Marion Kalmus

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Marion Kalmus is a British Artist. After a first profession as a fresco restorer, Kalmus studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.[1] Whilst still a student she was commissioned to make a work at the Royal Festival Hall, London[1] She won the Nicholas and Andre Tooth Scholarship[2] and used the prize to film her work Deserter[3] which was shown at the Tate Liverpool 1995.[1][4]

She was the Kettle's Yard Fellow 1997-8 and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.[1][5][6][7] Kalmus returned to Cambridge in 2000 to stage her surround sound film Restoration Drama at the former Festival Theatre, Cambridge.[8][9]

Her permanent architectural intervention for Norman Foster’s National Botanic Garden of Wales opened in December 2001.[1][10] In 2002 her work was shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.[11][12] She was nominated for the Jerwood Artist’s Platform 2004.[12]

Kalmus was an early adopter of digital technologies, making computer controlled artworks in the early 1990’s when such technologies in fine art were still very unusual. She produced, "Formal work of striking visual clarity"[13] via "Painterly and cinematic narratives which belie the extraordinary technical expertise employed in their construction".[13] Her reputation as an artist whose work, "deftly traverses both digital and traditional media,"[14] was cemented when she was nominated for both Digital Art and Fine Art Sculpture prizes within a year: The Imaginaria Digital Art prize at the Institute of Contemporary Arts 1999[12] and the Jerwood Sculpture Prize for 2001[1][15]

She taught at Central Saint Martins and was a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and the University of Nottingham. She was an active public speaker, speaking at the Architectural Association[16] and Royal Institution and frequently appeared on TV and Radio. She was also active in advocacy and advice on arts policies and the provision of media facilities in art institutions and galleries.

ISBN References[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Artists in Britain since 1945. David Buckman. Published by Art Dictionaries Ltd. ISBN 978-0953260959. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  2. ^ Goldsmith’s University of London, Departments, Academic Departments, Art, Awards and Prizes, The Nicholas and Andrei Tooth Travelling Scholarship - 1994, Marion Kalmus. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ Shifting Horizons: Women's Landscape Photography Now: 1. Catherine Fehily (Editor), Kate Newton (Editor), Liz Wells (Editor). (Ellipsis) Publication Date: 12 April 2001 | ISBN 978-1860646355. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  4. ^ What’s on, Tate Liverpool, Exhibitions, Video Positive 95: The UK’s International Festival of Electronic Arts, 19 April 1995 to 4 June 1995. Retrieved 18 September 2013..
  5. ^ University of Brighton – brighton-ac – Catalogue – Marion Kalmus: Kettle’s Yard/Pembroke College Artist Fellow 1997-98 "I won’t promise you the earth". Published Cambridge Kettle’s Yard 1997 ISBN 0907074650 Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  6. ^ – institution - kettles-yard – Artists Previous Exhibitions – 1997 – Marion Kalmus. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  7. ^ - I won’t promise you the earth – Marion Kalmus: Kettle’s Yard/Pembroke College Artist Fellow 1997-98 "I won’t promise you the earth". Published Cambridge Kettle’s Yard 1997 ISBN 0907074650 Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  8. ^ Kettles Yard/Exhibitions/Archive/Marion Kalmus Restoration Drama Retrieved 3 October 2013
  9. ^ Restoration Drama, Marion Kalmus. ISBN 0 907074 86 3. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  10. ^ National Botanic Garden of Wales/Gatehouse Water Sculpture Retrieved 3 October 2013
  11. ^ Digital Responses, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 16 May 2002 to 9 March 2003. Curated by Professor Paul Coldwell. CD: ISBN 1 85177 414 9. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  12. ^ a b c Insite Arts – Artists – Marion Kalmus. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  13. ^ a b Amanda Farr, Director of Oriel 31 (now known as Davies Memorial Gallery), 13 April 2000. Retrieved 3 October 2013
  14. ^ Contemporary Parables; The recent work of Marion Kalmus. Helen Sloan. 1997. ISBN 0 907074 65 0. Retrieved 3 October 2013
  15. ^ BBC News Tuesday 6 November 2001 - First Jerwood Sculpture Prize launched. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  16. ^ Architectural Association School of Architecture Public Programme/Lectures 12 November 1997. Retrieved 3 October 2013