Mia Fernandes

Mia Fernandes

Asprieres, Aveyron, France

About Mia Fernandes

"I define drawing as the physical reality of conscience; it is the beginning of a process, a mode of thinking, communication, and remembrance. It is a moment in time, where the skills and the choices that I make come to the light."

The work is focused on drawing and ceramic sculpture. The making and its decision are at the heart of the work, forming images that speak of time, the environment and memory.

Mia's Goanese background informs her work and she is influenced on her time spent abroad. She grew up in Canada, USA and the United Kingdom.

As an international artist her drawings, sculptures, performance art and video have been exhibited in galleries and museums.

Education

2009-2011 Research Student Mphil/Phd Royal
College of Art: Memory & Matter
1996-1997 MA Royal College of Art: Ceramic & Glass
1990-1993 BA (Hons) Goldsmiths College of London
University: Craft Studies
1989-1990 National Diploma Art & Design Winchester
School of Art

Events

Commissions & public collections:
2012: Installation of Wish (2005), an installation piece
comprising of 1,000 porcelain birds, in the
permanent collection of The Royal London
Hospital. Project managed by Vital Arts
2009: Ceramic wall mural, Kendra School, New Cross,
London
Ceramic wall and garden sculpture, Bermondsey
Park, Southwark Council
2007: Research for the blue line, Travel from Quito to
Cusco, South America
Movement & Memory, Bermondsey Café
Gallery, London
2004: Artist designed drawing activity, Big Draw Tate
Modern, London
2000: Evolution of all Creatures Great & Small, Public
Art Denbigh Mews, Portobello, London
Sculpture commission and workshop, English
Nature, Winchester Hill
1998-99: Artist workshop & Commission, Walled
Garden, Basingstoke & Deane Council
1995: Ceramic Installation Commission, NCH Action for
Children, Abergele

Awards:
2006: Jacob Mendelson Award for Kiss Me, Jacob
Mendelson Scholarship Trust
2005: New York Drawing Centre, Slide Index; Drawing:
Response to Environment, Kingston University,
London
2004: Made in China, Resonance FM
1998: Drawing Award, Cheltenham Drawing Open

Fellowships:
2006: Artist in Residence, Lewisham Hospital, London
2005: Guest Artist in Residence, Philadelphia Clay
Studio, USA
2004: Artist Fellowship Arts Council & Triangle Trust,
Loft Gallery, Kunming, China
Salon Reading of ‘Smile’, Louise Bourgeois
2000: Artist in Residence, Tasara, Kerala, India
1998-99: Artist in Residence, The British School of
Brussels, Belgium
1998: Sponsor, Royal Worcester: A-Z Endangered
Animals
1994-95: Artist in Residence, Howell’s School,
Denbigh, Clwyd
1994: Sculptor in Residence, Burseldon Brickwork’s
Hants Preservation Trust

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:
2019: Flights of Fancy, Barbares, Figeac, Lot, France
2018: Moments in Time, Winchester Guild Hall,
Winchester, UK
2017: Flowers of Gold, Jardin de Mothe, Aveyron,
France
2011: Removal of Obstacles, Ganapati Restraunt,
London
2003: Eat Me, Manze’s Pie Shop, Deptford X
Smile, Caspar Dunstan, London
2001: Eclectic, St Mary’s Church, Southampton
1999: Mia Fernandes, British School of Brussels,
Belgium
1997: Beasts, The Gantry, Southampton
Display Case, Museum of Mankind, British
Museum, London
Mia Fernandes, Touring Show: Hampshire
Museum Galleries
1996: Far Away, Forest Arts Gallery, New Milton
1995: Preserved, The Gantry, Southampton
1994: Gallinaceous, The Gantry, Southampton &
Ashcroft Art Centre

Group exhibitions:
2019: Revelant & Fernandes, Art3f, Bordeaux, France
2013-14: Dégaine & Tirage, Nuage Capdenac,
France. Decorazon Gallery, Singapore, Hong
Kong, London.
2012: Crossing Borders, Susan Mumford art projects +
consultancy, Oxford American’s South on Main,
Arkansas, USA
2011: Manfold Drawing Exhibition, Royal College of
Art, London
2010: Research Exhibition, Royal College of Art,
London
Protected Characteristics, Courtyard Galleries,
London
Objects of Love, Lewisham Arthouse, London
Draw, Royal College of Art, London
Bedizzened, APT Gallery, London
Summer Exhibition, Vitrine Gallery, London
2009: Rummage, Bermondsey Café Gallery, London
Matters of the Heart, Lewisham Arthouse,
London
2008: Twilight, Bermondsey Café Gallery, London
Mark of Action, Drawing Gallery Lewisham
2007: Sugar in my tea, Brockley Max, London
Meme, Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey, London
2006: Shibboleth, Dilston Grove, Bermondsey, London
Made at the Clay Studio, Philadelphia Clay
Studio, USA
2005: Archive & m&M, Lewisham Arthouse, London
2004: Winter Print, London Print Studio
Presence, Houseroom Contemporary Art, Bath
Under 5’s, Gallery 39, London
Draw_draw, Gallery 32, London Biennale
Shuttlecock, Loft Gallery, Kunming, China, Arts
Council & Triangle Trust
Auction Rainforest Foundation, Royal College
of Music, London
2003: LAB’03 Artist Book ‘SMILE’, ICA, London
Big Draw, Natural History Museum, London
Off the Plinth, House Gallery Camberwell Arts
Week
2002: Water Gallery, Chelsea Flower Show, London
Palimpsest/Palindrome, Lewisham Arthouse,
London
2001: Animal, Artsway, Sway, New Forest
Deptford X, London
2000: Big Draw, Lewisham Arthouse, London
Animals, Hampshire Sculpture Trust,
Winchester
1999: Urban Romantics, Bargate, Southampton
Not Just Pots, Touring Show: Hampshire
Museum Galleries
1998: Paper & Clay, Workplace Art Gallery, London
Cheltenham Drawing Open, Touring Show:
Cheltenham, Berlin & Hull
Clay Creatures, Red Gallery, Hampshire
1997: Blue, Designers Guild, London
1996: Absolute Secret, Royal College of Art, London
Fabulous Beasts, Hampshire Sculpture Trust, Havant
1995: Arcadia, Sherbourne House, Southampton
Annual Open,Manchester Academy of Fine Arts