About

Joy Gerrard is an Irish born artist based in London and working from a studio in Shoreditch, London. She received an MA and an Mphil from the Royal College of Art, London. Recent awards include the Ortho mid career artist award from the RHA, 2015, an Irish Arts Council Bursary in 2011 and the Man Group drawing prize in 2007.

The primary focus of Joy Gerrard’s work in recent years has been the depiction of crowds. She makes small monochrome drawings, and more recently large paintings, of dense crowd scenes taken from newspaper and online images of mass urban protest. Viewed from above, from tall buildings or from news helicopters, Gerrard’s images present a topographical view of people contained within or spilling out of huge civic spaces in a kind of calligraphic active groundswell. Hundreds of intense, tiny brush marks draw the viewer into particular incident within the works, but equally, they are immediately recognisable – being derived from powerful images that have proliferated via the mass media of the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, mass actions across European cities, US inner city demonstrations and many others. These are all part of our recent history.

The second element of her work engages public space and built environments. She has produced ten major public installations 2004.  These include the London School of Economics (Elenchus/ Aporia, 2009) and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (Assemble/Move/Map, 2012)

 

CV

EDUCATION

2008 Royal College of Art, London, Master of Philosophy, Practice based Fine Art Research

2001 Royal College of Art, London, M.A. Fine Art 

1995 National College of Art and Design, Dublin, B.A. Degree, Fine Art Printmaking

1993 Crawford College of Art, Cork, Diploma, Fine Art Painting

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015   Protest Crowd (solo), Peer UK, London

2015    Royal Hibernian Academy, Summer Exhibition 2015
2015    Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London
2014    Permanent Rainbow, A site specific installation on Lough Derg, Terryglass,     Ireland
2013    Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013, Jerwood Space, London and touring
2013    Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London
2013    Project Space (solo), material, Los Angeles
2012   182nd RHA Annual Exhibition, Invited Artist, RHA; Dublin
2012   Double Take, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent
2011   Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, Jerwood Space, London and touring
2010    Research Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London
2009    Then and Now, Evolving Art Practices, Glucksman Gallery, Cork
2009    The Space Between, The Crypt, Kings, Cross, London
2009    Space, Fear and the Multitude, (Solo Show), MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland
2009    1/2/3/4. Graphica Creativa 09, Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland
2008    AIB Award, AIB exhibition space, Dublin
2008     John Gerrard/Joy Gerrard, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2007    The Aesthetics of Space, Ubu, Glasgow
2007    Mandscapes, The Ark, Dublin and touring
2007    The Longest Day, (Solo Show), Acava Studios, London
2007    The Great Exhibition 2007, Royal College of Art, London
2007    The Man Group Drawing exhibition, Royal College of Art, London
2006    The square root of drawing; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2006    Small and Monumental, Municipal Gallery, Waterford
2006    Interim Research Exhib, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
2006    Dark in the Park, café gallery projects, London
2006    Passing Through, The Glucksman Gallery, Cork
2005    The Workroom Press, The Workspace, Dublin
2005    Garden of Earthly Delights, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and touring
2004    Crawford Open 5, Crawford Gallery, Cork
2004    Three Artists, Galleria Harmonia, Jyvaskyla, Finland
2004    The Cracked Looking Glass, The Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2004    Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, London
2003    The Crowd Transfixed, (Solo Show), Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin
2003    Elsewhere from Here, The Workspace, Dublin
2003    Iontas, Small works exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo and touring
2003    Thy Neighbours Ox, Space Station Sixty Five, London
2003    Flix, The Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
2002    Gach Ait Eile (Every Other Place), Belmont Avenue, Dublin
2002    Fractured Flow, (Solo Show), Judith Wall Gallery, New York, Sara Pearce Fine Art, London

 

RESIDENCIES

1999    Pepinieres Artist in Residence, Jyvaskyla, Finland
1997    Artist in Residence, Cork Printmakers, Ireland

Public Art Commissions

2015    Centre, Move, Map, Sculptural Work, Percent for Art scheme, Borrisokane     College, Tipperary, Ireland. 
2014    Dawn/Dusk, Sculptural Glass work, 2D works for the Phoenix  Care centre, Percent for Art Scheme. Grangegorman Development Authority, Dublin. 
2012    ‘Assembly/450', and ‘Assemble/Map/Move', Sculptural and Photographic work. commissioned by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital; London.    
2008    ‘Elenchus/Aporia, commissioned by the London School of Economics and the Contemporary Art Society; LSE, New Academic Building, London. 
2006    ‘Crowd’, Installation for Webworks building, Cork, Ireland; commissioned by     Scott, Tallon and Walker. Architects
2006     ‘Strata’, Percent for Art scheme, commissioned by the Office of Public Works; Installed Galway City Museum; Ireland.
2005    ‘Flow”, Percent for Art scheme, commissioned by Cork University     Hospital,     Ireland.
2003/5‘ Route’, Floor based work, commissioned by Land Securities, Victoria, London,  U.K. Installed September 2005
2003/4‘ Cloud’. Major sculptural work commissioned by the Office of Public Works; The Glen, Waterford, Ireland. March 2004.


Third Level Lecturing

2014    Visiting Lecturer, National College of Art and Design, Dublin
2011    Visiting Lecturer, School of Graphics and Photography, Kingston University
2010    Visiting Lecturer, Research Department, Royal College of Art
2008    Visiting Lecturer, London School of Economics, London
2006/7 Artist Teacher- Sculptors in Schools programme, ACAVA and Hammersmith Schools, Blechynden street, London
2007    Visiting Lecturer, School of Architecture, Cambridge University
2003/5  Full-time Lecturer in Visual Art Practice, School of Creative Arts, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland. 
2001/2  Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art; Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall and School of Fine     Art, University of East Anglia


Selected Awards

2015    The ORTHO Mid Career Artist Award, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2011    Visual Arts Bursary. The Arts Council of Ireland
2008    The AIB Artist award, Shortlist and Exhibitor
2007    Winner, Man Group drawing prize, 2007
2006    Professional Training and Development Award, The Arts Council of Ireland
2005    Professional Training Award, The Arts Council of Ireland
2005/7 Research Bursary, The Royal College of Art
2005    Arts Bursary, Dublin Corporation
2002    Travel and Mobility Award, The Arts Council of Ireland
2001    The D.L.A. Graduate Art Award, Finalist, D.L.A., London
2001    Lattice Award for Sustainability, The Lattice Group, London    
2000    Michael Byrne Award, The Arts Council Of Ireland
1999    European Artists Pepinieres Award, Jyvaskyla, Finland (six month residency)
1995    Materials Award, The Arts Council Of Ireland
1995    One Year Tuition and Maintenance Scholarship, Il Bisonte, Florence, awarded by     S.D.Space Design, Japan

Selected BIBLIOGRAPHY

Reviews/Press

1999    Elina Puranen: Cities of Paper, Ink and Metal. Kesleisuomalainen, Jyvaskyla, Finland, September 9, 1999
2003   Aidan Dunne: Seeing a pattern. The Irish Times, December 5, 2003
2003   Aidan Dunne: Alienation once again. The Irish Times, December 29, 
2004   Gemma Tipton: Elsewhere from Here Circa Spring 2004
2005   Aidan Dunne: Effective and Colourful use of space, November 9, 2005
2006   Marianne O’Kane: Cultural Collaborations. Irish Arts Review, OPW 175th Edition, 2006
2008   Marc O’Sullivan: Artistic Visions. Irish Examiner, June 05, 2008
2008   Riann Coulter: The AIB Prize. Irish Arts Review, Summer 2008
2008   Sculpting Space. LSE Magazine. Winter 2008
2008   Aidan Dunne; Tales that are both everyday and exotic, infused with a sense of magic. Joy and John Gerrard at Temple Bar Gallery. May 21, 2008.
2011     Eliza Apperly ; The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, This is Tomorrow, Contemporary Art magazine, 
2013    Gemma Tipton, Portrait of a City, The Irish times, February 13, 2013
2013     Material press, Art making, Memory, Work and Practice.     http://www.materialpress.org/limitededitions/2013/JoyGerrard/
2014     Aidan Dunne, Anarchy and the Art of Survival, The Irish Times, December 7, ¬¬2013
2015    Cristin Leach Hughes, Widen the Circle, The Sunday Times, June 7, 2015

Catalogues

2012     Double Take, The Art of Printmaking, Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building,     Canterbury
2009     Joy Gerrard, Space, Fear and the Multitude, MCAC. Essay by Fiona Kearney  
2007     Sandra Kemp: Research RCA. Royal College of Art, Summer 2007     
2007     Joy Gerrard, Strata, Galway City Museum (Cat)