Approved: 07.10.2015

Theresa Bradbury

Artist, Gallery educator, Maker, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 07.10.2015

Artist Statement – Theresa Bradbury  

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    Artist Statement

    Artist Statement – Theresa Bradbury  

    My current practice is an exploration of ideas about the feminine being a social construct –  an artificial masquerade. The female as living as her own spectator, the female as always accompanied by her own image. My concerns surrounding the masquerade and performative nature of femininity and the display and objectification of the female body as commodity within Capitalist society. Utilising a live art, performance and sculptural practice to reinforce positive feminist perspectives on the female body. To subvert the prevailing tropes of femininity as prescribed through a patriarchal lens. 

    My work investigates questions relating to the body in site, alongside themes of representation and gender. With the work, I am exploring and interrogating social boundaries and acceptable codes of exposure. The appropriate/inappropriate dichotomy, particularly in relation to femininity. The idea that the female body can be acted upon and coerced by external forces must be disrupted to reframe the body as active and autonomous. If the body is a surface to be inscribed upon by cultural and societal forces, what is real? My body as alienated, as belonging to the other. Constant awareness of my body, not as it is for me, but for the other. Femininity formed through the constant surveillance of ourselves against others through the mirror image. A device used to measure yourself against. 

    My work references an anti-aesthetic, a disruption of the social and symbolic ordering of the female body, exploring a rejection of woman as idealised surface. The work questions and disrupts the idea of a proper social body and confronts the viewer with its abjection, refusing containment and allowing seepage and immersion with bodily fluids.

    The work attempts to erode the fetishishtic dominant structures of patriarchal Capitalism. By presenting the abjectness of the body, the work both solicits and repels the viewer and refuses the link to commodity culture. The construction of femininity as temporal and manipulable, an artifice. What constitutes femininity and who draws the boundaries? My work subverts the socially dictated artificial femininity represented through media imagery. Femininity which is something that must be purchased and imposed artificially upon the surface of the female and a radical acceptance of mess, fluids and flesh are part of feminist resistance.

    CV & Education

    Teaching and Experience

    2021 – Nottingham Trent University – Visiting Lecturer – Planning and delivering innovative and engaging sessions to fine art students attending the MFA Fine Art Programme. To demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to communicate ideas of a complex or technical nature to students effectively using a variety of teaching methods, have detailed knowledge of the particular subject area.

    2020 – Present –  - Founder and Director - ] G A Z E [ Contemporary Art Space - ] G A Z E [ provides a forthright and diverse platform for contemporary art practice. It is focused on artistic experimentation and emerging interdisciplinary practices. The gallery was founded in Shrewsbury in 2020 as a nurturer of new talent and our continued aim is to support artists’ careers and the development of their ideas. Our programme is focused on new and marginalised artists working in installation, film, sculpture and performance. 

    2006 - Present - Artist, Educator, Researcher & Writer - Working on the development and promotion of my contemporary art practice. Creating a new body of work and researching and developing new performance ideas. Exhibiting work and focusing on in-depth research in feminist theory. Writing articles for publications and workshop delivery.

    2016 - 2019 - Nottingham Contemporary - Learning Facilitator - Developing, delivering and managing innovative and inspiring learning sessions for families, adults, school, college, university students and community groups in a large contemporary art gallery. Ensuring participants engage with the gallery and exhibitions. Promoting collaborative and intergenerational working between adults and young people. Communicate key ideas of the current exhibition to groups in an accessible way. The creation of interpretive tools to accompany the gallery’s learning programme. Using social media to promote the programme. Evaluating the sessions. Managing budgets and materials. Managing volunteers and assisting artists. Safeguarding and risk assessment. Working alongside the exhibitions, front of house and marketing teams to coordinate the events for visitors.

    2014 - 2016 – Community Arts Festival – Project and Event Management and Arts Coordinator - Project management of various community events, exhibitions and workshops. Design and delivery of creative sessions to schools, nurseries and community groups. Developing and maintaining partnerships within the local community. Fundraising and marketing of the festival and events. Administration duties. Safeguarding and risk assessment. Managing budgets and materials. Curation and installation of an exhibition for the festival.

    2011 - 2014 - SM&AG, Shropshire – Informal Education Project Coordinator and Gallery Assistant – Working with the curatorial and exhibitions teams to curate the temporary exhibitions programme at the gallery. Coordination of volunteers. Planning of meetings and minute taking. Handling of the collections and exhibition installation and de-installation. Liaising with artists. Invigilation, visitor information and administrative duties. Design and delivery of an informal education programme based on the temporary exhibitions and permanent collections for the new museum and art gallery. Managing budgets and materials. Safeguarding and risk assessments. Marketing of the programme. Working with families, young people and pre-school groups. Coordinating and planning special educational events. Accessioning the collection. Invigilation and welcoming visitors.

    2012 - 2013 - Coleham Primary School, Shropshire – Artist In Residence - Designing, delivering and evaluating art workshops to EYFS, KS1 and KS2 children. Experience of working with SEN. Managing budgets. Risk assessment and safeguarding. Working alongside teachers and teaching assistants. Displaying and exhibiting children’s work.

    2010 - 2011 – 'Kids Create' - Belle Vue Youth Club, Shropshire – Artist-Led community project designing, delivering and evaluating art workshops to children and families. Budget management and safeguarding. Managing materials. Marketing and administration of the project. Experience of SEN.

    2006 - 2010 - Bathampton Primary School, Somerset – Artist in Residence  - Designed and delivered creative workshops to KS1 and KS2 children. Experience of SEN. Safeguarding young people.

    2005 - 2006 - The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire – Gallery Assistant - Delivered education workshops to young people. Planning and coordinating educational events. Invigilating exhibitions, stewarding at events, marketing, exhibition installation and deinstallation.

    Commissions/Exhibitions

    New Art Gallery, Walsall - West Midlands Open - May - September 2022

    Axisweb - Selected for New Art Highlights - March 2022 - https://www.axisweb.org/highlights/2022/new-art-highlights-21-27-March

    ] G A Z E [ Contemporary Art Space, Shrewsbury - Solo Show - ‘The Mirror From The Other Side' - Part 2 - February - March 2022

    Axisweb - Selected for New Art Highlights - January 2022 -https://www.axisweb.org/highlights/2022/new-art-highlights-24-30-January

    ] G A Z E [ Contemporary Art Space, Shrewsbury - Solo Show - ‘The Mirror From The Other Side' - Part 1 - November - December 2021

    Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester - 'Tightrope' - November 2021

    Pragmata Collective - ‘Open Fragment’ - March 2021 

    Chester Bandstand - ‘Choose To Challenge’ - March 2021 

    Artists Responding To - Digital Exhibition - February - March 2021

    Wolverhampton Art Gallery – ‘The [Spaces] Inbetween’ – October 2020 – May  2021

    Digital Group Exhibition -  ‘Touch Me!’  - September - November  2020

    Sweet ‘Art - Venues around East London - ‘The Art Hunt’ - September - October 2020 

    Surface Gallery, Nottingham – ‘Personal Space’ – Performance Art Showcase – September 2020 - March 2021 

    Axisweb – Selected for New Art Highlights - July 2020

    Film, Free & Easy – Online Moving Image Showcase – May 2020 – https://vimeo.com/420725564

    Artcore Gallery, Derby – ‘Stand – Up’ – March – August 2020 – http://bit.ly/standuponline

    Participate Contemporary Art Space, Shrewsbury – ‘Winter Show’ – November/December 2019

    Axisweb – Selected for New Art Highlights  - September 2019

    Tunnel Vision 2, Nottingham - ‘Summer Lodge 2019’ - July/August 2019 

    G39, Cardiff - ‘Empower Me!’ - July 2019

    Nottingham Trent University - Summer Lodge Artist Residency - July 2019 

    Wolverhampton - ‘disORDER Live Art Festival’ - July 2019 

    The Stash Gallery, London - ‘Have a H’Art’ June 2019

    Ovalhouse, London - ‘Rejoice With Us’ - May 2019

    The Old Baths and The Yard Theatre, London - ‘Uncensored Festival’ - May 2019 

    Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds - ‘Arising: A Call’ - Feb/March 2019 

    Primary, Nottingham - ‘Film Free & Easy - Cast The Net’ - November 2018 

    NN Contemporary, Northampton - ‘Crowd Show’ - 2018 

    Primary, Nottingham - ‘Red Bricks’ - 2018

    Bonington Gallery, Nottingham - ‘NTU Mastered’ - 2018 

    Constellations, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool - ‘Nasty Women’ - 2018

    Espacio Gallery, London - ‘Naughty and Nice ‘ - 2017

    Anise Gallery, London - ‘Nasty Women Architecture’ - 2017

    Stour Space, London - 'Nasty Women UK' - 2017

    47/49 Tanner Street, London - 'Femfest' - 2017

    Primary, Nottingham - 'Event #1 - 2017

    Nottingham Contemporary - 'Aftermath' - 2017

    The Surface Gallery, Nottingham - ‘Open Show’ - 2016

    Nottingham Trent University - Selected for ‘Mastered’ Exhibition and Publication - 2016/17

    Orleans House Gallery, Richmond, London – 'The New Georgians' - 2014

    Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shropshire - ‘The Journey Continues…’ - 2013

    Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shropshire - ‘Moving Beyond' Artist Commission - 2013

    Publications

    The Mass – Fem Dominate! – April 2021 – https://www.the-mass.com - https://indd.adobe.com/view/ 9063a97b-7475-4910-92c0-8494a7cb6d4f
    Nottingham Trent University – Guest Lecturer Presentation – March 2021
    Penny Thoughts Issue 50 – Digital and Print Editions – Published by Snitch Publishing - March 2021

    Artists Responding To... Issue 6 – www.artistsrespondingto.co.uk – Digital and Print Editions – February 2021
    FAD Magazine – Touch Me - https://fadmagazine.com/2020/10/23/touch-me-connects-touch-deprived- viewers-and-artists/

    Emergency Index Volume 9 – An Annual Document of Performance Practice - Published by Ugly Ducking Presse – January 2021
    Heterotopia Publication – ‘A Feminist Heterotopia’ – https://drive.google.com/file/d/ 1JxmgtD7E7LPWiDlZLKpQFLG_psolwRND/view?usp=drive_web - October 2020

    The Mass – ‘Movements’ – July 2020 - https://www.the-mass.com/july-2020
    Emergency Index Volume 8 – An Annual Document of Performance Practice - Published by Ugly Duckling Presse – January 2020
    Norwich University of the Arts – Inter-institutional Academic Symposium – Presentation of Research Paper - 2017
    Nottingham Trent University – ‘Mastered’ Publication Selected Artist – July 2017
    Aftermath – Publication to accompany the exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary – May 2017
    The Journey Continues – Publication to accompany the exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery - 2012

    Awards

    Nottingham Trent University – Recipient of School of Art and Design Scholarship Award – 2016/17

    Education and Training

    MFA Fine Art, Distinction, Nottingham Trent University - 2018 

    Nottingham Trent University MFA Fine Art Scholarship Award

    Safeguarding Children and Young People Refresher - NCVS - 2018 

    Arts Award Advisor - Discover and Explore & Bronze and Silver, Trinity College - 2014.

    Safeguarding Young people, Data Protection, British Safety Council Level 1 – 2014.

    Accessibility Awareness - Shropshire Council - 2014.

    Customer Service - Shropshire Council - 2014.

    Artist Teacher Scheme – Birmingham City University – 2012.

    Autism Awareness Training, National Autistic Society – 2011.

    New Media Training, Herbert Media, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery – 2011.

    ICT Training, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher, Shropshire Council – 2011.

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours), History of Art, (2:1), The Open University – 2010.

    Managing Complex Behaviour, The Woodlands School – 2010.    

    BTEC National Certificate in Design, Double Distinction, Wiltshire College - 2007.

    Diploma of Higher Education in History of Art and Design, De Montfort University Leicester – 2004.