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Thomas Hawson

Thomas Hawson
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The spaces I have been visualising to make work in, within a wood, are growing in my imagination, painting the tree-scapes with torch light has felt like creating a stage set. Reflecting on the renewing cycles of life has brought me to begin seeing the motion, cycles, dynamic nature of nature and spaces and the human relation with that all, to see the dance of life if you will imagine with me. I have also participated lately, sharing my knowledge of deer ecology to assist and inspire a 'deer dance' with a local contemporary dance group, which has given me an insight into the dynamic world of movement, this insight is informing the works in the wood. I want to dance, move, find rhythms in the spaces next, I will be opening up the shutter of my film cameras again in low light, painting the scene and recording my movements within the space with a small light bulb, creating line drawings in the landscape with light. These I will use to inform the development of works to make in the spaces with material from the wood and landscape… Deep breaths… So excited… The dance goes on…
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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