Approved: 16.08.2006

Meera Chauda

Artist, Consultant, Gallery educator, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am a visual artist based in London.I find, make, and manipulate images in order to construct playful yet complex narratives.

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Artist Statement

I am a visual artist based in London.I find, make, and manipulate images in order to construct playful yet complex narratives.

I re-create fictional female protagonists that belong to the childhood stories I have grown up with. These composite characters belong to many different stories and histories. Part Kali, part Alice in Wonderland, part me.I use collage sometimes combined with drawing, photography, text and stitch. My process involves cutting, dissecting and reassembling. I play with images, organising them in a variety of ways, making combinations, trying things out, asking questions and then photographing the arrangements. Each piece is normally created from a sequence of photographed images.

The characters explore and inhabit spaces sometimes with heavily coloured/patterned backgrounds and foregrounds. Recent images disappear, are hidden, silenced and sometimes obscured. My images belong to many different histories. My images map and consider the confusion and complexities of home, heritage, legacy and place

I also work in the learning sector as an artist facilitator, consultant, researcher and mentor.


CV & Education

Education & Training 

2018 SAPERE Philosophy for Children Foundation Course (Level 1)                                 

1999 Institute of Education, London Training for Artist in Schools   

1995 Winchester School of Art B.A (HONS) Textile Art    

Selected Employment

2020 The British Library Family Takeover: Make and Create. Devising a series of Activities and resources for Families of all ages inspired by Unfinished Business: The fight for women’s rights Exhibition.

2020  The Pitt Rivers Museum Experiential Training (online) for The Front of House Team. In collaboration with Jean Campbell & Ayisha De Lanerolle

2020  St.Joseph's School, Waltham Cross Online Training CPD for Teachers: Ideas to develop Literacy through the Visual Arts.

2014 - 2020 National Portrait Gallery Artist Facilitator for the Schools, Family & Youth Programme.

2018-2020 Royal Opera House Bridge Creative Writing through the Arts.Collaborating and mentoring 15 Teachers in South Essex Primary Schools using visual arts to improve pupils’ core literacy skills.

2020 The British Library Developing Creative online activities for The Discovering Children’s Book’s website for Primary School Teachers.

2018 - 2019 Art on the Underground/TFL Artist for  Brixton Schools Mural Design Project

2005 - 2019 The British Library Creative Educator. Development and delivery of schools workshops, summer schools, family learning and early years

2017-2018 The South London Gallery Development and delivering Gallery based Schools and SEN Sessions.

2006 -2020 The National Maritime Museum  Devising and Delivering Art inspiration and My First visit workshops for Foundation Stage and key Stage 1 & 2 for schools. Art Museum as Muse workshops – Key Stage 3,4 & 5..Delivery of drop-in workshops for the Family programme

2012-2019 The Cutty Sark Artist for Family Learning

2012-2013 Tate Britain A Time Map of British History-  Working with Yr 5 students from St Gabriels School, Pimlico to produce content for a Timeline currently installed in the Manton Entrance at Tate Britain.

2011 - 2012 Tate Modern Artist for Schools Programme

2009 Creative Partnerships Luton Artist

2008 Whitechapel Art Gallery Artist for Archive Adventures

2007-2008 Creative Partnerships Hertfordshire/Creativity for Life Artist

2007 Tate Britain Artist VerbalEyes finding a voice through art

2006 Camden Arts Centre Artist Transitions Project

2006 Crafts Council Artist in Residence. Drawing workshops

2005 LIFT Creative consultant and Mentor for TAP (Teacher Artist Programme) 

2004 LIFT (London International Festival of theatre) Artist facilitator on Teacher forum

2002-2003 Whitechapel Art Gallery Artist Creative connections


2020 A Proposal for Radical Hospitality. Contribution to a Sound installation in the Queen's House composed by Peter Adjaye in the Queen’s House Art Gallery, The National Maritime Museum

2006 Drawing residency Crafts council, London
2005 Creative Routes Arts depot, London.
2003 Creative Connections Whitechapel Art Gallery
2003 Artlink U.K finalist for Young International Art Programme
2002 Message to India British Council Queens Gallery, India
2001 Self- Assembly Rugby Art gallery and Museum
2000 East International Norwich Gallery, Norwich
2000 Girl The new Art Gallery, Walsall
1996 'Inter (Re) ferences', Grande Gallerie, Ecole des Beaux de Rouen, France.


2005-2017 Private commissions, drawings and photographic collage
2003 Creative Connections The Whitechapel Art gallery
2000 Girl The New Art Gallery Walsall
1995 Women on the streets in conjunction with the Art of change Public art photo-mural.

2006 Drawer in Residence Crafts Council, London
2000 Artist in Residence for 'Girl' Exhibition. The New Art gallery Walsall.
2002 Arthaus studios, Basingstoke

Resources & research

2018 The National Maritime Museum Understanding the Sensitivities with working with Pacific Communities (history and objects) Training 

2018 Content for a Resource for Key stage 1 & 2 - The Great British Seaside Exhibition The National Maritime Museum

2014  Content for Schools trails for Early Years/ Foundation Stage,Key stage 1 & 2 The National Maritime Museum. Highlights trail, Find a favourite & Nelson's Ship in a Bottle.

2014 In Gallery resource A Time Map of British History Tate Britain  

2013 Platform: Contribution to an SEN Resource for Teachers Tate Modern

2009 Henry VIII Family Guide The British Library

2008 ‘Selecta’ African & Asian visual Artists Archive CD Art and design resource for secondary schools.        

2003 ANIMARTS  LIFT /Guildhall school of Speech and Drama- Artist in schools Action research programme

Selected Teaching

1998- 2000 Winchester School of Art Temporary Part-time lecturer (0.5) on Art Foundation.
1996-2000  Plymouth University (Exeter school of Art)  Part time lecturer on BA (HONS) Contextual Practice & BA (HONS) Fine Art