Verity Newman

"My current painting practice explores the commodification of property and continues an earlier investigation into the concept of ‘home', fractured families and communities". - Verity Newman

ARTISTS' STATEMENT
 
As I originally trained as a sculptor, I love the physicality, context and provenance of materials. Employing materials to achieve balance, whilst conveying tension and energy – a dialogue between fragility and strength - is something I strive for. I lean towards historic and contemporary architectural forms, shapes, structures and silhouettes, often dismantling these to create evocative negative spaces.
My current painting practice revisits a past body of work that explored the commodification of property, which subsequently informed the current series of deconstructed and reconstructed architectural compositions. Here, an investigation into the concept of ‘home', fractured families and communities is represented through reimagining both exquisite and unremarkable domestic, religious and utilitarian buildings in the streets of my surrounding neighbourhood.

 

EDUCATION
2011-12: Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – Colchester Institute / University of Essex (QTLS awarded 2013)
2008-10: MA Arts in a Social Context – Colchester School of Art / University of Essex
1994-7: BA (Hons) Three-dimensional Design (Glass with Wood, Metals & Plastics) University of Wolverhampton
1993-4: BA (Hons) Crafts (Metals & Textiles) - Uni of Manchester / Crewe & Alsager
1992-3: BTEC National Diploma: Art & Design Foundation – North Hertfordshire College

ARTIST EDUCATOR WORK AND RESIDENCIES
2020: Artist family and adult workshops, Cley 19, Cley-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk - postponed due to COVID-19
2020: Artist family and adult workshops, Lord Mayor's Festival, Norwich, Norfolk - postponed due to COVID-19
2017: Artist Mentor, Young People Connected, with Smiths Row at Stowmarket High School, Stowmarket, Suffolk
2016: Visiting artist/teacher, Holbrook Academy, Suffolk
2011: Artist in residence, Little Dodnash Farm, Bentley, Suffolk
2010: Voluntary community artist, Big Draw, Holly Trees Museum, Colchester
2010: Public artist, Middle Lake, Wivenhoe Park, University of Essex, Colchester
2009: Artist in residence, West Lodge, Wivenhoe Park, University of Essex, Colchester
2009: Usable Sculpture: International student residency, with Sarah Staton, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and York St John University
2000: Visiting artist, BA: Glass, Sydney College of the Arts’ Glass Department, University of Sydney, Australia
1999: Voluntary artist, First Light Millennium Street Parade, Byron Bay, Australia
1998: Visiting lecturer (teaching placement), Art Foundation Course, Wulfrun College, Wolverhampton
1997: Voluntary community artist, Gatis Street Adventure Playground, Wolverhampton

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2021
Raveningham Sculpture Trail - Castell Farm, Raveningham, Norfolk
Nowhere: Cley 21 - St Mary's Church and NWT Visitors' Centre, Cley-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk

2020
The Spaces Between Things - solo show in the Front Room at Anteros Arts, Norwich
Nowhere: Cley 20 - St Mary's Church, Cley-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk - postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19
A Fine Balance (with Contemporary & Country) - Houghton Hall, Norfolk
A Creative Odyssey (charity exhibition) - Mandells Gallery, Norwich

2019
Art Fair East (with Contemporary and Country) - St Andrews Hall, Norwich
Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail - The Raveningham Centre, Norfolk
Gallery Artist - North Cafe & Bar, Norwich
The Spring Art Show - The Forum, Norwich
Manuscript: Letter Home - The Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing, China
Manuscript: Letter Home - Suzhou Art Museum, China
Manuscript: Letter Home - Art Gallery of the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, China

2018
Manuscript: Letter Home - The Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing, China
Manuscript: Letter Home - The China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Connection - Wells Maltings, Wells-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk
Gallery Artist - North Cafe & Bar, Norwich, Norfolk
The Greater the Distance the Clearer the View: Cley 18 - Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Cley-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk
Intent (Part 1): Cultivate Gallery and Organ Thing Magazine (online), London, UK
Gallery Artist – The Minories Gallery Shop, Colchester, Essex

2017
Manuscript: Letter Home - The China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Annual Show by invitation - Association of Suffolk Art Teachers, Waterfront Building, University of Suffolk, Ipswich
Fountain, Fountain - With Kimberly Clark, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Gallery, UK
Gallery Artist – The Minories Gallery Shop, Colchester, Essex
Something Blue - Cultivate Gallery and Organ Thing Magazine (online), London, UK
Stimulus - Menier Gallery, London, UK
Stimulus - The Municipal Art Gallery of Piraeus, Athens, Greece
100 years of OUI at Kimberly Clark - Undisclosed public convenience, UK
Ipswich Art Society 140th Annual Open – Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
Gallery Artist - MF Gallery & Framing, Ipswich, Suffolk

2016
The Cut Open - New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk
Reflection - Association of Suffolk Art Teachers, The Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
Gallery Artist - MF Gallery & Framing, Ipswich, Suffolk
Solo Show - The Cliff Top Cafe, Felixstowe, Suffolk
Open Choice – Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
Gallery artist - MF Gallery & Framing, Ipswich, Suffolk
Life and Leisure, Postcards from (and to) Great Yarmouth - Original Projects, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
'Yum!' - The Freudian Sheep, Ipswich, Suffolk
Messiah Collaboration - Ipswich Art Society/Ipswich Choral Society, Ipswich Town Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk
Ipswich Art Society 139th Annual Open – Waterfront Building, UCS, Ipswich, Suffolk
2015
Ipswich Art Society Annual Open Exhibition - Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
The Minories Gallery Shop Artist - The Minories Galleries, Colchester, Essex

2014
Birds of a Feather – The Minories, Colchester, Essex
Ipswich Art Society 138th Annual Open – Waterfront Building, UCS, Ipswich, Suffolk
ECA Collection at Harwich Arts Festival – Old Bank Studios, Harwich, Essex

2013
East Contemporary Art – The Waterfront Gallery, UCS, Ipswich, Suffolk
Suffolk Showcase – Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

2012
Visions of East Anglia – Colchester Fine Art Open, The Minories, Colchester, Essex

2011
Print Out – Leicester Print Workshop/Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester
Rural Idyll 2 – Little Dodnash Farm, Bentley, Suffolk

2010
Atelier East 5th Annual Summer Exhibition – Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Cambs
MA: Arts in a Social Context Final Show – The Minories Gallery, Colchester, Essex

2009
Group show – School of Health and Human Sciences, University of Essex

2008
MA: Arts in a Social Context, Work In Progress – The Minories, Colchester, Essex
Solo show – Naze Tower, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
2007-8
Gallery artist – Folkes-Miller Fine Art, Long Melford, Suffolk
Gallery artist – Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk
2005-7
Gallery artist – Lavenham Contemporary, Lavenham, Suffolk
2003
Gallery artist – Buckenham Galleries, Southwold, Suffolk
2002
Trinity House at Harwich – Safeway supermarket, Harwich, Essex
1999
Solo show – The Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Gallery artist – Bilston Gallery, Bilston, West Midlands
1998
Gallery artist – The Porch House Gallery, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Group show ­– West Park Conservatory, West Park, Wolverhampton
The Crafts Movement – The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
Top Drawer – Earls Court, London
1997
Glass of ’97 – Himley Hall, Brierley Hill, West Midlands
14 New Glass Artists – The Gallery at Cork Street, London
Glass Degree Show – University of Wolverhampton