JILL RANDALL makes sculpture and installations and has exhibited her work extensively nationally and internationally. Much of the work is site-specific, and has included large-scale public art projects involving collaborations with architects and engineers. Jill Randall's teaching has always been characterised by the “real-world” professional experience of the artist, and enabling students to participate in her ongoing Live projects.
Randall's practice as an Artist has recently shifted from gallery exhibitions to Residencies in industry and heritage sites as the starting-point and driver of the work, and recent projects have involved collaborations with scientists and industrial processes, for example, the Irwell Sculpture Trail Residency at the Magnesium Elektron factory, a Residency at Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum , and Parys Mountain Copper Mine in Anglesey.
Randall's sculpture practice investigates and reveals the histories and stories behind objects, and the continued relevance and significance of objects in the 21st Century. Work also explores and exposes 'secrecy', and the reinventing and reinvesting of lost and forgotten objects, places and eras in history.The work is conceptually driven, but exploits specific qualities and associations of materials, currently metals and found objects, and often involves the recycling of materials invested with history through their past use. In 2012, Randall undertook a Sabbatical from the University of Salford undertaking a Research Residency at Tate Britain ,studying the archive of the APG (Artists Placement Group.)
Jill Randall has been the recipient of many individual awards, including a Travel Scholarship to Barcelona from the McColl Arts Foundation, 4 Arts Council Awards to Artists, Foundation for Sport
& The Arts and the National Lottery, and a Royal Society of Arts “Art for Architecture” Award.
In 2007, Randall received a prestigious “Artists At Work “ Award from Cywaith Cymru/Artworks Wales, for an Artists Residency at Parys Mountain Copper Mine in Anglesey, an ongoing project collaborating with industry and manufacturing processes, and developing new public art commissions in the area. This culminated in the major solo exhibition, “Golden Venture”, at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, in 2011, which toured to the new “Copper Kingdom” Museum, Amlwch in 2012.Randall has an important parallel practice working on major public art projects in collaboration with other professionals, 3 of which have won national awards. She is half of the “Dogs In Space” public art partnership with artist Alan Birch.Group gallery exhibitions have included the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Cornerhouse, Manchester , Artists Space, New York, and “European Sculpture-Diversity and Difference in Practice”, Martini Arte Internazionale, Turin, Italy.
Solo shows include ”Light Matter”, the Lowry, Salford. - a commission from the Lowry for new work produced from an Artist’s Residency at Magnesium Elektron, Salford “Secrets and Lives”, the Yard Gallery, Nottingham, and "Golden Venture", The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.Jill Randall has undertaken International residencies in Barcelona, Perth,Western Australia, and Olhao and Porto, Portugal. Major commissions have included a Grizedale Forest Sculpture Residency, a commission for the Irwell Sculpture Trail, and the A13 Artescape Public Art Project for The London Boruogh of Barking& Dagenham,, one of the largest public art projects in the world.
Randl has work in private collections in the USA, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Portugal and Australia .
She is a member of Sculpture Network, the European organisation for sculpture and was elected a Member of THe Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2014.
Distinction and Art History Prize for B.A. Dissertation.
From the Paper Abstract..
..."Jill Randall would like to use 2 Case Studies at 2 different sites of student projects to investigate the use of the Live Brief within teaching, and how staff research projects can int... more >>.
Presentation on nature of sculpture practice, with focus on the 8 sculptures selected by an international jury for the survey exhibition, "European Sculpture -Difference and Diversity".
The inclusion of the Arts was seen as key to alternative approaches to the strategic development and interpretation of the common copper-mining heritage of Avoca and Anglesey.
Invited to present ideas and background to working with the collections at Wollaton Hall, and producing the exhibition, "Secrets and Lives".
Guest Lecturer delivering Lecture and tutorials to Fine Art undergraduate students, coinciding with the exhibition of my work, "Ex Voto", in the MNAUP Gallery, University of Porto.
Invited to be Guest Lecturer and Artist-In-Residence at Claremont School of Art.
National Waterfront Museum £2000 (2011).
Award to fund organisation, curation and touring and hanging the exhibition, "Twins", in Bocholt, Germany. 12 Artists working in Rossendale, Lancs were selected
Artists industrial placement in last working stone quarry at Whitworth, Rochdale, Lancs. Collaboration with workforce and management in production and installation of artworks .Residency won in open competition through Horse an... more >>.
Ongoing collaboration with Menter Mon (Anglesey Enterprise), developing designs for marketable new products and public art proposals based on imagery developed from the industrial heritage of Amlwch and Parys Mountain Copper Mi... more >>.
Award won from Artworks Wales to fund Artist in Industry placement at Parys Mountain Copper Mine, Amlwch, Anglesey, North Wales. Residency resulted in collaborative working with workforce on site and research and development of... more >>.
18 month Artist-In-Residence placement at Magnesium Elektron, a magnesium-processing factory, collaborating with the workforce, specialist metallurgists, and the experimental casting factory, resulting in a new body of artwork.... more >>.
Award from University Impact Fund to undertake impact capture activities with Dr Gaynor Bagnall At Geevor Tin Mine World Heriatge Museum, Cornwall.
Award from University Impact Fund to undertake impact capture activities with Dr Gaynor Bagnall At Geevor Tin Mine World Heritage Museum, Cornwall.
Award from RIF to develop Impact activities from exhibirion 'Aftermath' towards an REF Case Study. Collaborative project with Dr Gaynor Bagnall.
Award to develop selected REF Impact Case Study- "Copper Kingdom": Contemporary Visual Art as a catalyst for cmmunity revitalisation through the reinterpretation of industrial heritage".