2013 finalists / Joanna Sperryn-Jones
The sculpture and writing of Sperryn-Jones explore the processes of making and breaking: a subject which has fascinated her since sustaining multiple fractures to her upper body in 2006. The viewer/participant is given a real experience of the contrast between the pleasure of breaking and the uncomfortable violence of destruction, and their reactions to this form part of the artwork. Sperryn-Jones lives in Surrey and lectures in the UK and internationally.
2003-05 | PhD and P/T Sculpture practice, Norwich University College of the Arts & University
2007-12 | of the Arts London. Title: Breaking as making : In what ways can making sculpture contribute to understanding perceptions and experiences of breaking?
1999-00 | MA Sculpture (Distinction), Winchester School of Art, Southampton University
1992-93 | BTEC Foundation Studies (Distinction), Epson School of Art & Design
2012 | Game On, Westerk Gallery, Hamburg
2012 | Breaking as Making, Medical Museion, Copenhagen
2011 | Covering and Exposing, University of the Creative Arts
2011 | Four Corners of the Earth, Rickshaw House Gallery, London
2011 | Documenting Research, Norwich University College of the Arts
2011 | Making & Unmaking text, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London
2010 | Thinking Practice, Norwich University College of the Arts
2009 | The Art of Research, University of Art & Design, Helsinki
2008 | Learning through Sculpture, City Lit, Covent Garden
2007 | Climate of Change , London Art, Union Street
2007 | Breaking, ACAVA, Wimbledon
2004 | Permanent display , Her Majesty’s Prison, Reading
2003 | Lloyds Art Group, Lloyds, London
2002 | Part of Winning Team, International Snow-Sculpting Championships, Ontario, Canada
2002 | Breckenridge International Snow-Sculpting Championships, Colorado, USA
2002 | Open, Under Glass, Colorado, USA
2002 | AnOther Thought, Hans Price Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare
2001 | Building, Stroud House Gallery, Gloucestershire
2000 | Presence, Winchester Gallery, Hampshire
2000 | 5&1, Hampshire Sculpture Trust, Winchester
1999 | Everything including the Kitchen Sink, Wimbledon, London
1998 | Under Construction, Loughborough University
1997 | Permanent display, The Learning Shop, Norwich
1997 | Ripe, Norwich School of Art & Design.
1995 | Exchange , Karlsruhe Art Academy, Germany
1994 | Norwich Contemporaries, Norwich Gallery, Norfolk
Awards, Grants & Residencies
2001-2002 | Surrey Institute of Art & Design Research Studentship
1999-2000 | AHRB (Arts & Humanities Research Board) Studentship
1999-2000 | Southampton University Scholarship
Symposia & Talks
2012 | ‘The performativity of experience’ joint with Dr. Lucy Lyons for ‘Artistic Research Strategies for Embodiment’ in the 6/6 study circle/conference of the Nordic Summer University at Brandbjerg Højskole, Denmark
2012 | Invited speaker for 'Look Again… Exploring Medical Objects Through Art' I presented the paper ‘The experience of breaking as making’ followed by a participative artwork and then a round table discussion at the Medical Museion, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2012 | ‘Breaking as making: A methodology for visual work reflected in writing’ for AAH conference 2012, Milton Keynes, England.
2012 | ‘What is the point of writing as an artist?’ participative paper for ‘Artistic Research – Strategies for Embodiment’ in the 5/6 study circle/conference of the Nordic Summer University at Helsinki, Finland.
2011 | ‘Breaking as making: a methodology for visual work reflected in writing’ for SECAC 2011, Georgia, USA.
2011 | Breaking as Making: Form following content in art and writing’ for ‘The Edge of Our Thinking: Research in Art and Design’, Royal College of Art, London.
2011 | Breaking For Tea: Group participation in knowledge generation from tea breaks to wikis’ for ‘Artistic Research – Strategies for Embodiment’ in the 4/6 study circle/conference of the Nordic Summer University at Falsterbo, Sweden.
2011 | ‘Breaking as making: ontology of the fragment from broken body to
breaking art’ for ‘Covering and Exposing: Manipulation and Fragmentation of the Body’ conference at University of the Creative Arts, Epsom.
2011 | ‘Breaking as Making: Form following content in art and writing’ for the 2nd Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, ATINER, Athens, Greece.
2011 | ‘Breaking as making: Leaping into the void between content and form’ for ‘Artistic Research – Strategies for Embodiment’ in the 3/6 study circle/conference of the Nordic Summer University at Aarhus, Denmark.
2011 | ‘Breaking as making: two methodologies in continual tension’ for the conference/event ‘Beyond Text: Making and Unmaking Text Across Performance Practices and Theories’. Royal Holloway, London. Archive to be created soon:
2009 | ‘Reflecting Visual Approaches in the Verbal: Can Two Complimentary Creative Practices Meet Requirements for a PhD?’ for the conference ‘The Art of Research’ University of Art & Design Helsinki. Paper published online
2009 | ‘Making/Breaking Gendered Responses to Fragile Spaces’ for the conference ‘The Consideration of Space in Creative Practice’ at Wolverhampton University.
2008 | Experiences and Perceptions of Breaking and Fragility’ at the Guild HE Research Symposium at York St John’s University.
Press & Publications
2012 | ‘Reflecting Visual Approaches in the Verbal: Can Two Complimentary Creative Practices Meet Requirements for a PhD?’
2012 | Book chapter for the Art of Research II, Published by Aalto University, School of Art and Design in Helsinki.
2013 | ‘Breaking as making: the embodiment of art in writing’ In Artistic Research: Strategies for Embodiment, Anthology/book published by the Nordic Summer University.
2013 | ‘Breaking as making: A methodology for visual work reflected in writing’ Book chapter for Art and Destruction, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.