Jennie Speirs Grant is an Anglo/Scottish European artist, born in Edinburgh (1963) working primarily between England and Scotland and regularly traversing the Scottish/English Border.
Trained in Drawing, Fine Art, Sculpture and Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, York College of Arts & Technology, University of Northumbria and University of Sunderland, National Glass Centre.
Several important awards in sculpture include The Fredericke Bushe Sculpture Bursary and an early career bursary from the Royal Society of Sculptors.
She holds a PhD from the Unversity of Sunderland in the field of studio glass and contemporary drawing.
Her practice encompasses sculpture, cast glass, material object, installation, drawing, print and environmental works.
This is approached from a studio base, informed by material, theoretical and academic research, regular fieldwork and contextual residencies in non arts settings.
Professional Memberships Royal Society of Sculptors https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/jennie-speirs-grant
A founder member of Armstrong Studio Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, established in 1985 to provide affordable workspace and opportunities, training and mentoring for fine artists.
Studio. (1985 – present)
Contemporary and classical drawing
Sculpture - mainly cast aggregates, bronze, steel, stainless steel construction and ceramics.
Glass - sculptural kiln cast glass, hot glass, integrated glass and drawing practice .
Environmental and low carbon artworks.
Print & text works
Border Drawing An early work from 1985 Iron wire, paint, chalk, blackboard paint. Degree Exhibition Newcastle Polytechnic.
Open Border. Kiln cast glass. 2016 - 2019
2020 Arts Council England
2013 Urban Glass, Brooklyn, New York.
2013 Leverhulme Trust Award. Artist Residency
2010 Post graduate Bursary, University of Sunderland.
2007 - 10 Arts and Humanities Research Council. Doctoral award.
2007 Northern Cultural Skills Partnership. Practice based training award.
2005 The Prince’s Drawing School, London. Drawing Symposium.
2005 Northern Cultural Skills Partnership. Practice based training award.
2001 Armstrong Studio Trust. Arts Council North East Commission
1997 The Royal Society of British Sculptors. Membership bursary.
1995 Frederick Bushe OBE Sculpture Trust Bursary.
1991 Arts Council. Travel Bursary. U.S.A. Atlanta, Appalachians,
Washington DC.Contemporary art practice, Public sculpture.
1988 Arts Council Travel Bursary. Cologne, Dusseldorf, East & West Berlin
1987 Studio award. Northern Arts. (Arts Council England)
Technical training includes
2011 Digital fabrication, CultureLab, University of Newcastle 3D print & Laser cutting, OpenAccess.
2009 Introductory course in waterjet cutting for glass, Department of Glass and Ceramics,
University of Sunderland. (RHINO)
2008 Stone Lithography. Edinburgh Printmakers.
2006 Kiln cast glass. LIFT course. University of Sunderland.
2004 Hot Glass. LIFT Course. University of Sunderland.
2004 Pȃte de Verre. LIFT Course. University of Sunderland.
2003 - 04 Bronze casting (ceramic shell) University of Sunderland
1987 Chainsaw course, Parks and Leisure Services, Newcastle City Council.
1989 - 90 City & Guilds Fabrication & Welding (CGLI 229) Newcastle College of Art & Technology