About

Through my art works I aim to amplify the trace of something transient and  make invisible occurrences visible.  I create new forms of movement through public spaces, document experiences and re-create spaces in ways that they can be experienced anew.

Making work in public space has formed a core of my practice, with past methods including performative intervention, interactive projection and jet-washed pavements.  My studio practice uses drawing, printmaking and video to explore new facets of my research.

My innate geographical curiosity in representing how people move through city spaces developed into an interest in large populations of people following residencies in Istanbul and Shanghai in 2012.  These cities shifted my focus onto the migration and displacement of people globallly, which has featured in works including Migrate, Free movement of people, Displaced Persons and Maze of Displacement.

Bio
Claire Weetman has worked internationally on exchanges, residencies and exhibitions including Linz (AT), Schiedam (NL), Istanbul (TR) and at Shanghai Fine Art University (CN) as part of the METAL International Residency Award to Shanghai.  Her work has been shown at exhibitions including Drawing Project at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, Public View, at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, Small Change at Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent and Residual Projects at South Square Gallery, Yorkshire.

Claire studied Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University (2003). She was a member of POST Liverpool, a co-curatorial group of female artists working internationally with European Capital of Culture Cities (2008-2012). In 2011 she co-founded the artist-led studios and artist network Platform Art St Helens.  Claire has extensive experience in production and delivery of participatory arts practice, with specialist experience in family arts, arts in mental health and arts in education.

Selected Exhibitions
2017
Public View: The Bluecoat, Liverpool
Curiouser and Curiouser: Masham Gallery, Yorkshire
2016
Landscapes and Boundaries: The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn & The Gallery at St George’s House, Bolton
2014
Residual Projects: South Square Gallery, Yorkshire
A landscape of marginal encounters: Solo exhibition, The Brindley Arts centre, Runcorn
The Drawing Project: Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Urmson-Burnett Photogram Open 2014: Urmson-Burnett Gallery, Salisbury and Silverprint, London
2013
The Vide at the Bluecoat, two installations: ‘A remarkable architecture of stairs” and “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here”
Art:Language:Location, Cambridge
small CHANGE, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent, Curated by Sevie Tsampalla
Through: Process in art. Neo:Gallery 22, Bolton
I am awaiting the arrival of night: Gallery at Bank Quay House, Warrington
2012
dis)Orientation: an online exhibition of work made in Shanghai. claireweetman.co.uk/shanghaigallery.html
TRADING STATION: POST Liverpool, Artist initiated exchange with Istanbul – Curve Gallery, Liverpool.
Trace: Artists that explore the idea of an outline, an indication, a smidgen – Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol
Animated Drawings: screening of works by emerging artists, Parasol Unit, London
Journeys: Artists critique the ways in which humankind is perpetually on the move – Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.
2011
State of Perception: An experiment in artists exchange – METAL, Liverpool
Invisible City: Performance Interventions, Schiedam (NL)
2010
‘Latitude’ – artist map making: Manchester Modernist Society
How much exchange can you stand?: Female artists from Linz and Liverpool, MAERZ, Linz (AT)
Global Studio: Examining global projects initiated by Liverpool Artists, The Bluecoat, Liverpool
2009
Next Up: Liverpool Art Now: 35 artists living and working in Liverpool, The Bluecoat, Liverpool
2008
Move: Albert Dock: Drawing, photography and installation, curated by Claire Weetman
Liverpool International Artists:Curated by Terry Duffy, Novas CUC, Liverpool Independents Biennial
Directions in Drawing:Artists who experiment with drawing in their practice, The Brindley, Runcorn
Six Artists from St Helens: Celebrating 60 years of town twinning, an exhibition at the Rathaus, Stuttgart (D)
2007
Prestival: A weekend of artist interventions across the city of Preston, Lancashire
Lines of Investigation: An exhibition of drawing and line at Albert Dock, Liverpool, curated by Claire Weetman
Journey, Movement and Place: Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool
2006
Dyingfrog Presents…: Artists using performance to create their work, Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool
2004
Liverpool Open: Arena Gallery, Liverpool
2003
Flinch: Group show at Sevenseven Gallery, London
It Ain’t What You Do: A performance and video evening at 291 Gallery, Hackney, London
Residencies
2014
METAL Time and Space residency, Southend-on-sea (UK)
2012
METAL International residency Award: In partnership with Shanghai Fine Art University (CN)
TRADING STATION: Artist led residency in Istanbul (TR)
2011
AA2A (Artists access to art colleges) residency, Salford University
2010
Urban Interventions: Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz (AT)
riPOSTe: Artist-led residency in Linz (AT)
Commissions & Public Interventions
2016
Prototype project, Maze of Displacement – Heart of Glass, St Helens (UK)
2013
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival. Public realm intervention
2012
Watermark. An intervention on Barbaros Park, Istanbul (TR)
The Big Broughton Poem. Animation – Salford University Outreach Team (UK)
2010
Chatham Road (Eventually Everyone had moved), Animation – Art for Places, Liverpool Biennial (UK)
Passing, Watching, Waiting, Following II; interactive drawing – Arts council grants for the arts funded project
2009
Sculptural & Public Realm artworks – The Robins Children’s Centre, Huyton, Knowsley
Passing, Watching, Waiting, Following; interactive drawing – Attitudes in drawing, The Bluecoat, Liverpool
2008
Wilkommen im Rathaus, interactive drawing – Six artists from St Helens, Stuttgart (D)
Sandy Lane Nursery, Warrington – Artwork for nursery windows, developed with children and families
2007
Feeling a little up and down: Drawing Intervention in the lift of Manchester City Art Gallery
Awards
2016
Liverpool-Ireland Cultural Corridor travel bursary
2013
A-N Re:View Bursary
2012
METAL International residency Award
Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts. POST, TRADING STATION exchange
2011
Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts. New work in Schiedam
Grundtvig Adult Education Training Bursary – Intergenerational Practice
Creative Arts Award (Professional Practice), St Helens Cultural Awards
2010
Austrian Cultural Forum bursary – POST Linz – Liverpool project
2009
Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts. POST Linz-Liverpool project
NAN Go and See Bursary
2003
Norman Moores Fellow – Liverpool John Moores University
Education
2003, BA(hons) Fine Art, (First Class), Liverpool John Moores University
2016, The Faculty for socially engaged arts

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