BIOGRAPHY

FIONA ROBINSON MA RWA

ARTIST WRITER CURATOR

Current Projects

Co Curator of Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter at Royal West of England Academy Bristol RWA on until 19 March 2016 http://www.rwa.org.uk/

Co Editor of Strange Worlds Exhibition Catalogue. Sansom, 2016

Forthcoming exhibition

From Bach to Cage via Debussy at The Royal West of England Academy Bristol

1 March – 16 April  To coincide with Drawn the RWA Biennial Open Drawing Exhibition and Drawings from the Royal Collection.

Biography

Fiona Robinson is a British artist whose primary practice is drawing. She was awarded the Drawing Prize at the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, Bristol in 2011 and was third Prizewinner at the 4th International Biennale of Drawing in Sydney, Australia in 2007. She won the University of Bath Painting Prize in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Derwent Drawing Prize 2016, the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, the Cheltenham Jerwood Drawing Prize 1998 and the Rabley Contemporary Sketch Prize in 2011 and 2005. She is an elected Academician of the Royal West of England Academy. As a free-lance writer she is known for writing about contemporary art from an artist’s perspective and writes a regular feature for Evolver magazine. She won the Proof writing Prize in 2007  and has written numerous articles and exhibition catalogues.  Currently she is working on the curation of Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter which will open at The Royal West of England Academy Bristol on 10 December 2016. An accompanying publication Strange Worlds will be published by Sansom in December.  Fiona Robinson lives and works in Dorset, England and La Vienne, France.

EDUCATION: MA Fine Art. University of Portsmouth, UK 1997 BA Hons. Fine Art and History of Art. Oxford Brooks University, Oxford UK 1989

AWARDS: Winner of The Drawing Prize Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2011 ~ Winner of University of Bath Prize 2007 ~ Prizewinner 4th International Biennial of Drawing Melbourne, AUS . 2007 ~ Winner of the Proof Writing Prize, 2007 ~ Shortlisted for the Derwent Drawing Prize 2016, the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 & Cheltenham Drawing Prize 1998 ~ Shortlisted for Sketch Drawing Prize 2011 & 2005 ~ Elected Academician of The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2012 ~ Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Co Mayo Rep. of Ireland. 2010

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

Drawing to Music, Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton 2016 ~ Baby Forest 2016 ~ The Narrow Limehouse London 2014 ~ High Cross House, Dartington, 2013 ~ The Allsop Gallery Bridport 2012 ~ The Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole 2008 ~ New Greenham Arts, Greenham 2007 & 2001 ~ Havant Arts Centre, Portsmouth. 2000

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2016 The Drawing Works, Camden Image Gallery London ~ The Derwent Drawing Prize Shortlisted Artists, The Mall Galleries London and Trowbridge Town Hall ~ Wells Art Contemporary Shortlisted Artists, The Bishops Palace Wells ~  RWA Academicians @ The Atkinson, Millfield Somerset ~ Royal West of England Academy Open, Bristol ~ Prime Matter, European and American artists Drawings, Drawing Museum, Laholm, Sweden ~ Anonymous Drawings 2015, Berlin and Tour ~ Art and Music 1 and 2 RWA Bristol and Hauser and Wirth Somerset 2015 ~ Drawn In RWA Bristol ~ Quercus Gallery Bath ~ Illuminating the Future, Christies International London, 2014 ~ ParisCONCRET, Paris, 2013, 2014 ~ Russell Cotes Museum Bournemouth, Masters Projects New York, 2014 ~ The Art Stable Blandford 2014, 2012, ~ RWA Bristol, 1995 – 2014 ~ Jean Luc Baroni, London, Atkinson Gallery Somerset, 2013 ~ Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin 2012, 2013 ~ Jerwood Space London and Tour 2012 ~ Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre Marlborough 2012, 2011, 2005 ~ Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo Ireland 2012 ~ Masters and Pelavin, New York, 2011 ~ World Gallery of Drawings, Skopje, Macedonia, Lineweight, Truman State University Missouri, USA 2009 ~ Kosovo International Drawing Biennale, Invited Artist. Kosova Art Gallery, Prishtina 2008 ~ 4th International Drawing Biennale Melbourne, Australia 2007 ~ Vth International Biennial of Drawing Pilsen 2006. Czech Rep. 2006

SELECTED BIBIOGRAPHY: The Art of Walking by David Evans. Black Dog Press, 2013 ~ Criticaldictionary.com 17 edited by David Evans, Bournemouth University ~ Twenty Two Drawings.  TRACEY The Journal for Contemporary Drawing Research. Loughborough University September 2006. ~ Reviews: Evolver Magazine Issue 70 July/Aug 2012 ~ Abstraktion.org 2012

Extract from From a Review in Art Cornwall, 2008.

‘Fiona Robinson achieves artistic communication though exquisite layering and control of line, tone and colour. Coloured surfaces are reminiscent of minerals, sea and sky; drawings executed on the gentlest of tonal surfaces are more map-like. Both are laid down as part of an inherent, improvised inter-play between the material, the recalled and existential. Ultimately, as finely resolved artworks, they have a rare purity and elegance.’

Jem Main – Director, The Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole

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Full Curriculum Vitae

 Born                          Springfield Worcestershire UK

Education

1997             MA Fine Art.  University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth

1989            BA Hons.  Fine Art and History of Art.  Oxford Brooks University, Oxford

Prizes and Awards

2013            Elected Academician of The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2011            The Drawing Prize at the 159th Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2010            Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation.  Co Mayo Ireland. Bursary

2007            Prizewinner 4th International Biennial of Drawing Melbourne, AUS .

2007            First Prize, The University of Bath Painting Prize 2007

2007            Proof  2007 Writing Prize

2006            The Brabcombe Award, Ale & Porter Arts, Bath.  Highly Commended

One Person Exhibitions

2016               Snatched Moments Film drawing & music.  Baby Forest.

2014               Discords and Nocturns, The Narrow,  Limehouse, London

2013               A Significant Curve, High Cross House, Dartington, National Trust

2012               Parallel Lines of Enquiry The Allsop Gallery Bridport

2008              The Circular Walk Drawings The Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole.

2008               The Journey Sequence 2007 Lighthouse Centre for the Arts, Poole.,

2007                Definitions of Drawing New Greenham Arts. Greenham

2001                Found Remains New Greenham Arts. Greenham

2000               Exquisite Residues Havant Arts Centre, Portsmouth.

1998                Postcards Home  Corn Exchange Newbury    

1997                 Fragments Watermill Theatre Bagnor

1995                 Paper Dreams Corn Exchange, Newbury.

1994                 Colour and Form   Arts Workshop, Newbury

1993                 Form Rising Sun Institute, Reading.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015                  Prime Matter, European and American artists Drawings, Drawing Museum,                                       Laholm, Sweden

                            Anonyme Zeichner Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin and Tour

                              Art and Music 1 and 2 RWA Bristol, Hauser and Wirth Somerset

                               Drawn RWA Bristol

                               Orchestrated Marks Quercus Gallery Bath

2014                 Modern & Contemporary British Drawings, Kelly Ross Fine Art, The Art Stable

                          Illuminating the Future Christies International, London.

                          Drawing – the Visual Expression of Thought.  Russell-Cotes Art Gallery &             Museum,           Bournemouth

                          Le long de la ligne, ParisCONCRET Paris

2013                 From Surface to Structure, curated by Novella Baroni and Flavio Gianassi at Jean Luc    Baroni, London

                          Tetra, Atkinson Gallery Somerset

                          Drawn, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

                          Anonyme Zeichner Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin and Tour.

                          2nd Drawing Exhibition The Allsop Gallery Bridport

2012                 Jerwood Drawing Prize  Jerwood Space London and Tour

                          Drawn to Nature. Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre Marlborough

                          Fellows Exhibition Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo

                           Millfield Open Exhibition,  Atkinson Gallery  Somerset

2011                A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Masters and Pelavin, New York

                         Sketch Drawing Prize. Rabley ContemporaryDrawing Centre, Marlborough

                         159th Royal West of England Academy Exhibition Bristol Prizewinner

                         Uncharted Landscapes Newlyn Society of Artists., St Ives

                         Millfield Open Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.

2010             Hambledon Hill Kelly Ross Fine Art at The Art Stable, Blandford

                         Affordable Art Fair London with Murphy Machin Art

                          Anonyme Zeichner.  Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

2009            The Northern Art Show, Harrogate, with Murphy Machin Art

                          World Gallery of Drawings, Skopje, Macedonia

                         FringeMK Milton Keynes Annual Painting Prize Finalist

                         Drawn In. Open Exhibition Sidcot Art Centre Devon

                         Affordable Art Fair London with Murphy Machin Art

                         Lineweight curated by Aaron Fine. Truman State University

Missouri, USA

                        Transition Curated by Rita Parente of Submittogravity at

Exeter Artspace, Rougement Castle, and The Bargehouse, London

                        Drawing Room II.  Curated by Graham Woodruff. Royal West of England Academy. Bristol

                        Illusions of Space. The Brewhouse, Taunton. Three person show.

2016 – 05      153rd –  164th Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, Bristol

2008                Muse     Edgar Modern, Bath

                          Kosovo International Drawing Biennale, Invited Artist. Kosova Art Gallery, Prishtina.  Kosova

                          Trig Point.  The Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole

                          Drawing Matters.  Bristol Drawing School, Bristol

2007/08          Art Loan Collection Exhibition, 2007/8 Bournemouth University

2007                 4th International Drawing Biennale Melbourne, Australia. Prizewinner

Benalla Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia.

Steps Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

                           University of Bath Painting Prize Exhibition, Bath. First Prize

2006                Vth International Biennial of Drawing Pilsen 2006. Czech Rep.

Trace Gallery, Dorset

                           Ale and Porter Open Exhibition, Bradford Upon Avon. Award winner

2005                 Sketch 2005,  Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough & Seven Seven, London.

                          Environmental, Open  Stroud House Gallery, Stroud

                           Millfield Open, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.

                          Black Swan Arts Open Competition, Frome

2004                The Indigo Arts Prize, Liverpool. Finalist

2003 ’02 ‘01    Maltby Contemporary Art, Winchester.

2002                  Artifacts Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

                           Fresh Art.  London Business Design Centre.  ‘

                          Europ’Art’.Espace Auteuil, Paris France

2001 ’00 ’99   Beatrice Royal Gallery, Southampton

1999                 Open Exhibition Burton Museum and Art Gallery, Devon.

                          ‘Northcurrent’. Watermans, London.

Museet I Varberg, Sweden.

Gedokhaus, Lubeck, Germany.

1998                Cheltenham (Jerwood) Drawing Prize, Cheltenham and

Kunstlerwerkstatt Banhof Westend, Berlin.

                         Viewpoints Open  ARTSWAY, Sway.

                         Landmark ‘98’ curated by Carolan Price, Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University. 

1995               Regional II Open Le Chat Noir Gallery, Albemarle Street, London.

Curated Projects

2011              The Frost Drawing Project curated by Emmy Mathis The Frost Museum, Miami

GOSH Project curated by AXIS. Unstable Horizon Drawings  Digital Projection on 42 inch screens

Ocean Floor, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

2010              The Travelling Moleskine curated by AXIS.  Film

Residencies

2012                Residency, The Cill Rialaig Project, Kerry, Rep. of Ireland

2010                Fellowship Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, Rep. of Ireland

2010                Residency, The Cill Rialaig Project, Kerry, Rep. of Ireland

2008                Residency, The Cill Rialaig Project, Kerry, Rep. of Ireland

1999                 Residency Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall.

 

Works in Public Collections

University of Bath, UK

Polish Art Foundation, Melbourne, Australia.

Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

Bournemouth University Art Loan Collection 2007/08, UK

The Cill Rialaig Project Collection, Dublin Rep. of Ireland

World Gallery of Drawings, Skopje, Macedonia

Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, Rep. of Ireland

The Golder Thompson Collection of Works on Paper

The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

National Visual Arts Library, Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

Selector and Curator

Strange Worlds The Vision of Angela Carter   An international exhibition including historical and contemporary work at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, 2017. Co-curated by  Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts and Fiona Robinson MA RWA

Drawn.  Open Drawing exhibition, Royal West of England Academy Bristol. 2015                           Selectors, Kate Mac Farlane, Co-Director of the Drawing Room London, Anita Taylor, Founder of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Yvonne Crossley RWA, Founder of The Drawing Gallery and artists Tim Harrisson RWA and Fiona Robinson RWA. Exhibition curated by Yvonne Crossley, Tim Harrisson and Fiona Robinson.

Evolver Prize, Atkinson Gallery Somerset 2012                                                                                       Selectors: Simon Barber, Editor of Evolver, Andrew Bolton, Artist, Michelle Henning Senior Lecturer UWE Bristol, Paul Maxfield Director Atkinson Gallery, Fiona Robinson Artist

Draw, Poole Open Drawing The Lighthouse Poole 2008                                                                                     Selectors: Jem Main, Director of The Study Gallery, Tony Kerins, Illustrator, Fiona Robinson Artist

Trig Point, Study Gallery of Modern Art Poole Open submission 2008                                                           Selectors: Jem Main Director of the Study Gallery, John Makepiece Furniture Maker, Fiona Robinson, Artist

The Interface between Art Science and Technology.  International open submission exhibition at New Greenham Arts Berkshire, 1999.  Selected and co-curated by Sally Childs, Director of New Greenham Arts and Fiona Robinson Artist and Writer.

Selected Bibliography

The Art of Walking by David Evans.  Black Dog Press, 2013

Article Fiona Robinson a different line of enquiry by Jem Main.  Evolver Magazine Issue 70 July/Aug 2012

Review  Fiona Robinson: Parallel Lines of Enquiry by Jem Main.  Abstraktion.org

Parallel Lines of Enquiry Exhbition Catalogue.  Kate Jago and Polly Gifford

Illusions of Space, exhibition catalogue by Kate Jago

Review: A Line of Force: Fiona Robinson, Pennie Elfick, George Meyrick

The Brewhouse Gallery, Taunton by Kate Jago.  Art Cornwall May 2009

Review: Extracts from the Journey Sequence. by Jem Main, Art Cornwall, June 2008

Circular Walk Drawings featured in Criticaldictionary.com  17 edited by David Evans, Bournemouth University

Kosovo International Drawing Biennale, 2008.  Exhibition Catalogue

Fiona Robinson [extracts from] The Journey Sequence, essay by Sian Bonnell.  2007.

Review. Definitions of Drawing. Gavin Wilkinson.  Newbury Weekly News, 25/10/07

4th International Drawing Bienale, Melbourne, 2007.  Exhibition Catalogue.

Bournemouth University Art Loan Collection 2007/08. Exhibition Catalogue.

Catalogue  Vth International Drawing Biennial, Pilson, 2006.  Czech Republic, 2006

Front Cover, Evolver Magazine 36 Nov./Dec. 2006.

Twenty Two Drawings featured in TRACEY The Journal for Contemporary Drawing Research.  Loughborough University September 2006.

Review  Found Remains, New Greenham Arts  Debbie MacGregor.  NWN 14/06/01

Review  ‘Dance Connection II’  New Greenham Arts  Pat Eastop. NWN 22/03/01

Northcurrent.  Exhibition Catalogue. Watermans, London, 1999.

Viewpoints. Catalogue with Essay by Rosalind Vall. ARTSWAY, Sway, 1998

Landmark ’98.  Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University. Exhibition Catalogue, 1998

Review Solo exhibition Corn Exchange Newbury by Natalie Dowse.NWN 07/05/98

Review Fragments, Watermill Theatre, Bagnor by Gavin Wilkinson.NWN 06/05/97

Review Solo exhibition Corn Exchange Newbury  Margaret Hodges.NWN 15/06/95

Review Colour + Form Arts Workshop, Newbury Margaret Hodges.NWN 03/03/94

Review Form The Rising Sun Institute, Reading Caroline Waite.  NWN 21/10/93

Website:  www.fionarobinson.com

Studio Blog.  http://blankspacebooks.wordpress.com

Writing on Artists http://fionarobinsonwritings.wordpress.com

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