Tabatha Andrews MRSS
Tabatha's work visualises energy and unsettles the hierarchy of the senses, transforming many different sites and contexts. Winner of the RBS First@108 Public Art Award 2015, she currently has two sculptures on display at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London which respond to the theme of Dementia and Memory. The first, 'The Dispensary,' is a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ designed for Alzheimers and Dementia patients. Part tool-cabinet, part dressing table, bureau or fridge, this sculpture uses play as a means of accessing our unconscious or ‘procedural’ memory and aims to create connection and aid communication. Through a series of workshops with the artist, patients made Rorshache ink-blot forms that were transformed into tactile objects by the woodturners of Devon and Cornwall; handles, finials and toy- like forms designed to inspire memory, movement and interaction. You can see a wonderful film about the project by Liberty Smith at https://vimeo.com/181069269
'Chassis', occupying the main stairwell of the hospital entrance, is an exploration of memory; a cabinet of lost and missing things. Located somewhere between theatre set and everyday life, this sculpture invites the public to engage with it – transforming the space around them through touch and movement; providing the viewer with an alternative kind of ‘waiting room’; a place to pause and reflect.
During 2015 Tabatha ran an ACE funded project exploring resonance and non-resonance, involving the blind opera singer Victoria Oruwari and composer John Matthias, with exhibitions at ROOMartspace London and KARST Plymouth. She was also a commissioned artist on the 2015 ‘Bideford Black’ project with Flow Projects and the Burton Museum in Devon. During 2016 she showed in ‘Fourteen Turns’, a group show responding to Duchamp, at Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London.
Tabatha Andrews was Artist in Residence at Gloucester Cathedral in 2002-3 and has made work for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, the Whipple Museum of Science in Cambridge, the Monument to the Fire of London and many other venues. Tabatha studied at Glasgow School of Art, Slade School of Art and Skowhegan School of Art, Maine USA.