Approved: 16.08.2006

Sharon Baker

Artist, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

My current art practice engages with printmaking processes. I also work 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. 

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    Biography

    My current art practice engages with printmaking processes. I also work 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 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-'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