Cutting Edge Lasers and Creativity Symposium

Keynote paper

Siân Bowen during presentation

Siân Bowen

Lasers, Damage and the Creative Impulse

Siân Bowen (b.1959) studied at Newcastle University (1977-1981) and Edinburgh College of Art (1982-83). She was Monbusho Scholar in the Painting School of Kyoto University of Arts, Japan (1985-1987).

She was Invited Artist at Villa Romana, Florence in 2000 and carried out a Visual Arts Residency at Angel Row Gallery in 2003. During 2003-4 she undertook a 'Time & Space' residency at METAL, London and in 2006 was Guest Artist at Kyoto Art Centre, Japan. From 2006-8 she was Resident Artist in Drawing at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She is currently developing a project as Guest Artist in Drawing at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam supported by the AHRC (2010-11).

Siân has held solo exhibitions internationally which include: the Tamura Gallery, Tokyo (1989); the British Council Gallery, Madras (1994); the EPO Gallery, Munich (1995); the Kunstverein, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (2004) and North Gallery, Kyoto Art Centre, Japan (2006). Her exhibition Ream toured to Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; Mead Gallery, Coventry, and Angel Row Nottingham during 2003-4.

In 2007 her work formed a temporary display at the V&A, London and was the subject of a publication, Gaze. In 2008, Of Dust was shown at Daiwa Foundation House, London. She has been included in group exhibitions in Italy, Germany, Denmark and Slovakia as well numerous exhibitions in this country including: Oriel Mostyn 10 (1998); Drawing - the Process; Kingston University (2003); Look to This Day, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2004); Refractions/Shadows - A Critic’s Choice, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro (2008); Touchstones, Salisbury Museum (2009) and Dust on the Mirror, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, 2010.

She has regularly been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize receiving Second Prize in 2001 and for inclusion in a number of overviews of British contemporary drawing including, Drawing Inspiration, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal (2006); Drawing Breath, Wimbledon College of Art (2006-7) and In Between the Lines – Recent British Drawing ,Trinity Contemporary, London and New York (2009).

Her work is represented in collections including the British Museum, British Council, European Patent Office, Paintings in Hospitals, Scotland and the V&A. She is a Reader in Fine Art at Northumbria University, Newcastle and lives in Northumberland.