Dance First, Think Later

Artists' Portfolio Reviews & Artists' Talks

Sovay Berriman, Entertainment Suite, 2010-ongoing

Saturday 4 July 2015

Two Special Events with artists
Ruth Claxton and 
Sovay Berriman

Free Porfolio Reviews for Artists at 1.00pm and 1.45pm
See below for booking information

Free Artists' Talk and Discussion from 3.00 - 5.00pm


Our portfolio review sessions are a great opportunity to talk about your practice to a nationally renowned artist who can give you advice and critical feedback on you, your practice and your career path.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your portfolio session including your preferred artist, time slot and a couple of sentences on how this would benefit your practice. Portfolio sessions are free.

Following the portfolio reviews, at 3.00pm Sovay Berriman and Ruth Claxton will give public presentations about their work.  Both are featured in our current exhibition Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp which uses a work by British pop artist Richard Hamilton as a starting point. BOOK FOR THE TALK HERE

These events are part of the Dance First, Think Later contemporary art programme at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.



Artists’ Biographies: 


Berriman is based in London. Her practice incorporates sculpture, drawing, text and event-based work. It draws a correlation between forms found within landscape, archaeological tourist sites and musical dance-sets, considering shifts in perspective as we, the audience, move between roles of participant, performer and director. Entertainment Suite explores her interest in stage sets and objects as tools or props for hosting or motivating moments of action, whether contemplative or dynamic.

Recent activity includes Molluscs Hunt Wizards, 2014–ongoing, Symbol Archive: Visual Language, 2013, Spacex and Engagement Network. Solo exhibitions include Where Molluscs Huddle and Wizards Roar, 2013/14, The Agency, London; Sepulchre by the Sea, 2013, Malgras|Naudet, Manchester; and collaborative project ||HOST||, 2012 with Laura Mansfield, The Royal Standard, Liverpool Biennial. Group exhibitions include Starseed Transmission, 2013, Enclave, London, 59.14 N 3/34 W, 2012, Orkney and The Potential for Windows and Scale, 2011-12, Contemporary Art Society.

Claxton lives and works in Birmingham. She works with a variety of media, often reconfiguring or altering pre-existing objects, such as postcards or figurines, in order to create objects and installations that consider what it is to look, see or experience. She is known for her large-scale, site responsive installations and public sculptures which use reflective, mirrored and retro-reflective surfaces to create complex and fugitive visual experiences.

Solo exhibitions include Site Santa FE, USA, 2011; Spike Island, Bristol, 2009 and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2008. Other exhibitions, residencies and public projects include Found, New Art Gallery Walsall, 2015; UK Visual Arts Residency Cove Park, 2014; Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Contemporary Art, China, 2012; Undone, Henry Moore Institute, 2010 and Wonders of Weston, commissioned by Situations, 2010. She is Associate Director of Eastside Projects and is leading the Birmingham Production Space Project. Her work is in public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection.


The programme is funded by Arts Council England, Contemporary Art Society, Lancashire County Council, The Foyle Foundation, the Friends of the Harris, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Granada Foundation, Creative Lancashire, Brian Mercer Charitable Trust, Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund and Jacana Care Trust.


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