Approved: 26.07.2019

Charlotte Cullen

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 26.07.2019

Artist and researcher Charlotte Cullen creates environments grounded in the land, working through sculpture, installation and text. Scavenged and ephemeral materials entwine with formal material enquiries in metal and clay. Site is enacted as geological space for excavation, symbiotic (un)learning, resistance and healing. Intergenerational trauma, sickness and the body are manifest as material, physical encounters. 

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Artist Statement

Artist and researcher Charlotte Cullen creates environments grounded in the land, working through sculpture, installation and text. Scavenged and ephemeral materials entwine with formal material enquiries in metal and clay. Site is enacted as geological space for excavation, symbiotic (un)learning, resistance and healing. Intergenerational trauma, sickness and the body are manifest as material, physical encounters. 

 

Recent sculptures The Retreat of the Warrior seek to find safety and a place to heal from the ground, to take respite so to fight again. The work is weed like, finding methods and materials from the ground to build and restore. Twigs become additional limbs, protruding from a metal vertebrate to make new appendages, clay is dug from the ground to heal wounds, while broken materials from man-made waste create hybrid new attack strategies in the warrior’s arsenal. 

 

A member of artist-led studio and project space serf, Leeds, Cullen is responsible for serf off-site projects and serf school, serf’s peer to peer learning programme. Previously they were founder and curator of U N N A W A Y, Huddersfield. Their research considers a material repositioning of artist-led practice and ecologies. They completed their practice led PhD at the University of Huddersfield in 2018.

CV & Education

E D U C A T I O N

2019. Practice led PhD. Vice Chancellors Studentship with support from Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The University of Huddersfield

The Politics of Wanting Things. Manifestations of Cruel Optimism in Artist Led Curatorial Practice: A Case Study of the U N N A W A Y Exhibition Programme

Supervisor: Dr Alison Rowley Supervisory team: Dr Rowan Bailey, Dr Jill Townsley

2013. Textile Crafts Ba (Hons), The University of Huddersfield

2010. Contemporary Art, Kookmin University, Seoul (study exchange)

 

S O L O  & D U O  E X H I B I T I O N S

2020. postponed solo exhibition, Patriot Hall, Wasp Studios, Edinburgh

2020. (being with), serf, Leeds

2019. No Matter How Strong, Artcore, Derby [with Nisa Khan]

2017. Into The Woods, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds

2016-17. Gloria & her Mother, Curators Choice, Leeds College of Art, Leeds 

2016. Please, Be Gentle., Assembly House, Leeds

 

A W A R D S &  R E S I D E N C I E S

2019. September: Artshake19: International Gathering, with UK Young Artists, Yiyuan Tang Museum, Shanghai, China

2019. June – September: No Matter How Strong, Artist in Residence, Artcore, Derby 

2019. April: UK Young Artists Skegness Weekender Residency 

2019. Centre for Material Enquiry and Aesthetic Education, named artist. Principle investigator Dr Vanessa Corby, York St John University. (Ongoing)

2018. Commission for Mathew Parkin and Poor Image Projects (PiP) to respond to Parkin’s video work, presented at University of Leeds

2016. Arts Council England funding for Of the Valley, for The Yorkshire Year of the Textile, at The Royal Pump Room, Harrogate

2016. Selected for UK Young Artists, UKYA Festival 2016, Derby

2016. Pankhurst in the Park, Artist in Residence as a member of BUNNY collective, Manchester 

2016 - 2015. Research and Development Funding for U N N A W A Y, The University of Huddersfield

2013. Short listed for the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 

2012. UnLtd Award for The Sleeping Bag Collective project

 

P U B L I S H E D  W O R K  & S E L E C T  P R E S E N T A T I O N S

2019. Swan Song 2019 

2019. Summer Days Drifting Away, edited by Nocturne, published for Index festival, launched at Village, Leeds

2019. Artist Talk, Artcore, Derby

2019. DIY and the artist run space, Yan Tan Tether, Huddersfield 

2019. A Queer Anthology of Sickness, Contributing Writer, Pilot Press, London

2019. Accompanying text for Heavy Souls, Emergency Gallery, Switzerland

2018. The Politics of Wanting Things: Aspirational Material in Artist-led Practices, Ecologies and Economies of the Artist Led: Space, Place, Futures Symposium Convened by the Artist-led Research Group [ARG], Yorkshire and Humber Visual Arts Network [YVAN] and the University of Leeds. (2018) at Map, Mabgate and Leeds University School of Fine Art

2018. serf Panel Discussion, Ecologies and Economies of the Artist Led: Space, Place, Futures Symposium Convened by the Artist-led Research Group [ARG], Yorkshire and Humber Visual Arts Network [YVAN] and the University of Leeds. (2018) at Map, Mabgate and Leeds University School of Fine Art

2018. Presentation at Trace Your Fingers Over the Edges of Me book launch, Vane Gallery, Newcastle

2018. What Have You Done for Me Lately? Panel Chair, The Tetley, Leeds

2017.  serf on Education, Education, GROUP SHOW Podcast

2017. You’re Reading into It: Queering Contemporary Minimalism Panel Discussion

2017. Cut Cloth: Contemporary Textiles and Feminism publication contributing writer

2017. BUNNY 002 Fair Is Foul & BUNNY 001 WORK/ LABOUR

2017. Ferrofluid Journal Vol. 3

2016. Curating Research. Post Graduate Research Conference, University of Huddersfield

2015. Post Graduate Research Symposium, University of Huddersfield

2013.The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth Now, conference paper presentation, The V&A, London

2013. Pageantry, Salt. Editorial, London and Berlin

 

S E L E C T  G R O U P  E X H I B I T I O N S 

2020.upcoming: title tbc. Serf group exhibition, Vitrine, London

2020. Ones to Watch, Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds

2019. Through the Window, Dai Hall curated by AME, Huddersfield

2019. …Even if it is Somebody Else’s, Yorkshire Hub, Index Festival, Leeds 

2019. The Desire to be Part of a Story…, Yorkshire Hub, Index Festival, Leeds 

2019. Serf’n’Turf, Croydon Arts Store, London 

2019. Heavy Souls, Emergency Gallery, Switzerland [contributing text]

2017. Education, GROUP SHOW Podcast

2017. NAWKI 2, 12ø Collective live streamed from various locations

2017. You’re Reading Into It: Queering Contemporary Minimalism, Vane, Newcastle

2017. MAKE/SHIT, AIR Gallery, Altrincham

2017. Hold Fast, Embassy, Edinburgh

2017. Where’s Your Coat You’re Going To Be Cold, Shy Bairns at Caustic Coastal, Manchester

2017. BUNNY Fair Is Foul Magazine Launch, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 

2017. An Offering To Baba Yaga, Serf, Leeds

2017. Limbo Lambada, Hutt Nottingham & IsThisIt?, Curated by Hutt

2016. Swan Song, Winter Solstice 2016, curated by Joshua Hart

2016. Five Finger Discount, Bronze Dog, Sweden

2016. UK Young Artists Festival, Derby 

2016. Manchester Contemporary, Caustic Coastal, Manchester

2016. Eternal Interstice, Summer Solstice 2016, curated by Joshua Hart 

2016. Sirens Song/ Capillaries/ Solomiya Moroz, Fuse Art Space, Bradford

2016. What We Are Doing, Alexandra Park, Manchester

2016. Broken Spaces, Rye Attic, Nottingham

2015. The Guild, Temple Works, Leeds

2015. #Utopia, Art Licks weekend, The Orangery, Clapham, London

2015. Soft Matter, The Wonder Inn, Manchester

2015. Discomfort, Comfort, Curated by Hag x The Coven, New York

2015. Prism Manchester #2, Curated by The Art Bar, Toast, Manchester

2014. The Young Girls Gaze, B U N N Y collective, Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford Cork

2014. Like, Curated by Arvida Bystrom and Maja Malou Lyse, Gallery Q, Copenhagen  

2013. Pageantry, Curated by Salt., LimaZulu project space, London

 

C U R A T I O N

2016. S/S2018 Collection, U N N A W A Y, Huddersfield

2016. And To Dust All Return, U N N A W A Y, Huddersfield 

2015. Nothing, UN N A W AY, Huddersfield

2015. The Curtain Parts, U N N A W AY, Huddersfield

2015. It’s My Party and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, U N N A W A Y, Huddersfield

2013. Guest Curator for Gal, London. Directed by Arvida Byström and Hannah Antonson

2011. Hidden Voices: The Sleeping Bag Project, The Knitting and stitching Show, Harrogate

 

W O R K S H O P S  &  T E A C H I N G

2019. Community workshops, Artcore, Derby

2019. Workshop for Yorkshire Sculpture International Associate Teachers for Yorkshire Sculpture International at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

2018 – present. Coordinator for workshops, guest tutors, group critique sessions and off-site artist development projects for serf school, peer to peer learning, serf, Leeds

2018. Guest Lecture for Bootham School, York Sixth Form Students at serf, Leeds

2018. Guest Lecture for University of Leeds, Fine Art students

2018. Guest Tutor for Textile Practice Ba(Hons), Final Year Monograph Module. University of Huddersfield

2015. Guest Lecture for Textile Practice Ba(Hons), Final Year Professional Practice Module. University of Huddersfield

2017. Guest Lecture for Leeds Beckett University, Fine Art students

2013 – 2015. Guest Tutor for Textile Practice Ba(Hons), Final Year Textile Art Pathway, Final Major Project Module, Group tutor and Individual Tutor. Univeristy of Huddersfield

2013 – 2014. Workshop Coordinator for Textiles with Surface Design Ba(Hons), First Year Textile Art Pathway, University of Huddersfield

2013. Guest Lecture for Textile Crafts Ba(Hons), Final Year Professional Practice module. University of Huddersfield

2011 - 2012. The Sleeping Bag Project workshops at The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, at Beacons Festival, Skipton, at The Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham

2010 – 2012. Workshop Coordinator for Art and Design Foundation at New College Nottingham

 

R E L A T E D P R O J E C T S

2019 - present. Lecturer in Fine Art (sculpture), York St John, York

2019. Workshop for Yorkshire Sculpture International at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

2019 – present. Artist collaboration with Michaela Cullen 

2019 - present. Poorly sorted materials, artist collaboration with Puy Soden

2016 – present. serf committee member, serf school and off-site projects, previously events and programming

2015 - 2016. U N NA W A Y, Founder & Curator, Huddersfield

2014 - 2018. BUNNY Collective member