“Third Age – A Personal Response”
Artist talk: Tuesday 8th of March, 5pm
During the 1980s and early 1990s Chris Avis was a successful London based designer maker working in porcelain, glass and mixed media. In 1994, she gained a First Class Honours BA in Fine Arts which was followed in 1996 with an MA ‘Art in Architecture’, both at the University of East London. After twelve years of employment as a senior manager Chris returned to her studio in 2009. Since then she has exhibited widely in London and parts of Europe.
As an older artist herself Chris Avis has been exploring elements of the ageing process for several years. In 2015 a solo exhibition at the Park Theatre showed a range of prints, photographs and collages covering a body of her work on older women. A selection of this work was used as a sequence of layered photographs overlaid with dialogue and a soundscape for the production of her first video, ‘Third Age: a personal response’. This was screened in ‘Schlachten’ an International Contemporary Arts Fair held just outside Berlin and at Rich Mix London, both in June/July 2015
Much of her success in 2015/16 can be traced back to 2013 when she received a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to spend six weeks researching the attitudes of the arts communities in the cities of Berlin, Copenhagen and Amsterdam towards older artists.
This was followed in 2014 with a very productive Barbican Guildhall Open Lab when Chris brought together eleven older visual and performing arts professionals from across Europe to investigate the prejudices and preconceptions linked to age and creativity through their own disciplines.