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 humanity impacts it. I am intrigued by what others feel is of value versus what people 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 humanity impacts it. I am intrigued by what others feel is of value versus what people 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 print competitions and in shows across the UK and France.

    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.

    Solo & Group Shows

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

    2019-'The Year of the Print' at Winterbourne House & Garden, Univerity 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 January -April .

    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, 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