Abi Spendlove’s work in video, photography, drawing and embroidery explores themes of memory, transition and communication. It reveals light through reflections, perforations and the use of light absorbent materials. Spendlove’s installations of multiple pieces create poetic connections between different objects and materials. Layered drawings play with surface and narrative by superimposing related scenes. Her work embraces that which affects it, allowing and facilitating elements such as ice, time or weather to develop or decompose her work.
CV & Education
2015–18: University of Hertfordshire, MA Fine Art
2013–14: University of Bedfordshire, Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
2005–8: Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Fine Art
2004–5: Byam Shaw School of Art, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
2017 Fragments, St Albans Clock Tower, St Albans
2017 Tributary, Storefront, Luton
2018 Accumulate, New Museum & Gallery, St Albans
2018 Drawn, View Point Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
2018 A Minute Ago, Zabludowicz Collection, London
2017 25 and Counting, Panacea Museum, Bedford
2017 MK Calling, Milton Keynes Gallery
2017 e-Luminate, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge
2016 Shimmer, Framework Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
2015 Art Language Location, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
2015 Testing Water, Departure Lounge, Luton
2014 Roulade, Husk, London
2014 Eastern Approaches, St Albans Museum, Hertfordshire
2014 Control Room, North Cabin, Bristol
2014 The Common, TMT, The Freeholder, Luton
2013 Parallel Lines, University of Bedfordshire, Luton
2012 Outhouse Exhibition, Forfey Festival, Northern Ireland?
2012 Live drawing at ROTW Festival, Hertfordshire?
2011 The Re Show, Out of the Dark, High Wycombe?
2011 Artists in Residence Exhibition, Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton
2011 Time and Chance Happen to Everything, Departure Arts Centre, London ?
2011 Winners Show, St Albans Museum, Hertfordshire?
2010 Hertfordshire Open Exhibition, Margaret Harvey Gallery, St Albans
2010 Art/Value/Currency Part III, The Pigeon Wing, London
2010 Art in Process, High Town Road, Luton?
2010 Artists in Residence Exhibition, Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton?
2010 Art/Value/Currency Part II, Eastern District, New York?
2010 Heart Desires, Movida, London
2009 Art/Value/Currency Part I, The Pigeon Wing, London?
2009 Submission Freedom Fear, House Gallery, London
2009 Deparchitecture, Departure Arts Centre, London?
2009 Highlights from the Franks Suss Collection, Hampstead, London?
2009 Screening of And So it All Comes Together, Forfey Festival, Northern Ireland
2009 Aspects of Language and Translation, Mile End Arts Pavillion, London
2009 A Cup of Tea Solves Everything, Departure Arts Centre, London
2008 Voice Over Water Part II, Red Dot Art Fair, London
2008 Siteshow, Warwick Square, London
2008 Departures, Charlton Art Centre, Dover
2008 CSM Degree Show, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London
2007 Voice Over Water, Ada Street Gallery, London
2007 ASDA!, Tottenham Court Road Squat, London
2019-20 Hat Factory Arts Centre
2016-18 St Albans Museums & University of Hertfordshire Galleries
2016 Commission Projects, Artist Mentoring Programme
2015 Research Residency at Departure Lounge, Luton
2012-13 AA2A Artist Residency, University of Bedfordshire
2010-11 Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton
2019 Your Space Bursary Award
2016 Cambridge Assessment e-Luminate Festival Commission
2014 St Albans City & District Award, Eastern Approaches
2010 St Albans City & District Award, Hertfordshire Open Exhibition
2013-2015 Visiting Lecturer (3D Form, Drawing) University of Bedfordshire
Discussions and Symposia
2017 A Sense of Place, Test Beds Conference, University of Bedfordshire
2017 Tributary event with John Hegley and Michael Smith, Storefront, Luton
2017 Broken Objects event at Verulamium Museum, St Albans
2016 Industry Friday talk, University of Bedfordshire
2016 MOSTA Collection talk at University of Hertfordshire
2015 John Hartley & Abi Spendlove in conversation with Trevor Horsewood at Departure Lounge
Works in Collections
Multiple works, 2008-2013. Olivier Von Schulthess Collection, Zurich
River, 2009. Zabludowicz Collection, London
Reflection, 2008. Franks Suss Collection, London