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Artist profile

Abbie Canning

I am an artist, educator, independent curator and producer with over 18 years of experience in the creative sector.

I have significant experience in fundraising and have managed and delivered projects in education, health and community settings across the UK and overseas. Having worked for numerous years at QUAD as Creative Wellbeing Curator, I am now Education Curator at Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts and Artistic Director at Craft Wood CIC.

As an interdisciplinary artist I work across a wide variety of media.

My socially engaged practise frequently explores digital technologies in a visual arts context, seeking to merge analogue arts and craft activity with creative digital technologies.

My own practise often reconfigures the familiar as a source of surprise or humour, in an attempt to interrupt the mundanity of the everyday, mark the passage of time or question the marks and traces we leave as evidence of our existence.

There is often a sense of the absurd or humour in my work, together with an economy of language, that seeks to prompt the viewer to double-take or renegotiate their perception of the world.

Creative Genre

  • Film and Video: Animation, Shorts
  • Media Arts: Photography
  • Music and sound art: Sound art
  • Visual art: 3D, Installation, Live art, Mixed media, Sculpture

Work Undertaken

  • As an artist educator I have over 18 years of experience developing and delivering a wide range of workshops for a variety of differing ages and client groups
  • in education
  • healthcare and community settings. I am passionate about the impact that engagement in the arts can have on wellbeing and I specialise in working with vulnerable and marginalised groups to co-create work. As an interdisciplinary artist I devise and deliver projects across a wide variety of art forms
  • from digital media (including AR/VR technologies)
  • photography
  • video
  • installation
  • animation
  • through to sculpture
  • printmaking
  • felt making
  • mixed media collage and ceramics. I enjoy exploring creative digital technologies in a visual arts context and my participatory work frequently transforms analogue artwork into digital outputs. Examples of my socially engaged work with differing groups can be viewed at -



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