Nurturing Creativity Conference 2020

Keynote Speaker




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Keynote Speaker – Day One

CJ Hendry Studio Portrait Colour Canvas Background 500x666Cj Hendry is a New York-based artist originally from Brisbane, Australia. Globally renowned for her large-scale, photo-realistic drawings of consumer goods and immense, interactive exhibitions, she has developed a dedicated following through her unique blend of technical mastery and conceptual depth.

A self-professed ‘lover of products’, Hendry is heir to the Pop Art tradition that firmly established depictions of everyday objects and mass culture in the art historical canon. In the footsteps of Andy Warhol, Hendry generates instantaneously appealing images that celebrate kitsch aesthetics and its ubiquitous presence in contemporary digital culture.

More recently, the artist has incorporated new subject matter to delve into the deep-seated concerns and anxieties of current society. After spending seven years studying architecture and finance in Australia, Hendry abandoned the endeavour in 2014 to pursue art full-time.

She has since presented 6 solo exhibitions across Australia, the U.S. and Asia. In 2017, the artist collaborated with esteemed fashion house Christian Louboutin to present her first works in colour during the 2017 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong.

 
 

Keynote Speaker – Day Two

Henry Ward Headshot 500x666Henry Ward Henry Ward is an artist, writer, curator and educator living in London. He works across a range of media and with a variety of approaches.

Working predominantly in painting and drawing but also sculpture, photography and collage. He was shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize in 2018 and 2019. His background, and continued work in art education, informs much of his expanded practice, focusing on teaching as a form of socially engaged art. He is interested in the relationship between approaches to teaching and approaches to making.

He is the Creative Director for Freelands Foundation and was Head of Education at Southbank Centre. Prior to this he worked in a variety of roles at Welling School, a Specialist Visual Arts College, where he led on the school’s specialism. In 2002 he established the alTURNERtive Prize, an annual award celebrating outstanding student practice. In 2011 he founded the biannual arts and education periodical, æ. He is a visiting lecturer at UK art schools including Bath Spa University, Brighton University, Manchester School of Art, Plymouth College of Art, Wimbledon College of Art and Wolverhampton School of Art.

He has written and lectured widely on the arts and education. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions. He is an advisor for Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin and curated a two day event investigating approaches to public engagement there is 2018. He is a an advisor for the Crafts Council England, a trustee of Bolton Contemporary and an advisor for Iniva.

 
 
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