Approved: 07.02.2018

Neil Childs

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 07.02.2018

My work is constructed from a broad range of materials and existing forms. From small-scale pieces to installations and site-specific work. The language of these constructed materials drives the ideas.

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Biography

My work is constructed from a broad range of materials and existing forms. From small-scale pieces to installations and site-specific work. The language of these constructed materials drives the ideas.

The work is an attempt to explore ideas around impermanence, dereliction and the dysfunctional. By implying purpose, function and security. I am then trying to undermine this, in respect of both the individual and institutions. 

The constructions imply functionality but frustrate this end, suggesting physical and mental deterioration, they are about memory and ageing, they are about momentary, fleeting insight.

The larger scale work and installations extend these themes of frailty, they are an attempt to investigate broader issues of systemic, institutional failure.

 

CV & Education

Qualifications

MA Art in Architecture 1996-1997, University of East London

BA (Hons) Fine Art 2:1 1991-1996, Sir John Cass School of Art, London Guildhall University

 

Current Teaching Experience

Lecturer Foundation Diploma in Art & Design 2016 - Present Eastleigh College, Southampton

Sculpture Lecturer 2012 – 2016, CityLit, London

Visiting Tutor Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (3D/Fine Art) 2011 – Present Sussex Downs College

Visiting Tutor Extended Diploma in Art & Design (3D/Photography) 2006-present, Sussex Downs College

 

Group Exhibitions

Artsway, August 2017, Lewes Arts Festival, Ringmer

No.90 Artist Open House, May 2017, @Brighton Fringe Festival

CityLit Tutors Exhibition May 2015, CityLit, London

Longitude 50.84 Latitude 0.13, Dec 2014 Circus Street, Brighton

Off/On/Off, Dis-location Group Sept 2012, @Coastal Currents Festival, Hastings

Display Only Dis-location Group, April 2011, The Big Blue Building, Eastbourne

Temporary Arrangement, Jul/Aug 2009, Winchester Club, Kemp Town, Brighton

The Beauty of Holiness Jun 2008, St. Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham by Sea

Selected Works Aug-Oct 2007, Dutton Gregory Solicitors, Southampton

Part Two Jun/Jul 2006, La Viande, London

In Loving Memory May/Jun 2006, Stark Gallery, London

Open House May 2006, Hove Arts, Brighton Festival

Post No Bills South Thames Group Aug 2005, House Gallery, London

Way of the Artist Festival April/May 2005, Brighton

Open Studio May 2005, Hove Arts, Brighton Festival

International Contemporary Surrealism Show Aug 2004, Brighton

Residency Jan-Sep 2004, Brighton Artists Gallery

Disco Jul-Aug 2003, Quay Arts, Newport, IOW

 

Solo Exhibitions

You’ll Know When You Get There, November 2012 Rodhus, Brighton

New Work Oct-Nov 2002, Gallery 33, London

Photography June 2002, Putney School of Art and Design

Invisible Cities Oct 1997, Sutton College of Liberal Arts

 

Publications

Green Places magazine November 2007 - Public Art Conference Review

Building Cultures: “Can Artists Make Great Places?”

Geraldine Pilgrim Interview – Sussex Style Magazine October 2012

 

Commissions

Vines Nov 1999, Barnes Wine Merchants, London