Jessie Brennan is a London-based artist whose practice explores the inter-relations between people and places, informed by their social and political contexts and a direct engagement with the individuals who occupy them.
Jessie graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe, and her work is held in public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Recent selected exhibitions include: If This Were to Be Lost, dalla Rosa Gallery, London (solo, 2016); RESIDENT, City Gallery & Museum, Peterborough, UK (2016); REGENERATION! HS Projects, London, UK (solo and publication, 2015); Progress, The Foundling Museum, London, UK (2014); Talents Contemporains, François Schneider Foundation, France (2014); Coup de Ville, WARP, Belgium (2013); Adrift on Life’s Tides, Rochester Art Gallery, Kent, UK (solo, 2013); Cities & Eyes, Marian Cramer Projects, Netherlands (solo, 2012); and The Cut, Space, London, UK (2011).
Jessie is the recipient of several awards including Artist’s International Development Fund, Arts Council England / British Council (2013); Contemporary Talents 2012, Winner (Drawing Category), François Schneider Foundation, France (2012); Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, Second Prize Winner, Jerwood Foundation, London (2011); and Leverhulme Trust Bursary, The Leverhulme Trust (2006). In 2016 she was the recipient of Arts Council England funding and a Visiting Research Fellowship at The Bartlett, UCL, for her Metal residency project titled Inside The Green Backyard (Opportunity Area), an outcome of which takes the form of her newly authored book Re: development: Voices, Cyanotypes & Writings from The Green Backyard (2016)