Approved: 16.08.2006

Gillian Brent

Artist, Gallery educator

Approved: 16.08.2006



    Artist Statement

    I am an artist who works mainly in sculpture. I interpret particular contexts and places by investigating perceptions of the physical environment and how it reflects and affects people’s social and intuitive behaviour. The work is constructed using formal and aesthetic relationships that respond and allude to objects, space and dynamics, creating new ones that synthesise and subvert my experiences and observations of the world. 

    A large part of my practice is in a learning, engagement and research context working with both adults and children in arts projects and programmes with galleries, universities, public and community organisations.


    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions
    2018 - 'What are we going to do with all this Stuff?'. DINA, Sheffield
    2008 - 'Thicket', Persistence Works, Sheffield
    2006 - 'Outlook', Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby
    2006 - 'Outlook', Pickford's House Museum, Derby
    2006 - 'Outlook', The Architecture Centre, Bristol
    2004 - 'Surface Tension', Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
    2001 - 'Standing Ground', Wysing Arts, Cambridge
    2001 - 'Timesight', 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
    2000 - 'Building Sight', Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Doncaster
    1999 - New steel sculpture, The Orangery, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham
    1999 - 'Steel placement', Sanctuary Courtyard, Upper Chapel, Sheffield
    1998 - 'Household Names' , Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport
    1994 - Wall-based Sculpture, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
    1990 - Woodlands Art Gallery, London
    1988 - Worcester City Art Gallery

    Group exhibitions
    2019 - 'What is the Matter? Materials, Commodities, Narratives', Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield
    2019 - Testing:2019, Unit 3 Project, London
    2011 - Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London
    2007 - Annual exhibition, Newby Hall Sculpture Park, Ripon (since 2002)
    2004 - 'Secret Garden', Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
    2000 - Sampled, Rotherham Art Gallery
    1999 - Inside Out, Art Co, Leeds
    1998 - House Room, Ruskin Craft Gallery, Sheffield
    1998 - Two Person Exhibition with Monair Hyman, Wrexham Arts Centre
    1996 - Engineering Art, Swan Hunter Shipyard, Wallsend
    1996 - Outer Limits, Two Person Show, Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley
    1993 - Metal Sculpture, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

    2012 - Underscore, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

    Public commissions
    2017 - ‘Interconnect’, Nottingham YMCA
    2016 - ‘School of Makers’, wall panels, Manor Lodge Primary School, Sheffield.
    2014 - ‘Ocean chest’, handling artwork for people with Dementia, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.
    2013 - 'Worry nuts' & 'Untangling memories', Leicestershire Open Museum, Leicestershire
    2012 - 'Bird's Eye View', Laughton Common, commissioned by Rotherham MBC
    2007 - 'From the undergrowth', Fairholmes Visitor Centre, Derbyshire
    2007 - 'Rain:slow filter:clean water', Manor Fields Sustainable Urban Drainage System, Sheffield
    2007 - Ten 'megaflowers', Edlington Victoria Primary School, nr Doncaster
    2006 - Lead artist, Westfield School PFI new build, Sheffield
    2006 - 'Seven ages', Southmead, Bristol
    2006 - Window screens, Greenhill Library, Sheffield
    2005 - 'Megaflowers', Woodseats Junior School, Sheffield
    2005 - Sculpture sign, Brazley Community Centre, Bolton
    2003 - Lead artist, new build Space for Sports and Art, Netherthorpe Primary School, Sheffield 2003 - Lead artist, new build Space for Sports and Art, Southey Green Junior School, Sheffield

    Gallery learning
    2009-present - Associate Artist, Nottingham Contemporary
    2010-present - Artist, The Hepworth Wakefield
    2019 - David Smith workshops, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    2016 - Art Sheffield tours for young people, Site Gallery, Sheffield
    2015 - 'Learning Together' action research with families, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
    2012 - Chatsworth Education Trust, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
    2007 - Shape of Ideas, Tate Liverpool/Rolls Royce , Liverpool and Derby
    2005 - Particolare=detail, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 
    2004 - Shape of Ideas, Tate Liverpool/Rolls Royce, Liverpool and Derby

    2010 - 'Wall garden', Bollo Brook Youth Centre, South Acton, London
    2009 - 'Changing space', Creative Partnerships Sheffield, Stannington Infants School, Sheffield 2009 - Sculpture for Travellers' sites made with young people, Southwark Travellers Action Group, London
    2009 - Three year change school programme, Creative Partnerships, Norfolk Community Primary School, Sheffield 2009 - Two year change school programme, Creative Partnerships, Armthorpe Tranmoor Primary School, Doncaster
    2007 - Inside out, Creative Partnerships, Sir Harold Jackson Primary School, Sheffield
    2007 - Looking to the Sky, CapeUK/Creative Partnerships Sheffield, Manor Lodge Community Primary School, Sheffield
    2006 - Creative partner , Creative Partnerships Sheffield, Spring Lane College Inclusion Support Unit, Sheffield
    2005 - 'Mood mapping', Herringthorpe Junior School, Rotherham