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Inventive Offspring

Inventive Offspring

Mixed media. Meadow Arts/Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust commission 2015.

On display in the 'Covered Bays', Coalbrookdale Gallery until 18 Dec 2015.

Created during 2015 Artist's Residency, Darby Houses, Coalbrookdale.

Faye Claridge

Faye Claridge produces contemporary art works in response to archives and traditions, believing our current and future identities are shaped by ideas about the past. She frequently works site-specifically and with the public, encouraging participation in research, production and installation.

In response to a residency with the Sir Benjamin Stone Collection, Claridge recently produced two major new works, a giant corn dolly sculpture (used as a photography prop with children) and a new photographic series (of young people with museum artefacts). The five-metre-high sculpture, Kern Baby, is spending its first year in the grounds at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, before moving to the Library of Birmingham in 2016. It received very positive media reviews and a good Twitter response, whilst the new photographic series A Child For Sacrifice, was nominated for the MACK First Book Award.

Part of Claridge's early work relating to this has already been purchased for the Rugby Art Collection, with advice from the Contemporary Art Society. Her work is also in the Library of Birmingham Collection, as well as private collections, and has been used to promote a Tate Modern conference and used as the cover for (and discussed within) the book 'Performing Englishness'.

An artist's minigraph on her work was produced in 2014 and other articles and portfolio spreads have appeared in The Guardian, Source and a-n.

Claridge's numerous solo and group exhibitions include shows with the Arts Council Collection, at the Photographers' Gallery and the London Art Fair. She was shortlisted for the Helen Chadwick Fellowship with the British School in Rome and her first London solo show won the accolade of Time Out Exhibition of the Week.

Claridge has also worked internationally with exhibitions in Greece and France and a residency in the Czech Republic. She currently lives in Warwickshire with her young family.

Twitter @fayeclaridge