Approved: 16.08.2006

Sharon Haward

Artist, Curator, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am a visual artist who is drawn to the built environment, to famous architectural icons, endlessly re-purposed buildings and urban sites. These environments become either a stage for objects to perform on or a subject to work with. Using a range of materials that slip between 2 and 3 dimensions – structures, assemblages, photography and projections, I develop a collaborative relationship with the physicality of a space and the sediments of its history.

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Artist Statement

I am a visual artist who is drawn to the built environment, to famous architectural icons, endlessly re-purposed buildings and urban sites. These environments become either a stage for objects to perform on or a subject to work with. Using a range of materials that slip between 2 and 3 dimensions – structures, assemblages, photography and projections, I develop a collaborative relationship with the physicality of a space and the sediments of its history.

Working in an often impromptu way Icreate and organise images and objects according to site-specific cues, reflecting and upending structure and form, mirroring and opposing shape and substance to animate space. The aim is to create something that offers a new perspective, one that interrupts the existing meaning of the site but also connects to something that is rooted in time and place.

Current concerns include an interest in the contrast between rigid structures and fluid forms which at a very simple level explore the tensions between perception of male and female treatment of space and form. The materials used are either sought because they fit a particular form or theme, or they might be found materials that almost direct me towards a certain outcome. They are used to communicate ideas and sensations of the body in space, of a body moving through the world in relation to other things like scale, form, light, gender and space.

There are a number of research interests that are woven through my practice. The main themes that ebb and flow according to time and place and include architecture, modernism, feminism, film noir, design, books such as The Eyes of the Skin and Negotiating Domesticity, the work of Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier, Gordon Matta-Clark, Karla Black.

CV & Education

COMMISSIONED PROJECTS 2008 – 2013

2011  Watchtower – site-specific periscope, Romney Marsh Visitor Centre;                                     Look Out – Folkestone Triennial Fringe, group performance

2010   Critical Mess – group performance responding to Gormley exhibition at dlwp Bexhill on Sea

2009   Circumnavigation – Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne Festival; An Experiment in Town Planning aSPACE Gallery – H.C.A.T.Hastings

2008 - Signs of Life (Part 2) curated by Pippa K London site-specific installation; Signs of Life (Part 1) site-specific installation -Liverpool Biennial; Ideal Homes - workshops and event architecture ’08 – Ore Valley; Ghost Town - Site-specific installation with sound - Ore Valley

EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

2013   Artworks Open 2013, London;  Balaclava online gallery - http://bit.ly/1b4OesM: Parade – screening Margate; Pneu – group Exhibition curated by Dan Howard-Birt & Louise Colbourne, Electro Studios, St.Leonards on Sea: Breakthrough – group exhibition, Arts Forum, St.Leonards on Sea;

2012   Interface University of BrightonMA Digital Media Arts exhibition

2011   Instants Vidéo Poétiques – screening Paris; agentesse - http://agentesse.blogspot.com

2010   East Sussex Open - Towner, Eastbourne; An Experiment in Town planning – Bargate

Monument Gallery Southampton; HopSkip - Hackney Wick

2008   Anonymous Drawing - Berlin 2008; Shadowlands - Arts Forum, Hastings; Open Film

Night - Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings;  Galleria Espacio Kubiko Internet gallery - Madrid

2006   3 Installations - 3 artists showing site specific work in Ore Valley;

‘Headspace’ site specific installation - St. Mary-in-the-Castle, Hastings;

Architecture Week - Ore Valley + 2004 2005; Karavan – Reigate

2005   Stratton Gallery – Hastings; Soco Gallery – Hastings 2004 2005 2006

2004   Open Studio – Coastal Currents Arts Festival; Jelly Legg’d Chicken – Reading; Cranbrook Library Gallery – Cranbrook; Ramsgate Library Gallery

2003   Art in Romney Marsh; Sassoon Gallery – Folkestone; Phoenix Gallery – Brighton

 Beaux Arts – London; Artsway – Sway 2002; Sussex Open – Brighton 2002

CURATED PROJECTS

2013 - <<rewind –  6 artists showing sound and video installations on themes of dystopia and alienation, underground project space - Hastings

2012  - Out of the Framephotographers and artists challenging on the wall-ness of photography as part of BPF – underground project space - Hastings; End of the World – 5 digital artists at underground project space - Hastings

2011 - watching you…watching me…watching you5 artists at underground project space Hastings

2010  - FAÇADE - 6 artists - art in public spaces project Dover & St.Leonards on Sea

REPLAY6 artists - interventions & projections in Hastings town centre

2009 - Instruction No. 1 - curator and artist - staircase space – part of ‘Shot by the Sea’ film festival Hastings

2005/2006 - Four Corners – Ore Valley architecture week

RESIDENCIES

2011 - Twin Towns, Interface curated by Christine Gist – installation, de Brandwoeker, Oudenaarde, Belgium

2009  Résider/Reside curated by DAD – artist’s residency in Kent and Pas de Calais; RUNWAY – artist in residence at a decommissioned school Rye

2002   Hastings Museum & Art Gallery – Experimental spaces

PUBLICATIONS & REVIEWS

 BD – April 2010 – Owen Hatherly ‘An Experiment in Town Planning’ At Bargate Gallery -   http://www.bdonline.co.uk/culture/sharon-haward-an-experiment-in-town-planning/3162266.article

Mailout - Dec/Jan 2008 - Ghost Town & socially engaged practice

The Guardian - May 8th 2007 - Young Curator Scheme at De La Warr Pavilion   http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2007/may/08/schools.uk2

a-n - March 2006 - artists project Four Corners

http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/artists_stories/single/279679