Brigitte Jurack

Brigitte Jurack is a sculptor, whose work is motivated by the desire to depict elusive visual sensations.

Brigitte Jurack studied Fine Art at Düsseldorf Kunstakademie and Protestant Theology at the Universities of Göttingen, Münster and Bonn. Receiving a British Council Studentship, she studied at Glasgow School of Art (Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Art) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (MA).

Jurack is based in the Liverpool City Region, having transformed a Victorian Bakery into the Alternator Studio and Project Space. She co-founded the artists’ collective Foreign Investment and she is Head of Sculpture/Time-Based Arts at Manchester School of Art, MMU.

Jurack’s work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including shows at FILET(London), IMMA (Dublin), Kunsthalle (Düsseldorf), Telemar Museum (Rio di Janeiro), ProjekTraum (Friedrichshafen). She has held fellowships at the British School at Athens, ICI Redcar, EKWC Hertogenbosch, the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi. She published Irfaran, Travel and Work (2007), a book, which focussed on the artist as globetrotting worker in the twenty-first century and she also created together with Young people a suite of sculptures Just wait for me (2012) on the site of the former art school in Central Park, Liscard. Her most recent collaborations with artists from TCU Fort Worth, Texas (Digging , 2021 - https://diggingtogether.com ), and Fujairah Women's Campus, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE (Wadi Walks: Cities can Dream) led to online exhibitions with focus on rewilding and contemporary landscape drawing. Her recent solo exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum What’s left behind (2021) concentrates on adaptability, wit, intelligence and play in the light of growing environmental pressures. Jurack’s first show at the Bluecoat was in 1999.

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Where the Arts Belong: Making Sense (Of It All)

Jurack is among a group of leading artists involved with our Where the Arts Belong project which involves the artists working creatively with people living with dementia. Bluecoat's exhibition Where the Arts Belong: Making Sense (Of It All) showcases the work the artists created during and as a result of their time involved with the project so far.

Jurack worked with Belong residents to create a series of ceramic sculptures which you can see in the show, along with close up photographs of the works. The use of clay and ceramics encouraged Belong residents to gently improve dexterity and use their creativity to make pots, plates and animals.

See her work in the show, open til Sun 12 Jun.