Jane Lawson

Jane Lawson uses diagrams to help her understand the economic, historical, geographic and biological processes and structures that shape human society and relationships. Alongside this, she attempts to embody alternative forms of social organisation, for example by using oyster mushrooms to detoxify the global financial system and the ideology that underpins it, or by giving away her possessions. Lawson makes and transform objects, investigate materials, looking for connections and trying to create meeting points between information and understanding. There is a strong political edge to her work but she tries to avoid didacticism, preferring to present situations and possibilities and let viewers draw their own conclusions. She believes that art's capacity to communicate beyond the limits of language can open up new ways of experiencing and imagining the world, and that through imagination we can bring other realities into being. Biography Jane Lawson originally worked as a knitwear designer and then researcher into corporate ethics before graduating from Salford University's Visual Arts degree in 2012. Since then she has been co-ordinator of Castlefield Gallery's CG Associates scheme as well as exhibiting regularly in the North West and internationally. Recent exhibitions and projects include Press Room (Creative Time Summit at the Venice Biennale), Shelf Life (PS Mirabel), Show Me The Money (People's History Museum), Emergency (Aspex gallery, Portsmouth), Small Change (AirSpace Gallery, Stoke).

Necessary Human Elements for a Potentia
Pencil, tempera, imitation gold leaf
76 x 56 cm
£950 (framed)
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Atlas Shrugged After Detoxification
Book, sawdust, oyster mushrooms
19 x 26 x 5 cm

Residue of Detoxification of Atlas Shrugged
Spores, sawdust and mould on paper, 
42 x 59.4 cm

Mind Map 4
Watercolour, pencil and ink on Hahnemuhle paper
78 x 54 cm

Egg tempera, acrylic, gesso on paper
32 x 23 cm


Emergency, Aspex, Portsmouth
Shelf Life, PS Mirabel, Manchester
Show Me The Money, People's History Museum, Manchester
Federation House OPEN HOUSE2015, Castlefield Gallery New Art Space Federation House, Manchester
12HRS, Guest Projects, London
Crazy Shit Art Politics Election Parties (as member of BAA), Eagle Inn, Salford
Show Me The Money, Gallery for Northern Contemporary Art, Sunderland; Touring to:
John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Chawton House; Alton
Unstuffed (with Sandra Bouguerch), Islington Mill, Salford
Art Is Action (as member of BAA), Bury Art Museum, Bury
Yardenfest, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke, as part of Pigdogs and Monkeyfestos
C PAGES: TOAST WILL HOST, Manchester and Stryx, Birmingham
Political Economy on the Table, Tad Gallery, Texas
Exuberant Politics, Legion Arts, Iowa
Glitter and Gold, Congou Projects, Manchester
Burning the Books (co-reciter), Asia Triennial, Salford/Manchester
Small Change, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, as part of Pigdogs and Monkeyfestos
The Manchester Contemporary, Castlefield Gallery stand
2HRS, Piccadilly Place, Manchester
Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London
Malgras-Naudet Summer Show, Malgras-Naudet Gallery, Manchester
7 Hours, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester
Bioremediation II and III, Biospheric Foundation, Salford, as part of Free For Arts Festival
Flood (in collaboration with Annie Harrison), Chorlton Arts Festival
Blank Expression, Blank Space, Manchester.

MSB2015 Residency Exchange, Third Floor Studios, Manchester; Bloc Projects, Sheffield; Stryx, Birmingham
In-Residence, Residency with In Situ, Brierfield
The Heinrich Event, Collaborative Residency at Rogue Project Space, Manchester
Rule of Three, Residency and Open Studio at Islington Mill, Salford


PRESS ROOM,  Special Project at the Creative Time Summit, Venice Biennale