Approved: 16.08.2006

Danny Manning

Artist, Community worker, Gallery educator, Maker, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006


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Artist Statement


Artist Statement

My most recent work is inspired by the rubbish washed up on Brighton’s Beach and collected by the SEALIFE staff in their Beach clean project. This work is a response to a current environmental dilemma. It is now estimated that twelve million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean each year. By 2050, plastic will outweigh all the fish in the ocean. (Sussex Express 2022)

The process has involved retrieving these everyday things that we throw away and presenting them in a new and fascinating dimension. I take for example discarded fishing nets that have washed up on our beaches and transform them into sculptures, often depicting the very natural life they threaten. I have utilised just a limited range of tools and craft techniques to do this, including a range of basketry techniques such as ‘coil’ and ‘twinning’. Effectively, my works turn harmful trash into precious treasures that stand as powerful reminders of the harm modern industrial materials can have on our wildlife.

 My work recycles a diverse selection of rubbish, but my favourite materials are drinks can metal and polypropylene rope known as ‘ghost netting’ regularly found on beaches. From these materials I have also created innovative baskets and jewellery. I have had work included in two touring shows entitled ‘From Trash to Treasure: A Revaluation of Plastics’. These exhibitions aim to inspire, inform, and encourage everyone to experience the fun of creative recycling and have been accompanied with a range of workshops.


CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1991 - BA Hons, First Class, Fine Art, Central St Martins, London 1991 - Postgraduate study, Warsaw Academy of Fine Art, Poland 1986 - Studied Painting and Drawing, part of degree programme, Cantebury College of Art and Design 1984 - Foundation Course, Medway College of Art and Design Solo exhibitions 2005 - Big Bugs, I O Gallery,, Brighton, East Sussex 2001 - Animal Crackers, mosaic animal sculpture, 10 Gallery, Brighton 2000 - Drawings, Anatomical Animals, Lewes Gallery, Lewes, East Sussex 2000 - Mosaic Sculptural Figures, Brighton Designers and Makers, 10 Gallery, Brighton Group exhibitions 2008 - Sculpture Trail, Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex 2008 - Sussex Downs College Open Exhibition (Eastbourne Festival), Sussex Downs College, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne 2007 - Captured - Cabinets of Curiosity and Contemporary Crafts, The Haven Gallery,, Boston, Lincs 2006 - Eastbourne Open Art Exhibition - Winner Sculpture category, Chaseley Trust, Eastbourne 2004 - Contemporary Connections, Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, Maidstone, Kent 2003 - Autumn Show, Paddon and Paddon, Eastbourne, East Sussex 2003 - 'Encounters' - Sussex Open, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex 2003 - London Cow Parade, various venues, London 2002 - Art for the Garden, Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Southampton 2000 - Hung, Drawn and Quartered, entry used to publicise event, on posters, invitation cards and Website, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex Workshops 2006 - Childrens Puppetry Workshops, Ditchling Museum, Ditchling, East Sussex Educational experience - primary 2006 - Insect project, Hankham Primary School , Stone Cross, Eastbourne 2005 - Big draw, Wetlands Trust, Arundel, West Sussex, Arundel, West Sussex Educational experience - tertiary 2006 - Adult Education Tutor, Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne, East Sussex