Approved: 16.08.2006

Rebecca Chesney

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am interested in how we perceive land: how we romanticise, translate and define urban and rural spaces. I look at how politics, ownership, management and commercial value all influence our surroundings and have made extensive investigations into the impact of human activities on nature and the environment. Exploring the blurred boundaries between science and folklore, my work is also concerned with

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    I am interested in how we perceive land: how we romanticise, translate and define urban and rural spaces. I look at how politics, ownership, management and commercial value all influence our surroundings and have made extensive investigations into the impact of human activities on nature and the environment. Exploring the blurred boundaries between science and folklore, my work is also concerned with how our understanding of species is fed by this confused mix of truth and fiction. My projects take the form of installations, interventions, drawings, maps and walks and are underpinned by research into the protection of the environment, conversations with scientists and a desire to make work specific to chosen locations.

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions / installations / Permanently sited works

    2015 - City Birds Atelier Sangatsu. Osaka, Japan. Part of Indefineable Cities curated by Anna Francis and Koh Yoshida.

    2013 - Urban Wild. Cona, Mumbai, India.

    2013 - Irrational Constant. Nirox Sculpture Park, South Africa.

    2012  - I'm blue, you're yellow. 2 acre meadow installation in Everton Park, Liverpool 

    2012 - Hope's Whisper. The Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth

    2011 - Diligent Observation. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton 

    2007 - Death Equals All Things - Omnia Mors Aequat. Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton

    2005 - Nightfall. The Lowry, Salford

    2003 - Wait. Prima Kunst, Stadtgalerie, Kiel, Germany

    2002 - Assured of Nothing. Harbor Gallery, Boston, USA

    2001 - Grazed. Storey Gallery, Lancaster, Lancashire

    2001 - Laid. Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - A Place in Time, Nirox Sculpture Park, South Africa

    2015 - A Green and Pleasant Land? Rural Life in Art  Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

    2015 - Indefinable Cities, AirSpace Gallery Stoke-on-Trent

    2014 - Listening Landscapes, Springhornhof, Germany

    2014 - Listen up! City wide sound installation in New Delhi, India

    2013 - In Residence. Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster

    2013 - Still in Silence. Bluecoat, Liverpool (part of Potfolio NW)

    2013 - Wildness Between Lines. Leeds College of Art

    2012 - Moments that Matter. The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

    2010 - Conversations with the Collection. Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, Lancaster

    2009 - In To Land. Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury

    2008 - Celebrating the Weavers' Triangle. Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley

    2008 - Five Rivers. Winter Gardens, Morecambe

    2007 - I'm Not A Tourist, I Live Here. Pennwood House, Oxford

    2006 - 20x20 Beverley Knowles Fine Art Gallery, London

    2006 - Journeys. Ciudadela, Pamplona, Spain

    2003 - Young International Artists. Rialto, Rome, Italy

    Residencies

    2016 - Peak residency in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

    2014 - Beam, Wakefield

    2013 - Gasworks International Fellowship, CONA Mumbai, India

    2013 - Nirox Foundation, South Africa

    2011 - The Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth

    2010 - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton

    2008 - Op zoek naar het Noordgevoel, Ymere, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    2006 - Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere

    2004 - The Lowry, Salford

    2003 - Cill Rialaig, Co.Kerry, Ireland

    2000 - Parc du Pilat, France

    2000 - Year of the Artist Residency, Killhope Lead Mining Centre, Co.Durham

    1999 - Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA

    Commissions

    2014 - Crocus Field, habitat creation commissioned by Leftcoast and Avant Gardening

    2014 - Archives+ Central Library Manchester

    2012 - St Anne's Birds. Sound installation commissioned by Fylde DFAS

    2011 - Emily Ivy. Geo Art caches for Hackfall Woods, N Yorks commissioned by Chrysalis Arts

    2009 - The Beach House Archive commissioned by John Fox  Baycliff, Cumbria

    2009 - Dead Wrens. Research project with Dr Andrew Whitehouse, Anthropology Dept, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

    2006 - Map. Volume 1, Coniston. Grizedale Arts commission researching invisible boundaries around Coniston, Cumbria

    2004 - My Control. Residency and commission for Halton Borough Council

    Other

    2012 - Secret Preston Art. Curated and organised year long artist print project in Preston

    2010 - Research trip to Japan to study dandelions, funded by Arts Council England

    2009 - Morphic Resonance. PSL Leeds. Project and residency at PSL with Pest Publications

    2008 - Pest. Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Publications and events about artist-led initiatives. Project with Elaine Speight and Robina Llewellyn as part of Project Space with Castlefield Gallery.

    2007 - Prestival. Curated and organised a weekend art festival in various locations throughout Preston city centre. Working alongside Elaine Speight and Robina Llewellyn