Following a twenty year career as an Art Psychotherapist in the NHS, Clare returned to education completing a Visual Arts MA in 2013
After graduation, Clare concentrated her studies on early coding technology artefacts and printmaking. Having already collected material associated with machine-made lace such as coded textile jacquards, she began to source and work directly with IBM punch cards, music box discs and pianola rolls.
Faded and fragile, often rusted and warped, ripped and torn, these ‘host’ materials have presence and a history. They impact upon the senses, and are the ancestors of our digital world.
Clare is interested in the idea of a ‘cultural lag’ in our understanding of advancing technology. It’s easy to feel fear, frustration and a sense of being left behind, as our lives become increasingly mediated through machines. Cyber-culture theory offers a useful way to think about the relationship between bodies, minds and machines.
‘……. things get faster, smaller, more useful, more user-friendly, and this is a good thing, or so one particular type of storytelling says. Other stories less often told, reveal the trials, the resistances, the accommodations and negotiations involved in living with new technologies’ (David Bell, 2007).
Her work speaks to a societal shift from manufacturing towards the service, knowledge and information sectors, and of the ‘culture lag’ that is part of this narrative. Non-material culture continues to evolve much slower than material culture. Ideas, beliefs, values and social norms change more slowly than technology.
Art Therapist Bradford NHS 1993-2014
MA Visual Arts (Distinction) Bradford College 2011-13
Complete Printmaker Programme Hot Bed Press Salford 2015-17
2017 Art& RAW Talent Award
2017 Flourish Award For Excellence In Printmaking – Shortlisted
2017 Flourish Award – Intaglio Printmakers Prize (People’s Choice)
2018 Wigan S.T.E.A.M (Science: Technology: Engineering: Art: Maths) Bursary
2019 The Scott Creative Arts Foundation (SCAF) Emerging Artist Award – Winner
2019 London Contemporary Art Prize – Shortlisted
selected exhibitions and shows
‘Ubuntu’ Group Exhibition 20th November – 2nd January 2021, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
‘The Other Art Fair’ 8th – 11th October, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London (Postponed)
‘Manchester Art Fair’ Manchester Central (cancelled)
‘Reawakening’ Group Exhibition 10th July – 3rd October, Lingwood Samuel Gallery, 12 Church St Godalming, Surrey
‘Open ISO’ Group Exhibition 23rd May – 14th June, The Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford, Derbyshire
‘The Great Print Exhibition’ 22 November – 8th March 2020, Rheged Centre, Penrith
‘Print International’ 16th November – 2nd February 2020, Ty Pawb Gallery, Wrexham
‘Paper’, Group Exhibition 2 November- 22 February 2020, Gallery 57 Arundel, West Sussex
‘Art&’ Show – Installation Artist 25th – 27th October, York Racecourse
‘SCAF’ Emerging Artist Exhibition 21st September – 2nd December 2019 Ornhams Hall, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire
‘London Contemporary Art Prize’ 12th September – 5th October Store St Gallery, London
‘FLUX’ Exhibition , 14th-17th March The National Army Museum, Londo
‘Woolwich Print Fair,’ 22nd-25th November Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London
‘Next Wave’, selected group exhibition for Emerging Artists, RBSA Gallery, 6th-22nd September RBSA Birmingham
‘Emerging Artists Exhibition’, 1st September-5th November, Bils and Rye Gallery, Kirbymooreside, North Yorkshire
‘RBSA Print Prize Exhibition,’ 25th July-1st September, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
neo: International Proof Print Exhibition/Exchange, 26th May-8th July, neo:gallery 23, Bolton, Greater Manchester
‘Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate’ Solo Exhibition, 26th May-16th June, Wigan S.T.E.A.M.
‘Get It Arts’ Curated Group Pop Up Exhibition, 1-4th March, 5th Base Gallery, London
‘Art&’ Show, York Racecourse
‘Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking’ Exhibition, WYPW
‘PROOF’ Printmakers Group Exhibition, Robert Burt Gallery, London
‘Makers Fair’ Saltaire Arts Trail, Bradford
Artist in Residence Print Room Bradford College 2014
Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) University of Central Lancashire, 2019/2020
Speaker at The Print Symposium: Printmaking in the Expanded Field. Ty Pawb, Wrexham, 2020