Approved: 02.04.2012

Claire Mc Dermott

Artist

Approved: 02.04.2012

McDermott multidisciplinary practice uses sculpture, print, painting and photography to link plants to the contemporary arts. My initial focus is on the individuality and asymmetrical contours of senescence in spent flowers. For her Master in Art and Science she read biophysics on the movement of air around a floating plumed seed. Taking these curiosities as an initiative she create a view to observe the irregularity and unpredictability of aspects of nature.

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      Artist Statement

      McDermott multidisciplinary practice uses sculpture, print, painting and photography to link plants to the contemporary arts. My initial focus is on the individuality and asymmetrical contours of senescence in spent flowers. For her Master in Art and Science she read biophysics on the movement of air around a floating plumed seed. Taking these curiosities as an initiative she create a view to observe the irregularity and unpredictability of aspects of nature.

       

      CV & Education

      Education

      2023         Masters Research (MRes) Fine Art and Humanities | Royal College of Art, London

      2020         MA Art and Science (MAAS) Distinction | Central Saint Martins, London

      2012         Botanical illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens

      1996         HND Design: Historic Decorative Crafts. De Montford University, Lincoln.  Credit

      Curation

      2021/2   Artist curation of Macai Gallery Window: Jamaica Rd, London

      2019       Art Crit - Come Together, In A Time of Change: The Tate Exchange, London, SE1 

      2019       The Settings: With Maria Riberiro, SU Exhibition & Project Space, London, WC1

      2012       Culture:  Jeff Lowe, Rob Ward, Julian Wild, Jane McAdam Freud, Andrian Melka, at The                 Gallery, HAC

      2010       TwoGether, with Jane McAdam Freud, Gradidg Gallery, Art Workers Guild, WC1

      2008       Art Harrow 08: The Elliot Hall, The Gallery, HAC, Harrow

      2005       Corn Exchange: Guy Reid, Matthew L Sanderson, Daphne Gradidge

       

      Solo Exhibitions:

      2018         Illusion | Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum, WD17.

      2013         Persona | Curated by May Shetrit. The Gallery HAC, Harrow Arts Centre, HA5

      2009         Evolving | Fovea Gallery, Harrow, HA1

       

      Selected Group Exhibitions:

      2023        Southwark Park Annual Open Exhibition

      2023        Earthwise | Beaconsfield Contemporary Gallery, SE11, England

                      Inner Workings | Wip show from RCA | Cooke and Latham Gallery, SW114NP

                      2020 Vision | Curated by Jarell Andre Francis | Blue House Yard, N227TB

                      On The Edge | With the Royal Society of Sculptures | Espacio Gallery, E27DG

      2022        What A Waste | Koppel Project | Holban W1

      2022        Extremity II | Awarded part funding from Gane Trust for materials 

      2021        Health Climate Ecological Emergency | UCLH & NHS Foundation Trust |  London NW1

                      FINALLY | MA Degree Show, delayed graduate show from 2020 | London, SE1 3PL

      2020        Virtual MAAS Symposium | Central Saint Martins, London, N1

      2020        Virtual Graduate Showcase | Central Saint Martins, London, N1

      2019        Emergent | MA Art and Science Open Studios, London, N19

      2019        The Setting | SU Exhibition & Project Space with Maria Ribeiro, London, WC1

      2019         Postgraduate Art Auction | Lethaby Gallery, London, N1

      2019         TM Lighting Gallery | In partnership with Made in Arts, London (MiAL), WC1

      2019         Studio-Lab of Art and Science (SLoAS) | University of Westminster, WC1

      2019         Interim Show | Apiary Studios, London, E2

      2018         EmbryonicA | MAAS, Open Studios, London, N19

      2017         Artsdepot Open Exhibition | Shortlisted for 2017 award, London, N12

      2015         The Independent Artist Fair | TIAF at The Rag Factory, London, E1

      2015         RHS London Botanical Art Show | Vincent Square, London SW1

      2015         RI Watercolour Competition, shortlisted  | Mall Galleries, W1

      2014         Joint | exhibition with Johannes Von Stumm at the North Wall Art Centre, Oxford

      2014         The Independent Artist Fair |TIAF at The Rag Factory, London, E1

      2014         Art and Science | Courtyard Arts Centre, Hertford, SG1

      2013         Selected | Marburae Art Gallery, Cheshire, UK

      2012         Culture | Opening of The Gallery HAC, Harrow Arts Centre, HA5

      2012         Botanical Celebration | Westminster Central Hall, London, SW1

      2009         TwoGether | Jane McAdam Freud & Claire McDermott, Gradidg Gallery, WC1

      2005         The Art of Love competition, shortlisted | OXO Tower, The Gallery, London, SE1

       

      Volunteering: 

      2020/21  Chairman of Art Grads |2020 alumni from Central Saint Martins

      2010/6    Chairman of EXHIBIT http:/www.art-exhibit.org.uk

      2018       Draw Me In, drawing plants and bugs workshop at Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum

      2010/6   Chairman of local art group titled EXHIBIT.  Organised and curated exhibitions and events

      2010/3   Warden of Newton Farm Ecology Park, HA2.  Recruited volunteers and organised work                   parties

      2008/9   Chairman of Harrow Visual Arts Forum | Harrow, HA1.  Curated exhibitions and events

      1985/7   Supervised and worked with the children at St Joseph’s Youth Club, W7 in preparation                    for being the Arts and Craft Councillor at Camp America, USA during the summer of 1986

       

      Awards, Residencies, Events and Public Commission:

      2020         SURGE and WEISS / UCL | shortlisted for two commissions, WC1

      2019         CERN  |  Invited for a week of lectures and events, in Switzerland

      2019         Made in Arts London (MiAL)  |  awarded representation, London, WC1

      2019         Studio-Lab of Art and Science (SLoAS) Symposium  | Westminster University, W1W

      2019         JOYA: AiR  |  ecological field trip, Los Gazquez, Spain

      2019         Art Crit |  Awarded Student Union funding for a film at the Tate Exchange 

      2019         Come Together, In A Time of Change |  The Tate Exchange, SE1 

      2018         AA2A  | one year residency with an exhibition, Art & Design Chelmsford College

      2016         Sculpture Symposium conference |  The Royal Society of Sculptures

      2015         The Royal Horticultural Society | awarded a silver-gilt medal

      2015         The Cill Rialaig Residency |  Self-portrait installation.  County Kerry, Ireland.

      2011          Arts Council England | Awarded funding to create The Gallery HAC, Harrow, HA5

      2009         The Meeting Tree | Commissioned by Harrow Council for Newton Farm Ecology Park 

      Artist talks:

      2017         The Sculpture Symposium Conference | The Royal Society of British Sculptors

      2017         Now what do we do | Art & Design Chelmsford College

      2013         Persona | The Gallery HAC, Harrow, HA5     

      2013         To be Conceived | The Old Police Station, New Cross, London, SE14

      2012         Culture | Jeff Lowe, Rob Ward, Jane McAdam Freud and Claire McDermott at HAC

      2012         Enthusiasm or Ambition | HAC, Harrow

      2011         Introduction | Sculpture Network held at Jeff Lowe’s studios, London, SE4

      2006         Life of an Artist | St Alban’s Society, London, HA2

       

      Publications:

      2023       Thesis; Happenings, Sightings and A Plumed Seed: includes the poem Darting Escapee

                     Poem titled Lazy Day | The pluralist’s, Geometric Gardens. RCA student union magazine

                     Poem titled The Unseen with notebook drawings.  Earthwise book, Material Engagement

      2021       Phi Magazine Dream Issue Vol 8  Page 22

      2021       Axis | New Art Highlights 

      2021        Made in Arts London (MiAL) | annual catalogue  Page 30

      2020        MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins’s catalogue

      2020        Made In Arts London(MiAL) 2020 catalogue

      2017        ForumArts Sculpture Symposium 2016

      2012        Culture published for the opening of The Gallery at HAC, Harrow

      2009        HVA catalogue supported by Winsor & Newton, Eggmeg and Harrow Council 

      2005        The Art of Love, catalogue of shortlisted artists for the London Art Prize

      2005        Catalogue of our group exhibition at the Corn Exchange, London, EC3

       

      Member:  Royal Society Sculptures, EXHIBIT, Axis, The Art Worker’s Guild and ForumArts.

       

      Work currently held at Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Ireland 

       

      Public art:  Newton Farm Ecology Park

       

      Internet:    

      www.facebook.com/clairemcdermott.artist

      https://www.instagram.com/claire__mcdermott/

       

      Contact:

      E: [email protected]                                                               

      W: www.clairemcdermott.co.uk