"Growth and Form" Centenary workshop and exhibition in Amsterdam

Netherlands workshop

I am co-organising this workshop at Lorentz Center, Snellius, Leiden, Netherlands, Monday 23th – Friday 27th October 2017.

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Book release

Gemma's book "Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science" will be published in late 2017 by Intellect Press publisher (peer-reviewed). It will be distributed in the UK by Intellect Press and in the USA by University of Chicago Press.

Visit University of Chicago Press webpage here.

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"Isomorphology and Isomorphogenesis" – solo exhibition at the Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg, Austria

Exhibition is part of a project jointly sponsored project by KulturKontakt residency program and the Konrad Lorenz Institute (KLI). Launch 3 May, 6pm, KLI Klosterneuburg. Event page at KulturKontakt, more about the project at KLI.


AHRC grant award

The grant application for the project "Representing biology as process" has been awarded funding. The project, based at the University of Exeter, will be led by Prof. John Duprè, with Dr. Gemma Anderson and Prof. James Wakefield as co-investigators. The project will run for three years until 2020.

Updates on the project will be published on The Big Draw website, where it was introduced.

Ordering Nature: Fabulous Alternatives

Artist talk: Ordering Nature: Fabulous Alternatives

Invited Artist talk for the event Ordering Nature: Fabulous Alternatives, part of “Making Nature: How we see animals”, jointly organised by Wellcome Collection and Grant Museum of Zoology, London.
Event webpage here, exhibition webpage here

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Keynote lecture at Society for Experimental Biology 2016 conference 'Creativity in Science Teaching'

‘Beyond Impact: Drawing as a way of knowing in Biological Sciences’, Keynote Lecture, 'Creativity in Science Teaching', Society for Experimental Biology, Charles Darwin House, London, 12-14th December.

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Isomorphology workshops at the Royal Society

‘Isomorphology’ Drawing workshop, The Big Draw Festival, Royal Society, Carlton House, London, 22nd October.

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Artist in Residence, Konrad Lorenz Institute (KLI), Vienna, Austria

This first residence opens a collaboration with KLI, an international research centre for the advanced study of theoretical biology in Vienna, that we expect to develop further in 2017.

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Artist in Residence, Northern Ireland Science Festival

I have been invited by the British Council to be the first Artist in Residence for the Northern Ireland Science Festival This project will include an exhibition at Queens University Naughton Gallery and a public talk and workshop, in February 2016.

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'May the 4th be with you'

Science Museum Lates Event 'May the 4th be with you' Drawing and Mathematics workshop. Gemma Anderson in collaboration with Alessio Corti and Tom Coates (Imperial College)

Wednesday 25th November 2015

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Contemporary British Drawing in China

Alongside David Hockney and Lucien Freud, Anderson's work will be part of the exhibition Contemporary British Drawing at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art in China.

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Labels, Catalogues, and Architectures: The Art and Science of Modern Systematics

Volkswagen-foundation funded symposium on “Labels, Catalogues, and Architectures: The Art and Science of Modern Systematics”

June 24-27

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Isomorphology Publication selected for KALEID 2015, which will showcase the new book to the V&A Museum's National Art Library (UK), Arts Council's Saison Poetry Library (UK), Tate Library (UK), MoMA Library (US), Brooklyn Museum Library (US), Newberry Library (US), MACBA Library (Spain) and the Pompidou Centre's Kandinsky Library (France)

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Gemma Anderson talks to the Funkin Arts Show about the Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, March 2015

The Funkin' Arts Radio Show - 21.03.15 by Thefunkinartsradioshow on Mixcloud

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BOOK LAUNCH at Cornwall Morphology and drawing centre

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Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Center featured on Tiffany Trescot's show. 17th March 2015

Matteo Emmer Drawing ©Matteo Emmer 1998

Invited speaker at 'Mathematics and Culture' conference, Venice, 2014

Convegno "Matematica e Cultura 2014"
Venezia 28 - 30 marzo 2014
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, Palazzo Franchetti

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Rockpool in Scilly

Between 17 and 23rd August 2013, Natural History Museum scientists were back on the Isles of Scilly to carry out more of their studies. This time, instead of someone from the Nature Live team they were accompanied by artist and PhD researcher, Gemma Anderson, and she has been keeping a diary of the trip, which you can read on the NaturePlus website. Click here to read 'Art and Science on the Isles of Scilly.'

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'Isomorphology' artist's talk

Talk Artists talk at Isomorphology exhibition, London, Gemma Anderson, Chris Hatherhill, Tom Coates and Dorothy Buck discuss the work.

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Isomorphology Book Launch and Talk, with Super/Collider at Isomorphology Exhibition, EB and Flow Gallery, London

Isomorphology Exhibition

Visit Super/Collider website

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March 2013 - Isomorphology Workshop at the Grant Museum, University College London

Isomorphology Exhibition

Read more on Grant Museum blog

New Isomorphology Website and Publication. March 2013

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Gemma Anderson - An Introduction to Isomorphology

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Basel's cutting edge art fair for new and emerging art

VOLTA8 Basel -- June 11 - 16, 2012

EB & Flow will be showing a group booth by artists Briony Anderson, Gemma Anderson, William Bradley, Nicholas McLeod and Cristian Zuzunaga

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists

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Imperial College Festival | 11-12 May 2012 | A collaboration between Gemma Anderson and the Mathematics department


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Gemma Anderson Portraits, Patients and Psychiatrist at The Naughton Gallery at Queens

This series of sixteen etchings of psychiatrists and their patients is a result of collaboration between Anderson and consultant forensic psychiatrist, Dr Tim McInerny. Created at the Bethlem Royal Hospital and a number of other medical units across London,the sitters are identified by a pseudonym only, with no indication of whether they are patient or psychiatrist.

The rich imagery includes objects of personal significance to the sitters, together with plants, minerals and animals that have been used historically to treat mental illness.

In these complex portraits, Anderson and McInerny explore the relationship between psychiatry and visual art, examining the historical representation of mental disorder in the arts and using the portraits as a visual metaphor for the therapeutic alliances and relationships between doctors and patients in mental health settings.

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Gemma Anderson at Newlyn Art Gallery

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Jerwood Visual Arts Residency- An Enquiry into drawing in the Natural Sciences

6.30pm- 8.30pm, Tuesday 15th March, Jerwood Space, 171 Union St, SE1 0LN

Project Space at Café 171, Jerwood Space
14 March – 28 April 2011
Mon – Fri 10am–5pm, Sat – Sun 10am–3pm

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Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists
12 November - 5 December 2010 (1 - 6 pm, Thursday - Sunday)

ACME Project space, 44 Bonner Road, London E2 9JS

The exhibition contains etched portraits and recorded interviews with patients and psychiatrists at Bethlem Royal Hospital, London. All the etchings are drawn directly from life onto the copperplate and contain objects and imagery which reflect the sitter who is identified only by a first name, with no indication of whether they are patient or psychiatrist.

Originally part of an exhibition at the Jerwood Space in London in 2008, the project received funding from the Wellcome Trust in 2009 and this year has seen a series of exhibitions of the work in non-gallery venues such as the Freud Museum and Globe Theatre in London.

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Visit the ACME Studio website or follow ACME Studio on twitter.

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21 July 2010

Freud Museum London, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX

Join artist Gemma Anderson for an evening talk about her exhibition, Portraits: Patients & Psychiatrists.

Listen to the audio broadcast (MP3, 6.7 MB)

19 May 2010 - 13 July 2010

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP

'Anderson exhibits her journey from Ireland to France to Japan in her recording of the people and their natural history, combining botanical and geological studies, portraits and landscapes, which are recorded straight onto her etching plate. During her time in residencies, Anderson created an archive of the natural phenomena of a particular time and place. Her works display a remarkable convergence between “a scientific eye searching to intimately know a face, a leaf, a rock, animal or insect” and “an imagination that plays jovially with the hurdles of reality” (Juliette Giudicelli, Art Writer, Paris 2009). “Gemma Anderson’s work is transparently fabulous - like a good fable, it seems to run through a series of ‘as ifs’: as if we could start again - observing, possessing the world for the first time” (Francisco Lobo, Artist and Writer, London 2007)'

Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.00pm (closed bank holidays)
Organised by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Click here to visit the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation website.

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10 June-26 September

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Following the success of its recent exhibitions, which have looked at mental health and at identity, Wellcome Collection returns to the subject of the human body for its summer exhibition: 'Skin'.

Press preview: Wednesday 9 June, 9.30-13.00. A chance to preview the exhibition and meet with the curators. Contact Mike Findlay for details. Admission is FREE.

Click here to visit the Wellcome Collection SKIN website.

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Freud Museum London, 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX

7 July 2010 - 22 August 2010

Patients, Portraits and Psychiatrists is a series of portraits of psychiatric patients and their doctors. The exhibition forms the culmination of a Wellcome Trust Arts Award winning collaboration between artist Gemma Anderson and forensic psychiatrist Dr Tim McInerny, and is touring various venues in summer 2010 following a launch in June at the Bethlem Archives.

Click here to visit the Freud Museum website.

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Opening event: 19th May, 3 - 6pm

Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX

On show in the Bethlem Gallery throughout May and June will be a series of portraits of psychiatric patients and their doctors. The exhibition forms the culmination of a Wellcome Trust Arts Award winning collaboration between artist Gemma Anderson and forensic psychiatrist Dr Tim McInerny.

Exhibition continues: 20th May - 18th June
Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, including Saturday 5th June, 11am - 6pm

Travel: Nearest British Rail: Eden Park / East Croydon
Contact: Beth Elliott, Gallery Co-ordinator, 020 3228 4835 / 4101

Click here to visit the Bethlem Gallery website.
Read Gemma Anderson's blog.

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Gemma is a featured artist for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Click here to visit the Arts Council of Northern Ireland website.

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Gemma is artist in residence with the Jerwood Foundation during 2010.

Click here to visit the Jerwood Visual Arts website.

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'Acme's work/live programme at the Fire Station is one of the most directly supportive schemes for artists in the United Kingdom, providing combined studio and living space'

Click here to visit the ACME Studios website.

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Gemma Andersons' Wellcome Trust Award "Portraits; Patients and Psychiatrists" is part of the Wellcome Trusts Identity Project  

Click here to visit the IDENTITY PROJECT website.

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Open to the public first weekend of each month from 23 January 2010 to July 2011

East Wing Nine Collection, Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand, London

'East Wing Nine presents EXHIBITIONISM: The Art of Display. The exhibition features works by international artists in an eclectic mixture of media. Admission free and a fully illustrated catalogue will be available.'

Click here to download the press release.
Click here to visit the exhibition website.


NEW BLOG: "Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists 2009/2010"

Follow the progress of Gemma Anderons' Wellcome Trust Arts Award project - through the blog, "Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists 2009/2010".

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1st May - 6 June 2009 (private show on 30th April, 6-9 PM)

Whitecross Gallery, 122 Whitecross Street, London

In her first solo exhibition at Whitecross Gallery, printmaker Gemma Anderson shows a diverse range of new work. In addition to her spectacular portraits for which she has become recognised, the exhibition will feature a series of new etchings completed during Gemma’s residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

'The work in question is archival since it not only draws on informal archives but produces them as well, and does so in a way that underscores the nature of all archival materials as found yet constructed, factual yet fictive, public yet private.'
(Hal Foster, An Archival Impulse)

Click here to download the exhibition flyer.
Click here to visit the exhibition website.

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Gemma's work has been selected for a 2009 Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

'[Wellcome Trust] Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science. The scheme aims to stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through the arts.'

Click here to visit the Wellcome Trust Arts Award website

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30th Jan - 5th Mar 2009

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

…'isolation' — the feeling that you are all alone, that our not being understood… nobody understands, that you are outside of your society, you are without a connection, your social network has let you down

Click here to visit the exhibition web site.


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8 December 2008

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Click here to visit the moss linkage web site.

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Gemma has been selected to work as CCI resident in 2009.

Click here to visit the CCI web site.

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5th - 18th Dec 2008

Nepenthes gallery, Sapporo, Japan

Click here to visit the Nepenthes gallery web site.

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Click here to visit the ICC+AIR website and here to read about Gemma's residency.

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Gemma has been selected as one of the six selected artists for 'An Experiment in Collaboration' which forms part of the Jerwood Visual Arts series of exhibitions and initiatives to support and promote emerging talent.

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22nd April 2008
St Lukes, Old Street, London

Gemma's work has been selected for this year's Catlin Art prize.

The Catlin Art Prize recognizes and represents the very best in high quality, visual art by artists with the capacity to make a significant mark in the art world over the next decade.

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11th January - 9th February
Whitecross Gallery, 122 Whitecross Street, EC1Y 8PU, London

Whitecross gallery presents the work of Gemma Anderson and other Whitecross Artists

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10th - 26th January
Curwen & New Academy Gallery, 34 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JR

An exhibition of the work of selected Printmaking Graduates from the London Schools

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Gemma Anderson has been awarded with a Drawing Prize by the Major of Kensington and Chelsea and Cynthia Corbett for her work in the drawing show at City Inn.


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20th October - 17th November

Whitecross Gallery, 122 Whitecross Street, EC1Y 8PU, London

Private view 19th October 6-9pm

Gemma Anderson will be exhibiting alongside artist Lia Anna Hennig

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8th October 2007- 12th January 2008
City Inn - Upstairs, Westminster, London

Private view 9th October, 6-8pm

Curated group show presented by corbettPROJECTS and City Inn

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4th - 8th October
Royal Chelsea Hospital, SW3

In this year's Art London, Gemma's work will be represented
by Tag Fine Arts

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1st October - 9th November

Clifford Chance LLP, 10 Upper Bank Street. Canary Wharf, E14 5JJ, London

Private view 8th October, 6-8pm

For the last 11 years, Frank/Hindley Art Consultants had the pleasure of selecting the best printmaking from Postgraduate exhibitions al London's art colleges for exhibition at Clifford Chance. Gemma's is one of this year's chosen artist.

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September 28th - October 7th
The Boys Hall, Dalston
Private View 28th September 6-9pm

RITUAL ABUSE will present 20 artists from four of London’s top art colleges: Goldsmiths, The Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins and The Royal Academy Schools. Curated by Harry Burden and jointly organized by the artists within the show. It includes work that combines a shared interest in themes relating to ritual, myth, symbolism, science and history. It will take place in a grand and previously unused space in East London, a large ex-Boy Scout hall in Dalston.

15th - 28th July
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7 2EU, London

Private View 14th July 6-9pm

At this exhibition, you will have the opportunity to see Gemma's latest work amongst her RCA colleagues from Printmaking and the rest of Fine Art and Applied Schools.

To celebrate this birthday in style, the RCA is holding an even more spectacular Summer Show than usual. In homage to the original Great Exhibition itself, the RCA has erected a huge, custom-designed tent in Kensington Gardens located near the site of the original exposition.

Across the road, the College galleries will be open as usual, meaning that for the first time in living memory we are showing the work of all our graduating students at the same time. Fine Art and Applied Art postgraduate students are exhibiting with Design, Architecture, Humanities, Communications and Fashion and Textiles – the art and design of the 21st century coming together in a radically contemporary take on the spirit of 1851.

Previous Shows have been described in the press as showcases for ‘the cream of young artists’ and a chance to ‘discover big names of the future’. With 385 students from over 36 countries and 20 courses exhibiting their work, this year promises no less.