About

Artist Statement

I use the familiarity of domestic textiles and childhood games and toys to explore themes of safety, insecurity, protection, separation, transience and permanence. Initially – as research- I make small delicate and personal work based on artefacts and toys from my childhood that explores themes of feeling secure and loved.  As the work evolves and nostalgia becomes hindsight it begins to reflect universal themes around feeling safe in a precarious world and questions the responses and actions we take when we don’t.

My small scale personal works develop into large scale installations. Using local stories, histories and landmarks I invite the public to explore issues of modern day life, universal themes and current affairs in a non judgemental way.

Bio

I self-graduated as an artist from Islington Mill Art Academy in 2017 – a peer led experiment into alternative art education. During my three and a half years in the Academy I participated in two residencies that had a profound effect on my practice, and learnt printmaking skills on a yearlong course at Hotbed Press. I have an in-depth knowledge of textile processes, having explored, played with and studied the craft of textiles since childhood. I am currently conducting experiments into how I can use these processes to evoke emotional responses and awaken memories through touch, texture, expectations and technique.

Previously I worked for Salford City Council in social care and community development roles, often using craft and art as a means to bring people together to develop social and advocacy skills. In 2010, I became a self-employed community facilitator and gradually this has morphed into a community art practice based around group celebration and development, particularly in the field of diversity and inclusion. I have worked for a variety of organisations including DIY Theatre Company, START in Salford, Salford Community Leisure, City West Housing Trust, Salford Health Improvement Service, Ordsall Community Arts and Tandem Theatre Company.

I run community classes in creativity, textile art, mixed media and basic printmaking, designed to develop confidence and joy in creating and to reduce the fear of the imperfect! I am a Discover/Explore/Bronze and Silver Arts Award Advisor

CV

Exhibitions, Residencies and Commissions

Working Class Movement Library, Salford: 31/01/19 – 21/03/19: Guernica Remakings: guest artist

Southampton University Level 4 Gallery: 20/06/18 -01/07/18: In Search of the Basque Children: from Bilbao to Southampton to Salford – Solo show

Ordsall Hall, Salford: 18/06/17 – 24/09/17: In Search of the Basque children in Salford and Eccles – Solo show

Islington Mill: November 2016: Liminality Exhibition – group show as part of Islington Mill Art Academy

Islington Mill Art Academy Warehouse Residency: July – November 2015 Islington Mill: July 2015 Secret and Sacred: a pop-up shrine devoted to abandoned art – Solo show Islington Mill Attic Residency: January – July 2015 Ordsall Hall Tudor Manor House: April – August 2015Poppy Project – Commission (Heritage Lottery Fund)

St.Clement’s Church, Salford: June – August 2014 Celebrating Diversity Wedding Project – Commission (Heritage Lottery Fund)

DIY Theatre Company: April to November 2013 Picking up the Threads – commission (Heritage Lottery Fund)

The Warrington Contemporary Open Exhibition:  October 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Cow Lane Studios, Salford Open Exhibition: June 2012

Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk – West Lancashire Open Art Exhibition: July 2011 and July 2012

Creative and Community Education

Islington Mill Art Academy – January 2013 to August 2017

Hotbed Press: Complete Printmaker (Year 1) – January 2015 to January 2016

HNC in Fashion and Textiles (Knitting), BTEC Level 5, Bradford College 2009

City and Guilds Creative Studies – Embroidery, Part One (1999) and Part Two (2003), Salford College

NVQ level 3 Community Work 2001

NVQ level 3 Health and Social Care 2006

Contact

info@clairehignett.co.uk