Jyll Bradley

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  • Little Architect and Pioneering Places: East Kent

    The Old Gas Works, Folkestone, UK
    October 2018 – March 2019

    Innovative educators ‘Little Architect’ have released a beautiful short film of their work with Folkestone children. Shot in and around Green/Light (for M.R.) – my Folkestone Triennial installation – their work is part of Pioneering Places: East Kent, an ambitious community project exploring the future potential of the town. Pioneering Places is part of the nationwide Great Place Scheme.


    Launch Pad LaB

    September – October 2018
    Charente, France

    I was invited to participate in Launch Pad LaB, a new artists’ residency program established in the grounds of La Boissière, an ancestral home in rural southwest France. Developed by the owner, contemporary art collector and philanthropist Veronique de Champvallier Parke in collaboration with Sarah Elson of Launch Pad, Launch Pad LaB offers artists the space and time for research and experimentation. My fellow residents for the six weeks were Mary Ramsden and Simon Callery.


    Opening the Air

    Sculpture in the City 2018, City of London
    27 June 2018 – May 2019

    My newly commissioned work Opening the Air, is now on view as part of Sculpture in the City 2018. SITC is a world-class public art exhibition set amongst the architectural landmarks of the City of London. My work is sited in St. Helen’s Square next to the Leadenhall Building (known as The Cheesegrater). Other participating artists include: Marina Abramovic, Sarah Lucas, Thomas J Price, Miroslaw Balka.


    (Image credit: Nick Turpin)


    Research Trip – Carse of Gowrie

    20 – 25 May 2018
    The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

    I undertook a research trip for my forthcoming solo presentation at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. I visited sites of ‘growing cultures’ – from eighteenth century glasshouses to heritage apple orchards.

    Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block)

    Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block) has been extended through to November 2018.

    Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block)

    Turner Contemporary, Margate and Yo Street Zone, Cliftonville

    Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block) at Turner Contemporary, Margate is the site for a new football skills video by Yo Street Zone. To watch please click the link www.youtube.com.

    Art Brussels

    New Art Centre, Art Brussels, Tour and Taxis
    18 – 22 April

    I will be showing work at Art Brussels for the first time with New Art Centre, Roche Court alongside Phyllida Barlow, Toby Ziegler, Dorothy Cross, David Annesley, John Hubbard, Johannes Nagel.


    Some Islands

    Coleman Project Space, London, UK
    19 January – 11 February

    Artists who make works on paper that have autonomy from other aspects of their output could be described as looking for space, for movement beyond accepted genres. ‘Some Islands’ explores this idea through the work of Andrew Bick, Jyll Bradley, Clare Goodwin, Emma Talbot, Lothar Goetz, Dieter Roth, Daniel Robert Hunziker. 

    Co-Curated by Andrew Bick and Clare Goodwin.


    Green/Light (for M.R)

    Folkestone Artworks / Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, UK
    2 September–5 November

    Jyll Bradley’s acclaimed installation for Triennial 2014 re-opens to the public for the first time in three years. Green/Light (for M.R.) is constructed on the site of the Old Gas Works in Folkestone. The work is set out as a hop garden, twinning the traditional grid of poles, wires and string drawing of Kent’s historic agriculture with minimalist aluminium and edge-lit Plexiglas. This highly personal sculpture reflects the artist’s history in Folkestone and London – and creates a space for others to consider the dualities in their own pasts and futures.


    Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block)

    Turner Contemporary, Margate
    12 August–25 February

    Dutch/Light is a new installation drawing upon the ingenuity of early Anglo-Dutch glasshouse technology. Made of edge-lit Plexiglas and re-purposed timber from Chatham Dockyard the work is activated by sunlight to create a pavilion of geometric colour. Dutch/Light is commissioned to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Raid on the River Medway, a naval incident which brought an end to the Anglo-Dutch wars. 

    Presented in collaboration with Culture Kent. 

    Engineered and fabricated by Ben Godber www.godber.co.uk



    Green/Shade (2017)

    Permanent artwork pergola with seating
    Leads Road, Hull, Yorkshire, UK

    Green/Shade creates a focal point and social space for the garden of an innovative public housing scheme in Hull. The work has a galvanised steel structure referencing Hull’s industrial heritage with edge-lit Plexiglas detail and literary engraving. The work is designed so that climbing plants grow overhead creating shade for residents. Green/Shade draws inspiration from ‘The Garden’, a metaphysical poem written by Hull-born Andrew Marvell (1621-1678).

    Fabricated by Darbyshire.

    Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block)

    Chatham Historic Dockyard 29 May–3 August 2017
    Turner Contemporary 12 August–5 November
    Commissioned by Turner Contemporary and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

    Dutch/Light is a new installation drawing upon the ingenuity of early Anglo-Dutch glasshouse technology. Made of edge-lit Plexiglas and re-purposed timber from Chatham Dockyard the work is activated by sunlight to create a pavilion of geometric colour. Dutch/Light is commissioned to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Raid on the River Medway, a naval incident which brought an end to the Anglo-Dutch wars.
    Presented in collaboration with Culture Kent.

    Engineered and fabricated by Ben Godber www.godber.co.uk


    Hop/Garden (working title)

    Permanent artwork

    National Magazine House, Soho, London, UK
    Modus Operandi
    Due for completion 2020

    Jyll Bradley has won a competition to create a major artwork across two facades of a soon to be renovated building in Soho. The work is inspired by Soho pub culture and will take the form of a unique trellis based on heritage hop growing patterns. This will be designed to interact with a growing ‘green’ wall. The synergy between green wall and artwork will be one of the first of its kind in the UK. The project is in early stages of design development and subject to planning permission.

    Note: Drawing of hop pattern shown is indicative only.


    New Art Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, UK
    8 July–17 September 2017

    Jyll Bradley is proud to be participating in a group painting exhibition exploring the theme of neo-geometry along side Francesca Simon and David Ward. Bradley will be showing work from her suite ‘Notes’ (2016). These spray paintings on hand folded ‘tracedown’ carbon paper represent personal ‘notes to self’ and a return to making in the studio.


    Drawing Biennial, 2017

    Jyll Bradley’s work was selected for Drawing Biennial 2017 at The Drawing Room, London, UK. This biennial, an established fixture in the art world calendar, is a snapshot of contemporary drawing practices. The exhibition includes more than 240 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists.

    Jyll Bradley in conversation with Eliza Gluckman

    Monday 12th June 2017, 6.30pm
    Anglia Ruskin University, Coslett Building, Room Cos124

    To mark the occasion of the siting of a major, new public art commission for the Tamburlaine Hotel, on Station Road, Cambridge, artist Jyll Bradley will be in conversation with Eliza Gluckman, Curator of the New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, and A Woman’s Place Project (Day+Gluckman).

    Jyll Bradley in conversation with Brigitte Orasinski

    Strange Cargo, Cheriton, UK
    Saturday 11 March 2017, 2pm

    To mark the occasion of the screening of Jyll Bradley’s film ‘Brigitte’ at The Strangelove Festival, Folkestone, the artist will be in conversation with the film’s namesake: Strange Cargo’s Artistic Director Brigitte Orasinski.


    Span, (2017)

    Permanent artwork

    The Tambulaine Hotel, Cambridge, UK
    Commission Projects

    Span was commissioned as part of CB1 Cambridge, a major regeneration project transforming the Station Road area. Span draws inspiration from the nearby historic botanical garden which has significant ‘espaliered’ trees. The work is illuminated by night creating a special moment on a busy road as well as aiding way-finding for guests returning to the hotel. Fabricated by Darbyshire.


    21 September–29 October 2016
    Solo exhibition, l’étrangère, London, UK

    A solo exhibition of all new work and the premier of Jyll Bradley’s first film ‘Brigitte‘. The exhibition ‘expands inwards’ from her recent acclaimed public realm commissions into a new and distinctive body of work for the gallery.

    Jyll Bradley in conversation with Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford

    20 October 2016, 7pm

    On the occasion of her solo exhibition at l’étrangère, London, Jyll Bradley will be in conversation with Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford.

    The Evelyn Commission, 2016

    Jyll Bradley has been shortlisted for The Evelyn Commission a new initiative produced by York Art Gallery, York, UK. The inaugural commission is funded by two anonymous donors. The shortlisted artists – Jyll Bradley, Ruth Ewan and Marinella Senatore – are invited to create a new work which responds to the City of York’s rich history, its environ or society, past of present.

    Native People – music video, 2016

    Folkestone band Native People have made a music video for their new single ‘To Lose What’ on the site of Jyll Bradley’s Green/Light (for M.R) Folkestone Triennial commission.

    Watch the video here. www.facebook.com/NativePeople

    The Royal Academy Magazine 2016

    Jyll Bradley’s work Le Jardin hospitalier features in ‘Up the Garden Path’ by RA Magazine Editor Sam Phillips.
    The article coincides with the RA exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden.’

    Espalier, (2016)

    Jyll Bradley has been commissioned for the biennial Cheriton Light Festival. An ‘espalier’ is a technique for training fruit trees so that maximum sun reaches the ripening fruit. This new work draws upon Bradley’s childhood memories of Kentish orchards. Created for the sunny southerly wall of Strange Cargo the work celebrates the twin colours of growth – green leaf and red fruit.


    Government Art Collection, 2016

    Jyll Bradley has been interviewed for the Government Art Collection website as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.
    Interview by Curator Nicky Hodge


    Artist Residency, November 2015
    Arbroath, Scotland

    Jyll Bradley will participate in the Autumn Residency Programme at Hospitalfield. Her focus will be ‘unpacking’ the ideas behind two significant public artworks she created between 2014-15. She will be exploring the consequences of these large-scale works on her studio practice in advance of an important solo show in 2016.


    Commission Projects, Cambridge

    Jyll Bradley has been commissioned to make a major public realm work for a new hotel in Cambridge as part of the CB1 Developments. The commission will be unveiled in 2017.

    Riverside, Hull

    Jyll Bradley has been commissioned to make Green/Shade a large-scale work for the garden of an innovative social housing development in Hull. The work is inspired by local poet Andrew Marvell and will be unveiled in 2017.

    Le Jardin hospitalier Jyll Bradley, New publication 2015

    This book is published to coincide with the launch of Jyll Bradley’s major permanent art work Le Jardin hospitalier at Hopital Roger Salengro, CHRU, Lille, France. The book features many images of the work as well as an interview with the artist and Amanda Crabtree (director of Artconnexion, Lille) and an essay by Andrew Renton, Director of Marlborough Contemporary, London. It is designed by Anne Odling-Smee of O-SB Design, London and is intended as an integral part of the overall project rather than a document of it.

    Available in the UK from L’étrangère: www.letrangere.net
    Distributed in France by www.lespressesdureel.com
    ISBN: 978-2-84066-786-5
    80 pages

    Drawing Room Biennial 2015, The Drawing Room, London, UK

    Jyll Bradley is participating in the Drawing Room Biennial 2015.

    Featuring over 200 new and recent works on paper by established and emerging artists, Drawing Biennial 2015 offers fresh insights into the most exciting currents in contemporary art today. Artists have been selected by Drawing Room directors Mary Doyle, Kate Macfarlane and Katharine Stout, with additional nominations by a panel of leading international artists, museum directors, curators and collectors.

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    Le Jardin Hospitalier (2015) Hôpital Roger Salengro, CHRU, Lille, France

    Jyll Bradley’s major permanent installation for Hôpital Roger Salengro, Lille was officially inaugurated on 16th April. The work is produced by artconnexion, Lille under the auspices of the Fondation de France ‘New Patrons’ programme. A book of the project is also out now with text by Andrew Renton, Director of Marlborough Contemporary.