Victoria Turnbull is an established artist based in London. Originally trained as a painter at the Norwich School of Art, her drawings, books and installations have been commissioned by a wide range of institutions including the Creative Intelligence Agency, English Heritage, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Whitechapel Gallery.
Her work is an exploration of the physical and material nature of the objects and people in the world around her and the underlying structures that govern them. Understanding the structures – the physical structures be it the muscles and bones beneath the skin or metaphysical structures, the thought, beliefs, ideas that structure the actions and behaviours that we observe in the world around us is fundamental to her approach to her work.
Her practice is informed by cross arts collaborations, with artists, dancers and performers, leading projects and workshops with a wide variety of audiences and institutions. This has included the Camden Arts Centre, Central Saint Martins, National Film and Television School, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, the Royal College of Art and the Royal Institite of British Architects.
Of particular interest is an exploration of the body in space, drawing on perspectives from movement practice and contemporary drawing research and look at approaches and techniques that capture the gestures and actions of the moving body, the movement of bodies in groups and the action of drawing through an examination of the movements of the hand, arm and shoulder.
CV & Education
PROJECTS AND SHOWS
THE CABBIE SHELTERS PROJECT, Creative Intelligence Agency, London
PLATZDEPLAY as GANDER, London, Stuttgart, St Erme Outre et Ramecourt
THE BREW INTERNATIONAL DRAWING SCHOOL as GANDER, Dordogne, France
OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! OH THE PEOPLE YOU’LL MEET! The Resource, London
THINKING THROUGH DRAWING RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM as GANDER, International Drawing and Cognition Research Group, New York, New York
ACROSS RCA as GANDER, National Gallery, London
STAFF ART SHOW, National Portrait Gallery, London
THE COMPLETE DRAWN INVENTORY OF ALL THE OBJECTS IN MY STUDIO, Islington Exhibits, Finsbury Library, London
SLUICE, Hanmi Gallery, London
INCLUSIONS, Stone Space, London
THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT, Brooklyn Art Museum, USA
ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
CIRCUS, Landguard Fort, Felixstowe
MOAP, Concord, New Hampshire, USA
RARITIES 2011, Hastings and St Leonards Pier
CAFE GALLERY OPEN, CGP London, London
RADICALS AND NON-CONFORMISTS, National Portrait Gallery, London
FAKE MODERN, Camden Arts Centre, London
MILE END ANCESTORS, Mile End Pavilion, London
HIDDEN TALENTS 09, National Portrait Gallery, London
LET ME TELL YOU, Whitechapel Gallery, London
RELIGION AND PLACE, Artist Commission, The Building Exploratory, London
CREATIVE CONNECTIONS, Whitechapel Gallery, London
RELIGION AND PLACE, Whitechapel Ideas Store, London
A YEAR IN THE LIFE, Whitechapel Gallery, London
EVERY CHILD MATTERS, Whitechapel Gallery, London
MY SPACE, National Portrait Gallery, London
RE-STAGING OITICICA, TATE Modern, London
SEFTON OPEN 06, Atkinson Art Gallery, Liverpool
HIDDEN TALENTS 06, National Portrait Gallery, London
PRESENCE, The Wine Gallery, London
SEFTON OPEN 05, Atkinson Art Gallery, Liverpool
#20 BERMONDSEY Open, Café Gallery, London
2011 – 2014
IDEAS FOR EXPERIMENTS ‘Ideas for Experiments’ is an educational research project devised by Viyki Turnbull and Judith Brocklehurst at the Camden Arts Centre working with primary school pupils and their teachers. Combining lines of enquiry found in maths, science and art, the project is rooted in an open ended examination of materials, properties and processes in the world around us.
2012 – 2014
CO-MENTORING Viyki Turnbull and artist teacher Jacky Arnold met to explore intersections between artistic practice and teaching practice and to devise new approaches to teaching and learning. The co-mentoring programme is devised by Ania Bas and supported by the Whitechapel Gallery.
COLLECTED IDEAS FROM A YEAR OF CO-MENTORING, Whitechapel Gallery, London FOLIO AND QUARTO, Artist book, AND Publishing
WILHELM SASNAL: CONVERSATIONS AND ACTIONS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE, Whitechapel Gallery, London
KEYS TO CREATIVITY, National Gallery, London
LOOKING WITH VIYKI TURNBULL: JIM HODGES AND BREDA BEBAN, Camden Arts Centre, London
FINE ART PAINTING, BA (hons), Norwich School of Art
The Building Exploratory, London Clapton Girls Technology College, London Great Ormond Street Hospital