Sadie Hennessy creates hybrid objects & images which are both comfortably familiar and deeply unsettling. She operates within a cultural framework of ‘Englishness’ and explores the idea of nostalgia, and more pertinently, the construct of ‘faux nostalgia’ i.e. the yearning for a time that never actually existed. In August 2010 she won the Jealous Graduate Art Prize for her final MA show (‘Accident & Emergency’) at Central St. Martins. Since then she has been experimenting with various printmaking techniques, as a vehicle for her ideas, alongside her usual practice. In 2011 she was artist-in-residence in the printmaking department at Croydon College of Art. She lives in Whitstable and is represented by WW Gallery, London.

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Training

B.A. Honours in Theatre, Dartington College of Arts, Devon 1987

M.A. in Fine Art at Central St. Martins College, London 2010.

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Sadie Hennessy | Identity Parade, Ort Gallery Nov/Dec

2013 More Strange Hungers, Abrooks Art, February/March

2012 Strange Hungers, WW Gallery, June/July

Freud at Dreamland: Souvenirs of Things that Never Happened
Parfitt Gallery, Croydon Jan/Feb 2012,
curated by Michael Hall.

Help Yourself            Whitstable Biennale, 2010

The Time To Be Lovely Is...Always!          Square One Gallery,Chelsea, 2009

I Am History            Chelsea Arts Club, 2008

Vital Signs            Whitstable Biennale 2008

Pimp My Bride             Avent Gallery,   Dulwich, 2007

Group Exhibitions

Diamond Geezer, group show at WW Gallery, May/June 2012

Stable States, Cultivate, Vyner street, Feb 2012

POW! WW Gallery at Crunch Art Festival, Hay-on-Wye 2012

GFEST 2011, 7 - 20 November: Dreamspace Gallery

Afternoon Tea: Works on Paper             WW Gallery at the 54 th Venice Biennale, 2011

Hybridity & Mutation              HRL Contemporary, London E1, 2011

Art Star Superstore              WW Gallery, London Art Fair ‘11

Multiplied              Christies, London, 2010

Graduate Prize Show             Jealous Gallery, London N8, 2010

The Art of Kitsch              Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury 2010

Drink & Dial             WW Gallery, E5, 2010

Women's Art Show             Fairfields, Basingstoke, 2010

Polytek             Polytek Factory, Exeter, 2009

The Birds and the Bees          Chapel Row Gallery, Bath, 2009

Skullduggery             Bankrobber, W11, 2008

Unnatural History Museum            Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable, ‘06

British Home Stories             Whitstable Biennale 2006

Residencies

2011 – Currently Artist-in-Residence at Croydon Art College - which culminates in a solo show in the Parfitt Gallery in December

2011 – Mini-residency onboard Light Vessel 21, Gillingham Docks

2010 – I began a short print-making residency at the Jealous Studios as part of the Jealous Art Prize

Prizes

2010 winner of the Jealous Graduate Art Prize

Bibliography

2011 Catalogue for the UK collateral exhibtion Afternoon Tea at the 54th Venice Biennale

Publications

 

 

Press

REVIEWS for Strange Hungers

 

"...her first solo show with WW Gallery is embalmed in wit. And it is brilliant." read more...Beverley Knowles on Spoonfed

"This artist is incredible...Sadie has girl power by the bra load." read more...Clare Brown on Renaissance Utterances


"Laugh as we might, Hennessy hits the target of how sexual commodification gets in everywhere..." read more...Paul Carey Kent on Saatchi Online, Artlyst and Paul's Art World


"Sadie Hennessy's ‘Strange Hungers'...is a Freudian wonderland of sexual suggestion which joyfully pushes us towards the uncomfortably intimate..." read more...Francesca Brooks on Jotta


"the exhibition is very very good. It confronts a lot of taboos in a light-humoured way and I wish I could have stayed for longer. There's many brilliant pieces I haven't even focused on, so if you can go see it, please do." read more... Olenska

"...there is something very Chapman brothers-esque about the tone" read more...Anna McNay on an Interface


"Hennessy's prints, collages using vintage housewives magazines, sculptures that adorn mundane object with sexual innuendos are relentlessly campy and witty..." (sic) read more...Regine on We Make Money not Art


"Collage has been another technique favoured by female artists such as Barbara Kruger..." read more...Agata Gajda on The Upcoming


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