Biography

Anne Vibeke Mou works across sculpture and drawing finding narratives and conceptual possibilities in the nature of materials through their elemental transformation into glass. She has composed bespoke glass recipes and often utilises processes considered obsolete to transmute botanical and fossilised elements into objects that weave together abandoned histories and ancient landscapes in contemporary contexts. The aesthetic and critical revelations of marrying place with time are an essential part of her artistic practice.

Born in Denmark, 1978, Anne Vibeke Mou moved to United Kingdom in 1999 to study at Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art, London. She lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries such as Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, MIMA, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, Contemporary Art Society and Camden Art Centre, London, KunstraumLangenlois, Austria and includes permanent commissions for the Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York and St John’s, Healey, Northumberland, UK. She has undertaken residencies at Corning Museum of Glass, USA, Bullseye Projects, Scotland, Upernavik Museum, North West Greenland, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague, Czech Republic, Sunderland University and National Glass Centre, UK.

Recent interview:

https://visitmima.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Anne-Vibeke-Mou-MIMA-Interview.pdf

Education

Royal College of Art, MA of Arts, 2003–2005

Glasgow School of Art, BA/Hons, 1999–2002

Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark, Foundation, 1998–1999

Exhibitions

Yūgen  App, curated by Alexander Burenkov, commissioned by Porto Design Biennale, 2021

Love in the Time of Covid-19, Gagprojects, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, September – November 2020

Field Notes, Bullseye Projects: The Byre, Latheronwheel, Caithness, Scotland, August 2019 – 2021

Fragile Earth: seeds, weeds, plastic crust, MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, June – September 2019

The Flourish of Liberty, The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York, UK, June – August 2019,

North Lands Creative Glass 2017, National Glass Centre, Sunderland 2017

harvest, Kunstraumlangenlois, Langenlois, Austria, 2016

Paint Her to Your Own Mind, The Laurence Sterne Trust, Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York/Constantine Gallery, Teesside University, Middlesbrough/&Model, Leeds, UK 2016

ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, UK, 2015

Mote, Arborescent 03 collaborative performance, Kielder Forest, Northumberland, UK, 2014

Chance Finds Us, MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK, 2014

Tip of the Iceberg: Art from Up North, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK, 2013

What is Drawing? Customs House Arts Centre, South Shields, UK, 2013

Multiple Choice, The Granary Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed, UK, 2013

Karst, Collaborative work with Phoebe Cummings, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, 2013

A Private Affair, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK, 2012

The Collection, Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2011

Business Collectors Exhibition, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2010

The Glass Delusion, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK, 2010

ACAdovetail, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2010

Brick by Brick, Xsite Architecture, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2009

Business Collectors Network, Coopers Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2009

Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2008

Draw a line, follow it… Allenheads Contemporary Art, Allenheads, UK, 2008

The Void Ratio, St Michael’s Church, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2008

National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK. Solo exhibition, 2007

RCA Graduates, Bank of America, Canary Wharf, London, UK, 2007

Track and Place, John Hansard Gallery/Southampton City Art Gallery/Millais Gallery/NGCA/Reg Vardy/National Glass Centre, UK. North+South exhibitions, 2007

Business Collectors Network, Trinity Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2007

British Glass Biennale, International Festival of Glass, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK, 2006

Commissions

Diamond Window, A window for Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York, UK. Commissioned by The Laurence Sterne Trust and Arts & Heritage, 2016

Untitled, A window for St John’s Church, Healey, Northumberland, UK. Private commission, 2010

The Glass Wall, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK, 2007

Collections

National Glass Centre, UK

The Laurence Sterne Trust, Shandy Hall, UK

Laing Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear Museums, UK

Various private collections

Awards

Art and Christianity Enquiry Award for Art 2011

Turning Point ACE North East, Critical Dialogue Bursary, 2011

Arts Council England/Visiting Arts Travel bursary. Czech Republic, 2006

Arts Council England/Visiting Arts International Fellowship Award, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague, Czech Republic, 2005

National Grid Transco Award 2005

Curatorial

Chance Finds Us, mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Co-curator and publication editor, 2014

Residencies

Bullseye Projects, The Byre, Latheronwheel, Caithness, Scotland 2019

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, 2018

Upernavik Museum, Greenland, 2007

National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK, 2007

University of Sunderland, UK, 2006

Publications

Art and the Church: A Fractious Embrace, Jonathan Koestlé-Cate, Routledge, 2016

A Window for Shandy Hall, The Laurence Sterne Trust, 2016

Chance Finds Us, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, 2014

The Windows of St John’s Church, Healey, Northumberland, Coracle Press, The Hotspur, 2010

Brick by Brick, X-site Architecture, 2010

Draw a line, follow it, Allenheads Contemporary Art, Hole Editions, 2008

Glass North East, Art Editions North, 2007

British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, 2006

National Grid Awards, Royal College of Art, 2005

Selected articles, essays, film, radio

Art North Magazine, No. 8, Profile feature: From Kelp and Stone, 2021

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Hearing from Artists: Anne Vibeke Mou, May 2020

Art – Agenda Reviews, September 12, 2019, Fragile Earth: seeds, weeds, plastic crust, 2019

GASNews, Summer 2019, Volume 30, Issue 2, Material Matters: Sand and Ash, Silica and Flux, 2019

Art North magazine, Issue 3, Review, Field Notes at The Byre, 2019

Art North magazine, Issue 2, Special feature, Field Notes from the Byre, 2019

a story of its own telling, film produced by Corning Museum of Glass, 2018/2019

Apollo, The International Art Magazine, The contemplative power of contemporary stained glass, Jamie Warde-Aldam, online 24.12.2016

Lac Lunae, film, 2014

Contemporary Visual Arts Network, Spotlight interview: Chance Finds Us, online 24.10.2014

Corridor8, Contemporary Art & Writing Journal, Chance Finds Us exhibition review, online 30.7.2014

This Is Tomorrow, Contemporary Art Magazine, What are the Chances… symposium, online broadcast 8.9.2014

The Guardian, Chance Finds Us, 24.5.2014

BBC Radio 4. The Lost Art of Churches, broadcast 18.5.2012

The Guardian. Tiny Tyne Valley church beats Canterbury cathedral and Gormely in arts competition, The Northerner, online 21.11.2011

Art & Architecture Journal Press, Art & Christianity Enquiry Awards, online 22.11.2011

The Journal, Tiny Church beats cathedrals to win award, 22.11.2011

Heartchitecture, Ayla Lepine, News from Northumberland, online 3.12.2011

Chance Finds Us Project Blog, Iris Priest, The Windows of St John’s Church, online 03.03.2011

The Void Ratio, Upernavik Museum residency, exhibition brochure 2008

Anne Vibeke Mou, National Glass Centre, exhibition brochure 2007