Karen Loader
 

 

   
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Karen Loader is a professional artist living and working in London.  She graduated with an MA in Fine Art from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2017.  She was subsequently shortlisted for the ARTIQ/Herbert Smith Freehills Graduate Art Prize in 2017 and the Collyer Bristow Graduate Award in 2018.  Her installation “KLAW II” was selected for the Bow Arts exhibition ‘Hereafter’ in 2017 and she had her first solo exhibition at Highgate Gallery at HLSI in the same year.

Previously she received a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from the University of East London in 1999 and since then has taken part in numerous group shows and art fairs. She was invited to participate in an Open Lab session at Barbican Guildhall in 2014 and over the past decade she has co-curated several large group exhibitions in London, Sofia, Florence and Berlin on behalf of Candid Arts Trust.

Loader creates site responsive installations and paintings that refer to representations of man-made and natural phenomena to construct a rhythmic interpretation of place that is both physical and psychological. She is interested in how our perception of place is formed, not only by our visual observations of it, but also by the sensations we feel when moving through that place. Her work is influenced by modernist architecture and minimalist aesthetics as well as an interest in philosophical theories concerning the subjects of place and space, phenomenology and perception.  She is always actively seeking to balance the interior with the exterior, the internal with the external. Allowing the viewer to navigate the work both physically and imaginatively, she aims to choreograph an experience that alludes to the urban environment and how we exist within it.

 
 
Events / Exhibitions
 
THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEEM - Candid Gallery - March 2019
 
 
EXCEPTIONAL - The Collyer Bristow Award - June to Oct 2018

Jonathan Armour and Robert Taylor, Sophie Cero, Julia Court, Corinne Charton, Oli Epp, Lorraine Fossi, Gwyneth Fugard, Nicky Hodge, Katie Lennard, Karen Loader, Robyn Litchfield, Lucy McGeown, Abigail Phanggungfook, Tom Platt and Amelia Kate Sampson

 
 
MIXED MEDIA EXHIBITION - April 2018

 
 
HEREAFTER EXHIBITION - November 2017
 
 
MA FINE ART SHOW - September 2017
 
ALTERED STATES - April to May 2017
 
 
 
 
MAVERICK EXPO - December 2015
 
 
ISLINGTON CONTEMPORARY ART & DESIGN FAIR - November 2015
 
 
THE WATCH HOUSE - May to August 2015
 
 
ISLINGTON CONTEMPORARY ART & DESIGN FAIR - October 2014
 
 
 
MADE IN BERMONDSEY - opened by Zandra Rhodes on 12th September 2014
 
 
Open Studios & group show in the Gallery - Southwark Studios - September 2014
 
 
 
CANDID GALLERY SUMMER EXHIBITION - August 2014
 
 
FLOW - Brick Lane Gallery - July 2014

 

 
 
 
 
 
Selected Exhibitions
2018 Exceptional - The Collyer Bristow Award
  Mixed Media Show, Candid Arts Trust
  Inside Out Homes - paintings featured on Channel 4
2017 Hereafter Exhibition, Project Space Wapping, Bow Arts
  The Graduate Art Prize, ARTIQ/Herbert Smith Freehills
  MA Fine Art Show, City & Guilds of London Art School
  Altered States, Highgate Gallery at HLSI
  Interim Show, City & Guilds of London Art School
2016 Angel Christmas Fair, Candid Arts Trust
  Monopoles, Ugly Duck, London
  CGP Gallery - Anuual Open
  Summer Salon, Candid Arts Trust
2015 Maverick Expo - The Bargehouse
  Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair - Candid Arts Trust
  CGP Gallery - Annual Open
  The Watch House, Bermondsey SE1
2014 Open Lab contributor - Barbican Guildhall
  CGP Gallery - Annual Open
  Angel Christmas Fair, Candid Arts Trust
  Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair - Candid Arts Trust
  Bermondsey Street Festival - open studio event & group show
  Made in Bermondsey - group show at Bermondsey Project Space
  Summer Exhibition - Candid Arts Trust
  FLOW - exhibition of 4 artists at Brick Lane Gallery
  Open Studio Event - Bermondsey Art Trail
  Candid 500 - Group Exhibition of paintings - Candid Arts Trust
2013 Islington Exhibits - group show at Voluntary Action Islington
  Islington Exhibits - Solo Exhibition at Voluntary Action Islington
  Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair - Candid Arts Trust
  Open Studio Event - Southwark Studios
2012 Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair - Candid Arts Trust
  Brighton Art Fair
  Group Exhibition - Delfina Event Space
2011 Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair - Candid Arts Trust
2002 Mixed Media Exhibition - Candid Arts Trust
   
Awards / Prizes
2018 Shortlisted for The Collyer Bristow Award
2017 Shortlisted for The Graduate Art Prize
   
Commissions / Corporate
2018 Art in Offices
2016-18 ARTIQ - Art Consultants
2009 Private Commission - 2 large paintings
2007 Cass Business School - colour photographs
   
Collections
  City & Islington College
  Private collections in UK & Europe
   
Curation
2014 FLOW - group exhibiton at Brick Lane Gallery (Annexe)
  Candid Gallery Summer Exhibition
  Candid Outsider Art Exhibition
2012 Candid-Berlin - exhibition of recent UK graduates at University of the Arts Berlin (UdK)
2011 London-Florence Exchange - exhibition of printmakers from the UK & Il Bisonte School, Florence
2010 Sofia-London Exchange - mixed media show of UK graduates & the National Academy of Art in Sofia
   
Education  
2016-2017 MA Fine Art (distinction), City & Guilds of London Art School
1996-1999 BA (Hons) Fine Art (1st), University of East London
1995-1996 Access Course in Art & Design, City & Islington College
 
   
   
   
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