Gillian Brent is a sculptor and installation artist based in Sheffield, England. She makes works for gallery spaces and for the public realm.
A large part of Gillian’s practice is socially engaged and collaborative. She works as an artist in a learning, engagement and research context working with both adults and children in arts projects, public commissions and programmes in partnership with galleries, universities, public and community organisations.
Gillian’s work centres around interpreting particular situations, contexts and places by investigating connections, perceptions and relationships and how they reflect and affect people’s social and intuitive responses.
Her sculpture and installations question and react to notions of desirability, functionality and purpose. The work is constructed using formal and aesthetic relationships that respond and allude to existing objects, space and dynamics, creating new ones that synthesise and subvert her experiences and observations of the world, and those of her collaborators.
Gillian has worked with welded steel all her career, working both with and against its structural and industrial properties. She also uses a variety of other materials including wood, acrylic, vinyl and pre-existing objects.