artist, actor, instructor

I am a figurative artist, based in Ipswich, Suffolk, where I make expressive paintings and portraits full of nuances of light, colour and atmosphere mainly in oil on canvas.
I try to capture the intensity and flow of the fleeting moment, the play of the light, and the pleasures, fears and frustrations of everyday life.

I often work thematically over periods of time to create bodies of work to be presented in their entirety.
I have exhibited widely and I have won awards for my portraits, including a prize at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. I regularly exhibit in venues in London, East Anglia and abroad, and I have my work in numerous private collections. I have significant experience as an art instructor, working in schools and colleges as well as non-educational settings.
I have enjoyed a varied career that has involved work in theatre, film and television as well as solo and collaborative work in performance, video and film projects.

Education and Training

1974-1977                 National Youth Theatre
1975-1977                 Loughton College – Art Foundation
1974-1977                 Mime classes at The Dance Centre, Floral Street
1976                          Summer contemporary dance course, The Place
1977-1980                 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School – Actor Training
1981                          Mask Work course, London
1997-1999                 Ecole des Arts, Brussels, Diploma in Fine Art
1999-2001                 Suffolk College, School of Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Professional Art experience Includes

1984                           Actors Art Exhibition, National Theatre
1993                           B.P. Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery
1995                           Sternberg Centre, London
1998                           The Crypt Gallery, Marylebone, London  (solo show)
1998 - 1999                Le Foyer, Brussels (solo show)
2002 - 2017             Buckenham Gallery, Southwold. Featured artist, 2004/07/08/10
2003                           “Twisted” The Market Cross Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
2004                           The Artists Gallery, Ipswich (Solo show)
2004                           Galerie St Fiacre, Nantes, France
2004  - 2017              Byard Art, Cambridge. Featured artist 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015
2004  - 2013                The Pin Mill Studio, Chelmondiston, Ipswich. Solo show 2007-2012
2004 - 2006                Suffolk Open Studios, Various exhibitions
2005 - 2011                Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2005                           Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, London
2005                           Alderburgh Gallery, Alderburgh
2005  - 2009              The Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich, with Nero Artists Group
2006                           Key Arts residency, St Mary at the Quay, Ipswich
2008 /10 /13              The Frame Workshop, Ipswich. (Solo shows)
2010                          Galerie Art’Court, Thury Harcourt, Normandy, France
2011                           La Galerie du Bord de L’Orne, Cl├ęcy, Normandy, France
2011 / 12                    Video piece, ‘Pathways’,
2012                           Summer Breeze Exhibition, Reunion Gallery, Felixstow.
2014/15                      Art at Arlingtons, Ipswich
2015                            Artworks,  Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds,
2016                           Art at the Six Bells, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds
2018                           “Beneath the Skin” Waterfront Gallery, University of Suffolk, Ipswich  
2019                            "Beneath the Skin Revisited" Frame Workshop Gallery, Ipswich
B.P. Portrait Award, Commended, National Portrait Gallery, 1993
Sternberg Award. Second Prize. Sternberg Centre, London, 1995
Suffolk College, Commission of portrait of Chair of Governors, 2001

Professional Theatre experience Includes

1980   Kate in the “Taming of the Shrew” with Spectrum Theatre Company
1981   “Fearless Frank,” “Sisterly Feelings,” “Cabaret” with Manchester Library Theatre
1982   Lynn in “Live and Get By” with Bristol Express Theatre Co
1983  Ruth in “Ruth Erect” and Yvette in “Mother Courage” with Confederacy of Fools,             Edinburgh and tour
1984  Jenny Diver in “The Threepenny Opera” and “Godspell” with the Gateway Theatre,            Chester
1986  “Mess” and “Intercourse” with Confederacy of Fools, Edinburgh and tour
1987   “The American Clock” with The National Theatre
1988   Mum in “Totterdown Tansy” with The Bristol Old Vic
1989   Maxine in “Stepping Out” with the Gateway Theatre, Chester
1991   Coral Brown in “An Englishman Abroad” with Performance Theatre Company
1992   “War Zone” dance/performance devised piece with Rose Ryan
1994   “Dracula” dance/performance devised piece with Rose Ryan
1997   “Cabaret at the Theatre Club”, Brussels, Belgium
2000   “Into the Garden” video piece
2001   “Crazy Dog Jumps” video piece
2005   “Ghost” performance/film piece, The Ancient House Gallery
2007   “Miss Haversham Dreams” collaborative performance piece
2008    “Frailty of Dreams” performance in collaboration with Juliet Lockhart
2010    “Frailty in Thought” devised promenade performance
2011    “The Maids” by Jean Genet with Giovanna Maria Cassetta and Liz Bradshaw
2012 – 15    Lead singer in a Rock and Roll / Rockabilly band The Rockatones
2016 to present Lead singer in a vintage sound band Ruby Red and the Bakelites

Professional film and t.v. experience Includes

1983               Sonya in Party Party a Film - dir Terry Winsor
1984               “Skorpion” for the BBC
1985               “Black Silk” for the BBC
1986               “Eastenders” for the BBC
2011               Rose in “Ceaseless Sound” (Dir Jacob Redman) a short film, set in France

OTHER Professional ACTIVITIES, teaching and workshops

      I have taught evening classes in art and painting, first at Suffolk College for adults of all abilities, subsequently at the Ipswich Institute and from my studio.
      I also regularly run art workshops, and give talks and demonstrations to local art groups.  For two years I was chair of Key Arts, an artist-run space in Ipswich, providing leadership and support for the development of a programme of events and exhibitions engaging numerous artists in new projects. In 2011 I designed  the set and costumes for a contemporary dance performance at Hayward’s Heath sixth form College and in 2004 I was part of a film project at a primary school in Leytonstone facilitating the children in costume design. I have also worked with Inside Out Community Arts Project in Ipswich, running art workshops for people recovering from metal health problems.
      Whilst living in Brussels (1996-1999) I designed theatre sets and oversaw their construction, working with a mixed age group of volunteers.

Annabel Mednick
82 Westholme Road,
01473 461 324

March 2021

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