Approved: 26.07.2019

Charlotte Cullen

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 26.07.2019

Charlotte Cullen’s practice is a ghost story. Artist and organiser Charlotte Cullen makes things, broadly informed by the material, social, political, cultural and environmental position that steel and its production inhabit. This is questioned through the traces of touch which occur through material; its handling and production. This encompasses sculpture, installation, mark-making, print, text and finding forms of documenting gesture.

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Artist Statement

Charlotte Cullen’s practice is a ghost story. Artist and organiser Charlotte Cullen makes things, broadly informed by the material, social, political, cultural and environmental position that steel and its production inhabit. This is questioned through the traces of touch which occur through material; its handling and production. This encompasses sculpture, installation, mark-making, print, text and finding forms of documenting gesture.

Cullen’s practice is shaped by the body and care, explored through the animacy of matter and how these material, physical concerns intersect with social class, migration, intergenerational trauma, gendered identity and long-term illness. The landscape, and issues of land ownership, situates this encounter; muddied, uprooted, re-routed, and as site of familial and historical myth-making.

 

CV & Education

EDUCATION
2019. Practice led PhD. Vice Chancellors Studentship & Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The University of Huddersfield

The Politics of Wanting Things. Manifestations of Cruel Optimism in Artist Led Curatorial Practice: A Case Study of the U N N A W A Y Exhibition Programme

2013. Textile Crafts Ba (Hons), First Class, The University of Huddersfield 2010. Contemporary Art, Kookmin University, Seoul (study exchange)
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SOL O & DUO E X H I BI TI ON S

2022. Upcoming: June, title tbc, South Block Gallery, Wasps Studios, Glasgow

2022. Upcoming: Feb, Marrow, Blank_, Leeds
2022. Upcoming: Jan, The Keening, serf, Leeds
2021. In the Belly, Vessel, York St John, York

2021. Study for a Shield After Battle, Patriot Hall, Wasp Studios, Edinburgh, Scotland
2021. I am the merry-go-round horse dragging up the earth beneath me, Leeds Library & Armley Hub Library, Leeds
2020. (being with) breaking ground, serf, Leeds
2019. No Matter How Strong, [with Nisa Khan], Artcore, Derby
2017. Into the Woods, Set the Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds
2016-17. Curators Choice, Leeds College of Art, Leeds
2016. Please, Be Gentle., Assembly House, Leeds
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AWARDS, RESIDENCIES & COMMISSIONS
2022. Upcoming, Artist in residence, Sunny Bank Mills

2021-22. PANIC! bursary commission, PANIC! and The Tetley

2021. QR Funding, Research Council, York St John University

2021. Leeds Inspired funding

2021. LUTRA, print workshop residency, Leeds
2021. Artist in residence, Leeds Central Library, supported by Leeds Inspired
2020. Jakwaa Arts Centre, supported by UKNA, digital residency exchange, Mombasa Kenya
2020. Sunny Bank Mills Ones to Watch exhibition, Yorkshire Graduates
2019. Artshake19: International Gathering, UKNA, residency as artist mentor, Yiyuan Tang Museum, Shanghai, China
2019. No Matter How Strong, (2 months), Artcore, Derby
2019. UK Young Artists Weekender Residency, Skegness with SO Festival
2018. Poor Image Projects, Commission for Mathew Parkin, presented at University of Leeds
2016. Yorkshire Year of the Textiles commission Of the Valley, The Royal Pump Room, Harrogate, for University of Leeds (ACE supported)
2016. Pankhurst in the Park, Residency as a member of BUNNY collective, (2 months), Manchester
2016 & 2015. Research & Development Funding, The University of Huddersfield

PUBLISHED WORK & SELECT PRESENTATIONS
2021. Supplement, publication on contemporary sculpture, edited by Meghan Goodeve
2020-1. I am the merry-go-round horse dragging up the earth beneath me, The Secret Library blog, 3-part text
2019. Summer Days Drifting Away, ed.Nocturne, Index festival, launched at Village, Leeds
2019. DIY and the artist run space, Yan Tan Tether, Huddersfield
2019. A Queer Anthology of Sickness, Contributing Writer, Pilot Press, London
2019. Accompanying text for Heavy Souls Exhibition, Emergency Gallery, Switzerland
2018. Ecologies and Economies of the Artist Led: Space, Place, Futures Symposium at MAP, Mabgate and Leeds University School of Fine Art

2018. What Have You Done for Me Lately? Panel Chair, The Tetley, Leeds
2017. You’re Reading into It: Queering Contemporary Minimalism Panel Discussion
2017. Cut Cloth: Contemporary Textiles and Feminism publication contributing writer
2017. Fair Is Foul 001 & WORK/ LABOUR 002, BUNNY publication
2017. Ferrofluid Journal Vol. 3
2013. The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth Now, conference presentation, The V&A, London
2013. Pageantry, Salt. Editorial, London and Berlin
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SE L E CT G ROUP E X H I BI TI ON S
2022. Upcoming: Feb, Serf group exhibition, Vitrine, London
2021. The Cold Black Rain Will Be Your Coat, Yonder Gallery, as part of HCMF, West Yorkshire
2021. Ride Your Pony No. 4, Abingdon Studios, Blackpool
2020. Leeds Summer Group Show, online
2020. Queer Contemporaries, AIR Gallery, Manchester
2020. Ones to Watch, Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds
2019. Swan Song 2019, curated by Joshua Hart, online
2019. Through the Window, Dai Hall curated by AME, Huddersfield
2019. The Desire to be Part of a Story... Even if it is Somebody Else’s, Yorkshire Hub, Index Festival, Leeds
2019. Serf’n’Turf, Croydon Arts Store, London
2017. Education, GROUP SHOW, Podcast
2017. NAWKI 2, 12ø Collective live streamed from various locations
2017. You’re Reading Into It: Queering Contemporary Minimalism, Vane, Newcastle
2017. MAKE/SHIT, AIR Gallery, Manchester
2017. Hold Fast, Embassy, Edinburgh
2017. Where’s Your Coat You’re Going To Be Cold, Shy Bairns at Caustic Coastal, Manchester
2017. Fair Is Foul, Curated by BUNNY Collective, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2017. An Offering To Baba Yaga, Serf, Leeds
2017. Limbo Lambada, Hutt Nottingham & IsThisIt?, Curated by Hutt
2016. Swan Song, Winter Solstice 2016 & Eternal Interstice, Summer Solstice 2016, curated by Joshua Hart
2016. Five Finger Discount, Bronze Dog, Sweden
2016. UK Young Artists Festival, Derby
2016. Manchester Contemporary, Caustic Coastal, Manchester
2016. Sirens Song/ Capillaries/ Solomiya Moroz, Fuse Art Space, Bradford
2016. What We Are Doing, Alexandra Park, Manchester
2016. Broken Spaces, Rye Attic, Nottingham
2015. The Guild, Temple Works, Leeds
2015. #Utopia, Art Licks weekend, The Orangery, Clapham, London
2015. Soft Matter, The Wonder Inn, Manchester
2015. Discomfort, Comfort, Curated by Hag x The Coven, New York
2015. Prism Manchester #2, Curated by The Art Bar, Toast, Manchester
2014. The Young Girls Gaze, B U N N Y collective, Soma Contemporary Gallery, Cork
2014. Like, Curated by Arvida Bystrom and Maja Malou Lyse, Gallery Q, Copenhagen
2013. Pageantry, Curated by Salt., LimaZulu project space, London
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CURATION & ORGANISING

2021 - present. Gather, online and in collaboration with Leeds Central Library

2021 - Present. Vessel, York St John Campus, York
2018 – present. Serf off-site programme and serf school committee lead, serf, Leeds
2016 – 18. Serf project space programme committee, serf, Leeds
2015–16. UNNAWAY, Huddersfield

RELATED PROJECTS
2021 - Present. PANIC! Steering Committee, artist network in the crisis, convened by Prof. Griselda Pollock, The Tetley
2019 – Present. Lecturer in Fine Art, York St. John University, York
2019. Workshop for Yorkshire Sculpture International at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
2011 - 2013. The Sleeping Bag Collective touring workshops with The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, Beacons festival, Skipton and Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham