Jessie Brennan

Job title
Visiting Lecturer, Drawing
Email
jessie.brennan@network.rca.ac.uk
Telephone
07779 244439

MA Printmaking

Keywords: Drawing, participation, social history, social engagement

Academic interests/teaching themes

Drawing, participation, social history, social engagement, performance and video, printmaking, fine art.

Research interests

Jessie's practice lies between drawing and participation, informed by the social history of places, and by a direct engagement with the individuals who occupy them. Central to her work is the exchange of local knowledge and personal experiences, memories and narratives between herself and the people within a particular place, situation or context. The information gathered from these exchanges and the process of exchange itself is playfully articulated in meticulously detailed pencil drawings and performances captured in video.

Academic/industry background and industry links

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007, Jessie has exhibited nationally and internationally, participated in numerous residencies aboard and is the recipient of awards including the Leverhulme Trust Bursary (2006) and Second Prize, Jerwood Drawing Prize (2011). Her broad experience encompasses teaching in a variety of contexts (eg university, gallery and adult education), coordinating and curating projects, and developing commissioned engagement projects as well as her work as an independent artist.

Education and training

  • 2008 - 2009: Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art & Design (cltad), Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching
  • 2005 - 2007: Royal College of Art, London, MA Printmaking
  • 2001 - 2004: Cardiff School of Art & Design, UWIC, BA(Hons) Fine Art, First Class
  • 2000 - 2001: University College Falmouth, Diploma in Foundation Studies Art & Design: Distinction

Selected employment and teaching

  • 2013: Plymouth University - Visiting lecturer, BA(Hons) Education Studies
  • 2013: Falmouth University - Visiting lecturer, BA(Hons) Drawing
  • 2011 - present: ReachOutRCA - Coordinator of projects
  • 2011 - present: University of Gloucestershire - Sessional lecturer, BA(Hons) Fine Art
  • 2011: South London Gallery - Artist workshop leader
  • 2009 - present: Camden Arts Centre - Lead artist for Insights
  • 2009 - 2010: Royal College of Art - Assistant lithography technician, Printmaking
  • 2008 - present: Bishopsgate Institute - Course tutor, Drawing
  • 2008: Pump House Gallery - Artist workshop leader
  • 2008 - 2010: University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury - Sessional lecturer, BA(Hons) Fine Art
  • 2008 - present: Camden Arts Centre - Artist workshop leader
  • 2007 - 2009: Thames Valley University - Lecturer Foundation Studies in Art & Design
  • 2007: Royal College of Art - Assistant curator RCA Secret

Recent outputs

Selected exhibitions

  • 2012: Celeste Prize 2012, Centrale Montemartini, Rome
  • 2012: Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam (SOLO)
  • 2012: Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2012: Juxtaposition, See Studio, London
  • 2011: Grey Hope, Queens' Hall Gallery, Wales (SOLO)
  • 2011: Blind Trust: Hesters Way Project, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, England (SOLO)

Commissioned projects

  • 2010 - 2012: Everything Meets Here, Art on the Underground
  • 2011: Hesters Way Project, The Open West, Cheltenham
  • 2010 - 2011: The Cut, SPACE, London
  • 2009: Impossible Buildings: Interpreting Place, Art on the Underground

Selected earlier outputs

Selected exhibitions

  • 2012: Double Take, Studio 3 Gallery, Kent
  • 2011 - 2012: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, Jerwood Space, London (and UK tour)
  • 2011: Bite, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2011: SPACE Satellite Projects: The Cut (with Chris Dorley- Brown and Daniel Lehan), SPACE, London
  • 2011: The Cut, The View Tube, London
  • 2011: Open West 2011, The Open West, Cheltenham
  • 2010: 43 Strangers, Oriel Fach, Queens Hall Gallery, Wales (SOLO)
  • 2010: Protected Characteristics, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2010 - 2011: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010, Jerwood Space, London (and UK tour)
  • 2010: And Then Again, Lisbon City Museum
  • 2010: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts
  • 2010: Printmaking Biennale, St Davids' Hall, Cardiff Exhibition Space
  • 2010: The Big Rip Off!, Camden Arts Centre
  • 2010: Originals 10, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2010: Print Now, BEARSPACE
  • 2010: BEARSPACE, London Art Fair
  • 2009: Black Light, Brook Gallery, Devon (SOLO)
  • 2009: National Open Art Competition Chichester, Chichester Art Trust
  • 2009: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts
  • 2008: Christmas Exhibition, Jealous Gallery, London
  • 2008: Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries
  • 2008: 10, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2008: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts
  • 2008: Divination, Brunswick Gallery
  • 2007: The Great Exhibition, MA Graduate Show, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2007: Kunstwurst, Café Gallery Projects, London
  • 2007: Over and Over Again, Saddlers Wells, London
  • 2006: Summer Exhibition 2006, Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 2006: MAN Group Drawing Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London

Selected awards, competitions and prizes

  • 2012: Celeste Prize 2012, Finalist, Centrale Montemartini, Rome
  • 2012: Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary, Shortlisted, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2011: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, Second Prize Winner, Jerwood Foundation, London
  • 2010: Grundtvig Visits and Exchanges Award, ECORYS, Birmingham
  • 2007: Augustus Martin Prize, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2006: Leverhulme Trust Bursary, The Leverhulme Trust, UK

Residencies

  • 2011: Artist Residency, CPS - Centro Português de Serigrafia, Portugal
  • 2010: WARP Artists' Village, WARP Contemporary Art Platform, Belgium
  • 2010: Visiting Artist, St Michael's Printshop, Newfoundland
  • 2004: International Plein-Air, V.K. Jonynas Gallery, Druskininkai, Lithuania