Approved: 16.08.2006

Sharon Baker

Artist, Arts administrator, Community worker, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

My recent work is a series of prints exploring the drain covers, hydrants and boundary boxes we pass by every day. I am intrigued by their geometric designs, their presence as historical markers of urbanisation and as access points to the networks and infrastructure that underpin our lives.

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    My recent work is a series of prints exploring the drain covers, hydrants and boundary boxes we pass by every day. I am intrigued by their geometric designs, their presence as historical markers of urbanisation and as access points to the networks and infrastructure that underpin our lives.

    My current art practice engages with printmaking processes though I have worked across a range of visual media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, assemblages and installations. I create prints using photographs, drawings and accidental marks and I explore imagery found in popular culture and the urban environment that has a personal meaning or fascination. My images evolve over time into motifs and abstractions of the originals. I enjoy working with and pushing the boundaries of my selected process, currently photo-etching, to realise my ideas. 

    My personal creative practice informs other areas of my working life. I am an arts practitioner empowering others to engage creatively using a variety of visual arts media. I have a long career as a facilitator through teaching, residencies, commissions, curating exhibitions and events delivering creative projects in the West Midlands. I currently manage a charity working in the Arts and Health providing access and participation in the arts for people to improve health, well-being and quality of life.


    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 am a creative facilitator empowering others to engage creatively in the arts through teaching, residencies, delivering commissions & creative projects, hosting events and curating exhibitions in the West Midlands. I currently manage a charity working in the Arts and Health providing access and participation in the arts for people to improve health, well-being and quality of life. I am a member of Birmingham Printmakers and part of their management committee.

    Solo & Group Shows

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

    2018- Open Exhibition 2018 at NNContemporary Art, Northampton.

    2018-'Manhole Covers: Pictures Beneath your Feet' Solo Exhibition 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 -Two Printmakers with Karoline Rerrie 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 - Solo Show: Velvet Noir, Bloomfield Art Gallery, Essex

    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, London

    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 MidlandsArts Headquarters, Birmingham

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

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