Approved: 07.10.2015

Theresa Bradbury

Artist, Gallery educator, Researcher

Approved: 07.10.2015

Artist Statement – Theresa Bradbury  

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Biography

Artist Statement – Theresa Bradbury  

My current practice is an exploration of ideas about the feminine being a social construct –  an artificial masquerade. The female as living as her own spectator, the female as always accompanied by her own image. My concerns surrounding the masquerade and performative nature of femininity and the display and objectification of the female body as commodity within Capitalist society. Utilising a live art, performance and sculptural practice to reinforce positive feminist perspectives on the female body. To subvert the prevailing tropes of femininity as prescribed through a patriarchal lens. 

My work investigates questions relating to the body in site, alongside themes of representation and gender. With the work, I am exploring and interrogating social boundaries and acceptable codes of exposure. The appropriate/inappropriate dichotomy, particularly in relation to femininity. The idea that the female body can be acted upon and coerced by external forces must be disrupted to reframe the body as active and autonomous. If the body is a surface to be inscribed upon by cultural and societal forces, what is real? My body as alienated, as belonging to the other. Constant awareness of my body, not as it is for me, but for the other. Femininity formed through the constant surveillance of ourselves against others through the mirror image. A device used to measure yourself against. 

My work references an anti-aesthetic, a disruption of the social and symbolic ordering of the female body, exploring a rejection of woman as idealised surface. The work questions and disrupts the idea of a proper social body and confronts the viewer with its abjection, refusing containment and allowing seepage and immersion with bodily fluids.

The work attempts to erode the fetishishtic dominant structures of patriarchal Capitalism. By presenting the abjectness of the body, the work both solicits and repels the viewer and refuses the link to commodity culture. The construction of femininity as temporal and manipulable, an artifice. What constitutes femininity and who draws the boundaries? My work subverts the socially dictated artificial femininity represented through media imagery. Femininity which is something that must be purchased and imposed artificially upon the surface of the female and a radical acceptance of mess, fluids and flesh are part of feminist resistance.

CV & Education

Residencies and Experience

2016 - Present - Nottingham Contemporary - Learning Facilitator - devising and delivering innovative and inspiring creative sessions for families, adults, school, college and university students and community groups. Promoting collaborative working between children and adults. Communicating key ideas of the exhibitions to groups in an accessible way.

2015 – Belle Vue Arts Festival – Project management of various community events, exhibitions and workshops. Commissioned to design and deliver creative sessions to schools, families and young people and community groups.

2014 – 'The Big Draw' – Staffordshire – Commissioned to deliver art workshops within schools in Staffordshire on the theme 'It's Our World'.

2013/14 - SM&AG, Shropshire - Commissioned to design, deliver and evaluate an informal education programme based on the temporary exhibitions and permanent collections for the new museum and art gallery. Managing volunteers, marketing, health and safety and risk assessments.

2013 - Belle Vue Art Festival - Commissioned to run art workshops for children as part of the festival.

2012 - 2013 - Coleham Primary School, Shropshire – Artist In Residence  - designing, delivering and evaluating art workshops to KS1 and KS2 children. Experience of working with SEN.

2012 - 2013 - Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shropshire - 'New Curators' Project Coordinator - working with the curatorial and exhibitions teams to curate the temporary exhibitions programme at the gallery. Coordination of volunteers, minute taking, exhibition installation, liaising with artists, invigilation and visitor information and administrative duties.

2010 - 2012 -  Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shropshire – Gallery Assistant - Designing, delivering and evaluating education workshops to early years, primary and secondary school children. Coordinating and planning special educational events. Accessioning the collection, invigilation and stewarding.

2011 - St John the Baptist Primary School, Shropshire – Artist in Residence  - designed, delivered and evaluated art and dance workshops to KS1 children. Experience of working with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and challenging behaviour.

2011 – 'Kids Create' - Belle Vue Youth Club, Shropshire – Artist-led community project designing, delivering and evaluating creative workshops to primary school children. Experience of SEN.

2006 - 2010 - Bathampton Primary School, Somerset – Artist in Residence  - designed and delivered creative workshops to KS1 and KS2 children. Experience of SEN.

2005 - Mount Hawke Primary School, Cornwall – Artist in Residence  - designed and delivered creative workshops to KS1 children.

2004 - The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire – Education Assistant - Delivered education workshops to young people. Planning and coordinating educational events. Invigilating exhibitions, stewarding at events, marketing, exhibition installation.

2000 - 2002 Pegasus School and Alderwasley Hall School – Artist in Residence - Delivered creative workshops to groups of young people with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour.

Recent Commissions/Exhibitions

Primary, Nottingham - ‘Film Free & Easy - Cast The Net’ - November 2018 

NN Contemporary, Northampton - ‘Crowd Show’ - 2018 

Primary, Nottingham - ‘Red Bricks’ - 2018

Bonington Gallery, Nottingham - ‘NTU Mastered’ - 2018 

Constellations, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool - ‘Nasty Women’ - 2018

Espacio Gallery, London - ‘Naughty and Nice ‘ - 2017

Anise Gallery, London - ‘Nasty Women Architecture’ - 2017

Stour Space, London - 'Nasty Women UK' - 2017

47/49 Tanner Street, London - 'Femfest' - 2017

Primary, Nottingham - 'Event #1 - 2017

Nottingham Contemporary - 'Aftermath' - 2017

The Surface Gallery, Nottingham - ‘Open Show’ - 2016

Nottingham Trent University - Selected for ‘Mastered’ Exhibition and Publication - 2016/17

English Bridge Studios, Shrewsbury  - 'Memories' - 2015

Belle Vue Methodist Church, Shrewsbury  - 'Gardens' - 2015

Orleans House Gallery, Richmond, London – 'The New Georgians' - 2014

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shropshire - ‘The Journey Continues…’ - 2013

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shropshire - ‘Moving Beyond' - 2013

Education and Training

MFA Fine Art, Distinction, Nottingham Trent University - 2018 

Nottingham Trent University MFA Fine Art Scholarship Award

Safeguarding Children and Young People Refresher - NCVS - 2018 

Arts Award Advisor - Discover and Explore & Bronze and Silver, Trinity College - 2014.

Safeguarding Young people, Data Protection, British Safety Council Level 1 – 2014.

Accessibility Awareness - Shropshire Council - 2014.

Customer Service - Shropshire Council - 2014.

Artist Teacher Scheme – Birmingham City University – 2012.

Autism Awareness Training, National Autistic Society – 2011.

New Media Training, Herbert Media, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery – 2011.

ICT Training, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher, Shropshire Council – 2011.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), History of Art, (2:1), The Open University – 2010.

Managing Complex Behaviour, The Woodlands School – 2010.    

BTEC National Certificate in Design, Double Distinction, Wiltshire College - 2007.

Diploma of Higher Education in History of Art and Design, De Montfort University Leicester – 2004.