Approved: 16.08.2006

Ann Goddard

Artist, Maker, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

My practice explores ideas and concepts through materials and process. Coming from a background in embroidery and textiles, my work developed to include media and techniques from previously separate genres. I now choose the materials necessary to tell the story I want to tell. Textile elements are one ingredient that contribute to the narrative.

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    Artist Statement

    My practice explores ideas and concepts through materials and process. Coming from a background in embroidery and textiles, my work developed to include media and techniques from previously separate genres. I now choose the materials necessary to tell the story I want to tell. Textile elements are one ingredient that contribute to the narrative.

    Most of my work is three dimensional, taking the form of mixed media constructions, assemblages and small installations comprising multiple units. My preferred method of working is construction; building up forms by assembling separately prepared units. Felted fibres, fabric and stitch are frequently juxtaposed with concrete, wood, metal or natural materials. Rather than direct representation, I aim to communicate ideas by using materials and processes for their association to the idea or concept.

    My current body of work reflects my concern for the environment, climate change and the impact of human activity on nature. I hope my work will raise awareness of the threat to biodiversity and the small, overlooked life forms that are in danger of extinction due to the destruction of their habitats. The pieces allude to the vulnerability and fragility of nature. A consequence of this work has been the development of small format artworks that explore the possibilities of concentrating ideas into a miniature size.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2003 - MA Fine Art, University of Liverpool
    2001 - Cert. Advanced Studies in Art, University of Liverpool
    1999 - BTEC HNC Stitched and Constructed Textiles, West Cheshire College, Chester
    1998 - City and Guilds Creative Studies - Embroidery Parts 1 and 2, West Cheshire College,                        Chester
    1986 - BEd Hons, University of Liverpool

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2021 - The John Doubleday Art Award                                                                                                  2021 -  Winner Award, The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest 2021                                                2019 - Winner, Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award                                                                                  2010 - Grand Prize, Amateras Annual Mini Paper Art Exhibition, Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
    2010 - Honourable Mention, International Biennial Miniature Art, Salle Augustin-Chenier, Ville-Marie, Canada
    2000 - Main Award winner, Charles Henry Foyle Trust Award for Stitched Textiles
    1999 - Embroiderers' Guild Graduate Showcase, The Knitting & Stitching Shows                          1998 - Highly Commended, City & Guilds Creative Embroidery Part 2
    1996 - City and Guilds Medal of Excellence for Creative Studies Embroidery Part 1

    Group exhibitions

    2022 - Essence, 62 Group touring exhibition, Knitting & Stitching Show London; Harrogate                2022 - Conversations,  St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington                                              2021 - The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest 2021, Castle Fine Art Cambridge and Online        2019 - Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award touring exhibition, Birmingham, London, Harrogate        2019 - VIII WTA International Biennial Contemporary Textile Art - Madrid Spain                              2019 - CTRL/Shift, NCCD, Sleaford touring to 20/21 Visual Arts Centre , Lincolnshire                        2018 - CTRL/Shift, MAC, Birmingham                                                                                                  2018 - International Miniature Art Biennial (IMAB), Ville Marie, Canada                                                    2017/2018 - Arte&Arte Miniartextil touring exhibition; Como, Italy; Montrouge, Paris, France; Gif sur Yvette, France                                                                                                                                          2017- Fresh Air 2017, Quenington Old Rectory, Quenington, Gloucestershire                                 2017 - Making Space, Spring Knitting & Stitching Show touring exhibition, Olympia, London; Highland Centre, Edinburgh                                                                                                                    2017 - Excellence in Fibers online exhibition, Fiber Arts Now magazine, USA                                2016 - Making Space, Macclesfield Silk Museum, Macclesfield, Cheshire                            2015/2016 - Arte&Arte Miniartextil touring exhibition, Como, Italy; Montrouge, Paris, France; Caudry, France; Venice, Italy                                                                                                                                  2015 - Power of Ten, SIT Select, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire                              2015 - 62 Group Now, Upfront Gallery, Unthank, Cumbria                                                                          2014 - Ebb & Flow, Fishing Heritage Centre / Grimsby Minster, Grimsby, Lincolnshire                          2013 - British Textile Art, Koyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    2013 - Pinpoint, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, Bucks
    2013 - Pink Wood, Bruton, Somerset
    2013 - 6th International Biennial Exhibition on Mini Textile, Kherson Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine
    2013 - Small Talk, Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths University of London, London
    2013 - Miniature Magnified, The Beetroot Tree, Draycott
    2013 - A Personal Perspective, Craft In The Bay, Cardiff
    2013 - Cabinets of Curiosities and Room of Wonder, The Borough Museum & Art Gallery, Newcastle-under-Lyme
    2012 - [email protected], Farfield Mill, Sedburgh
    2012 - [email protected], The Holden Gallery, Manchester
    2012 - Interventions, Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester
    2012 - Package Tour, Alexandra Palace, London
    2012 - Package Tour, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate
    2012 - Package Tour, RDS, Dublin
    2011 - 7 Strands, Gate Gallery and Grimsby Minster, Grimsby
    2011 - 7th International Biennial of Textile Miniatures, Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2011 - Sofia International Paper Art Biennial
    2011 - National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
    2011 - VI WTA International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art - Air, The Ramon Alva de la Canal Gallery of the University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Mexico
    2010 - Amateras Annual Mini Paper Art Exhibition 2010, Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
    2010 - Bending More Lines, Collins Gallery, Glasgow
    2010 - Cartasia Biennial of Contemporary Art, Cavallerizza, Lucca, Italy
    2010 - International Biennial Miniature Art (Finalists), House of Commons, Ottawa, Canada        2010 - International Biennial Miniature Art (Finalists), Museum of Contemporary Art Latino-American de la Plata (MACLA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
    2010 - International Biennial Miniature Art 2010, Salle Augustin-Chenier, Ville-Marie, Quebec, Canada
    2010 - Made To Fit, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke
    2010 - The 62 Group of Textile Artists, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, Netherlands
    2009 - Bending the Line, The Hub National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford
    2009 - Bowland - An Inspirational Landscape, The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
    2009 - Moving On, Upfront Gallery, Nr Penrith, Cumbria 
    2008 - Considered Matter, Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley
    2008 - Designer Crafts 2008, Mall Galleries, London
    2008 - Healing, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Runcorn
    2008 - Size Matters, Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case, Rochester
    2008 - Stuff: contemporary textiles by the 62 Group, Catmose Gallery, Oakham
    2008 - The Foyle Trust Award Winners Exhibition, Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch
    2007 - 62 Group, Textile Gallery, Knitting & Stitching Show, Birmingham, London, Dublin, Harrogate
    2007 - Abstract Construction, The Beetroot Tree, Draycott, Derbyshire
    2007 - Square Route, Blackburne House, Liverpool
    2007 - Stitched Up, Crescent Arts, Scarborough, N.Yorks
    2007 - You Are Here, The Kitchen Gallery, Runcorn
    2006 - Art of the Stitch, RWA, Bristol; The Hub, Sleaford, Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead
    2006 - E Squared, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conway
    2006 - E Squared, Upfront Gallery, Cumbria
    2006 - Expressions, The Brindley, Runcorn
    2006 - Tracing Threads, New work by the 62 Group of Textile Artists, Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Hove, East Sussex
    2005 - In the Square, Cajobah Gallery, Birkenhead
    2005 - Showcase, The Maria Louisa Gallery, Liverpool
    2004 - Consequences, Upfront Gallery, Cumbria
    2004 - The Hard with the Soft, Cajobah Gallery, Birkenhead                                                                      2003 - MA Fine Art exhibition, University College Chester
    2002 - A Time and a Place, Upfront Gallery, Cumbria
    2001 - Affordable Art Fair, London (with Beatrice Royal Gallery)
    2001 - Art of the Stitch, Mall Galleries, London; Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
    2001 - Madeira Show, Harrogate
    2001 - Open Art Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester
    2000 - Affordable Art Fair, London (with Beatrice Royal Gallery)
    2000 - Connections: Africa's West Coast, The Beetroot Tree, Draycott, Derbyshire
    2000 - New Horizons, Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch
    2000 - Progressions, Yale Memorial Art Gallery, Wrexham
    2000 - Riches of Stitches, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
    2000 - Spring Showcase, Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art & Craft Gallery, Hampshire
    1999 - Graduate Showcase, Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London; RDS, Dublin; Main Halls, Harrogate
    1999 - Open Exhibition, Drumcroon Arts Centre, Wigan
    1997 - City & Guilds Showcase, National Needlecraft Show, Olympia, London

    Talk                                                                                                                                                                      2021 - Skill of Constructed, Sculptural Textiles: Constructed and Sculptural Textiles within a Mixed Media Practice; Fashion and Textile Museum, London, in collaboration with the 62 Group of Textiles


    2022 - Mixed Media Textile Art in Three Dimensions, author Ann Goddard, published by Batsford Books

    Web articles:

    2013 - Artist of the Month (August),
    2013 - Featured Artist (April),
    2012 - Artist Interview,

    Books and Journals:

    2015 - Selected Journal issue 2: Spring/Summer 2015                                                                      2012 - Radical Thread, The 62 Group 1962-2012; ed. Lesley Millar; pub.Direct Design Books        2011 - La Palabra y el Hombre, issue 18, December 2011, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

    Exhibition Catalogues:

    2019 - Vlieseline Fine Art Textile                                                                                                            2019 - CTRL/Shift, 62 Group of Textile Artists                                                                                               2019 - VIII Bienal De Art Textil Contemporaneo, WTA, Madrid 2019                                                         2014 - Ebb & Flow, 62 Group of Textile Artists                                                                                      2013 - A Personal Perspective on Landscape, The Makers Guild in Wales
    2011 - Sofia Paper Art Fest, Amateras Foundation, Bulgaria
    2011 -  VI Bienal Arte Textil Contemporaneo, Aire, WTA, Mexico  
    2011 - Vanish / Survive, Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania                                                                  
    2010 - Amateras Mini Paper Art, Bulgaria                                                                              
    2009 - Bending the Line, 62 Group of Textile Artists                                                                
    2008 - Designer Crafts at the Mall, Society of Designer Craftsmen (SDC)                            
    2007 - Knitting & Stitching Show (CD), 62 Group of Textile Artists                                         
    2006 - Tracing Threads (CD), 62 Group of Textile Artists                                                        
    2006 - Art of the Stitch, Embroiderer’s Guild                                                                          
    2000  - New Horizons, Charles Henry Foyle Trust                                                                   
    1998 - City & Guilds Calendar (February)

    Professional Memberships

    The 62 Group of Textile Artists                                                                                          
     WTA (World Textile Art)



    The 62 Group