Bio

Sandy Curry – Short Bio

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Sandy Curry
Free Spirit 2015 Oil and tar on Board
To stop and look afresh and give space to rediscovering the human trace in our environment provokes wonder and enchantment. A partnership is born between the human and natural environment.

Biography
Sandy Curry completed her BA in Fine Arts in 2006 and her MA in 2009, both at UCCA Farnham. Awarded the Winsor and Newton Watts Painting Prize in 2006 and the Fenton Arts Trust Award, Sandy became Artist in Residence at the Watts Gallery in 2006/7. In 2009 she was awarded the Michael Varah’s Memorial Fund Artist in Residence at HMP Send Woman’s’ Prison. Working with communities and marginalised groups has been a pivotal point in Sandy’s practice and has encouraged a new exploratory and speculative approach. The use of tar in her work, a contaminant, on which the homeless sleep and with which we interact every day, creates a vital and profound conversation between the human spirit and the environment in order to change perceptions. Sandy explores sensuality, hazardous materials and beauty. Her enigmatic paintings use oils, tar and gloss enticing the viewers with ephemeral toxic beauty.

Education
2007-2009 M.A. Fine Art UCCA Farnham
2003/6 B.A. Hon’s Fine Art UCCA Farnham
2002 Access course
1990 City & Guilds 730 Kings Lynn

Awards
2009/13 Michael Varah Memorial Trust Artist in Residence at HMP Send
2006/7 Winsor and Newton Watts Painting Prize
2006/7 Fenton Arts Trust Artist in Residence at the Watts Gallery

Career History
2013/14 Lead Artist at HMP Feltham for Young Offenders (Male)
2013 “Environment” Lead artist running arts project at HMP Pentonvile
2012 Opening of Sea Sky Art Studio, Hamble
2009/13 Artist In Residence – HMP Send Woman’s Prison
2008 Artist Running – Arts Project HMP Send Women’s Prison
2007 Lead Artist – Community arts project “Let’s Face It’ Farncombe
2006/7 Artist in Residence Watts Gallery Compton
1997-2001 Self Employed Florists with a flower Shop in York and Part time teacher (Florist)

Exhibitions

2015 Free Spirit
24 February – 7 March, Gallery Different, London, W1T 1DR
Free Spirit is a display of work by Sandy Curry, Watts Gallery Michael Varah Artist in Residence at HMP Send 2008 – 2013. Shown at Gallery Different, it includes work by women artists from HMP Send that Sandy worked with whilst she was Artist in Residence and reflects the journey and impact of experience on both Sandy’s work and that of the women she supported.
The Big Issues Project is kindly supported by KPMG Foundation, The Hazlehurst Trust, Women in Private Equity Second Chance Scheme, The Michael Varah Memorial Fund, The Community Foundation for Surrey Electronic Arts Youth Fund, Billmeir Charitable Trust, The Big Give, The Lake House Charitable Foundation and the many individual donors. Special thanks to Karina Phillips, Director of Gallery Different, for hosting the Big Issues exhibition and to Cindy Lass for hosting the reception.

2014 Anticipating the Unexpected – British Women Contemporary Artist’s
Simmons and Simmons Law Firm London July 2013 – April 2014 (extended from December 2013)
This exhibition places together works by a number of contemporary artists (all women), in order to investigate the strategies they’ve employed in their work to forestall possibilities, however remote. Artists include Catherine Bertola, Aliki Braine, Sandy Curry, Tacita Dean, Katy Dove, Tracey Emin, Nogah Engler, Emily Floyd, Abigail Lane, Sarah Lucas, Adriana Molder, Cornelia Parker, Luisa Roa, Sarah Strang, Catharina van Eetvelde, Gillian Wearing and Carey Young.
Exhibition catalogue http://www.simmonscontemporary.com/usr/file_browser/anticipating_the_unexpected_brochure.pdf

2013 Sept Featured artist group show “Free Spirit” Contemporary art exploring environmental issues.
Simmons & Simmons Law firm hosting UKELA

2011 Aug Group Show – “Big Issues” Royal Society of Arts, London
2010 Sept Group Show – ‘Rising Stars’ Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair
2009 Sept Joint Show – ‘Let’ Face It’ Guildford Cathedral
2009 July Group Show – “Free Range’ The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
2009 Sept Group Show – ‘Imagine’ UCCA Farnham
2008 May Solo Show – ‘Homeless’ Southill Park, Bracknell
2007 Nov Solo Show – Watts Gallery
2007 Oct Solo Show – ‘Days Like These’ St Johns Church, Farncombe
2007 Sep Joint Show – Dunsborough Park, Surrey
2006 July Group Show – ‘Fuse’ James Hockey Gallery, Farnham
2005 May Group Show – ‘Random Impact’ Small Mansions Gallery, Gunnersbury Park, London

Public Art
2012 Collaborative Sculptor “Time” HMP Send
2009 Commission – Lady’s Chapel, St Johns, Church Farncombe
2007 Community Art Piece – St Johns Church, Farncombe
Published
2015 Sisters in Art at HMP Send Not Shut Up Magazine (page 24-25) http://issuu.com/notshutup/docs/not_shut_up_27_gender___identity_is/56?e=0/11225504

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