Thurle Wright collects old books, maps, advertisements, newspapers and charts, and playfully reworks them to form new variations on the linguistic grid. Dislocted, yet familiar flashes of text and image, intricately folded, woven or stitched, are intended to dra w the viewer in; to m a ke their own connections, to question a ccepted codes, to read between the lines.
Born in Zimbabwe , Thurle studied modern languages and literature both in Australia and the UK , before specialising in visual art. She has a BA (Hons) Textiles, from Goldsmiths College , University of London , and now carries out her art practice in both London and Perth . Over the la st year she has undertaken two residencies in Western Australia , at Guildford Grammar School in 2007, and most recently at Central T.A.F.E. Following her exhibition at Gallery East she will be showing a new body of work at Foyles, Charing Cross Road ; London's largest and most famous book shop.
2006-2007 Teacher Artist MA Programme. Research with Inst. of Ed. and LIFT UK
1998 – 2001 BA(hons) Textiles. Goldsmiths College , University of London
1997 – 1998 BTEC Foundation in Art and Design. Kensington & Chelsea College
1991 Diploma of Education. University of Tasmania . Australia
1987 – 1990 Bachelor of Arts (English, French and German Studies)
University of New South Wales , Sydney , Australia
Oct 2008(forthcoming) Foyles Gallery. Charing Cross Road . London
July- Aug 2008 Gallery East. North Fremantle, Perth
Mar-Apr 2007 ‘Lines of Inception' GX Gallery. Camberwell. Lond. www.gxgallery.com
Oct-Nov 2006 ‘Twist(er)' Robert Phillips Gallery. Walton-on-Thames. Surrey
Selected Group Exhibitions
October 07 Guildford Grammar Art Exhibition, Perth
June 07 ‘Pfister Gallery Project' Standpoint Gallery. Hoxton. London
Jan 07 London Art Fair, Islington, London
May- Aug 2006 ‘Artevisa'. Lonquivy sur Mer. Brittany . France . www.artevisa.net
Jun-Aug 2006 ‘On the Map'. North House gallery (4 person show). Essex
Jul 06 – Sep 07 Sheraton Belgravia Hotel. 9 pieces in public lounge/dining areas
April 2006 Glasgow Art Fair. Glasgow . Scotland
Mar 2006 Affordable Art Fair. Quantum Contemporary Gallery. Battersea.
Feb 2006 Art on Paper Fair. Royal College of Art. Kensington.
Jan 2005 London Art Fair. Business and Design Centre. Islington.
Sep 2005 Brixton Open. Bettie Morton Gallery , Brixton.
July 2005 ‘Composite' (2 person show) Surgery gallery. Nunhead.
June 2005 ‘Invited, invited' Installation in the Old Auction Rooms, Nunhead.
June 2005 ‘Write Off'. Southwark Literary Festival. Corsica Studios. El & Castle.
February 2005 Surgery Gallery Show. Telegraph Hill Festival. Nunhead.
September 2004 ‘SV04' Studio Voltaire members' show. Clapham.
June 2004 ‘Fleet'; Public Art installation. Southwark Town Hall , Camberwell.
April 2004 ‘Temporary/Contemporary'. Old Seagar Distillery. Deptford.
December 03 ‘Camberwell Green Beacon'. Cardboard Lighthouse project with Camberwell Arts funded by Neighbourhood Renewal. Camberwell.
Oct – Nov 03 ‘Common Fields'. The Florence Trust. Highbury Fields.
Jul – Aug 03 ‘Sartorial'. England & Co Gallery. Westbourne Grove.
June 2003 ‘Peckham Library Project'. Installation involving 20 community groups and 4000 cubes. For Camberwell Arts' Week, Peckham.
Jan – Feb 03 ‘Speaking Volumes'. Stroud House Gallery. Stroud.
Feb 2002 ‘Take Me Home' (3 person show). House Gallery, Camberwell.
Aug – Sept 2001 ‘Mint' (new grads from St Martins & Goldsmiths). Upper Street, Islington
Selected Residencies and Education Workshops
May – July 08 Artist in Residence. Perth Central TAFE
Mar – May 08 Artist in Residence. Fremantle Arts Centre
April – June 08 Sessional Arts Lecturer. Curtin University , Perth
Sep-Nov 07 Intergenerational Project; Rydens School and Elmbridge Day Centre, with the Robert Phillips Gallery, Surrey .
May – August 07 Artist in Residence. Guildford Grammar School . Perth . Australia
April 07 A-level collaborative sculpture project. Crownwoods High School , Greenwich .
Feb 2007 Brentford CLC Residency. Hounslow consortium. 3 A-level groups worked together to produce a semi-permanent wall installation.
January 07 Guest Lecturer. Croydon College .
June 2006 Rotherhithe Boat. Life-size boat made from packing boxes, with stories of journeys written on them by local community. Rotherhithe Festival
Feb-Mar 06 Artist in Residence. The Green School for Girls. Isleworth.
Feb 06 Intergenerational Mapping Project. Black Elders group and Sacred Heart School . Camberwell Arts
Nov/Dec 05 Richard Atkins School Residency. Creative Partnerships/Studio Voltaire
Sept 05 Lambeth in the Future; schools publication. Joint project with Bookworks and Studio Voltaire.
July 05 Expressions of an Adolescent Mind. Stockwell Park High School at SV.
May - July 04 Dulwich Picture Gallery Project with ‘Endymion' and Kingsdale School .
Jan – June 04 ‘Taking P art II ' – for PEAZ. Livesy Museum for Children, London .
May – Aug 03 ‘Taking P art ' Cumin Museum , Southwark, London .
Jan – April 2003 Artist in Residence – Spitalfields Development Trust.