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Faye Claridge - Weighty Friend

Shifting Worlds artist in residence covers the historic Iron Bridge with a 'tatter coat' of rags, Oct 2015. Image Nathan Tromans.

Faye Claridge - Weighty Friend

Shifting Worlds artist in residence covers the historic Iron Bridge with a 'tatter coat' of rags, Oct 2015. Image Mark Wright..

Faye Claridge - Weighty Friend

Shifting Worlds artist in residence covers the historic Iron Bridge with a 'tatter coat' of rags, Oct 2015. Image Rebecca Farkas.

Faye Claridge - Weighty Friend

Shifting Worlds artist in residence covers the historic Iron Bridge with a 'tatter coat' of rags, Oct 2015. Image Nathan Tromans.

Faye Claridge - Weighty Friend

Shifting Worlds artist in residence covers the historic Iron Bridge with a 'tatter coat' of rags, Oct 2015. Image Nathan Tromans.

Live Event: Weighty Friend

A Live Event on the Iron Bridge

Saturday 10 Oct 2015, 10am - noon


Faye Claridge was artist in residence in the Darby Houses at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron throughout the summer of 2015. Claridge created a unique intervention on the historic Iron Bridge, the world's first iron bridge - built across Ironbridge Gorge, with the help of fifty volunteers. The bridge was dressed in its own 'tatter coat', a reference to the traditions of Morris Dancers and how women's work supported the Industrial Revolution.

The event was created with support from Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and English Heritage.

Watch the beautiful short film of the event below.

 

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.

www.fayeclaridge.co.uk

Twitter @fayeclaridge