Claire Potter is an artist writer from Merseyside. Through published text, live performance and audio works, Claire addresses modes of reading and speaking bringing liveness, narrative and cadence to the attention of audiences. She is the author of experimental fiction Mental Furniture (VerySmallKitchen, 2014), extracts of which are recorded as Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child (FortEvilFruit, 2015) in collaboration with musician Bridget Hayden. Claire organises Shady Dealings With Language, an interdisciplinary event series for art writing and performance in the UK.
In reference to Andre Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker, Claire Potter’s newly commissioned performance video Cast Metal Nut (2016) re-stages the contemporary figure of the lad as a dramatic being. Potter’s lad is constituted by an external script. In woodland scenes contrasting with Tarkovsky’s Zone of innermost desire, Potter’s figure waits, without drive, in a landscape where action never arrives.
2016 MFA Fine Art, The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford.
2013 PGDip Art Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London.
2008 BA in Contemporary Creative Practice, Leeds Metropolitan
2007 Erasmus Programme, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.
Awards and Residencies
2015 Erna Plachet Scholarship, The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford.
2015 Masterclass Retreat Residency, Wysing Arts Centre,
2014 Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England project award for
Shady Dealings With Language.
2014 In(ter)ventions experimental writing residency at The Banff
2007 Erasmus Travel Bursary, Leeds Metropolitan and Gerrit
2006 European Exchange Academy, Beelitz-Heilstätten, Germany.
Selected recordings, performances, and published works
2016 How to research: Writing, artist publication for Tate
2016 Performance at ACTION POETRY, Oui Performance, York.
2016 Essay performance, for Library Interventions programme,
Leeds College of Art.
2016 Interview with Sarah Pierce, published by Gorse Journal,
2016 Experimental essay in The Body That Remains: essays on the
artist’s body ed. Emily Beber,
2016 Punctum Books, New York.
2015 Lads of Aran, essay performance with slide projectors,
Foaming At The Mouth, Dublin.
2015 Some Place of Avoiding an Animal, book of collaborative
writings, South London Gallery.
2015 The Figure of The Lad, reading performance, North Wall
Arts Centre, Oxford and Furtherfield gallery, London.
2015 The Punch and Pooty Show, experimental essay, FeltActs.
2015 The audience is delayed, text installation, The Tetley, Leeds.
2015 Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child, EP in
collaboration with musician Bridget Hayden, released by
2015 Posh Man’s Pet, reading performance, Storm and Golden Sky
poetry event with Tim Atkins, Liverpool.
2014 Posh Man’s Pet, reading performance, The Other Room
poetry event with Steve McCaffery and Karen Mac Cormack,
2014 Mental Furniture, a book of experimental fiction published
by VerySmallKitchen, London.
2014 Posh Man’s Pet, reading performance, How To Not Be
Distant symposium with Prof Adrian Rifkin, Dr Nina
Wakeford and Matthew McQuillan, The Tetley, Leeds.
2013 Videodrome, poems published in Enemies, Penned In The
2013 Reading from Mental Furniture at CamaradeFest poetry
festival, Rich Mix Centre, London.
2013 The audience is delayed, living writing performance at
Language is a creek on the stair, Whitechapel gallery,
2013 Reading from Mental Furniture at Camarade poetry event,
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.
2013 www.clairepotter.net firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 A poem for Pussy Riot, reading performance at Poets For
Pussy Riot II, Free Word Centre, London.
2012 Readings of selected poems at Against Poets, Word*Power
2012 The answer: think memorable thoughts, audio performance
at Speaking Art Writing, Whitechapel gallery, London.
1012 Four Poems, on Adventures In Numb4rland CD, a
compilation of sonic art works produced by Alan Dunn and
selected for installation at ICA, London.
2011 Four poems published on 3:AM Magazine online,
Press reviews and broadcasts
2015 Online Exclusive, The Wire magazine online.
Passed Over To A Broken Machine, feature on Mental Furniture by Emily Beber published in Mute Magazine online, UK.
Open Mouth, feature on Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child by deputy editor Frances Morgan published in The Wire magazine, UK.
Passed Over To A Broken Machine, feature on Mental Furniture by Emily Beber published in 3:AM Magazine online, UK.
Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child played on The Wire radio programme, Adventures in Sound and Music, Resonance FM, UK.
Review of Posh Man’s Pet by Bob Dickenson in Corridor 8 online, Manchester.
2014 Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child played on experimental radio program Nova, RTE Lyric FM, Ireland.
Interviewed by David Berridge published by VerySmallKitchen online, UK.
Interviewed by Alan Dunn published by Stimulus/Respond online magazine pp. 51-55, Belgium.
2013 Two poems broadcast on experimental radio program Nova, RTE Lyric FM, Ireland.