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Corinna Spencer

Classical Corrosive

22 April – Now extended throughout July 2017
Private View – Sat 29 April, 5-8pm (RSVP essential)
Century Club, Soho

Plymouth Contemporary

15 July – 2 September 2017
Peninsula Art Gallery & Karst

Martin Darbyshire / Georgie Grace / James Hardy / Colin Higginson / Paul Jex / Liam Jolly / James Lee / Johnathan Martin / Kes Richardson / Emily Rosamond / Marcy Saude
Daniel Small / Corinna Spencer / Joan Stack / Noako Takahashi / David Theobald / Jennet Thomas / Dominic Watson / Reginald S. Aloysius / Andreea Anghel / Back in Five Minutes Squad / Jolanta Basova / Joanna Brinton / Callum Caplan / Dallas Collins / Serial Composition / Martyn Cross / Thomas Goddard / Naomi Frears / Helen Anna Flanagan / Keiken / Marcus Lanyon / Jenny Mellings / Charlotte Mortensson / Eva Nielsen / Sara Rees / Lorraine Robbins / Ben Rowe / Irmina Rusicka / Carly Seller / Kazuya Tsuji / Liam Symes, Plymouth Young Contemporary Winner

Strange And Romantic

12 May – 1 July, 2017
Exeter Phoenix
Cafe Bar Gallery

Spencer is influenced by the representation of women in historical settings, their stories, loves and loses. Here, she presents a new collection of female portraits, which are small in scale but large in number.

The exhibition includes 1000 small portraits of imaginary women, which are presented alongside the artist’s response to portraits of women found at the National Trust’s Killerton House, on the outskirts of Exeter.

The title, Strange And Romantic, refers to Anne Acland’s description* of the life of Harriet Fox Strangeways (1750-1815) a portrait of whom hangs at Killerton House, painted by Joshua Reynolds at the time of her marriage to John Dyke Acland. Lady Acland was known for accompanying her husband and then caring for him while captured during the American war of independence.

Together these paintings reflect the women who have been associated with historical buildings, those who are remembered and those who are long forgotten and Spencer’s ongoing engagement with historical properties.

*Killerton by Anne Acland, Published by The national Trust, 1995

What Is This Place?

22 April – 15 July 2017
Newlyn Art Gallery
New Road
TR18 5PZ

The paintings in this exhibition share a sense of improvisation. Like the act of drawing, the works are a way for the artist to work through ideas. Their marks have been made with a speed and spontaneity, executed quickly to capture changing thoughts and ideas. Some of the artists have been drawn to a particular location, repeatedly, to better understand it. For others, it’s the social and political landscape of the world today they are questioning. Memory, and its varied versions of truth, often acts as a source or starting point. From the commonplace to the cosmic, the eight artists in this exhibition are questioning with paint, what is this place?

Artists taking part include: Sam Bassett / Romi Behrens / Gordon Dalton / Freya Douglas-Morris / Danny Fox / Ben Sanderson / Corinna Spencer / Lucy Stein

Moving Histories

Yvette Gresle has interviewed me about my work for Moving Histories, read the full interview here.

Paper Cuts

Saturday 19 November, 12-6pm
Transition Gallery
E8 4QN

Curated by Kristian Day

The First in a regular series of events, Paper Cuts features works on paper by over 100 artists, all priced between £50 and £500. Come to Transition Gallery from 12pm to 6pm to have a flick through the racks!

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Chestnut Appeal at Exeter Phoenix


Visit the Exeter Phoenix Chestnut Appeal page HERE.

A wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on local lives affected by prostate cancer while supporting a valuable resource for support and development of new art and artists in Exeter.

The majority of lots will be made available for online viewing and sealed pre-bids.

1) Come along to see the lots in the gallery on Wed 9 and Thu 10 Nov from 10am-5.30pm. Join us for the live auction in the gallery at 7pm on Thu 10 Nov.

2) If you can’t make it to the event but would still like to bid, you can make a sealed bid* online in advance. Take a look at the lots below, and fill in the form at the bottom of this page to make your online sealed bid.

* The highest sealed bidder will be contacted shortly before the auction for credit or debit card details to be used in the event of theirs being the highest bid.

We will be adding new lots every day until the auction, so do check back in.

More lots are still to be announced, including works by:

Alex Hartley / David Blandy / Anton Goldenstein / Glen Baxter / Patrick Caseley / Helen Snell / Judy Rodrigues / David Fawcett / Sarah Smalldon / Eliza Southwood / Henry Sells / Gerry Hillman

If you are unable to make it to the live auction, you can make a sealed bid in advance by filling out the form on the Exeter Phoenix website here. The highest pre-bidder will be contacted shortly before the auction.

Visual Arts South West

I am Very pleased to be Visual Artists South West artist of the month. You can read the interview and explore the website here


Bankley Open

Private View and Prize Giving: Fri 7th October 2016, 6-9pm
Exhibition continues 8th – 29th October 2016
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm

Bankley Studios & Gallery
Bankley Street
M19 3PP


Shortlisted artists:
Patricia Azevedo and Clare Charnley / James Bloomfield / Andrew Brooks / Alice Chandler / Paul Crook / Claire Curtin / Ania Glinkina / Daniel Goodwin / Ana Mendes / Donal Moloney / Laura Moreton-Griffiths / Isabel Moseley / Mandy Payne / Andrew Robinson / Corinna Spencer / Ruby Tingle / Jason Thompson / Gideon Vass / Helen Wheeler / Emily Whitebread / Chen Yin Ling

Anthology 2016

Invite PV (A 16)

Anthology 2016

5 August – Saturday 20 August 2016
Charlie Smith Gallery, London

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Paint Her To Your Own Mind

10th July 16 – 30th September 16
By Volume VI of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Lawrence Sterne Trust
Shandy Hall
YO61 4AD


Cruel And Tender

Vacuous at Studio 1 Gallery, London
Preview 24th August 6-9pm
25th August – 11th September, 2016
SW18 1ES

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Transition Gallery ShopSpace
E8 4QN
17 – 25 June 2016
Gallery open: 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25 June, 12-6pm
Preview Tuesday 14 June 6-9pm

French Chair, acrylic on postcard, 2016 copy
Corinna Spencer – French Chair, 2016, acrylic on found postcard

Europa features a plethora of European themed works by a diverse group of artists. The exhibit looks at what Europe means to the artists involved in the weeks before and after the EU Referendum.

Europa is an idea originated by Luci Eyers whose Tranzine updating the myth of Europa will be launched at the opening of the exhibition. The exhibition is staged in Transition’s ShopSpace and features paintings, sculptures, collages, pottery, badges, stickers, postcards, drawings, games, zines and pamphlets, all with a European theme. Participating artists come from the UK and all corners of Europe, including many non-British citizens now living in the UK. Each contributes a very personal look at the European idea whether political, allegorical, idealistic, practical or cynical.

The work on show (and for sale) ranges from Kirsty Harris’ in/out balloons and Henrietta Armstrong’s pottery vessel inspired by the Neolithic Beaker folk to Paul Jex’s erased polling card, Bridgette Ashton’s View Master reel of stereoscopic photographs of handmade gingerbread depicting famous landmarks of Europe, Amy Pennington’s The Biased Wheel Of Staying In The EU game and Olha Pryymak’s paintings inspired by social media coverage of the conflict in Ukraine. Also on show are Susie Hamilton’s painted classic European fiction book covers, Jenny Campbell’s deconstructed Europa sculpture and numerous paintings, postcards and zines examining subjects such as booze cruises, twin towns, European film, a Rubens painting dedicated to European peace and archetypal European symbols.

The participating artists are: Karen Apps, Henrietta Armstrong, Bridgette Ashton, Tom Banks, Madison Beach, Siobhan Belingy, Jenny Campbell, Violet Frances Cato, Annabel Dover, Luci Eyers, Carlo Formisano, Archie Franks, Patrick Galway, Felix Gannon, Thomas Goddard, Susie Hamilton, Kirsty Harris, Stephen Harwood, Anoushka Havinden, Georgia Hayes, Ivaylo Hristov, Antonia Jackson, Paul Jex, Paul Johnson, Laura Keeble, Elizabeth Kwant, Delaine Le Bas, Alastair Levy, Em Lockren, Cathy Lomax, Evariste Maiga, Mia Maric, Alex Michon, Christina Mitrentse, Kate Murdoch, J A Nicholls, Suzanne O’Haire, Tony O’Keefe, Lucienne O’Mara, Jane Oldfield, Ross Patrick aka ASL, Alex Pearl, Amy Pennington, Olha Pryymak, Leah Rainey, Adele Reed, Matt Rowe, Anne Ryan, Alli Sharma, Alison South, Corinna Spencer, Charlotte Squire, Helen Stratford and Lawrence Bradby, Mimei Thompson, Patricia Thornton, Katherine Tulloh and Tim Barnes, Tisna Westerhof

Écriture Féminine

20 FEBRUARY – 5 MARCH, 2016
Open View on Saturday 20 February, 1 – 5pm
Edgar Modern

Emma Copley / Toni Cogdell / Henrietta Dubrey / Roxana Halls / Rachael Read (Rain) / Corinna Spencer / Caroline Yates

Corinna Spencer

Edgar Modern will be holding a multiple artist exhibition in February 2016 entitled ‘Écriture Féminine’ and curated by recent MA Curating graduate, Jennifer Dudley.

French writer Hélène Cixous first coined the term ‘écriture féminine’ in her seminal essay, ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’ (1975), in which she asserts: “woman must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been driven away as violently as from their bodies”. Based in literature, yet applicable to the visual arts and other forms of self-expression, écriture féminine is the concept of women being empowered to represent themselves and their histories, thus creatively exploring their social roles and status in the world.

This multiple artist exhibition will explore contemporary depictions of women writing her self, outside of the art historical tradition of the ‘male gaze’. Includes work from Edgar Modern artists Henrietta Dubrey, Roxana Halls, Toni Cogdell and Rachael Read (Rain) as well as two exciting guest artists: Corinna Spencer, Caroline Yates, and Emma Copley.

Read more about the exhibition on our gallery blog

(image: Corinna Spencer, Goyas Women, 2015)

Home Time

Private View: Friday 19 February 6-9pm
20 February – 12 March 2016
Transition Gallery
E8 4QN

Alex Michon / Kate Murdoch / Alex Pearl / Corinna Spencer
organised by Corinna Spencer

In this era of generation rent, political inertia in affordable house building has caused a psychological shift in the home is where the heart is ideal. A troubling sense of unease now resides behind closed doors. Reflecting on this disorientating dislocation, by picking over treasured knick-knacks, considering family histories, looking forwards at sci-fi solutions or clinging to the wreckage of lost utopias, Home Time asks its artists to make responses to the objects which they surround themselves with.

Kate Murdoch, Boy:Gun, 2016 copy

Alex Michon uses broken glass as a metaphor for impermanence, unease and the domestic chaos caused by using her flat as both home and studio. Utilising, furniture, text and discarded dresses she proposes an elegy for the ever-declining belief in and provision of sustainable social housing.

Kate Murdoch is an artist whose work reflects a fascination with the passage of time, the permanence of objects and the fragility of existence. It is human nature to surround ourselves with objects; they provide us with a sense of self and reveal our connections to the wider world. Often loaded with meaning, objects reflect both our internal emotional world and the external image we present to others. From the mundane to the meaningful, they are steeped in social and political history and part of our identity.

Alex Pearl makes mini epic films, video installations, games, photographs, objects, blogs and books with his work nodding toward the structures and images of science fiction and the idea of the artist as evil-genius or crackpot-scientist. For Home Time he looks at the futurist visions of Tex Avery and Le Corbusier. Pearl is currently studying for a PhD that looks at a New Materialist take on mechanical breakdown and anthropomorphism.

Corinna Spencer’s work centres on obsessive love, death and mourning, explored through intimate portraits. For Home Time Spencer looks back at her own family, who are currently scattered over two countries, and in particular her mother. This dispersed family has led to a sense of impermanence and searching for home which feeds Spencer’s compulsion to look backwards to a deceptively simple past.

(image: Kate Murdoch, Every Mothers Son, 2016)

The Names

16 January – 6 February 2016
Friday & Saturday 12-6pm
Transition Gallery
E8 4QN

Corinna Spencer - The Famous Hollywood Hills (2) acrylic on canvas - A4 - 21x29cm  copy

The Names features a number of small works; each one is about the name / signature of the artist who made it. From Duchamp’s subversive R.Mutt to Josh Smith’s shameless painted autographs, artists have cavorted with the significance of the signature. As a rule, in the early 20th century, the signature was a vital addition to the front of an artwork, embedding the artist’s identity into the work with showy authentication. In contemporary art, however, the signature is generally discretely placed on the back of an artwork and a prominent signature has become the signifier of very bad, amateur taste.

Denying the name on the front of the work is an art world game. The value of an artwork depends upon its maker – so excluding the name means only those in the know, know for sure the veracity of the work.

In contemporary culture ‘bad taste’ can quite legitimately be resurrected and become a sign of the most adventurous tastemakers. Thus, there are now artists who knowingly embrace the potential of the signature by signing their work prominently and defiantly on the front.

The Names first appeared at Sluice Art Fair in October 2015. It will be reimagined at Transition Gallery in January 2016 with 18 additional artists.

Michael Ajerman / Phil Allen / Sarah Baker / Mike Bartlett / Sara Berman / Kirsty Buchanan / Andrew Bracey / Jenny Campbell / Brian Cheeswright / Paul Cole / Sarah Cleaver / Annabel Dover / Gordon Dalton / Sarah Doyle / Luci Eyers / Grant Foster / Archie Franks / Susie Hamilton / Russell Herron / Ed Hill / Paul Housley / Henry Hussey / Marie Jacotey / Jasper Joffe / Tash Kahn / Adam Kelly / Matthew Krishanu / Paul Kindersley / Delaine Le Bas / Damian Le Bas / Cathy Lomax / Enzo Marra / Chloe Manasseh / Alex Michon / Alex Pearl / Vera Portatadino / Michael Pybus / Harry Pye / Dallas Seitz / Alli Sharma / Corinna Spencer / Emma Talbot / Mimei Thompson / Joel Tomlin / Gavin Toye / Katherine Tulloh / Isaac Willis / Rose Wylie

Portrait Of A Lady & Nottingham Open 2015, Closing Ceremony

Portrait Of A Lady Continues until 17 January 2016

Nottingham Castle Open 2015
Prize Giving Party & Closing Ceremony*
Friday 6 November, 6 – 8pm
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

‘Spencer has never been boring. But it’s fair to say she is getting more and more interesting as she expands on monolithic series like this one, a fascinating, skewed take on traditional portraiture’ – Read more about Portrait Of A Lady on Mark Sheerins Criticismism

Portrait Of A Lady, a film by Juno Doran – watch HERE

The Names

Transition at Sluice_ Art Fair 2015
16 – 18 October 2015
Barge House Gallery
Oxo Tower


Michael Ajerman / Phil Allen / Sarah Baker / Mike Bartlett / Sara Berman / Kirsty Buchanan / Annabel Dover / Sarah Doyle / Archie Franks / Susie Hamilton / Russell Herron / Paul Housley / Henry Hussey / Marie Jacotey / Jasper Joffe / Paul Kindersley / Matthew Krishanu / Cathy Lomax / Alex Michon / Alex Pearl / Michael Pybus / Harry Pye / Dallas Seitz / Alli Sharma / Corinna Spencer / Mimei Thompson / Gavin Toye / Rose Wylie

Mourning Portraits

11 October – 7 November 2015
Opening Reception Sat 10 October 6-8pm
Closing Event – Sat 7 November, 6.30-8.30pm
The Salon at Automatic Sweat
2656 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90034

The Salon (at automatic sweat) is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Corinna Spencer. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States.


Love and obsession are central to Corinna Spencer’s work. Through portraiture she explores the effects and manifestations of fixation or romantic love from both sides of a relationship, whether real or fictional.

For The Mourning Women Spencer has focused on the effects of death and mourning. Inspired by Victorian Mourning photography Spencer blurs the line between the mourning and the mourned for. The loss and simultaneously the memento of love are present in these portraits.

Corinna Spencer lives and works in the UK and has exhibited nationally and internationally including New York and London. Recipient of the Nottingham Castle UK Open Solo Show Prize in 2014, Spencer’s solo show Portrait of a Lady, 1000 portraits commissioned by Nottingham Castle is currently on show until January 2016.