About the Artist
Fern Thomas is an artist working in the field of social sculpture with performance, installation, video, sound and text.
Based in Swansea, she has exhibited nationally and internationally including Germany, New Zealand, and Mexico. Her solo show When the moon fell out of orbit was held at Mission Gallery in 2012. In September 2013 Fern exhibited in Let’s See What Happens… a major international exhibition curated by Karen MacKinnon for Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Offsite, an element of which she exhibited in 2012 at Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.
Fern is a winner of Mostyn Open 2011, Welsh Artist of the Year (Photography) 2009, was a recipient of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award in 2011/2012 and was recently awarded the Interdisciplinary Arts Prize 2013 at Oxford Brookes University for her work in Social Sculpture.
In 2010 she was shortlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Amateur Scientist of the Year for the project For the Bees with collaborator Owen Griffiths and in 2011 worked with Griffiths to develop Forever Academy, a DIY Art School in partnership with Axis.
Fern studied for her MA in Social Sculpture at Oxford Brookes University where she developed the post-apocalyptic research unit Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands.
The image in alternative forms: exploring a sustainable arts practice beyond the gallery
Fern will use this research period to further explore recent shifts in her practice where the focus of her work increasingly exists outside of the gallery space.
Undertaking research into spoken word, text and ‘the event’ centered around a socially engaged practice, Fern will explore existing models that operate outside of the gallery context, heavily informed by her recent MA in Social Sculpture, which will help shape a new research territory within her practice.
This Creative Wales Award will allow for the development of new skills such as building on voice work and spoken word as well as the writing process behind this.
Critically the award will allow for a reflection into Fern’s practice to date, mapping key areas of enquiry setting a new focus for her future practice.
This award period will explore the role of the image in alternative forms and also question how artists in Wales can create a sustainable arts practice beyond the dependency on the gallery system.
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