About.

The work of artist duo Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward strives to offer alternatives to a fast paced society, interrogating our perpetual desire for quick fixes and fast solutions, whilst challenging the audience to move away from predetermined viewpoints. Through an interest in their environment, how it has been shaped both physically and socially, they explore the stories of people and places.

 

The resulting work is multi-disciplinary, utilising a variety of materials and hand craft to realise sculpture, installation and intervention. It often involves intense methods of working, repetition and process, such as Bollard Mandala (2015), 2000 handmade ceramic bollards or Bricks of Soap (2019) the production of 800 soaps cast live during their exhibition at Ty Pawb, Wrexham. 

 

The duo considers the role of the viewer as pro-active and important, devising the setting of the work and designing the encounter. To this end they may ask the audience to play a part in the work in some way. Narrative also plays a key role in their work, sourced from historical research or audience engagement, this can then directly or in-directly influence an artwork such as Salvaged Stories (2018-2019). Their sculptural sand interventions Border Control & Welcome Matt (2016) created obstructions on a beach that diverted people's navigation. Although these physical obstructions could be simply stepped over or washed away they created psychological barriers that enticed the audience to reflect on the work beyond its initial pleasure.

 

There is awareness in the work of the conditioning of consumer's attention spans to be brief by the inherent quality of advertising. In using strong imagery, graphics, and colour the work entices the audience by giving them initial gratification whilst the painstaking making processes show a commitment to the importance of the subject matter and is in contrast to our throw away society.

CV.

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Annie Nelson b. 1987, Leicester, UK

Chris Woodward b. 1987, Preston, UK

Education

 

2015

City and Guilds Carpentry & Joinery [A.N]

2010

B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (1stClass), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds  [A.N]

2007

BTEC Diploma Art and Design (Distinction) DMU, Leicester  [A.N]

 

2010  

B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (2:1), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds [C.W]

2007

Diploma Art and Design (Distinction), Runshaw College [C.W]

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019

Undercurrent, The Art House Wakefield, Also showcased as part of the Knitting & Stitching touring show at Alexandra Palace - London, RDS - Dublin & Harrogate international centre.

We Can Only See Today, Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham

2017

This Season’s Must Have, Blam! Produzenten Galerie, Dortmund Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Out Of Bounds, Leeds Print Cooperative Gallery, Leeds

2015

Leeds/Bilbao Residency Exchange Exhibition, Poca Gallery, Spain,

2015

Wrecsam Art Vend, Wales

2014

I Know You; You Can Come With Me, Oriel Wrecsam, Wales

Colonize Revisited, Arena Studios and Gallery, Liverpool

Colonize’ Jamestown, New York

 

Awards, Residencies and Commissions

2019

Artist Reality, Nourish, YVAN (Yorkshire Visual Arts Network)

Akkyduck, Arts Council England Project Grant

2018

Wakefield Arts Partnership micro commision

2017

Ideas That Unify Us, YVAN (Yorkshire Visual Arts Network)

2015

BilbaoArte Fundazioa, exchange residency

Inc. Workshop, Leeds [C.W]

2014

Hove Festival Artist in Residence, Norway [C.W]

2013

Orange and Green Skills for Sustainable Futures, Sustainable Design, Built Environment, Cordoba, Spain [A.N]

2011

Enjoy Artspace, Artist in Residence, Leeds [C.W]

2009

Cyprus School of Art  [A.N]

 

Selected Curatorial Projects

2015

Woolgather’s Art Vent, Arts Council England Project Grant

2012

Woolgather Art Prize, Arts Council England Project Grant

2011

Bring Your Own Art Weekend, Leeds

Woolagther’s Art Prize, Leeds


 

Publications/Press

2019

Corridor 8, Undercurrent, Karen Tobias-Green (Review)

Wales Arts Review, Scott Baines (Review)