Fiona Curran (b.1971 Manchester) read Philosophy at the University of Manchester before studying at Manchester School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, she teaches at the Royal College of Art in London and works from her studio at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge.

An interest in the poetics and the politics of landscape space is central to Curran’s practice. Her works explore notions of landscape space and landscape time, once measured through the impact of natural cycles and planetary shifts, now equally measured through digital time and the patterns of invisible algorithms. Images are collaged and fragmented, materials are layered. There is a strong tactile element at play that both mimics and counters the saturated spaces of screen technologies with their heightened colour and sleek, luminous surfaces. Curran’s practice reveals a recurring utopian impulse, formal idealism and sense of escapism, frequently referencing ‘natural’ forms, patterns and materials from the applied and decorative arts alongside historical botanical specimens. There is however, no easy flight to the pastoral as landscape fragments are reproduced as facsimiles and natural motifs are obscured or become ghost-like presences against heightened coloured grounds. Curran works with a range of media across painting, textiles and installation, often deploying slow and laborious handmade processes that mark longer durations of time and loss in the midst of an accelerated present.

Curran has also produced a number of temporary public art commissions in the UK. These works extend the artist’s practice into the physical landscape and reflect on notions of heritage as an ongoing and contested project of inheritance where the past might be reclaimed and reimagined.

Public Commissions / Solo Exhibitions

2021Jump Cut, Still Life, solo exhibition at Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
 Bright Shadows Point, permanent public art commission with the Contemporary Art Society for Edyn at Eddington, Cambridge.
2018Your sweetest empire is to please, Commission for Newcastle University and the National Trust as part of the AHRC funded research project: Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience for Gibside, Gateshead
2016 The Grass Seemed Darker than Ever, Commission for Kielder Art and Architecture, Kielder Forest, Northumberland
2013 Beach Fatigue, solo exhibition at Carslaw St*Lukes, London
2012An accident looking for somewhere to happen, Commission for Locws International, Art Across the City, Swansea
 A Delicious Garden, Commission for The Crafts Council and Bexleyheath Development Trust for The Yellow Wallpaper at Danson House, Bexleyheath
 Waiting for The Perfect View, solo exhibition at Touchstones, Rochdale Art Gallery, Greater Manchester
2010 This time next year things are going to be different, Commission for Parabola for the Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire
  Too Many Waterfalls, solo exhibition at Hive Gallery, Barnsley, Yorkshire
 Assembly, solo exhibition at Chapter Gallery, Cardiff
2009The world seen from inside, Commission for Vital Arts for The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London
2007Notes on camouflage, solo exhibition, Cornerhouse Projects, Manchester
The world is larger in summer, solo exhibition, MAC, Birmingham

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 The Poetics of Place, UHArts, Hertfordshire
 Dance First, Think Later, General Practice, Lincoln
 Enough is Definitely Enough, Oceans Apart Gallery, Salford
2019The Cambridge Show, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
 Out of Place, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
 Parade, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City
 Enough is Definitely Enough, General Practice, Lincoln
2018Resistant Materials, M100, Odense, Denmark
and Sluice Exchange, Berlin
 Everything, Assembly Point, London
 Paper Cuts - Kristian Day, Saatchi Gallery, London
2017Exeter Contemporary Open, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter
 Creekside Open Part 2 (Selected by Alison Wilding, RA),
A.P.T Gallery, London
  Love, Peace and Happiness, Kristian Day, London
2016 MA/MFA/PhD Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London
Other, Royal College of Art, London
2015No Matter, New Matter, Ed.Varie, New York
Signal Failure (Squared), Safe House, London
Promise of Palm Trees, Breese Little, London
Finite Project Altered When Open, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
Mostyn Open 19, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
2014Situation, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
Detail, H Projects, Bangkok, Thailand
Transition Gallery, London
Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Interchange Junctions, Howick Place, London
2013Riff, Baltic39, Newcastle
Signal Failure, Legion TV, London
Easy Does It, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
Aid and Abet, Cambridge
Supercollider, Blackpool
2012 Untitled, Miami with Carslaw St*Lukes
Crocodiles With A Second Skin Thrash, Over + Out Gallery, Lincoln
Making Space, The Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London
2011 Translate/Transcribe, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
We are all in this together, Bureau, Manchester
Surplus To Requirements?
The Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London
London Art Fair Projects, The Florence Trust
2010Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire
Saatchi Northern Stars, The Blade Factory, A Foundation, Liverpool
Guasch-Coranty International Painting Prize,
Centro de Arte Tecla Sala, Barcelona.
Paint, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, London
London Art Fair with Paul Stolper Gallery
2009Fringe MK Painting Prize, Middleton Hall, Milton Keynes
Pairs, Paul Stolper Gallery, London
Coller-Elective, Arena Gallery, Liverpool
Creekside Open Part 1 (Selected by Jenni Lomax),
A.P.T Gallery, London
London Art Fair with Paul Stolper Gallery
2008Future 50, Project Space, Leeds
Swap/Vaihto, Bureau, Manchester and The Cable Factory, Helsinki