Heather Tweed has created art, sculpted clay, read books and sewn fabric for as long as she can remember. At school she was fantastic at Physics at a time when women and girls were not encouraged or expected to become scientists
She honed her creative, teaching and writing skillset with a fine art degree from Exeter (specialising in Fine Art Ceramics) a postgraduate pgce from Leicester and a digital entrepreneurship pgcde from City University, London. She is a lifelong highly self-motivated learner and is currently exploring her PhD options.
She has a wide experience of exhibiting across the UK and beyond, working with Artists groups, curating projects and hosting legendary private views! She also has 15 year full time teaching stint under her belt, including 5 years as assistant year head and a year as acting Year head.
She worked on the BBC Radio Leicester Primetime programme as Arts Correspondent.
Serendipity always plays a part in her career. Cue the unexpected phone call whisking her away on a dream project with the British Council Cairo!
2017 included a fully funded arts council trip to Venice, both exhibiting with an art project and researching opportunities for future shows at the Venice Biennale. Two years later she was back at the Biennale photographing her sculptures on the Piazzas and canalised to the amazement of tourists and locals alike.
She has been invited to write for the respected Ripperologist magazine, Strandlines, a well known genealogy website and various guest blog. She is a member of the Society of Authors and has recently been touring with Marchers Authors on Tour.
Heather enjoys mooching vintage books and scouring Archives. Her research skills are well honed and she has an obsessive ability to squirrel out tiny nuggets of information as well as pulling together the lost threads of of scattered stories recreating the colourful lives of 19th century performers and quirky characters.
Recent years have found her researching and writing in depth about an eccentric, once notorious, Dickensian character, and refining her writing craft with a National Centre for Writing creative non-fiction course.
She created a Podcast with Dr Jude Cowan Montague focusing on Victorian spectacle and stage performance. She has researched for a future TV project and Dr Cowan Montague's arts council funded short film about Madam Marzella.
Future planned projects include publishing her book, writing more articles about 19th Century acrobats, reviving her popular art-hunt searches and continuing to plan for the next Venice Biennale.
She also enjoys a good chat and share on Twitter @heathertweed
More about Heather’s Artwork and secret book project:
The ever expanding Installation ‘Anubis Other World Tour’ has been visiting art galleries, caves and other interesting venues scaring, delighting and perplexing in equal measure since 1997.
‘Lost Not Found:Abscission’, an ongoing public interaction project, was started in 2009 and has featured in The Edinburgh Art Festival twice, at Figment, New York and in numerous galleries and projects across the UK.
Much of the Artists work embodies a dark undertone with a counterbalancing wry humour. The sculptural figures harbour an almost supernatural presence perceivable upon an encounter with them at an exhibition or site specific installation. Some viewers believe the figures live and many are startled to see 'bodies' being loaded into a van or car. This is part of the artwork experience and runs alongside public interaction at the heart of the Artists practice.
The ghost of an eccentric Victorian woman approaches, her life painstakingly drawn together over years of original research, yet to be unveiled. A multimedia cross-platform work in progress. This is a secret project, under development…....... click to view
Please use the contact page if you wish to enquire about any of the artwork or writing projects and commissions.
Installation, Sculpture, Video, Digital Collage Canvasses, Mixed Media.
The artist has exhibited across the UK with pieces in international settings such as New York, Tokyo and Washington.
She has been selected as a Saatchi Online gallery Critic's Choice and Saatchi video artist of the week 3 times, won 1st prize in the Millfield Open, has extensive teaching and art workshop experience and has worked with Arts and Business, Bristol City Council and the British Council, Cairo.
She is researching and writing articles about lesser known 19th Century Circus and Music Hall characters and is currently writing a book unveiling the secret life of a 19th century acrobat. (Plus books about a true Music Hall Murder and a troubled Dickensian 19th century heiress!)
2023 Anubis Other World Tour, Venice Biennale new project.....look out for news!
2018 Lulu-The Eighth Wonder Of The World, Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol
2017 Anubis Other World Tour, Single schoolboy, Venice, St Mark's Square, Arsenale & various locations. Art Book.
2011 Chapmans Monkey: Artifacts of the Apocryphal, Centrespace, Bristol
2010 Edinburgh Art Festival, Lost Not Found:Abscission (Edinburgh II) Curator
2010 Crocodilopolis, The Forest Gallery, Edinburgh, Supported by The Forest
2009 Lost Not Found:Abscission, Edinburgh Fringe
2006 Anubis Other World Tour, Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter
Supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
2006 Anubis Other World Tour, Window 2, Birmingham Central Library, Supported by Birmingham Artists Project
2005 Anubis Other World Tour, Paintworks, (first artists exhibition in Bristol's
new Creative Quarter) Supported by Paintworks, Bristol Wine Company & Boccabar
2004-6 Lotus Gallery, Bath, solo show & gallery artist
2004 Anubis Other World Tour, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Nexus Gallery, Supported
by Mumm Champagne
2004 Anubis Other World Tour, Bath Fringe Festival
2003 Anubis Other World Tour, Otter Gallery, Chichester
2002/3 Anubis Other World Tour, OXO Tower Wharf , South Bank, London
2002 Anubis Other World Tour, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, Supported by Black Bush & Diagio
2000 Anubis Other World Tour, Blue Gallery, Cheltenham
1999 Anubis Other World Tour, Bath Fringe Festival, site specific installation
2018 Lulu, The Eighth Wonder Of The World, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Museums at Night: Circus Spectacular
2017 Venice Vending Machine, Giardino Venice & Palazzo Mora, Venice Biennale 2017 (Arts Council)
2017 Artemotion, Press and publicity associate and member. Research group for Venice Biennale 2017- 2019 (Ongoing)
2012 Hamburg Art Vending Machine, Hamburg, Germany, Curated by Marina
Marino, Art E Motion
2010 Lost Not Found Abscission, Figment, Governers Island, New York
2010 Resort, The Residence, London
2009 Blood On The Snow, Colchester, plus Lost Christmas. I Give You My Art
(Lost Not Found:Abscission II) Solo
2007 Throes, Nottingham, Teather Arts Festival
2007 Mortal, Bristol, deserted Pro Cathedral
2004 5 Magazine: Labrinth Of The Gaze, curated by Gavin Turk
2004 Heather Tweed (curated) & Kate Wood, City Inn Bristol, Arts & Business New
Partners Award. Supported by City Inn, City Cafe, Bristol Wine co.
2004 Passing Time, Sherborne House, Sherborne, Dorset
2004 Mesh, London, Seven Seven Gallery & Broadway Market
2004 Still magazine www.stilmag.com
2003 Arts & Business Showcase, Brunels Engine Shed, Bristol
2003 Into The light, BANA Open, Hotbath Gallery, Bath
2003 Yoke & Zoom multiples, Art Vending Machine, Tokyo
2003 Deptford X , VIA, London
2003 Artists Bookmarket, Expace Projects, Tribeca, New York
2002 Reactions, Exit Art, Broadway, New York & Pasadena
Permanent collection, National Library Of Congress, Washington
2002 No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, video, Central Space, London
2001-10 Night of 1000 drawings, Artists Space, Soho, New York
2001/2 Artmart, 291 Gallery & Cinch, London
2001 The Flag Project, Peekskill and Lois Abrons Arts Center, New York
2001 Group Show, Candid Arts Gallery, London
2001 Out of the Blue, Edinburgh
2001 Torbay International, Torquay
2001 Millfield Open - first prize winner, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset
2000 Workplace, site specific installations, Redcliffe Caves, Bristol
1999 Off the Shelf, Art Supermarket, Sherborne House, Dorset
1998 New Womens Art Works, Old Crown Courts, Bristol