Artist of the Month 2016

October: Corinna Spencer

Image: Shrine Sisters, 2016, acrylic on canvas 30x40cm.

Our Artist of the Month feature aims to promote artists' work and raise issues in a quick, informal way. October's Artist of the Month is Corinna Spencer.


Hello, who are are you and what do you do?

Wotch-ya, My Name is Corinna Spencer and I am a painter.

You recently moved to the South West from Coventry. Can you explain why you chose Torquay, and how you are finding it there and being in the South West?

I needed a change and the South West encourages a healthier outdoor lifestyle. I have some family connections to Torquay and living by the sea has always been an ambition. So far it's been a huge amount of fun getting to know the area, it's really beautiful here.

What does 'success' mean to you?

For me success means having the time to paint the types of paintings I want to paint and get some of those paintings out into the world.

You also work for Transition Gallery, can you talk about that?

I’ve been a member of the Transition Gallery team since 2011 which has involved curating shows such as Tainted Love (2012), The Dream Machine (Sluice, 2013), Lucy In The Sky (2015), Home Time (2016) and as press officer pitching in with social media etc. It's a role I cherish and I feel very lucky to be part of the team.

What makes a good painting for you?

One that makes me feel something in my stomach, much like a song that gives me goose bumps or a film that I want to watch again and again and again.

What have you got coming up?

I have had a painting called ‘Shrine Sisters’ selected for the Bankley Open, Manchester, which opens Fri 7 October.

Born In London

Coventry University - M.A Fine Art painting 2006-2008, B.A Fine Art painting 1993-1996

Recent Exhibitions

The Chestnut Appeal Auction, Exeter Phoenix, 10 November, 2016.
Bankley Open, Bankley Studios And Gallery, Manchester, 8 – 22 October, 2016
Cruel and Tender, Vacuous at Studio One Galley, London, 25th August – 11th September, 2016
Anthology 2016, Charlie Smith Gallery, London, 5 August – 20 August 2016
Paint Her To Your Own Mind, The Lawrence Stern Trust, Shandy Hall, York, 10 July – 30 September, 2016
Europa, Transition Gallery ShopSpace, London, 14-25 June, 2016
Écriture Féminine, Edgar Modern, Bath, 21 February – 6 March 2016
Home Time, (curator), Transition Gallery, London, 20 February – 12 March 2016
The Names, Transition Gallery, London, 16 January – 6 February 2016

The Names, Transition Gallery at Sluice Art Fair, London, 16 – 18 October 2015
Mourning Portraits, Solo Show at Automatic Sweat, Salon, L.A 10 October – 7 November, 2015
Portrait Of A Lady, Solo Show at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, 19 September – 17 January 2016
Shelf Life, PS Mirabel, Manchester, 10 September – 10 October 2015
Salon 7, The Old Lock Up Studio, Darbyshire, 12 September, 2015
Lucy In The Sky, (curator), Transition Gallery, London, 5 June – 5 July 2015
Heads, Yellow Gallery, Varese, Italy, 17 May – 21 June 2015
Sex Shop, Part II, Transition Gallery, London, 15 – 29 March 2015
The Auction Of Desire, Transition Gallery, London, 20 February – 5 March 2015

What's On

The Artizan Garden Salon Open Show

7 Lucius Street

Friday 02 February 2018 – Sunday 23 December 2018

Portrait Art Sessions

The Old School, Newent Road, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DG

Wednesday 25 April 2018 – Wednesday 19 December 2018

Workshops at The Guild at 51

The Guild at 51, 51 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT

Thursday 03 May 2018 – Monday 31 December 2018

Visual Arts South West

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