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

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   InterfaceUniversity 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

CURATED PROJECTS

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

RESIDENCIES

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

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