Approved: 24.09.2021

Denise Startin

Artist

Approved: 24.09.2021

Denise Startin is an artist, writer, researcher and collector. Working primarily with found objects and images her practice is curatorial in approach. To take a curatorial approach is also to ‘take care’ in the restoration, conservation and curation of minor histories, narratives, texts, objects and images either discarded or forgotten, a continually recurring relation is the passage of ephemera between public and private realms. Denise reimagines and restores these often personal decontextualised objects into new narratives and new performative relations, inventing new histories. During this process a historical figure, site, place, event, voice or voices are adopted to activate the work and produce a narrative arc.

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    Artist Statement

    Denise Startin is an artist, writer, researcher and collector. Working primarily with found objects and images her practice is curatorial in approach. To take a curatorial approach is also to ‘take care’ in the restoration, conservation and curation of minor histories, narratives, texts, objects and images either discarded or forgotten, a continually recurring relation is the passage of ephemera between public and private realms. Denise reimagines and restores these often personal decontextualised objects into new narratives and new performative relations, inventing new histories. During this process a historical figure, site, place, event, voice or voices are adopted to activate the work and produce a narrative arc.

    Denise seeks to address the relations between personal and collective archiving and memory-making by examining visual-cultural modalities of memory to perform its retrieval, survival, communication and recreation. This dialogue seeks to highlight the significance and complex character of visual and artefactual experiences in constructing and mediating personal narratives of cultural identity and belonging. She also explores these relations in critical and performance writing. Denise studied at the Royal College of Art and works across printmaking, photography and installation.

    CV & Education

    Education
    MA Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London, 2011-2013 (with Distinction in Research)
    BA (Hons. 1st Class) Fine Art, Coventry University, 2003-2009

    Exhibitions

    2022/23 Rugby Open, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby

    2022 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, The Fireworks Factory, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London

    2022 RBSA Prize Exhibition, 4 Brook Street, St.Paul's Square, Birmingham

    2022 Hints for British Tourists, Solo Show, CT20 Gallery, 73 Tontine Street, Folkestone

    2022 Fronteer Independent Art Fair, CASC Gallery, Northgate Street, Chesteer

    2022 Hints for British Tourists, Solo Show, City Arcadia Gallery, Coventry
    2022 Warwickshire Open Studios, Holyhead Studios, Coventry
    2022 Royal Cambrian Academy, Open Competition, Conwy, Wales
    2021 ‘Spotlight On’: Visual Arts mini-festival, Coventry City of Culture, Coventry
    2021 Compton Verney Print Fair, Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, Warwickshire
    2019 Coventry Printmakers’ Inaugural Open Call Exhibition, CLASS ROOM, Coventry
    2017 Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Coventry Evening Telegraph Building, Coventry
    2015 Stewart’s Law, RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London/A4 Space, Dubai
    2014 Tightly Bound, Solo Show, Denise Startin Studio & Micro Gallery, FarGo Village, Coventry
    2014 Spirit of Place, Ragley Gallery & Studios, Ragley Hall, Warks
    2014 Warwickshire Open Studios/Micro Performance Lectures, Dangling Modifiers & A Curious Love Letter, Ragley Gallery & Studios, Ragley Hall, Warks
    2014 Stuart's Law, RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London
    2013 Multiplied, Christie's, London
    2013 RCA Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London
    2013 RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
    2013 Parallax, Cafe Gallery Projects, Bermondsey, London
    2012 Interim, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
    2012 I took the lift to the 6th Floor, Cafe Gallery Projects, Bermondsey, London
    2011 Perverse Library with Information as Material, Whitechapel Gallery, London
    2010 Lewis Gallery, Rugby School, Rugby
    2010 RCA Secret, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
    2009 Ampersand, Solo Show, Coventry Kuntsverein, Coventry University
    2009 Coventry University Degree Show, Coventry 
    2009 ID Partnership Architects, Spon Street, Coventry
    2009 Free Range, Truman Brewery, London
    2009 Entrance, Fishbone Gallery, Longford, Coventry
    2007 RBSA Gallery, Birmingham

    Performance
    2019 "Dangling Modifiers" and A Curious Love Letter, Micro Performance Lectures, Artspace, Holyhead Studios, Coventry
    2017-2018 Chronically Fatigued; Performing Self Care, Solo Performance, Coventry
    2014 "Dangling Modifiers" and A Curious Love Letter, Micro Performance Lectures, Ragley Gallery & Studios, Ragley Hall, Warks
    2013-2015 Enduring Exhaustion, London, Coventry & Wales
    2012 Phil Minton’s Feral Choir, The Book of the Dead, British Museum, London
    2011 Letter to Alessa, Performance Lecture, Royal College of Art, London

    Publications
    2013 between before and after, RCA Printmaking, London (Writer, Editing Team)
    2013 Parallax, Cafe Gallery Projects, London (invited Writer/Editor)
    2013 Ariadne’s Dance Floor: Choragraphy and the Ecstatic Subject, MA Diss. Distinction (unpublished)
    2013 Transference, Limited Edition Box Set, Royal College of Art, London
    2009 Research and References, The Act of Drawing, VIVID, Birmingham
    2009 Forward Press Poetry Anthology, West Midlands

    Collaborations
    2000-2012 Performing Primary Care (for her, for him) in collaboration with Keith Swain, Coventry/London
    2012 Enough Different, Critical Writing Department/AND Publishing, Royal College of Art, London
    2010 Consumer Transposition, Territorial Play, Radiator Festival, Nottingham
    2010 Very Public People, The Public, West Bromwich
    2009 Invitation to Dialogue: 100 Possible Understandings of This, John Hammersley, VIVID, Birmingham

    Residencies
    2014-2015 Micro Residency, Artist Researcher (Interpretation), Field Archaeology Team, The National Trust, Erddig Hall & Gardens, Nr Wrexham, Wales (self-initiated, facilitated by Kathryn Laws, Archaeologist for the National Trust)
    2011 Body Landscape, Lake District, led by dancer/choreographer Frank van de Ven, Body Weather, Amsterdam (selected)

    Awards & Collections

    2022 Boodle Hatfield Printmaking Prize (shortlisted)                                                         2022 SPACEX Symposium Bursary, Coventry University/Coventry Biennial                            2022 Coventry Local Artists Development Fund, Theatre Absolute, Coventry
    2020 Creative Dialogues Bursary, The Pod, Coventry
    2015 Coventry University PhD Bursary
    2013 Royal College of Art Special Collections (also Private Collections)
    2013 Matthew Wrightson Charity Trust Award (panel selection)
    2011-12 Royal College of Art Bursary, London
    2009 Karen Trusselle Award for Fine Art (juried award)

    Professional Experience

    2022 Kitchen Garden Volunteer, Charterhouse, Historic Coventry Trust, Coventry                     
    2021 Non-Executive Director, Holyhead Studios, Coventry
    2021 Artist Interviewer, underGROWTH, The Pod, Coventry
    2017 Curatorial Assistant, Coventry Archaeology Archives, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
    2015 Guest Tutor, Coventry University, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
    2014-2015 Archaeological Investigator and Field Researcher, National Trust, Erddig Hall & Gardens, Nr Wrexham, Wales
    2014 Freelance WordPress Engineer, Ragley Gallery and Studios website
    2012 Visiting Lecturer, Coventry School of Art & Design, Coventry University
    2012 Production Assistant, Para-Active, Hotel Medea, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
    2009 Curatorial Research Assistant, The Act of Drawing, VIVID, Birmingham
    2007 Research Assistant, Dance to the Muzik of Time, John Goto/Arts Council West Midlands, Derby University
    2000-2002 Assistant Marketing Communications Manager, Alliance and Leicester Plc, Leicester