20th Solo Residency

Open Studio

12 September – 20 November 2022

We are remarkably proud to announce our 20th Solo Resident – Eleanor Turnbull 

Eleanor has been awarded the upcoming Solo Residency and will be working in the studio above the gallery space from September to November 2022 with a Solo Residency Exhibition towards the end of November.

Eleanor Turnbull (born 1992, Co. Durham, UK) is an artist living and working between London and Cornwall, UK. Drawing inspiration from the lonely and beautiful landscapes she grew up around, Eleanor creates sculptural installations that collapse landscapes and bodies together via mould-making, moving image, spoken-word and ritual, in an attempt to make sense of emotions and societal behaviours. 

Of her work Eleanor says: 

“I make sculptural installations as if they were healing containers. For me, healing takes place when I can hold grief and joy in the same space. Mould-making is a tool of communication and refuge for me, where I am able to collapse emotions, secrets and landscapes too big for the body to contain, into tangible objects that can playfully patch thoughts together. objects can have the landscape squeezed into them; rockpools become spoons, puddles become vessels, fishfingers hold sounds of the sea. 

I am often finding ways to express affection through my work. The result is always existential, awkward, and full of humour because affection is something I struggle to convey through body language and speech. Instead, I’ll go out into the landscape looking for things I can capture in an attempt to manifest appreciation and foster a deep understanding for the landscape and people that holds us. I’ll use field-recording, casting, filming and story-telling — copying parts of the landscape and piecing them together in order to map out different personalities, emotions or societal behaviours. 

Through the landscape, I channel what it feels like to be a body. Here, existence becomes fluid — shrunken down to a drop in the ocean or expanded enormously to meet the universe at its own scale. This transformation renders our bodies magical as if the most basic rituals we carry out — cooking, eating, washing, sleeping — could release what has been absorbed and reveal the deepest secrets.”

Graduating with an MFA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art (2022), Eleanor was awarded the Emerging Artist Fund from the Sarabande Foundation (2022), and was shortlisted for the Adrian Carruthers Memorial Award (2022). Recent shows include Anise Gallery, London (2022), White Conduit Projects, London (2022), Boma Gallery, Moscow (2021), Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo (2021), Barbican Arts Group Trust, London (2020), Denchu Hirakushi Atelier, Tokyo (2019) Darwin Gallery, London (2019), Ugly Duck, London (2019), Nunnery Gallery, London (2018), Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall UK (2017), Barbican Arts Centre, London (2015).