Approved: 06.02.2017

Abi Spendlove

Artist, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 06.02.2017

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

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Artist Statement

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

Abi Spendlove

 

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

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Fragments, St Albans Clock Tower, St Albans

2017 Tributary, Storefront, Luton

 

Group Exhibitions

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

 

Residencies

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

 

Awards

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

 

Teaching

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