Artist living and working in Sheffield Studio holder at S1 Artspace Duty Manager at Site Gallery and Workshop Deliverer at Museums Sheffield
Awards YVAN Microgrant, 2019 Open Scholarship, St Edmund Hall, 2018 Vivien Leigh Prize, 2018 The Peel Award, 2017 John Farthing Prize for Human Anatomy, 2016
Selected groups exhibitions include: Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Trinity Buoy Wharf London (2021); Portraits of S1, Site Gallery Sheffield (2020); Being Human Festival, School of Advanced Study, London (2019); Symbols, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield (2019); Fronteer, 35 Chapel Walk Gallery, Sheffield (2019); Cast Doorways, 35 Chapel Walk Gallery, Sheffield (2018); Ruskin Degree Show, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford (2018); The Art of Anatomy, St John’s College, Oxford (2018); Tenderfoot #5, APG Gallery, Sheffield (2017); Ruskin Summer Show, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford (2017); Interim, St Edmund Hall, Oxford (2017); Tenderfoot #4, APG Gallery, Sheffield (2016) Solo exhibitions include: Flock Off, Fronteer, Sheffield (2022); The Heartless Hurt Less, The Art House, Sheffield (2019)
Education Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University (First Class Honours) 2015 - 2018 Foundation Degree in Fine Art at Chesterfield College, 2012 - 2013
Jessica Heywood is a Sheffield based artist working predominantly in drawing and textiles. Her practice explores anatomical reality and liminality within the context of craft, specifically through studies of found dead animals and abstracted studies of the natural world. Her work considers the boundary between life and death, observing the fragility of our everyday natural environments. Heywood captures bodies in considered and meticulous detail, honouring the found deceased creatures by providing them with an identity which otherwise would be neglected. Labour intensive methods underpin Heywood’s practice, as they speak to the historic conversation happening throughout all drawings.