersmith, London - glass frontage and door

    1999    Barn Conversion, Cark and Cartmel, Lake District - folding glass doors

    Corporate:

    2004    FSA, Head Office, Canary Wharf – re-configured restaurant screens.

    2003    McGraw-Hill Publishing, Canary Wharf, London – glass wall and printed tray cupboards

    2003    BP Headquarters, Sunbury on Thames – Screen-printed, backlit glass panel

    2003    HSBC, Pall Mall, London – layered and sandblasted glass wall sculpture

    2000    Morgan Stanley, Canary Wharf, London - 19 printed and sandblasted reception panels

    2000    Dennis Publishing, London – silk-screened and sandblasted office screens

    2000    Microsoft Head Office, Soho, London - silk-screened canopy

    1999    F.S.A. Head Office, Canary Wharf, London- restaurant screens and signage

                   

    S E L E C T E D   E X H I B I T I O N S :

    2016    'Transitions: ECA Glass Alumni Exhibition', Edinburgh College of Art

    2014    ‘Just Glass – The Art of the Possible’, PM Gallery, London

    2008    ‘Glass Light and Space’, Koukan Gallery, London

    2007    ‘Treading the Boards’, Phoenix Gallery, The Grand Opera House, Belfast

    2005    ‘Designers’ Block’, Shoreditch High Street, London

    2004/5 ‘Fragile Cargo’ Touring – Budapest, Kaposvar, St Helens, London, Bruges, Tilburg

    2003    ‘Nou Vitrall’, College of Architects and Technical Engineers, Barcelona

                ‘Henley Arts and Music Festival’, Henley, Oxfordshire

    2002    ‘Connections’, Espai Vidre Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

                 ‘ART 2002’, Business Design Centre, Islington, London

    2001    ‘Tracks’ Platform for Art, Gloucester Road Tube Station, London

    2000    ‘Sub – Urban Glass’, Gloucester Road Tube Station, London

    1995    ‘New Designers’, Business Design Centre, Islington, London

     

    T E A C H I N G :

    Mentoring: One to one mentoring, 'Link Up' scheme for disabled artists

    Visiting Lecturer: Richmond Adult Community College, University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham, Westminster Adult Education College, Roehampton Institute

    Selected Workshops: Communities: Blackburn: Over 50s, Age Concern, Sure Start Centre; Special Voices, Slough (parents with disabled children); Action on Addiction, Pavilion Gardens (general public) and Pavilion Tea Dance in Bournemouth. Schools: SEGRO Young Artists project with Furze Platt Senior School, Maidenhead, Berkshire; St Mary's R.C. Primary, Maidenhead; Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne, Dorset; Blandford St Mary's Primary, Dorset; South Bromsgrove High School; ‘Artbeat’ at Bethnal Green Technology College

                                              

    E D U C A T I O N :

    2011 – 2013               Greenwich University: PGCE (Lifelong Learning Sector)

    1992 - 1995                Edinburgh College of Art: BA (Hons) Architectural Glass & Painting

    1991 - 1992                Wimbledon School of Art: NCFEAD Foundation Diploma

     

     

    P U B L I C A T I O N S :

    Contemporary Glass – Ed. Blanche Craig, Black Dog Publishing 2008

    Colours of Architecture – by Andrew Moor, Mitchell Beazley, 2006

    Transparent – Interior Elements by Elspeth Pridham, Mitchell Beazley 2003