Sharon Wilson is trained as a painter but has since developed her career as multimedia artist and curator who uses video, found objects, digital imagery, drawings and sound. Interested in the media as a divisive tool for shaping public motivations, as well as looking at the edifices of architecture of which social control is inherent yet not explicit, her work is about democracy, often manifesting itself as site specific commissions which seek to subtly reveal and at times subvert the social mechanics and contentions of any given context.
Having spent 10 years a variety of site related contemporary art commissions and community engaged projects with galleries such as V&A, Tate, Waygood and the Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead, much of her work is driven by social engagement and inclusion. Using public places as a forum for her work there is at times no division between artist practitioner and the volunteering public who become part of the enquiry, thus blurring the distinction between creative facilitator and the public as having an equal role the artwork. In other words the approach is holistic, as often the final outcome of the artwork is less of a priority than the process of engagement itself.
She is working on PhD proposal to develop a strategy for the arts in places of public mobility (Nexus Transport System).
Exhibitions Include • Riverside Club Newcastle upon Tyne, 1996-98 • DLI Art Gallery, Millennium Monument, 2000-2001 • Elswick Pool, Newcastle, Photographic Installation (YOTA ) 2002 • Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, National Portrait Gallery, 2003 • Waygood Gallery, MA Photography Show, 2004 • Laing Art Gallery, photographic Project, 2004 • Nissan Gallery, Sunderland University Show, 2004 • Punctum Photography Collective, In-Camera exhibition, Walkerville Gallery, 2005 • Cluny Gallery ‘Mam & Dad” Exhibition, 2005 • Liverpool Biennale, Projection Gallery, 2006 • Hatton, Newcastle upon Tyne, “Up close and Personal” 2006 • Northumbria University Gallery, Human Zoo, 2006 • MIMA, Make Your Own Damn Artworld, Art Fayre, 2006 • Art Rom, Rome, Italy, Photography Show 2007 • Wellcome Library & Trust, London, Archival Commission, 2007 • Waygood Billboard Project and Harker Herald, 2008 • DLI Art Gallery, Fairytales Audio Installation 2008 • Waygood Art Boutique 2008 • Enchanted Parks Public Sculpture Commission – Magnetic Events Saltwell Park, Gateshead- Sept-Dec 2008 • Saturday Soup Project at Waygood 2009 • Print Exhibition- Mushroom Works Gallery Newcastle
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2004 - MSc Culture Heritage & Tourism Development, MA Photography, MA Fine Art, MA Curating, PGCE FE, Sunderland University, MA/MSC
1999 - HNC Graphic Design (Merit), Newcastle College
1998 - A Level Film Studies, Shiney Row College
1991 - Visual & Performing Arts - (1st Class Hons), University of Northumbria
1989 - BA (Hons) Visual and Performing Arts, Brighton University
Educational experience - tertiary
2009 - Tutor Business, Hospitality and Tourism, Sunderland University
2009 - Tutor, BA Hons Creative Practice, Newcastle College