Biographies of New Board Members:
Cattrell was born in Glasgow and studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, University of Ulster and Glass at the Royal College of Art.
Her practice is often informed by working with specialists in neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science. This cross-disciplinary approach has enabled her to learn about cutting edge research and in depth information in these fields. She is particularly interested in the parallels and poetic connections that can be drawn within art and science.
Cattrell’s solo exhibitions include Fathom, Pier Art Centre, Orkney, From Within at The Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Anne Faggionato Gallery and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
Her artworks have been shown nationally and internationally including in: Medicine and Art (imaging the future for life and love) Mori Museum, Tokyo; Out of the Ordinary at the V and A in London; Hybrid, MIC Auckland; Not Nothing, curated by MUKA, Antwerp; Invisible Worlds at Freiburg Kunstverein, Germany; The Body, Art and Science, National Museum in Stockholm; Einfach Complex at Museum Gestaltung in Zurich; Paper Cuts, Fredericke Taylor Gallery, New York and On the Edge for the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Sense was made in collaboration with Professor Morten Kringelbach is owned by The Wellcome Trust in London. Other artworks are in public collections including at the MacManus Art Gallery and Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum. In 2008 she jointly won the International Bombay Sapphire glass prize.
Cattrell has undertaken a number of public commissions including Echo at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail; 0 to 10,000,000 for the award winning Bio-chemistry Department at Oxford University designed by architects Hawkins Brown and Resounding for Oxford Brookes University. Currently she is Lead Artist at New Museum Site at Cambridge University, where she is in the process of making a public commission situated at the Old Cavendish Laboratories. This artwork references Scottish physicist C.T.R Wilson’s Cloud Chamber which allowed sub atomic particles to be made visible. This apparatus was one of the historical precursors to the Large Hadron Collider in Cern.
She has completed residencies at Camden Arts Centre, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, The Royal Edinburgh Hospital, ACE Helen Chadwick Fellowship at Oxford University and the British School at Rome, Stephen Proctor Fellowship at ANU and David Whitehouse Research residency for Artists.
Cattrell has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art since 2000 in the Glass and Ceramics Department and has lectured and in many art colleges in the UK including: Edinburgh School of Art, University of the Arts, Alfred University, University of Ulster and University of Southern Australia. Until 2017 she was Reader in Fine Art and Research Group Leader in Fine Art and Photography at De Montfort University in Leicester.
Susanne Jøker Johnsen
Susanne Jøker Johnsen in an artist, curator and educator based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her training at the Kosta School of Glass, and as an apprentice to Jan Erik Ritzman in Transjö Hytta, Sweden.
She is the director of European Glass and Ceramic Context on the island of Bornholm in Denmark, and she is head of exhibitions at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK).
She has served as faculty member at the glass department at KADK Bornholm, and taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and at the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass on several occasions. She has participated in juries at The Coburg Prize for
Contemporary Glass, New Glass Review 40 th Anniversary Exhibition and others.
Her work is exhibited widely and is part of the permanent collections at Design Museum Denmark, Bornholm Art Museum, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Hempel Glass Museum and Tacoma Museum of Glass.
Founding and current director of The Studio, the glassmaking school of The Corning Museum of Glass, Amy Schwartz has been the leader in making the Corning, NY-based museum, home to one of the top-rated glassmaking schools in the country, as well as an international innovator in educating the general public and serious glassmaking students about the science, history, and art of glass.
Appointed Director of The Studio in 1995, she has brought many of the world’s leading artists working in glass to teach, lecture, and create their own work at The Studio. She has forged ties with the Murano community, Italy’s glassmaking center, and leading contemporary glass artists, thereby enriching programs across the Museum. She also conceived, implemented, and raised funds for an artist residency program at The Studio and inaugurated multiple video series that explain the properties of glass and demonstrate glassmaking techniques. These videos have been used at the Corning Museum as well as at The David Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark; Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA,; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; Musée royal de Mariemont, Morlanwelz, Belgium, and the Museum of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, to demonstrate specific techniques. Another hallmark of her tenure at the Corning Museum has been the creation of the Make Your Own Glass workshop which provides brief experiences in glassworking for museum visitors. Over 60,000 visitors a year make their own glass during their museum visit.
From 2002 to 2014 she added Director of Education to her responsibilities and reenergized and expanded the Museum’s school tours program to create its first developmentally appropriate, curriculum-linked experiences for students K to 12, as well as pre- and post-tour and professional development materials. She also introduced interactive experiences in both the science and art galleries, conceived and implemented the idea of training high school students to be on-site “Explainers,” who interact with visitors with movable carts, props and videos. Additionally, she created Gallery Activity Cards, which help families and adults engage with the collection. Working with exhibit designers and curators, she is responsible for interactive experiences in all major exhibitions. She also inaugurated self-guided audio tours in multiple languages of highlights of the Museum’s collection. From 2007 to 2012 she also ran the development office for the Museum. She directed the Museum’s major gifts and grant-seeking activities.
An artist working in glass herself, Ms. Schwartz sells her work in the Corning Museum’s shops and in galleries. She is on the boards of American Craft Council, BerlinGlass,the Alternate School for Math and Science and the Fund For Women. She has served as an international advisor for the Cheongju Biennale.
She has a B.A. in mathematical science/computer science from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master of Science in Leadership in Museum Education, Bank Street College of Education, in New York, NY. She is married with two children.
NORTH LANDS CREATIVE ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL CREATIVE EUROPE FUNDING BID.
Imagining Sustainable Glass Network Europe (ISGNE) is a project led by North Lands Creative partnering with Berlin Glas Germany, Ltd. Stikla Maja Latvia and National College of Art and Design Ireland.
‘This is a particularly exciting time for North Lands Creative, and we feel incredibly honoured to have been awarded funding from Creative Europe, especially in such highly competitive circumstances. The dynamic partnership and ambition of this collaborative project will allow us to reach and engage with new people and communities locally, nationally, and internationally, and stands to make a valued contribution to the sustainability, vitality and development of the European glass community.’ Phil Slater, Chairman of the Board of Directors, North Lands Creative
North Lands Creative is delighted to announce their recent funding success through the Creative Europe Small Co-operation Category 1 project strand. This competitively sought after award, was one of the 84 projects selected from 401 eligible applications. ISGNE will lead to the development of supports for artists, designers, curators and cultural workers working in the field of glass in the UK and across Europe through the provision of mobility visits, residencies, exhibitions, professional transnational classes and audience development initiatives such as artist-led community workshops, symposiums and an annual forum.
The ISGNE project will run over four years until May 2022 and will also look to make the medium of glass more accessible to a non-arts audience, bringing to the fore a wider public debate on the sustainability of contemporary glass by a programme of ambitious and unique experiences.
There is a vast, rich and articulated cultural history of European glass making that needs to be taken into account and protected not only for heritage or academic purposes, but also and especially for a consequent revitalization of the medium, through a closer intercultural transmission of knowledge and learning.
The main issues are the accessibility and entrance to learning, the general lack of continuing professional development of training opportunities, lack of standards, lack of access to studio equipment and facilities, loss of transferable skills in teaching, prohibitive cost of training for Glass Artists are all serious barriers. ISGNE project is a vital step to ensure the loss of glass making skills in Europe does not happen in the foreseeable future.
The dedicated online website for the project www.isgne.eu will launch later in 2018 and will be a hub for contacts, activities, opportunities, research and sharings for the European Glass Arts Community.
Participant calls for the exhibition, Artist in Residency and class programmes will be released through the website and across the project social media channels each year and will be open to artists and practitioners from across Europe with global participation encouraged within the audience development strand. A programme of activities to take place in the partner countries of UK, Germany, Latvia and Ireland will also be announced in the coming months.
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