Clare Twomey


Born in 1968, UK. Lives and works in London, UK.
 
Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts.
 
Within these works Twomey has maintained her concerns with materials, craft practice and historic and social context.
 
Clare Twomey’s installations have the social and historical context in which the installation is created as their point of departure. Often they only exist within these frameworks. A number of her installations disappear or perish in the course of the exhibition period as part of the work. Often the onlooker’s mode of behaviour is conceptually included in Twomey’s works. This, for example, applied to the artwork Conscience/Consciousness (2003), in which Twomey had covered the floor of the gallery with very thin ceramic tiles which broke when trodden on.
 
Clare Twomey is actively involved in critical research in the area of the applied arts, including writing, curating and making. She has developed work, which expands the fields’ knowledge of larger scale installation works.

Education
2009–present
 Research Fellow, University of Westminster
2005-09  AHRC Research Fellow, University of Westminster
2000-05  Lecturer - University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham
1994 -96  Royal College of Art, MA Ceramics and Glass
1991–94  Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hon’s) Ceramics
 
Awards
2009
  ACE funding Specimen, Royal Academy
2006  ACE funding Trophy, V & Albert Museum
2004  AHRC Research Fellow, University of Westminster
2002  London Arts Board, London Visual Arts Artist Fund
2001  City of Nyon Exhibition Prize, Porcelain Triennial Exhibition
Selected Makers index, Crafts Council
1999  Exhibition Prize, Ceramic Contemporaries 3
1998  Royal British Sculpture Society, membership award
 
Site Specific Exhibitions
2011
  Collecting the Edges - Denver Art Museum
Is it madness? Is it beauty? - Rotor - Siobhan Davies, London
Present Traces - Ceramics in Contemporary Art.GI Holdegard, Denmark
2010  Forever - Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
A Dark Day In Paradise, Brighton Pavilion, UK
Specimen, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2009  The Collection, Raphael Gallery Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Scribe - House of Words, Dr. Johnson's House, London, UK
Monument – MIMA, UK
Monument - Zuiderzee Museum, Holland
2008  Witness - Jerwood Contemporary Makers, London
2007  Blossom - Eden Project, Cape Farewell collaboration
2006  Trophy - Victoria & Albert Museum, London
RAW - Northern Clay Centre, MN, USA
2004  The Secret History of Clay - Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Approaching Content - Crafts Council, London
2004  Heirloom - Mission Gallery, Swansea
2003  Gibbsite Stables - National Trust, temporary installation, Gateshead, UK
2002  Still - Applied Arts Agency, London
North Ceramics Events - Burton Gallery, Bideford
Watching Change - Sirius Arts Centre, Cork
1998  The Collective Gallery - Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007
  Think Tank - Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2006  White Spirit - Fondation Bernardaud, Limoges, France
2002  Gun Show - Soil Gallery, Seattle, USA
Guns and Roses - Transit, London
2001  Kaphenberg Biennial – Austria and Denmark
IST World Ceramic Biennial - Korea
Porcelain Triennial - Nyon, Switzerland (awarded City of Nyon exhibition prize)
Manises Biennale Di Ceramica - Spain
Museum of Modern Art - Kyoto, Japan
Edinburgh Makers
1999  Ceramic Contemporaries 3 - London, Edinburgh and Stoke-on-Trent (awarded exhibition prize)
51st Concorso Internazionale delle Ceramiche d’Arte Contemporanea, Faenza, Italy

Public Collections
Swiss National Museum, Nyon, Switzerland
Museo Internazionale Delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy
Hungarian National Ceramics Collection, Kesckemet, Hungary
Great Ormond Street Hospital - arts project: entrance atrium sculpture
The Wedgwood Collection- national archive
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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