Biography

Fiona explores connections between line, growth and energy, interconnections from micro to macro, nature’s cyclical persistence and transformation.

Environmental concerns are important to her:  human exploitation of nature, (of which we are a part) and over-consumption informs the content, taking her work into the realm of artivism.  Rooted in anti-consumerism, her use of reclaimed and discarded materials relates to the issue of waste.  It belongs to a wider subject of our relationship with matter, nature, and ourselves.

Materiality and process are central to her practice.  The work is hand-made – the action of making often intuitive, time-consuming and repetitive.  Collecting materials is intrinsic to the process.  Fiona approaches materials as anti-hierarchical, upholding that ‘everything in life is in essence biological’ (Le Corbusier).

In 2015 Fiona gained Arts Council funding to curate and feature in an ambitious project ‘step in stone‘ involving site-specific artscapes in quarries, linking culture and environment.  In 2016 she created a 4m hand woven canopy as a focal piece for Sarah Eberle’s Viking Cruises Mekong Garden, Chelsea Flower Show, which won gold and best artisan garden.  This year, she was selected for the Ingruttati Palermo workshop and exhibition, a collateral 5x5x5 event, part of Manifesta12.

Awards include the Environmental Award for Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail ’14,  first prize Atkinson Gallery Summer Show ’11, and DSWF 3d Wildlife Artist of the Year ’09.  She was highly commended for her work as Green Capital Artist in Residence ’12, culminating in exhibitions at the Arnolfini, Harbour and Create Centre, Bristol.  Fiona is a Rep for Somerset Art Works.

 

Born     1962, Nairobi, Kenya

One and Two Artist Exhibitions

2017   Ephemeral & Eternal, Black Swan Arts, Frome

2014   Outdoor Sculpture Programme, Sidcot Arts Centre, Somerset; Voyages, Contains Art, Somerset

2013   Artist on a Plinth, Black Swan Arts, Frome; Blurred Edges, Walcot Chapel Gallery, Bath

2012   Precious and Primal, Casespace, Bruton Museum; Reading Room, Arnolfini

2011   Mystery and Mutability, Bridgwater Arts Centre;

2009   Animal, Mineral, Vegetable, La Strada, Frome

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018   Ingruttati Palermo, Manifesta Biennale, Sicily; The Cotswold Sculpture Park, Cirencester; Continuum, Fringe Arts Bath; Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street; Evolver Prize, ACE Arts, Somerton; Visions of Science, The Edge, Bath; MA Show, Bath Spa Univeristy; Lines and Points, Centrespace, Bristol        

2017   Fresh Air, Quenington; The Future Can’t Wait, Black Swan Arts, Frome; Bradford-on-Avon Sculpture Garden; Fifty Bees:The Interconnectedness Of All Things, ACE Arts, Somerton; Summer Sculptures, Glastonbury Abbey; Evolver Prize, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon; MA Interim Show, Bath Spa University; Black Swan Arts Open, Frome

2016   Hidden Garden Art Show/Chelsea Fringe, Maureen Michaelson Gallery, London; step in stone, Salisbury Arts Centre; Secret Swans Trail, Black Swan Arts, Frome; Outside In, Quartz Arts Festival, Taunton

2015   Hidden Garden Art Show, Maureen Michaelson Gallery, London; GROW London; Art Parks International Sculpture Show, Guernsey; Past, Present, Future, 44AD, Bath; Time and Place, RUH, Bath

2014   Of Form And Texture, Sidcot Arts Centre, Somerset; Hidden Garden Art Show/Chelsea Fringe, London; Art Parks International Sculpture Show, Guernsey; Glastonbury Abbey Summer Trail, Somerset; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; The Hubcap As Art, Landfillart Exhibition, Museum of Shenandoah Valley, USA

2013   Sidcot Open, Somerset; The Birds and the Bees, Ginger Fig Gallery, Taunton; Art in the Gardens, Landhydrock NT Estate, Cornwall; All Wired Up, Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset; Delamore Arts, Devon; Showborough House Sculpture Exhibition, Gloucestershire; The Sculpture Park, Surrey;  Salvage, Architecture Centre, Bristol; Evolver Prize, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail

2012   The Sculpture Park, Surrey; BSA Open, Frome; Delamore Sculpture Garden, Devon; Art in the Garden, Sir Harold Hillier, Hants; Bishop’s Palace Summer Exhibition, Wells; Rubbish Art Project, London; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; Sculpture in the Gardens, Godinton, Kent; Quartz Arts Festival, Taunton; SMALL, BSA, Frome

2011   Winter Sculpture, RHS Rosemoor, Devon; Stoberry Park, Wells; Showborough Sculpture Garden, Gloucestershire; Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; Binham Grange Summer Show, Minehead; Quartz Arts Festival, Taunton

2010   Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon; Fire and Iron Gallery, Surrey; Showborough Sculpture Garden, Gloucestershire; Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Devon; Nature, Octagon Gallery, Yeovil; Treading Lightly, Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; Joyride, Hybrid Gallery, Honiton

2009   Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London; Art in the Garden, Sir Harold Hillier, Hants; Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Devon; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; Winter Sculpture Exhibition,RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon; Fire and Iron Gallery, Surrey

2008   Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street; Beaks, Tails, Paws and Claws, Delamore Sculpture Garden, Devon; Khulla Dhoka, Royal Overseas League, London

1993   Merz Contemporary Art Gallery, London; Tobacco Art Gallery, London

1992   World Wildlife Fund Environmental Sculpture Exhibition, Millbank, London; South London Art Gallery, London; Art in the Park,Essex; Gagliardi Gallery, London

1991   Doors of the Earth, Brighton

Curated Exhibitions

2015-16   step in stone, artscapes in Mendip quarries and indoor venues: BSA, SESC and Salisbury Arts Centre

Public Commissions

2016   RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Viking Cruises gold/best artisangarden; Bishop sculpture, Bishops Palace, Wells

2013   Workshops, site-specific artwork & exhibition, SAW/NGS Abundance Garden Trail, Somerset

2009   Series of large Insect sculptures, Dobbies Garden World, Somerset

Community Projects, Residencies & Workshops

2018   Inventory of Behaviours, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London; Up Late: ‘Drawn to the Museum’, Holburne Museum, Bath; The Rubbish Art Project Sheep sculpture, Shepton Mallet; SAW Young ProspectUS residency/workshops with PRU teenagers, Bridgwater & Taunton College; ABC Bath; Walcot Chapel, Bath

2015   Curated & managed Arts Council-funded project step in stone, artscapes in quarries, Somerset; BBC Get Creative, BSA, Frome

2014   Workshops, collaborative artwork & exhibition, Litterarti, Big Green Week, Bristol

2012   Green Capital Artist, Big Green Week, Create Centre & Arnolfini, Bristol; Swans of Wells Artist-in-Residence, All Hallows Prep School, Somerset; collaborativeartwork, SAW Hip Hawker Project, Taunton

2011   Workshops and site sculpture, LarmerTree Festival, Dorset; community bat sculpture, Tamar Valley Centre, Cornwall; site-specific sculptures & family workshops, Stackpool Park, Kidderminster; touring workshops, Great Crane Project, Somerset Art Works, Somerset; workshops & artwork, Beyond the Garden Gate sculpture trail, Stourhead NT Estate

2010   SAW Intergenerational Sculpture Project & exhibition, Carymoor Environmental Centre, Castle Cary; community recycled Spider sculpture, Glastonbury Festival’s Green Fields

2009   Site-specific sculpture and related workshops, All Hallows Preparatory School, Somerset

1990-92   Artist-in-residence & Sculpture Technician, Kensington & Chelsea College and Westminster Adult Education Institute, London

Teaching

2008-2018   Teacher of Art (extra curricular), All Hallows Preparatory School, Somerset

2000-09   Teacher of Art, Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar, Somerset

1994-99   Teacher of Art, Churchill Community School, Churchill, Bristol

Awards

2018   Bath Spa UniversityEnterprise Showcase Fund, Ingruttati Palermo, Manifesta Biennale  

2015   Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, step in stone

2014   Environmental Award, Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail

2012   Highly commended for Green Capital Residency, Bristol’s Big Green Week

2011   First Prize, Atkinson Gallery Summer Show, Street

2009   3-d Winner, Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London

Education

2018   MA Fine Art, Bath Spa University, UK

1994   Art PGCE, Secondary, Exeter University, Devon, UK

1987   Fine Art, Sculpture(distinction), Byam Shaw School of Art, London, UK

1981   Foundation Art (merit), West Sussex College of Art & Design, UK

Selected Films, Talks, Presentations & Publications

SoundBites Talk, Hauser & Wirth Somerset; ‘Art from Scrap’ Talk, Ocean Matters, Bristol Aquarium; Sunday Telegraph May ’16; Frustrated GardenerMay ’16;step in stonefilm& catalogue ‘15; Of Form And TextureExhibition ’14;Common ThreadsIgnite Somerset ’13; Scraptors at Stourhead2011; SAW Presentation; Abundance Art in the Garden ’13; Landfillart – 1041 Hubcaps as Art; Summers Place/Sotheby’s catalogue ’12; Spaeda Featured Artist ’10; BBC website ’10; Somerset Life Featured Artist ’09; Gagliardi’s British ContemporaryArt ’91

Voluntary posts & Group Memberships

Trustee of Black Swan Arts ’14-‘17; Somerset Art Works Rep; Mendip Creatives, SPAEDA