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biography & statement

Hattie Godfrey is an artist and researcher whose interdisciplinary practice utilises performance, installation, drawing, writing and collaborative methods to create works that consider her own and society’s increasingly complicated relationship with concepts of care,
illness, and convalescence.

Hattie’s work has been seen in galleries and festivals across the UK, including the McManus Art Gallery in Dundee, Belfast International Festival of Performance Art, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, and Lewisham Art House in London.

Hattie recently had her debut solo show ‘inmate’ at Platform Arts Belfast and was selected to make new work in response to the MacLennan Archive at DJCAD. She is a studio holder at Flax Art Studios in Belfast and studied BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, graduating with first class honours in 2018. She later graduated from the MSc in Psychological Science at Queen’s University Belfast in 2020, receiving distinction.

 

An exploration of ‘care’, in its broadest sense, is what drives my research and permeates my performance and installation work. Of late, focuses within this area have included illness, convalescence, institutional landscapes, family dynamics and trauma.

Endeavouring to retell and reclaim experiences surrounding ‘care’, my practice acts as a laboratory, reimagining the ways we can communicate health and human experience.

My process often utilises my background in Psychology: I collect and analyse autobiographical and collective experiences in the form of conversations, notations, drawings, and more. These are re-arranged as layered environments in which existing and imagined narratives play out between bodies and objects. Moments are drawn out, gestures are repeated, and the possibilities of objects are exhausted.

For any enquiries please email Hattie at godfreyhattie@gmail.com

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2019 - 20     

Msc Psychological Science, Queens University Belfast (Distinction)

2015 -18     

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London (First Class Honours)

2014 -15       

Foundation Diploma, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

2019 - 20     

Msc Psychological Science, Queens University Belfast (Distinction)

2015 -18     

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London (First Class Honours)

2014 -15       

Foundation Diploma, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

2022     

Selected for the 2023 CCA Derry Research Associate Cohort

2022    

Selected for Beyond the Archive: A collaboration between Generator Projects, Bbeyond and the Alastair MacLennan Archive

2020 - 21     

Selected for the Bbeyond New Commissions Programme

2020    

Awarded studio space at FLAX Art Studios, Belfast as part of the Emerging Artist Hub

2022     

Inmate, Platform Arts, Belfast
Hands My In Head My Clasped, Beyond the Archive, The McManus, Dundee
I hope this finds you well, NI Mental Health & Arts Festival, Flax Project Space, Belfast          -
artist & curator
Hair, The Tivoli Barber Shop, Belfast
Becoming, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Flax Project Space, Belfast          - artist & curator
Work/Play, Flax Project Space, Belfast
Surroundings, Flax Project Space, Belfast
We Watch The World Wake Up Together, The Black Box, Online

2021     

Put Into Flight, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Flax Project Space, Belfast
Instructions for the Sky (2016) (by Eduardo Navarro), Gasworks Annual Patrons Party at Thurloe Square, London           -
performer

Confusing, Caring Curing, BIFPA 21: Belfast International Festival of Performance Art, The Glass Box Gallery, Ulster University, Belfast

2019       

a place that fosters us, De Pimlico Project, London
Porosity (by Michelle Williams Gamaker and Julia Kouneski), All About You at The Koppel Project, London           -
performer

The Driest Place on Earth (by Elise Guillaume), Testbed1, London          - curator

2018

Docile Bodies, Preview with Performances and Screening, Vitrine Gallery, London

A While Back, Rub My Back, Goldsmiths BA Fine Art Degree Show, Goldsmiths University, London

2017       

Performance Auction, The New Shoreditch Theatre, London           - artist & curator
Between Flesh and Fish, The New Shoreditch Theatre, London
Objects In The Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear, Lewisham Art House, London
Orientating Realities, Goldsmiths University, London
Women Looking Bored Holding Photos of Women Looking Bored (by Emily Perry), Unfiltered Episode II at Enclave, London           - performer
Felt / The Seventh of May Two Thousand and Eight etc., Old Kent Road Studios, London         - performer
Fox Rain : 狐雨 (by Noe Yamakawa) Goldsmiths BA Degree Show, London           - performer
Water Lettuce (by Adam and Ben Wells) Goldsmiths BA Degree Show, London          - performer

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