Artist's Statement

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Trained in textiles, at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Shelley pursued a career in corporate design for international clients including Visa International, Shell and Habitat.

Deciding to explore the themes of perception and reality from a more personal perspective, she studied Printmaking at the University of the West of England. developing new techniques for encapsulating prints in glass with support from the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and Arts Council England. An ongoing Residency with the Bristol Eye Hospital and PhD research at the Royal College of Art in London led to collaborations with scientists, exploring the intersection between material and virtual space. These include projects with mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, physicist Sir Michael Berry and crystallographer Professor Brian Sutton.

She has recently been selected for the Jerwood Maker’s Award, the Crafts Council International Development Programme and Collect 2017 at the Saatchi Gallery. She is currently working with the Institute of Philosophy at UCL, King’s College, London, the Royal College of Art and the university of Leeds.

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2009 - 2014
PhD, Royal College of Art, London
2006UWE, Bristol: MA multidisciplinary printmaking (distinction)
1988Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, Paris: Diplome Textiles (merit)


Since December 2016
Associate, King's College, London
Since September 2016Associate Artist, Institute of Philosophy, UCL
Since May 2016Visiting Lecturer, Institute of Making, UCL
Since September 2014Mentor, Crafts Council Parallel Practices programme
January- May 2013Visiting Lecturer. Royal College of Art
Since Sept 2006Artist in Residence, Bristol Eye Hospital
Since Nov 2005Wellcome Trust Image Library represented artist
2008 to 2009Crafts Council Artist in Residence, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
2005 to 2008Sci-Art Research Fellow, University of the West of England, Bristol
2003 to 2005Technical instructor, University of the West of England, Bristol
Visiting artist, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
1996 to 2003Senior Account Director for Imagination design agency, London
1994 to 1996Account Manager, Coley Porter Bell design agency, London
1992 to 1994Business development manager, The Partners design agency, London
1988 to 1990Freelance identity consultant for Visa International, based in San Francisco.
1983 to 1988Freelance illustrator, Paris, France

Selected recent projects and exhibitions

Collect Open 2017, Saatchi Gallery, London
2016V&A Digital Design weekend, interactive installation V&A, London
Reciprocal Space. The Knowledge Exchange Collaborative Award with Leeds University
Stepping out, solo exhibition, Lingelbach Scheune, Munich
Paths to Utopia, group exhibition, Somerset House, London
Critic’s Circle Award for Art and Architecture, commission, London
Parallel Practices Residency, King's College, London and Crafts Council.
Art of glass, schools art project and exhibition, Bow Arts, London.
2015Gaze, solo exhibition and performance, Circus Gallery, London.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield.
Shifting Ground, installation, psychology experiment and presentation at the European Conference on Visual Perception, Universities of London and Liverpool.
Catching the Light’ staff and patient engagement programme, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
Essences, group exhibition, London Glassblowing Studio, London.
London British Glass Biennale, group exhibition. Stourbridge
Collect, with Sarah Myerscough at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
2014Jerwood Maker's Award, Jerwood Space, London
Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, London.
UK Glass, Glazenhuis, Lommel, Belgium.
Between the lines, Hospital Club, London.
DNA and Crystallography, Gordon Museum of Natural History, London.
Crystal symmetries I and II, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.
Resonant Spaces, collaboration and performance, University of Leeds.
2013Artist in Residence, Corning Studio, New York
Stars group exhibition curated by Saatchi Gallery for Selfridges
Illusions, Science Gallery Dublin. 11 July -29 September.
Op Art and Mechanical Reproduction Seminar, Impact08 conference, Dundee Scotland
2012Resonant spaces, solo show of musical instruments, workshops and performances, Bate
Collection of Musical Instruments, September 2011 to November 2012
Illusoriamente exhibition, European Convention on Visual Perception, Sardinia, September 2012
RE Open , Royal Society of Painter Printmaker exhibition, London, August 2012
Peter Layton Summer Show , London Glassblowing Studio, August 2012
Festival of Nature commission for Bristol University, Bristol, July 2012
rauma exhibition and panel discussion, GV Art Gallery, London, May 2012
Ceramic Art London exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, March 2012
Nature Nurture, teaching programme at the Bristol Royal Infirmary Children’s Hospital, April to June 2012
2011Nature Nurture architectural glass commission, Bristol Eye Hospital, June
Through a glass, Crafts Council handling collection commission, February
Faith, purchased by Sunderland Museum Glass Collection, February
Ceramic Art London exhibition, RCA London, February
Breathtaking Crafts Council national touring exhibition, from January
2010Narratives in healthcare , speaker at AHRC-funded cultural exchange and summer school, Tsinghua University, Beijing, September
Acquired immunity , solo exhibition and workshops, RNIB Bristol and Royal London
Homeopathic Hospital, London, May to June
ReCollect group exhibition, Peter Layton Glass Studio, London, May
2009‘Printing with light’ Crafts Council-funded research, January to September:
• Exhibition: Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, June to September
• Papers: International Glass Arts Conference, Swansea Institute for the Arts Architectural
• Glass Review, Digital Technology in Contemporary Crafts Seminar, Farnham, June 2009 to September
• Workshops: Bristol Eye Hospital, RNIB, University for the Creative Arts Farnham, Festival of Ideas Guildford, June to September
• Online: Contemporary Glass Society and Arts Council websites
‘Iris’ Ophthalmic Imaging Association commission, July
2008Royal West of England Academy selected exhibition, Bristol, December
‘New Approaches to Ageing’ convener of conference and interdisciplinary exhibition sponsored by BRACE (Bristol Research into Alzheimers and Care of the Elderly), August to November
‘Second Sight’ solo exhibition and workshop sponsored by RNIB, University of Bristol,
UWE and Dana Alliance, May
Originals ‘07 , selected exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, January
2006‘Emerging Glass Artists’ group exhibition, NGRC, Sunderland, September
‘Rising Stars’ group exhibition, Oxo Tower, London, September
‘Spirit of ITV’ commission and exhibition, April
‘Brainworks’ panel debate, Dana Centre, January
Originals ‘06 , selected exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, January
2005Royal West of England Academy selected exhibition, Bristol, December
’Original / Reproduction’ group exhibition, Prague, September
Novartis-Daily Telegraph Visions of Science Award , London, September
‘Viewfinder’ , solo exhibition, IMAX Bristol, July
Originals ‘05 , selected exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, January
© Shelley James 2014