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 collaborative. She works with all sorts of people, in art galleries (currently Nottingham Contemporary and The Hepworth Wakefield) and with schools, youth groups and other community groups on creative learning projects and commissions to make artworks for the public realm and for specific audiences.
Gillian responds to particular contexts and places, investigating perceptions of the physical world and how it reflects and affects people’s social and intuitive behaviour. Her sculpture and installations question and react to notions of beauty, functionality and purpose.
The work is constructed using formal and aesthetic relationships that allude and respond to existing objects and spaces (architectural, social, industrial, functional, environmental), 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 and found objects in her work.