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Public Sculpture

Gamble, Maureen (2021) Public Sculpture. University of Worcester.

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Gamble is an artist printmaker whose site-specific practice uses intervention, drawing, printing, collecting and consultation. She creates situations for the public to respond to, experimenting with instructions, kits, exchange systems or votive offerings. She is interested in place and the shared experiences of others within it and this participatory process-led approach is key to her art practice. Her project propositions are designed to enable participants to connect their own experiences with activities particular to that place as she believes that this offers different readings that uncover new meanings.

If ‘space is a practiced place’ as Michel de Certeau asserts in The Practice of Everyday Life (1980), having records of real-time experiences provides a snapshot of a moment in time, and so represents a collective knowledge of that space. Her interventions aim to capture moments in time in a specific place by recording observations through drawing, photography, sound and written word and the outcomes often develop into a new work, so the work is always evolving.

Gamble’s work has been selected for international conferences and exhibitions and interest has gathered as it offers a new way of making work with individual participants being invited to create and own the work. This approach allows the relationship between the work of art and audience to develop into a reciprocal relationship based on mutual interaction where the audience becomes a part of the exhibition.

She has been a member of Space, Place Practice since 2010, an artists’ research collective that comes together to create dialogues and develop projects informed by a shared interest in space, place and creative practice. Since 2019, the group have been creating publications of their collaborative projects and reflective essays, supported by funding from Arts Council England and Bath Spa Research Centre. Digital versions are available on the SPP website.

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This document is a Practice Research Outcome submitted to the 2021 REF

Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
Depositing User: Roger Fairman
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 17:10
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 17:10

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