Inge Panneels is an Belgian artist and academic living in the UK, whose works explores notions of space and place, using glass as a medium for making site specific works and using mapping as creative language and often working with a team of collaborators.
Works are often made in series; exploring a central theme through a body of work that may last a few years; such as the “Creation” pieces which explored universal creation mythology (now in Dexia collection, Brussels, Belgium) or the “Sanctuary” series which explored forms of sanctuary (“Nest”, Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark). Following the Liverpool Map (2011) commission for the Museum of Liverpool (UK), the Map-i project has been emerging.
The “Map-i” project has been developed as long-term investigation of space and place. It engages with mapping in art and the map as metaphor specifically by looking at the notion of space from a human perspective; from the infinitesimally small to the sublime of Space. Map-i is based on the premise of interconnectedness: how the observable universe can be broken down into infinitesimally small particles, applicable at both the micro and the macro level, always of course observed from a human point of view and referenced by the ‘i’ in Map-i.
As part of Map-i, several projects have emerged, “Mercator Revisited” solo exhibition (“Compendium” purchased for Mercator Museum, Belgium, 2013), later exhibited at the British Glass Biennale 2015 and the subsequent Map-i Blue Marble exhibition at the National Glass Centre in 2015, the “Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets’” exhibition at Dove Cottage in 2014, which was an international collaborative project between UK and Japanese artists, toured to Japan in 2016, and “Working Perspectives” at the John Buchan Museum in 2015.
Site-specific commissions for BT, NHS, Ann Lanntair Arts Centre, Lloyds TSB, Pizza Express, Scottish Office and many local authorities, spans a career working in the public art sector since 1998.
Work is in the collection of the Flemish Government, Dexia Bank, Museum of Liverpool, Mercator Museum in Sint-Niklaas and Ebeltoft Glas Museet.
Inge is a part-time Senior Lecturer at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland since 2006 where she teaches glass and professional practice to undergraduate students, informed by her studio practice.
Inge was chair of Applied Arts Scotland, CABN Craft Advocate and Creative Scotland and Scottish Arts Council Specialist Crafts Advisor.
In 2014, Inge started a part-time AHRC funded PhD at Northumbria University to investigate the emerging rich field of mapping in art.
Her work has been described as having a “fantastic stillness” (Homes and Interiors Scotland), "hauntingly beautiful" (Aberdeen Art Gallery), with a "meditative quality” (Crafts). “Her work combines high technical ability with a really creative approach. It is what everyone aims for but which is so hard to achieve.” (Glass in Scotland).