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Thomas Hawson

Thomas Hawson
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'I make to see the world. Making helps me see the details not found any other way.' T.H.

For Lost at Sea artist, Thomas Hawson, making is imbued with meaning. After the death of his father, Tom began making a boat. The process of making recalled Tom's experiences learning and working alongside his father as a child and as a man. But making for Tom is also imbued with consciousness of the wider context: of the traditions of boat-building and seafaring; of the artist's practice; and of elemental human experience.

Boats operate at the interface between man and nature. The greatest sailors and fishermen are those most empathetic and connected to the natural world. Tom considers such men to be like shaman with the ability to see between worlds. This ability is also the potential of the artist. Through his making Tom endeavours to journey honestly and openly within an historical tradition that places human activity firmly within the context of the natural world.

In this exhibition Thomas Hawson explores his experience of grief
through themes of inheritance and tradition. The making of the boat and its accompanying pods embodies the honest human endeavour at its most natural and elemental.

Written by Kate Neil, creative writer, photographer and friend of Tom.
1973
Born, Louth, UK

1993-94
Foundation in art and design
Lincoln College of Art

1994-97
Fine Craft BA (Hons)
Brunel University, BCUC

1997-Present
Lives and works in Scottish Borders

1998-2003
Visiting Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art

2001
Morton Fraser Award
Royal Scottish Academy

2002-03
Taught at Brunel University, BCUC

2003-06
Practice based PhD
Contemporary Craft in Iceland: Communicating Culture Through Making
Brunel University

2012-13
Lecturer at Heriot Watt University, Galashiels, Scotland

2015
The Flora Wood Award
Royal Scottish Academy


Solo Exhibitions

2004
Handverk og Hönnun (Handwork and Design), Reykjavik, Iceland

Gunnarsstofnun, Skriethuklaustur, Egilsstaethir, Iceland

The Faroe’s Crafts Society, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

Shetland Museum, Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland

The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland

The Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark

2015
Hippodrome, Eyemouth, Scotland


Selected Exhibitions

1997
New Designers, London

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

1998
Scottish Natural Heritage Headquarters

2000
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

UK-DK Designer Days, Copenhagen

Hamburg Day, Hamburg

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

2000-2007-08-09-10-11-12-13-14-15
Visual Arts Scotland, Edinburgh

2001
Sit Up, Ettrick Riverside Gallery, Selkirk, Scotland

2001-02
Onetree, National Tour of UK

2008
Pauline Burbidge and Charles Poulsen Open Studio Guest Artist


Prestigious Commissions

1999
Roof Garden Benches, Oncology Unit, Birmingham Hospital

2000
Speakers Chair, Icelandic Parliament, permanent collection

2000-01
Crossing Furniture, St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow


Collaborations/Assistants

1994
Assistant to Richard Harris, Sculptor, Bourne Wood, Lincolnshire

1995
Assistant to Richard Harris, Sculptor, Petange, Luxemburgh

1998
Assistant to Miles Aldridge, Photographer, set design, L’umo Vogue, N.292

1999
Assistant to Richard Harris, sculptural decking and roof garden, Oncology Unit, Birmingham Hospital

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