Approved: 16.08.2006

Sharon Baker

Artist, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

My current practice engages with printmaking processes though I have worked in a range of media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, assemblages and installations.  My practice responds to my environment: the urban and natural landscape and how peopleaffect, influence and change it. I am intrigued by what others feel is of value and what they choose to discard.

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    Artist Statement

    My current practice engages with printmaking processes though I have worked in a range of media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, assemblages and installations.  My practice responds to my environment: the urban and natural landscape and how peopleaffect, influence and change it. I am intrigued by what others feel is of value and what they choose to discard.

    I create work using fragments collected over time from a photograph, magazine cutting or scrap of fabric; from detritus, the discarded or overlooked. I am drawn to the close-up, abstract elements of familiar objects or unusual juxtapositions of shapes, reflections, text and colour. 

    I explore imagery using different printmaking processes and mix print techniques with collage, drawing and painting. I enjoy the uniqueness of the types of marks and textures you can create in a print: sharp edges and blocks of colour contrasting with gestural marks and textures on a uniform paper surface.  My work has been shown in several national competitions and in shows across the UK and France and I am the proud winner of the Westmorland Landscape Prize 2019.

    My creative practice informs my work as an arts facilitator. I currently manage Sandwell Third Age Arts, a charity which delivers access and participation in the arts to improve people’s health, well-being and quality of life. I am a director of Birmingham Printmakers, a not-for-profit open access print workshop. I am a director of Make It Better C.I.C. supporting communities to live well through the arts.

    CV & Education

    I am a printmaker based in Birmingham, England. I studied Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton completing a BA Honours degree in 1992. I gained a Master of Arts in Fine Art from Coventry University in 1999. I spent time in France painting a number of outdoor large scale murals before moving back to my much loved home city. I exhibit across the United Kingdom.

    I manage Sandwell Third Age Arts, a charity delivering arts experiences to improve health and well-being. I am a director of Birmingham Printmakers, an open access print workshop for artists.I am a director of Make It Better C.I.C. supporting communities to live well through the arts.

    Awards

    Winner of the Westmorland Landscape Prize 2019

    Winner of the St Cuthbert's Mill Print Prize at the Derby Print Open 2019

    Solo & Group Shows

    2019-Print International at Ty Pawb, Wrexham, Wales.

    2019-The Westmorland Landcape Prize at the Rheged Centre, Cumbria.

    2019-Year of the Print at Winterbourne House & Garden, University of Birmingham.

    2019-Derby Print Open 2019- winner of the St Culthbert's Mill Print Prize.

    2019-Leaminghton Spa Open Leaminghton Spa Art Gallery & Museum.

    2019-'Micro' at Air Gallery, Altrincham. 

    2019-Group show with Birmingham Printmakers at Birmingham Midland Institute.

    2019- Solo Exhibition 'Re-Cast' at  Galerie Mayci, Birmingham.

    2018- 10th Coventry Open Exhibition, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

    2018-166th Open Exhibition 2018 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

    2018- RBSA Print Prize Exhibition, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.

    2018- Rendez-vous aux Jardins, Cairnhill, Rioux- Martin, France.

    2018- Derby Print Open, Banks Mill Studios, Derby. 

    2018- Saltaire Arts Trail Open Houses, Saltaire World Heritage Site, West Yorkshire.

    2018- Open Exhibition 2018 at NNContemporary Art, Northampton.

    2018-Solo exhibition 'Manhole Covers: Pictures Beneath your Feet' at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Nuneaton.

    2017-Teesside Print Prize 2017, Saabat Gallery, Middlesbrough.

    2017- 'RWA 165th Open Exhibition', The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

    2017- Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum Open Exhibition.

    2016 -'The Masters: Etching', Bankside Gallery, London.

    2016 - IMPRESS '16 National Contemporary Print Exhibition, Subscription Rooms, Stroud.

    2015 - 'Salon' at the Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

    2015 - National Open Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

    2015 - Birmingham Printmakers at Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Birmingham

    2014 -Solo Exhibition 'The Journey Series' at the Theatre Bar,Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

    2014 - Birmingham Today Competition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 

    2013 - Birmingham Printmakers: 30 Years of Printmaking, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

    2013 - Birmingham Botanical Gardens Open Summer Show

    2013 - The Ludlow Open 2013, The Harley Centre, Ludlow College, Ludlow

    2013 - The Worcester Open , Worcester Museum & Art Gallery, Worcester WR1 1DT

    2012 - Print-side, The Bond Gallery, Birmingham

    2012 - Royal Society of Painter Printmakers RE Open, Bankside Gallery, London SE1 9JH

    2012 - The 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition, Printmakers Council, Touring Show

    2011 - Bainbridge Open Print Show, Bainbridge Gallery & Studios, West Norwood

    2011 - Birmingham Printmakers at We Are Birmingham , WAB Shop, Birmingham

    2011 - Wrexham Print International, Oriel Wrecsam & Memorial Gallery, Wrexham, Wales

    2010 - Print Exhibition, Staff House Gallery, Birmingham University, Birmingham

    2009 - Impress 09 National Printmakers Festival, Stroud, Gloucestershire

    2009 - Pushing Print, Ingoldsby Gallery, Pie Factory & The Old Town Gallery, Margate

    2008 - Solo Show: Love Me Prints, lucky Roars and other work, Malvern Hills Council Chambers, Malvern.

    2008 - Solo Show: Printmaker in Focus, Wrexham Arts centre, Wales.

    2008 - Print Open Exhibition, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham

    2008 - Performance commission part of 'Flux-Fest', 'Flummoxed at Vivid, Birmingham

    2007 - ArtsFest 2007, Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square., Birmingham

    2007 - Birmingham Printmakers Show, Keele University Art Gallery, Keele

    2007 - New Art Birmingham 07, Art Market at Curzon Street Station, Birmingham

    2007 - The Birmingham Open, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham.

    2006 - A Stich in Time, Riverside Gallery, Richmond.

    2006 - Virtual, Ernst & Young in association with Arts & Business, Birmingham.

    2006 - Virtual, The City Inn in association with Arts & Business, Birmingham.

    2005 - Small Works II, Periscope Gallery, Birmingham.

    2004 - Solo Show: Red Echoes Installation, The Window, Birmingham.

    2004 - Solo Show: 'Things Half Forgotten', Haden Hill Museum, West Midlands.

    2004 - Blue Skies, Birmingham Artists Show, Custard Factory, Birmingham

    2004 - Derby City Open, Derby City Art Gallery, Derby

    2004 - Small works, Periscope Gallery, Birmingham

    2003 - Solo Show: 'Arrangements for Impulse and Order', Library Gallery, Kidderminster.

    2003 - Birmingham Works II, Chuck Works, Birmingham

    2003 - 'Flipside', St Paul's Gallery, Birmingham.

    2002 - 'Access All Areas', Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry.

    2002 - Birmingham Print Workshop selected show, Warehouse Cafe, Birmingham.

    2002 - Birmingham Print Workshop Selected Show, Warstone Gallery, Birmingham.

    2002 - Birmingham Works, Chuck Works, Birmingham.

    2002 - Selected Prints, Warehouse Cafe Gallery, Birmingham.

    2001 - A century of Art at Warstone, Warstone Gallery, Birmingham.

    2001 - Birmingham Print Workshop, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham.

    2001 - Birmingham Printmakers, Keele University Gallery, Keele.

    1999 - Spike Island Print Show, Spike Island, Bristol.

    1998 - Pressing Forward, Aberystwyrth Art Centre, Wales.

    1997 - 4 Birmingham Printmakers, London Print Workshop, London.

    1997 - Pressing Forward, Cotton Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham.

    1996 - Making a Mark, Custard Factory, Birmingham.

    1995 - Birmingham Print Workshop, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.

    1995 - 'Proof', Cotton Gallery, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham.

    1995 - 'Twilight Shift', The Bond Gallery, Birmingham.

    1995 - Solo Show: 'States of Mind', Solihull Sixth Form College, West Midlands.

    1994 - Solo Show: Selected prints, West Midlands Arts Headquarters, Birmingham.

    1992 - 'First Bite', Cotton Gallery, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham.

    1992 - Two Printmakers, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham.