Claire Davenhall

Biography

Graduate from Grays School of Art in Aberdeen with BA(Hons) Fine Art Sculpture, International Exchange with Athens School of Fine Art and North Karelia University, Finland in 2000. College Lecturer in Sculpture, Ceramics, Life drawing and Photography, nominated for ‘National Beacon Award,’ two years running and WINNER of ‘Governors Award for Excellence’ 2006/7. Exhibiting interstate including; Sculpture by the Sea, Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures, Winner in the Shinju Matsuri ‘A View to Asia’ in 2016, Drift Installation Awards, Castaways Sculpture Awards, Minnawarra Art Awards and other prestigious Exhibitions. Previously worked as Ceramic Artist with City of Joondalup, Leading Artist for STEAM-Powered Big Draw Festival with City of Rockingham in 2016 & Nominated for International Community, Participatory & Libraries Award. Currently Artist in Residence with Tranby College in 2017.

Solo Exhibitions

2016
Finders Keepers

Rockingham Central Library, WA

2015
A Quiet Contemplation

Life Balance Health Clinic, Padbury, WA

2014
UP Close…

Rockingham Arts Centre, Kent Street, WA

2013
ART to WHERE?

Smartspace Gallery Northbridge, Perth, WA.

Group Exhibitions

2017
Between The Sheets: Artist Books

Gallery East in Conjunction with Gallery Central in WA, then onto Australian Galleries in Melbourne in VIC

2017
Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures

The Esplanade, Brighton, South Australia

2017
Travelling Home

ART FIX, Lulu Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2016
Melville Sculpture Walk

Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Perth, WA

2016
Drift Installation Awards

Mandurah Foreshore

2016
Minnawarra Art Awards

Armadale

2016
Army Art - 'Special Exhibits'

Leeuwin Barracks, East Fremantle, WA

2016
Body Right Exhibition

River Road Studios, Bayswater, WA

2016
A View to Asia

Shinju Matsuri festival, Cable Beach, Broome, WA

2015
Leonora Art Prize

Leonora, WA

2015
Wanneroo Art Awards

City of Wanneroo, WA

2015
Kalgoorlie Boulder Art Prize

Kalgoorlie Boulder, WA

2015
Sculpture by the Sea

Cottlesloe, WA

2014
Melville Art Awards

Melville Civic Centre, Booragoon, WA

2014
Belmont Photography Awards

Belmont Shopping centre, WA

2014
Botanicals Photography Exhibition

Light Space Time Gallery

2014
Grand Steampunk Charity Art Auction

Government House Ballroom, Perth, WA

2014
Minnawarra Art Awards

City of Armadale, WA

2014
Castaways Sculpture Awards

Rockingham Foreshore, WA

2014
Blending Past and Present, Multicultural Art Exhibition, World Fringe Festival

Moores Contempory Art Gallery, Fremantle, WA

2013
York Photographic Awards

Sandalwood Gallery, York, WA

2013
Castaways Sculpture Awards

Rockingham Foreshore, WA.

2013
Belmont Art & Photography Awards

Belmont Shopping Centre, Perth, WA.

2013
Minnawarra Art Awards

City of Armadale, WA.

2013
Victoria Park Art Awards

Edward Millen Home, East Victoria Park, WA.

2012
Curious?

30x30x30 Art Challenge Exhibition, Darlington, WA.

2012
Mandjar Art Awards

MANPAC, WA

2012
Mandjar 9×5 Art Auction

MANPAC, Perth, WA

2011
Observing the Human Form

Midland Junction Arts Centre, Perth, WA

2010
Swan Art Awards

Midland Junction Arts Centre, WA

2000
Night Sites

Grisedale Forrest, Cumbria, UK.

2000
Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

2000
Gray’s School Art Degree Show

Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Awards

2017
Major Prize Winner

Drift Installation Awards

2016
WInner - A View to Asia Exhibition

Shinju Matsuri, Cable Beach, Broome, WA

2016
Highly Commended

Drift Installation Awards, City of Mandurah

2016
People's Choice - Runner-Up

Melville Sculpture Walk

2015
Runner-up Sculpture Award

Wanneroo Art Awards

2007
WINNER Governor’s Award for Excellence

Community Public Art Projects with Blackpool & The Fylde College, UK

2006
Nominated - The protocol National Beacon Award in Art & Design

Association of Colleges (AOC), Blackpool and the Fylde College

Commissions

2017
The Tranby Brig, Ceramic Wall Mural, Tranby College, WA

2016
Way Finding Bollards (Collaborative), St Stephen's School, WA

2014
Ceramic Kerb Tiles Project (Collaborative), City of Joondalup, WA

2012
30x30x30 Art Challenge, Treetops Montessori School Initiative, Darlington, WA

2011
Private Photography Commission of Karijini National Park, WA

2009
Ceramic Wall Tile Murals (Collaborative), St Stephen’s School, Duncraig, WA

2006
Group Sculpture Commission ‘Operation Keep’ Lancashire Constabulary, UK

2005
Wooden Waterway - Group Sculpture Commission for Brantwood, Lake District National Park, UK

2001
Digital Art Commission - regeneration of Belmont Street, Aberdeen City Council, UK

1998
Gateway Soapstone Sculpture Commission (Collaborative), North Karelia University, Joesuu, Finland

Publications

2015
Sculpture by the Sea - Artists and their artworks

https://clairedavenhallvisualartist.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/artist-and-their-artworks-cott-15.pdf

2015
Artist Set for Sculpture by the Sea

http://echonewspaper.com.au/artist-set-sculptures-sea/

2016
Meteor Morphosis

http://echonewspaper.com.au/meteor-morphosis-2/

2016
Sculpture Walk transforms Heathcote Cultural Centre

http://www.art-almanac.com.au/2016/03/heathcote-sculpture-walk/

2014
Rockingham artist-in-residence takes focus

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/25087842/rockingham-artist-in-residence-takes-focus/

2016
Sculpture Walk is bigger and better at Heathcote

http://54.79.2.48/melville-times/news/sculpture-walk-is-bigger-and-better-at-heathcote/

Residencies

2017
Artist in Residence

Tranby College Primary School

2016
Resident Artist for The BIg Draw Festival

Rockingham Arts Centre

2014
Artist in Residency with City of Rockingham.

Artist in Residency with City of Rockingham.

1999
Erasmus Programme hosted by Athens School of Fine Art, Greece and attending studios in Athens, Delph

Erasmus Programme hosted by Athens School of Fine Art, Greece and attending studios in Athens, Delphi, Hydra, Rethymnon (Crete) and Rhodes.

1998
International Soapstone Carving Event, hosted by Tulikivi Finland.

International Soapstone Carving Event, hosted by Tulikivi Finland.

Artist Statement

Working across a range of mediums, guided by my ideas and concepts, I like to discover new and exciting materials, techniques and processes, which influence the final outcome of my work. My work reflects life’s journey, taking inspiration from poems, quotes, found objects, places I have been and things I have seen.