Mandy Webb

b.1966

I was diagnosed HIV Positive in 2002, sadly it was a late diagnosis, which has caused a great deal of problems with my health, but I know that I am extremely lucky to be able to tell my tale, so that has been my focus ever since that day!

Graduated in 2008 winning The Fine Art Graduate Award for my Degree show, work based around my HIV Positive status, this led to my first Solo Exhibition in Portsmouth, U.K. I have continued to exhibit on a regular basis raising awareness about HIV/AIDS along with other issues important to me. I have been a 'Selected' Artist at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester a couple of times. I created the Red Ribbon Dress, a Memorial/Legacy piece of work that has approximately 6000 assorted red ribbons stitched to it, a Memorial book based on the AIDS Quilts is also exhibited along with the dress, people are invited to write names, messages for people they may have lost to this disease, to people they know living daily with it or even themselves, but it is for all to be able to read and contribute to if they desire.

Previous exhibitions at Pallant House, Chichester as a selected artist also as part of Degree.com at Vyner Street, London and Debut Contemporary in Notting hill.

The most recent solo exhibition 'Great Expectations of an Incurable Optimist' at The Crypt Gallery at St Pancras, London resented an early retrospective my HIV based work in 2014.

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My artwork is autobiographical, diagnosed HIV Positive in 2002, my life drastically changed and I have drawn on these experiences to express my personal journey through the work I have created and exhibited ever since.

My work continually strives to raise awareness about this disease and through fear, disablement to empowerment I have created a vast collection of mixed media pieces from out of date condoms to red ribbons and pins.

As well as exhibiting HIV inspired work, I have created works that have been inspired by gender issues that surround me and continue to inspire me. Recently I have been creating a new collection of work, dedicated to recognising Female Artists/female Composers and Suffragettes that I believe are due recognition and this has become my goal to create and recognise as many Women as possible.

Previous exhibitions at Pallant House, Chichester as a selected artist also as part of Degree.com at Vyner Street, London and Debut Contemporary in Notting hill.

The most recent solo exhibition 'Great Expectations of an Incurable Optimist' at The Crypt Gallery at St Pancras, Londonpresented an early retrospective my HIV based work in 2014.

Contact

Solo Show

2016 Addressing the Situation. The Grant Bradley Gallery. Bristol. U.K

2014 Great Expectations of an Incurable Optimist. The Crypt Gallery of

St Pancras. London

2013 Mae The Awareness Be With You! The Red Ribbon Dress

The Old Vic. Portsmouth

2013 Red Alert! The Red Ribbon Dress Portsmouth

2012 World Aids Day Red Ribbon Dress Waterstones. London

2012 Sussex Beacon Gala Event Red Ribbon Dress Brighton

2010 The Museum of the Loss of Practicality + other Peculiarities! (The

Next Chapter). Gallery Art Space, Portsmouth

2010 The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. Gallery Art Space,

Portsmouth.

Designed Invite and Curated Show.

2008 The Museum of the Loss of Practicality + other Peculiarities. Gasp

Gallery Art Space, Portsmouth

Designed catalogues, invites and flyers using funds from university award, plus organised and curated show.

Group Shows

2016 The Salon des Refuses. SPACE. London

2015 Brighton Gin. Brush. Brighton

2015 Victorious Festival. Portsmouth

2015 Pride. Brush. Brighton

2015 The Girlie Show. Brush. Brighton

2014 Feminism In London Conference (FiLia)

2014 Femme. Velvet Tattoo Studio. Brighton

2013 100 Artists For World Aids Day. The Dome. Brighton

2013 Feminism In London Conference (FiLia)

2013 FiLia Art Show and Fundraiser. Space Station 65. London

2013 The Icons Exhibition. Jubilee Library. Brighton

2013 The Sussex Artists Award. Pallant House. Chichester (Shortlisted)

2013 Outside In The Daisy Festival. Leatherhead

2013 Outside InThe Lightbox Gallery. Woking

2013 The Commontree Room 237 Portsmouth

2012/13 Outside In Exhibition Pallant House Gallery Chichester (Finalist)

2012 Bath Fringe Festival (Within Without You) The Pet Store, Bath

2011/2012 DEBUT Contemporary Westbourne Grove London

2011 Flora, FloraThe Kings Theatre Southsea

2010 The Signature Art AwardsDegreeArt.com Gallery London

(Finalist)

2010100 Artists for Pride Brighton

2010 Left in Vision 4, University of London

2010 Lakeside Portsmouth

2010 Art Space Portsmouth 30th Anniversary

2010 Diversity (One World) University of Portsmouth

2010 Facebook Friends, Art House 2. Havant

2009 Art in Mind The Brick Lane Gallery. London

2009 Left in Vision 3, University of London

2009 C-R-A-C-K Marie Lloyd Bar, Hackney Empire, London

2009 Alumni University of Portsmouth

2009 Arts Trail Hayling Island

2008 When it’s gone, it’s gone (Degree Show), University of

Portsmouth

2007 Ox jam, Castle fields, Portsmouth

Organised, promoted, curated a show of over 30 local artists, as well as exhibiting

2007 Arts Trail, Hayling Island

2006 Positive Pictures Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

2006 Positive Pictures Cathedral of Portsmouth

2005 Southampton Art Gallery WORLD AIDS DAY

Awards

2008 Fine Art Graduate Award. University of Portsmouth.

Education

2005-2008 B.A. Fine Art, University of Portsmouth

2004-2005 Access to Art, Design & Media, University of Portsmouth

2003-2004 City & Guilds: Interior Design, Highbury College, Portsmouth

Scaled Drawings (elevations & floor plans), Working to Proposals

1998-2000 BTEC: Restoration & Decorative Arts

Faux Finishing, Gilding, Carpentry