Gabrielle Hoad

Artist and writer who lives and works in Exeter, Devon, UK.

Gabrielle Hoad makes photographs, films, objects, actions and site-responsive works, which may invite contributions from human and nonhuman collaborators. Often working in the landscape, she uses both empirical and poetic approaches to field study to investigate ideas of entanglement, permeability and contamination.

Collaboration is central to her practice. During 2018 she worked with Megan Calver on a series of reading events commissioned by the Thelma Hulbert Gallery that brought together people and trees. This followed from 'The Buffer Zone' (2016), a site-responsive project focused on Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve, made with Megan Calver and Susie David, and supported by a bursary from a-n The Artist Information Company.

Between January 2014 and March 2015, she was an ESI/RANE Creative Affiliate, working with Dr Jonathan Bennie of Exeter University's Environment & Sustainability Institute on 'Foreign Soil', a study of microclimates in southwest England, undertaken with a view to growing bananas.

In 2013-14, funded by Arts Council England, she worked with Dr Steven Portugal of the Royal Veterinary College's Structure & Motion Lab on 'Solid Air', a project that brought together specialised data loggers with 3D printing technology to visualise bird flight paths.

Gabrielle was a founder and co-director of Exeter's first large-scale studio project (2006-2008) and is an Associate of Preston Street Union, with whom she is currently working on a commission for Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

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All images and text © Gabrielle Hoad unless otherwise stated. Last updated November 2019.