Approved: 04.08.2013

Penny Hallas

Artist

Approved: 04.08.2013

My work is largely improvisational, but thematically it tends to revolve around different ways of imagining the human - bearing in mind, in fact relishing, the inbuilt absurdity of such a task - attempting to capture something of the way the world, art and the psyche interact with and modify one another. I'm interested in the various strategies by which human beings reveal and conceal, appropriate and abandon aspects of identity, creating systems and patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour which are continually being broken into by other systems and patterns.

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    My work is largely improvisational, but thematically it tends to revolve around different ways of imagining the human - bearing in mind, in fact relishing, the inbuilt absurdity of such a task - attempting to capture something of the way the world, art and the psyche interact with and modify one another. I'm interested in the various strategies by which human beings reveal and conceal, appropriate and abandon aspects of identity, creating systems and patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour which are continually being broken into by other systems and patterns.

    'Self' and 'other', object and subject are in an endless state of flow and interchange and always vulnerable to irruptions (sometimes blindly destructive) of desire and fantasy. The challenge for me is to find ways of depicting these kinds of process, retaining something of the energy and surprise inherent in them. 

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions
    2014        Boxing the Chimera, Swansea Collection Centre, Wales, UK
                    Paybox, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Wales, UK    
    2013        Pantechnichon, ArcadeCardiff, Cardiff, UK
    2011        Shield Project: Aberystwyth Ysgol Gelf/School of Art, Prifysgol Aberystwyth University 
    2010        Shield Project: 
                    - The Workshop Gallery, The Old Library, Cardiff
                    - Material Gallery, Ludlow
    2009        Poesy, Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
    2006        Bodywork, The Art Shop Gallery, Abergavenny
    2004        Pieces, The Art Shop Gallery, Abergavenny 
                
    Selected recent group exhibitions/events
    2016       GPS Signal Lost, The [...] space, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Wales,
                   Nonarchy. Un Deg Un, Wrexham, Wales
                   Concentric. West Wharfe Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
    2015       Concentric. M.A.D.E. Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
                   Tales we tell, Un Deg Un, Wrexham, Wales
    2014       beep 2014: Wales International Painting Prize: Portrait of the artist as...
                   From Here and There: drawings from Swansea to Colorado. Clara Hatton Gallery,     Colorado, USA and Elysium Gallery, Swansea
    2013        Portfolio Wales launch and exhibition, Swansea,
                    Ludlow Open, The Harley Centre, Ludlow
                    Welsh Artist of the Year, St. David's Hall Cardiff
                    Locus, Crickhowell Open Studios and Art Trail, Powys.
                    Female Frame IV, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, Flintshire.
    2012        Beep 2012: Wales' International Painting Prize: Through Tomorrow's Eyes
                    Dinefwr Literary Festival, Literature Wales, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
                    a monstrous regiment of women, Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, Mid Glamorgan
    2011         Imagined Machines, Testbed, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys
                    Frederick J Fredericks, Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve, Powys
                    Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod Wrecsam
                    Sublinear, Elysium Gallery, Swansea.
                    Citizen, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff. 
                    Female Frame (3), Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff 
                    Artemisia, St. David's Hall, Hayes, Cardiff, 
    2010        Arts Engine Alive - Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Brecon, Powys
                    After the End, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
                    Shield tour: - Oriel Contemporary Art, Hay on Wye. Joint show with Stuart MacIndoe                                               Female Frame (2), Pontardawe Arts Centre    
    2009        Encounters, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, as part of Swansea Fringe Festival
                    Wood, Canvas, Steel, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff
                    Wrecsam Print International 2009, Oriel Wrexham, Wrexham
                    Overview, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
    2008        Works on Paper, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
    2007        Alumni Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth  
                    Intaglio, St. David's Hall, Cardiff
                    Artist's Access to Art College exhibition at Hereford College of Art 
                    Female Frame (1) The Art Shop, Abergavenny
    2006        Re-generation, County Hall, London     
                    Drawing is a Verb, Drawing is a Noun, Stone Gallery, Dublin
    Awards 
    2016        Arts Council Wales Project Grant: Binocular
                    A-N Professional Development Bursary
    2015        Arts Alive Wales Creative Network mini-fund. 
    2013        Arts Council Wales: Research and Development Grant Boxing the Chimera,
                    Artist Newsletter re:view bursary. https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/review-boxing-the-chimera 
    2010        Arts Council Wales: Research and Development Grant - The Orpheus Project 
    2009        Funding award from 'cyfle i greu chance to create' Powys County Council’s Arts Development Service
    2006/7     Selected for the Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme (hosted by Hereford College of Art and Design)

    Conferences/events/workshops/presentations 
    2016         Seeing Through Landscape. Workshop in response to David Jones: Vision and Memory, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, UK                                                                                       2014        Artist talk and BFA student critiques, Fort Collins University and BFA Student critiques,       Denver University, USA
                    Of Orpheus: Film, Poetry and Music, with Steve Boyland, Lyndon Davies, Scott Thurston, Rhys Trimble, Nancy Downing, Bangor, Wales
                    The Art Factor - PORTFOLIO with Arts Alive Wales, Powys, Wales
    2013        Inner art: Workshop in response to 'Art in the Asylum' Lakeside Lakeside Arts Centre
                    University Park, Nottingham, UK
                    Orpheus and Eurydice Event (23.3.13) Glasfryn Seminars, Wales.          
    2012 - 16 University Wales Newport. Art Psychotherapy. Visiting lecturer.
    2012        In-and-between Colloquium, (3.5.12) Atrium, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, UK 'Critical friend' and panel presentation. 
                    Essex University Centre for Myth Studies. Joint presentation on the Orpheus Project with poet, Lyndon Davies. Essex, UK
    2011         Interfaces: encounters beyond the page / screen / stage. (29.1.11) University of  Exeter, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Devon, UK. Multi-media panel presentation with poet, Lyndon Davies for Orpheus Project. 
                    Art and Art therapy: University of Glamorgan (22.3.11) Visiting lecturer, Wales.
    2010        Myth, Literature and the Unconscious (2 - 4.9.10) University of Essex, Centre for Myth studies:Dept. literature, Film and theatre studies: Centre for Psychoanalytic studies, Essex UK. Multi-media panel presentation with poet Lyndon Davies for Orpheus Project. 

    Publications
    2015        Cover image to Peregrine by Caroline Goodwin, Finishing Line Press
    2013        Artworks in Rarely Pretty Reasonable by David Greenslade, Dark Windows Press 
    2012        Cover image, International Journal Jungian Studies
                    Artworks in TRADUZIONETRADIZIONE 7 Editor Claudia Azzola
    2010        Illustrations for SHIELD by Lyndon Davies, Parthian Books
    2008        Cover image for HYPHASIS by Lyndon Davies, Parthian Books

    Qualifications
    1984         PGCE Art Education and Diploma Art Therapy, Birmingham Polytechnic 
    1982         BA Hons - Visual Arts/Art History, Aberystwyth University 
    1978         Wakefield Polytechnic Foundation Course