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
2016 Peek - The Space, Leonards on Sea; Alternate Legacies The Bridge, Hastings.
2014 Interruption Curious Project Space Eastbourne.
2012 Seaside Hotel St Mary in the Castle, Hastings.
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 - Ghost Town - Site-specific installation with sound, Ore Valley (GfA); 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.
EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS
2019 Between Skylight & Dust, Hartslane, London; Im/material Bodies Sluice HQ, London & Rye Creative Centre, Rye.
2018 Fold Rye Creative Centre, Rye; #Curiouser9 Gare du Congrès, Brussels; Every Story tells a Story OpenHand Openspace, Reading.
2017 Decorating Dissidence Mile End Pavilion/Queen Mary University of London.
2016 East Sussex Open Towner, Eastbourne / Curiouser#7 Mons, Belgium / Sense of Space Art Gene (old technical college) Barrow-in-Furness.
2014 Whitstable Biennial Satellite Screening; Access Space, Sheffield; Telling Stories Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks.
2013 Barbican Group 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 Brighton, MA 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 Studios, Coastal Currents Arts Festival; Jelly Legg’d Chicken, Reading; Cranbrook Library Gallery, Cranbrook; Ramsgate Library Gallery.
2003 Art in Romney Marsh; Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone; solo show, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Beaux Arts, London; Artsway, Sway 2002; Sussex Open, Brighton 2002
2019 Homework 10 films by women for De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea.
2015 Space Interrupted 3 site installation project (GfA) Electro Studios Project Space, St Leonards; Limbo Art Space (electricity substation) Margate; Fort Brockhurst, Gosport.
2014 The Mirrored Edge video screenings by 15 artists ESPS, St Leonards-on-Sea.
2013 - <<rewind sound and video installations on themes of dystopia and alienation, underground project space - Hastings.
2012 Out of the Frame photographers 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 you 5 artists at underground project space Hastings
2010 FAÇADE (GfA) 6 artists, art in public spaces, Dover & St.Leonards on Sea
REPLAY 6 artists, interventions & projections in Hastings town centre
2009 - Instruction No. 1 staircase space – part of ‘Shot by the Sea’ film festival Hastings
2005/2006 - Four Corners (GfA) Ore Valley, architecture week
2019 - Process Space 29, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2018 - City of Dordrecht, Netherlands
2017 - Chateau de Sacy, France
2015 - Atelier Austmarka, Norway
2011 - Twin Towns, Interface curated by Christine Gist, Oudenaarde, Belgium
2009 - Résider/Reside curated by DAD, Kent and Pas de Calais; RUNWAY a decommissioned school Rye.
2002 - Experimental Spaces, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.
PUBLICATIONS & REVIEWS
2019 Women Architects, Decorating Dissidence https://decoratingdissidence.com/2019/09/29/interview-women-architects-with-sharon-haward/
An Appointment at the End of the World David Lynch inspired zine for Manchester International Festival
2017 Figure Ground Public Art Road Trip Figure Ground Projects
2016 What They didn't Teach You at Art School Octopus Books
2010 An Experiment in Town Planning BD Owen Hatherly http://www.bdonline.co.uk/culture/sharon-haward-an-experiment-in-town-planning/3162266.article
2008 Ghost Town Mailout (1/08) socially engaged practice
2007 Young Curator Scheme The Guardian (8/5/07) http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2007/may/08/schools.uk2
2006 Four Corners a-n - (3/06) artists' project