Fiona Curran (b.1971 Manchester) read Philosophy at the University of Manchester before studying at Manchester School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, she teaches at the Royal College of Art in London and works from her studio at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge.

Curran works with painting, textiles and site-specific installation, exploring the poetics and politics of landscape space and the impacts of screen-based technologies on our sensory engagement with the natural world. Her work draws from histories of the decorative and the impulse to bring the outside world in to the interior, as well as joining female traditions of working with abstraction using a range of media and materials.

The presence of a heightened colour palette with collaged and layered surfaces mimics the fractured, illuminated and seductive spaces of the computer screen whilst immersing the viewer in a more physical and sensory engagement with materials and space. Curran is committed to slow, often labour-intensive processes of making that mark the passage of time, slowing down and paying attention. She has a strong investment in the meaning that can be derived from engaging with processes of making and encountering the material world in all its beauty, resonance and complexity.

Public Commissions / Solo Exhibitions

2021Jump Cut, Still Life, solo exhibition at Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
 Bright Shadows Point, permanent public art commission with the Contemporary Art Society for Turing Locke at Eddington, Cambridge.
2018Your sweetest empire is to please, Commission for Newcastle University and the National Trust as part of the AHRC funded research project: Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience for Gibside, Gateshead
2016 The Grass Seemed Darker than Ever, Commission for Kielder Art and Architecture, Kielder Forest, Northumberland
2013 Beach Fatigue, solo exhibition at Carslaw St*Lukes, London
2012An accident looking for somewhere to happen, Commission for Locws International, Art Across the City, Swansea
 A Delicious Garden, Commission for The Crafts Council and Bexleyheath Development Trust for The Yellow Wallpaper at Danson House, Bexleyheath
 Waiting for The Perfect View, solo exhibition at Touchstones, Rochdale Art Gallery, Greater Manchester
2010 This time next year things are going to be different, Commission for Parabola for the Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire
  Too Many Waterfalls, solo exhibition at Hive Gallery, Barnsley, Yorkshire
 Assembly, solo exhibition at Chapter Gallery, Cardiff
2009The world seen from inside, Commission for Vital Arts for The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London
2007Notes on camouflage, solo exhibition, Cornerhouse Projects, Manchester
The world is larger in summer, solo exhibition, MAC, Birmingham

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021Continuities, Paul Hughes Fine Arts, Wiltshire
 The Dinner Table, San Mei Gallery, London
  40th Anniversary Edition Slow Install and Artists Newsletter
2020 The Poetics of Place, UHArts, Hertfordshire
 Dance First, Think Later, General Practice, Lincoln
 Enough is Definitely Enough, Oceans Apart Gallery, Salford
2019The Cambridge Show, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
 Out of Place, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
 Parade, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City
 Enough is Definitely Enough, General Practice, Lincoln
2018Resistant Materials, M100, Odense, Denmark
and Sluice Exchange, Berlin
 Everything, Assembly Point, London
 Paper Cuts - Kristian Day, Saatchi Gallery, London
2017Exeter Contemporary Open, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter
 Creekside Open Part 2 (Selected by Alison Wilding, RA),
A.P.T Gallery, London
  Love, Peace and Happiness, Kristian Day, London
2016 MA/MFA/PhD Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London
Other, Royal College of Art, London
2015No Matter, New Matter, Ed.Varie, New York
Signal Failure (Squared), Safe House, London
Promise of Palm Trees, Breese Little, London
Finite Project Altered When Open, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
Mostyn Open 19, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
2014Situation, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
Detail, H Projects, Bangkok, Thailand
Transition Gallery, London
Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Interchange Junctions, Howick Place, London
2013Riff, Baltic39, Newcastle
Signal Failure, Legion TV, London
Easy Does It, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
Aid and Abet, Cambridge
Supercollider, Blackpool
2012 Untitled, Miami with Carslaw St*Lukes
Crocodiles With A Second Skin Thrash, Over + Out Gallery, Lincoln
Making Space, The Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London
2011 Translate/Transcribe, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
We are all in this together, Bureau, Manchester
Surplus To Requirements?
The Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London
London Art Fair Projects, The Florence Trust
2010Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire
Saatchi Northern Stars, The Blade Factory, A Foundation, Liverpool
Guasch-Coranty International Painting Prize,
Centro de Arte Tecla Sala, Barcelona.
Paint, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, London
London Art Fair with Paul Stolper Gallery
2009Fringe MK Painting Prize, Middleton Hall, Milton Keynes
Pairs, Paul Stolper Gallery, London
Coller-Elective, Arena Gallery, Liverpool
Creekside Open Part 1 (Selected by Jenni Lomax),
A.P.T Gallery, London
London Art Fair with Paul Stolper Gallery
2008Future 50, Project Space, Leeds
Swap/Vaihto, Bureau, Manchester and The Cable Factory, Helsinki

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