Saturday, 10 March 2018

Introducing Wendy Williams

135 artists are taking part in "Inside Job" which takes place on the 7th and 8th of April on Level 6 of Tate Modern. Over the next few weeks The Rebel Magazine will be chatting to some of the Tate staff who are showing their artwork. Allow me to introduce Wendy Williams
Q) Where did you grow up and what kind of education did you receive? "I was born on the Wirral (across the water from Liverpool) and went to a normal secondary school. I say normal, but it was a girls school, run by nuns. I went on to do my BA Hons in Fine Art at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design ( Loved Birmingham and stayed there for years afterwards!) I specialised in 'sculptural' paintings, and I've continued to dip between 2D & 3D work since." Q) How long have you been working at the Tate and what's the best show you've seen there? "Can't believe it, but I've been at Tate Liverpool almost 18 years (!) Staff do tend to stay a long time at Liverpool, so its not that weird! It's really hard to pick an entire show I've liked as there's always work we either love or hate in each exhibition I loved the fact that the Turner Prize moved up to Liverpool in 2008. That was a huge thing, it was just fantastic. My overall favourite though was 'Heaven'. That was around the year I started in 2000 There was just so much really beautiful work in it."
Q) What can you tell me about the work you're exhibiting in the Tate Modern show? The work I am exhibiting is based on remnants of lino and old timber that I dug up while walking in the woods. It was clearly the remains of an old building. It made me think about what was there before ... who lived there... why did they leave? Q) How can people find out more about your work - do you have a website or do Instagram? I have a website : http://wendycwilliamsdotorg.com/ Follow me on twitter @wendy8williams or on Instagram @wendwilluk Q) What's the best thing about working for the Tate? "You get to meet loads of famous people ha ha.....seriously though, Tate are quite supportive of our own art careers. In Liverpool we're given a space to exhibit our work during the Biennial years. A lot of the staff are artists, so its good to have that common interest."
"Inside Job": An exhibition of art by Tate Staff will take place on Level 6 of the Blavatnik Building of Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

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