Approved: 16.08.2006

Victoria Rance

Artist, Curator, Film-maker, Maker, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

Based at APT Studios in Deptford London UK, Victoria Rance was the 2003-4 winner of The Mark Tanner Award for Sculpture. Strands to her work include creating sculptural spaces to enter, making 'Sculpture to Wear' with photographs and animations, and making small talismanic sculptures which can be held in the hand. 

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    Based at APT Studios in Deptford London UK, Victoria Rance was the 2003-4 winner of The Mark Tanner Award for Sculpture. Strands to her work include creating sculptural spaces to enter, making 'Sculpture to Wear' with photographs and animations, and making small talismanic sculptures which can be held in the hand. 

    I Wish is a participatory event in which people visit her and tell her a wish in confidence, and she then makes them a hand holdable talismanic object which they can return to collect. Her film about the process won a Deptford X 2015 prize.

    Her 'Sculpture to Wear' series creates a sheltering skin that protects or alters the sense of self. They provoke ambivalent responses in the wearer and viewer, and use elements of contemporary and historic architecture and costume drawn from museum collections. Physically they test the tension between protective constraint and freedom of movement.

    The larger works look architectural but still crucially relate to the human body, and create spaces suggesting shelter and containment using diverse cultural references. Their forms suggest a usefulness or functionality and they can literally contain the viewer. Rance records interactions with her work using photography and animation which are then shown alongside the sculptures. She shows her work extensively in the UK and internationally with recent two person shows in Istanbul (Medusa Stories with Ruken Aslan 2012) and Osnabrück ( Sleep of Reason with Sylvia Lüdtke 2013). 


    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions

    2016 - Fasnacht the film Deptford X 

    2015 - I Wish collaboration with Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network Deptford X

    2014 - I Wish the film Deptford X

    2013 - The Sleep of Reason with Sylvia Lüdtke , BBK , Osnabrück, Germany

    2013 - I Wish Deptford X

    2012 - Medusa and Perseus, Chalabi Gallery, Istanbul

    2010 - Invisible Victoria Rance and Clare Whistler, The Lucy Bell Gallery, Hastings St Leonards

    2004 - The Mark Tanner Award Solo Exhibition, Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London

    2002 - The Office, The Atrium Gallery, Price Waterhouse Coopers, London

    2001 - The Holy Fool, St Mary Woolnoth, London

    2000 - Spire, The Economist Plaza


    2014 - Deptford X Festival Prize for I Wish the film

    2011 - European Cultural Foundation Travel Award

    2003 - 4 Mark Tanner Award for Sculpture, Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - Personal Relations, The Cello Factory Waterloo London

    2016 - A Threshold, APT Gallery Deptford London

    2016 - Metallic, Burghley Sculpture Garden

    2016 - Sixty, Art Athina Athens Greece with Angus Huges Gallery

    2016 - Fe2 16 Morley Gallery London

    2015 - One Plus One Lubomirov-Angus-Hughes London

    2015 - Crossing Thresholds Gallery Tettix Thessaloniki Greece

    2015 - Need and Error Zsenne ArtLab Brussels

    2015 - Twentieth APT Gallery London

    2015 - Hundreds and Thousands Lubomirov-Angus-Hughes London

    2015 - Need and Error with TestStrip APT Gallery

    2015 - The Venice Biennale in London, Harts Lane Gallery, London

    2015 - Yan Tesir / Side Effect,  Galleri Ark Istanbul

    2015 - Fasnacht in Magic Lantern Fringe Arts Bath Festival

    2015 - Water Week Herstmonceux Castle

    2014 - Sound and Silence with Teststip at APT Gallery

    2014 - From David Bomberg to Paula Rego, Southampton City Art Gallery (co-curator & artist)

    2014 - Between the Lines, Mine Sanat Gallery, Istanbul

    2014 - Tipping the Line, Occupy My Time Gallery, Deptford, London

    2014 - The London Group on London, The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London

    2014 - Switch, Pulchri, Den Haag, Holland

    2013 - Photography and Video Show Ozo Coffee House, Tophane Istanbul 

    2013 - 100+ The London Group at The Cello Factory

    2013 - London Group Centenary , Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey, Hampshire

    2013 - A Decade of the Mark Tanner Award , Standpoint Gallery Hoxton, London

    2013 - The London Group Centenary Exhibition , Pitzhangar Manor Gallery , London

    2012 - Delineation , APT Gallery, Deptford

    2012 - Folklore short screening with Teststrip , APT Gallery, Deptford London

    2012 - Free Zone/Çanakkale, film screening, Erkan Yavuz Experimental Art Studio, Çanakkale Turkey

    2012 - London Group, The Cello Factory, London

    2012 - On My Behalf, , The Cumberland, London

    2012 - Sequoia Tees Amsterdam, Peter Klashorst Gallery Amsterdam 

    2012 - Tee Party Berlin, , The Wye, Skalitzer Straße, Berlin

    2012 - Territories and Boundaries, Kensington and Chelsea College, London

    2011 - Artbosphorus, Fulya , Istanbul 2011 - Contrary Voices, Kare Art Gallery, Istanbul

    2011 - Crafty Animators, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

    2011 - Design and Print Now, Bearspace, SW1 Gallery, London

    2011 - Fast Forward, Globe Gallery, Newcastle

    2011 - Invaluable, APT Gallery, Deptford

    2011 - Place Called, Pop Up Cinema, Westway, London

    2011 - Pro-jection, APT Gallery, Deptford

    2010 - Bounty, Morley Gallery, London 2010 - Exteriority, SummariaLunn Gallery, London

    2010 - London Group Annual, The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Street, Waterloo

    2010 - Made Up Realities, Transformations, 2nd Canakkale Biennal , Turkey

    2010 - Meeting Point, Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul

    2010 - Print Now, Bear Space Gallery, London Art Fair 2010

    2010 - Sculpture in Paradise, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester

    2010 - The London Group Annual, The Cello Factory Waterloo, Waterloo London

    2009 - Art and Dis-grace, The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower London

    2009 - Drawing Act and Artefact, Morley Gallery, London

    2009 - Eastern Approaches, UH Galleries at Hatfield House, Herts

    2009 - South East, APT Gallery, Deptford

    2009 - Stand Alone, The Cello Factory, Waterloo London

    2008 - Concrete Dreams, APT Gallery , London

    2008 - London Group, Menier Gallery , London

    2007 - ArtSway Open , ArtSway , New Forest Hampshire

    2007 - Bounty, APT Gallery, Deptford London

    2007 - Deep Inspiration, Jerwood Space, London

    2007 - London Group Open, Menier Gallery, London

    2006 - Fe205, APT Gallery, Deptford London

    2006 - Heavenly Bodies, Burghley Sculpture Garden, Burghley House Stamford

    2006 - Spitalfields Public Art Project, Bishop's Square, Spitalfields London

    2006 - Steel, Canary Wharf, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf London

    2005 - 'Creek', River and Rowing Museum, Henley

    2005 - Fe2O5, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington Arts Centre

    2004 - Fantastic Plastics, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

    2004 - Outdoor Habitats, Museum of Domestic Architecture, London

    2003 - Creek, APT & Gallery, London; 

    2003 - Yokohama International Art Exhibition, Yokohama, Japan

    2002 - APT Gallery, Deptford, London

    2002 - Art in the Garden, Chelsea Physic Garden

    2002 - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

    2001 - Contemporary Sculpture, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

    2001 - Dead Happy, St John's Waterloo, with Stuart Croft, Chris Marshall, Mayuko Hayakana

    2001 - Deptford X Open 2001 - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

    2000 - And Ladders, St John's, Waterloo, London

    2000 - Bucolic, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

    1999 - Goodwood Drawing and Models Collection, Holland and Germany

    1999 - The Vessel, Portsmouth Cathedral 1998 - 20th Century Sculpture, Millfield, Somerset

    1998 - A Labour of Love, Goodwood Drawing Collection, Pallant House, Chichester

    1998 - Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, Royal Festival Hall, London

    1998 - 2001 Sculpture at Goodwood, Goodwood, Sussex (Cass Sculpture)

    1997 - Art at 100, Hammerson Plc, 100 Park Lane, London

    1997 - London School of Economics, London

    1996 - The Spirit in Art, Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Hampshire

    1993 - 2004  New Art Centre at Roche Court, East Winterslow, Wiltshire Public

    Commissions include

    2008 - Bridge, Warneford Hospital Oxford, Oxford

    2008 - Comforter, St Laurence, Catford London

    2006 - Interior sculpture, exterior sculpture and stained glass, St Andrew's Church, Short Street, Waterloo, London 

    2004 - Wheat Spire, Mumford Mill, Deptford London

    2003 - 'Seed', Private company, Victoria London

    2002 - Deptford Star, Housing 21, Deptford London



    Newcastle University BA Hons Fine Art

    Kingston University MA Fine Art with PGCert in HE