Teresa Wilson is a visual artist based in Manchester, UK. Main practice involves hoarding and reusing old clothes and rags to make textile sculpture puppets of humans and birds. The uncanny sculptures are installed to create claustrophobic environments where private dramas take place. The work explores the space between sculpture, installation and theatre.
Responding to space, the work has been installed in various unusual venues including a medieval tower, a 16th Century chapel, changing room cubicles in an empty River Island shop, volcanic caves in Turkey and Kurt Schwitters Merzbarn at Elterwater in the Lake District.
Often the sculpture installations refer to the past and the history of art. They suggest stories of uncanny happenings, memories, and past traumas. The viewer is invited to explore an imaginative alternative reality and approach the emotional and sometimes uncomfortable subject matter in a gentle and darkly playful way. The macabre little people hint at an ‘other world’ of ancient fables and fairy stories. They invite our pity and a desire to reach out to the damaged little people, but at the same time repulsing the viewer to create anxiety within the strange melancholy space they inhabit. The work is about the transmutation of undigested experience, time passing and the anxiety of the uncanny.
Main practice includes site-responsive installation, sculpture and drawing. Recent work has also included experimenting with animation to make micro animation videos.
Teresa Wilson graduated from Salford School of Art in 2008 and also has a History of Art degree from Manchester University. She has shown work in group shows all over the North West and in London and Turkey. She has had solo shows at the Chapman Gallery, Salford, Arena Gallery, Liverpool, Barnaby Festival Macclesfield and Stockport Memorial Art Gallery. Her exhibition ‘Tales from the Woods’ received Artinliverpool ‘Artwork of the Week’ at the Liverpool Biennial 2010. Commissions include Arts Council funded projects including a workshop programme for the Asia Triennial Manchester 2011 and sculpture installations at Barnaby Festival 2012, and New Mills Festival 2014. Recent projects include Hoard Leeds 2015, a residency in Urgup, Turkey and Hidden Studios, Altrincham 2016.
Education and Qualifications
2005 - 2008 B.A. Hons. Visual Arts, University of Salford First Class
1986 - 1989 B.A.Hons. History of Art, University of Manchester Class 2:1
Recent Events and Upcoming Events
Strange Little Things
26th May to 4th June
The Thread that binds us...
A collaborative exhibition by artists focusing on the River Mersey from source to sea
Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
Wellington Road South
Stockport SK3 8AB
0161 474 4453
Selected Solo Exhibitions and Commissions
New Mills Arts Festival
Art Trail commission. May 17th – 1st June 2014-03-31
‘The Yellow Bed’
Solo show at Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport. Until 10 May 2014
‘The Yellow Bed’ The Grumpy Gallery, Manchester, M2 5AS
Altrincham Arts Festival 2013
Installation at River Island empty shop fitting rooms.
‘The Darkening Green’ Domino Gallery Liverpool L1
July – Sept 2012
‘The Echoeing Green’ Commissioned installation at the King Edward Street Chapel, Macclesfield. Barnaby Festival 2012
Asia Triennial Manchester 2011. NEESA Trail Programme Chinese Arts Centre and Manchester City Art Gallery. Puppet making workshop, with the Neesa Group in Cheetham Hill, a support group for vulnerable Asian women,November 2010. Leading to an exhibition in Manchester Art Galleries in 2011
‘Tales from the Tower’ Barnaby Festival June 2011, Macclesfield. Installation in the Savage Chapel Tower, St Michael’s Church. www.barnabyfestival.org.uk/events/tales-from-the-tower
'Convulse’ Manchester Irish Festival, installation in POD, Levenshulme. March 2011
‘Tales from the Woods’ Liverpool Biennial Programme, Arena Gallery, Liverpool, 28th October – 14th November 2010, received ‘Artwork of the Week’ from ArtinLiverpool blog
‘Changelings’, 8th – 27th February 2010, Chapman Gallery, Salford.
'In Melancholy Darkness Hover' - Solo exhibition, part of Stockport Culturefeast May 2009
Selected Group Projects and Exhibitions
Things of Darkness
A solo sculpture installation in the front of house space of Hope Mill Theatre for the production of 'Things of Darkness' a play by Mark Murphy and presented by Out of Kilter Theatre. 13-14 July 2016. www.outofkiltertheatre
A Visual Contemporary Art Exhibition, Atrincham 25 June – 09 July 2016
Site Specific installation at Mort Subite, formerly the site of the hospital mortuary in Altrincham, Chesire. www.hiddenstudiosaltrincham.co.uk
Organised by www.openstudiosaltrincham.co.uk
Artsmill winter Fair 2015
November 25th to December 18th (11 am – 4pm)
David Wright Gallery, Artsmill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge, Lancashire, UK HX7 7DP
Hoard: Towards an Archaeology of the Artist’s Mind. A year long project in Leeds. A group of artists are hoarding objects and artefacts relating to their practice: finished artworks, props, curiosities, documents, traces, plans, remnants.
Leading to a final show at Corn Exchange, Leeds, October 2015
DADA100 Seminar and Exhibition.
29th June 2015. Islington Mill, Salford, M3 5HW
Internationally coordinated art programme for 2016 to celebrate the 'Birth of DADA'. A complementary response to the 1914-18 World War 1 Now Centenary Art Commissions programme. The Exhibition a group showing work made at the Merzbarn residency in May 2015.
The Egg, the Womb, the Head and the Moon
“The egg, the womb, the head and the moon” website has been created to show existing work and research-driven practice about the maternal by the Mewe arts collective in response to the title. Exhibition in May at Artsmill, Hebden Bridge
‘In Time Over Time’
Group show at Neo Gallery, Bolton July 3 – August 10 2014
‘152nd Open Exhibition’ The Society of Women Artists (SWA)
June – July 2013, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
‘Revelation’ Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, Dec –Feb 2013
‘The Uncanny’ Chapel Gallery Ormskirk Sept 29th –Nov 17th 2012
‘the Open’, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Stockport Art Gallery, June – August 2012
May 2015 Weekend residency at the MerzBarn Project -Kurt Schwitters in England. Cylinders Estate, Elterwater, Cumbria, UK, LA22 9JB.
Babayan CultureHouse Residency
Two week installation art residency at Babayan CultureHouse, Ibrahimpasa, Urgup, Turkey. An invitation to make work in the volcanic landscape and caves of Cappadocia.
AA2A Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme hosted by Salford University
Making work within the environment of the Visual Arts BA studios Sept 2009 – 2010.
Recent School Workshops
Sacred Heart Primary, Gorton, day workshop, June 2015
Parklands High School, Chorley, 3 day project, July 2015