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MOIRA JARVIS - BIOGRAPHY

Yet our personal relatioship to history and place forms us, as individuals and groups, and in reciprocal ways we form them”
Lucy Lippard 1997

Trained at Cambridge Art School, with a degree in textiles, I initially worked as a designer selling in New York and Paris. After having children I qualified as an art teacher and worked for many years as head of art in a London Comprehensive School. I completed and MA in Fine Art (painting) at Wimbledon College of Art (UAL) and now work in one of the Cannizaro Park Studios near Wimbledon Common.

Drawing, painting and prints are influenced by my earlier career as a textile designer and an ongoing enquiry into the different histories of women artists.

Recently I have been looking at cycles in the natural world. This has included the history of ancient countryside, its hedges, its craft of willow weaving, charcoal burning, fire and renewal. Installations include charcoal and willow structures at All Saints Church, West Dulwich and a collaboration with French artists exploring the democratic life of the female honeybee.

I have also worked with SLWA on the project Women In Democracy and took part in the performance A Public Airing across South London and at Peckham Platform.

Exhibitions

2013 Swimming Against The Tide at Hide Gallery Leathermarket Street
2013 From The Archive at Hide Gallery part of Bermondsey Street Festival
2013 Merton Arts Trail: Open Studios Cannizaro Park Wimbledon
2013 Piecework at Espacio Gallery Bethnal Green Road
2013 Les Butineuses (The Foragers) at La Maison du Paysage Normandy France
2013 Dark Fire White Fire Dulwich Open House, All Saints Church, West Dulwich
2013 Nature’s the greatest devourer of human endeavour: Creekside Cafe, Deptford
2013 I’m Inside, Ring the Bell: A collaborative interpretation of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, Bermondsey
2013 SLWA Postcard Show – WOW Women of the World Festival at The Southbank Centre
2013 Tender (SLWA  Show) Stephen Lawrence  Centre Deptford
2012 Paintings at The Awareness Centre Clapham
2012 Filtered, Volcano Coffee House, Martell Road SE21
2012 Merton Arts Trail, Cannizaro Studios
2012 The Chelsea Art Society Open Exhibition, Chelsea Town Hall
2012 Asylum Second Open Exhibition, Caroline Garden Chapel
2012 Dance the Path, Dulwich Open House
2012 snap! SLWA, Bankside Gallery
2011 Merton Arts Trail, Cannizaro Studios
2011 The Dolphin, Sydenham Arts Festival (solo)
2011 Exhibited with ArtDog, JeannieAvent Gallery
2011 Walking The Labyrinth, Dulwich Open House
2011 Women and Books, Dulwich Library
2011 Glimpsed, House Gallery Camberwell
2010 Exhibited with ArtDog, Palace Art Fair
2010 SLWA, Bankside Gallery
2010 Sound Painting, online exhibition www.elmvillagearts.co.uk
2009 Celebrating Women Artists, Dulwich Library
2008 Green Room, Putanges Normandy (solo)
2003 Ing Bank Grpoup Show
2003 MA Degree Show, Wimbledon School of Art