An installation photo of Eloise Hawser's work at Somerset House. A white room, with two works on the wall, which look like x-rays. In the middle of the room is a metal table, laid out like a cross. On top of the table are plastic body shapes.
Online Event
Thu 09 Jul

Upgrade Yourself: Artistic Practice with Eloise Hawser

Thu 09 Jul 2020
13.00 – 14.00
Streamed Live

Join Somerset House Studios resident Eloise Hawser as she speaks about the role of materials and engaging with infrastructural sites within her artistic practice.

Eloise will discuss working with these sites and what they can offer an artist, from off-cuts to found-objects, across local recycling centres and fabricators. She will also talk about how their materials and processes help artists re-imagine everyday objects at home. Eloise will explain how her own mixed-media practice evolved, prioritising visits to active infrastructural sites and the objects she finds and works with as a result.

She will share her experiences and practical tips on approaching collaborators and resources, the importance of working relationships, and pitching your ideas to potential clients and industry commissioners, over the transition from art school student to professional artist.

Upgrade Yourself: Peer Exchange is our new digital strand of the Creative Careers & Skills programme at Somerset House, bringing you fortnightly bite-size snippets of information, innovation and inspiration over lunch-time sessions.  

Reaching out and connecting you to our Somerset House Studios Artist community, various colleagues of Somerset House Trust, Somerset House Exchange Members as well as with our peers and industry friends within the wider creative industries.

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With thanks to the Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund for its support.

About the artist

Eloise Hawser is a sculptor and mixed media artist, and currently a resident artist at London’s Somerset House, where she had a solo show about the Thames and London’s sewage systems. 

Eloise Hawser (b. 1985, UK) lives and works in London. Her works can be found in several institutional collections, such as Tate Britain. Her solo and two-person exhibitions include: Lives on Wire, ICA, London, 2015; Sol Lewitt and Eloise Hawser, Vistamare, Pescara, 2016; and Haus de Braut, VI, VII, Oslo, 2013; as well as a major exhibition at Somerset House in 2018, By the deep, by the mark. Notable group exhibitions include: The History of Nothing, White Cube, London; The Weight of Data, Tate Britain, London; Surround Audience: 2015 Triennial, New Museum, New York; Emotional Supply Chains, Zabludowicz Collection, London. Recently, she exhibited at the 2019 Istanbul Biennial, and Montpellier’s MoCo Gallery earlier this year.