Fiona Chaney

                                                     Biography

Fiona's work includes a broad portfolio in dance/ choreography/ physical theatre/ performance studies and acting. She was trained initially at The London School of Contemporary Dance and subsequently was awarded scholarships to further train at the Juilliard School NYC and The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance NYC. She worked as a performer throughout Europe and North America in collaboration with artists from all disciplines. Past projects and collaborations inspired Fiona to develop her skills in the visual arts and question current contemporary art practice through interdisciplinary approaches. She received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire in 2010.



 

Group Exhibitions

July 12th2012 The Crypt Gallery, Kings Cross, London - Co- curator and exhibitor of, SURFACE 11 Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition

January 28th- Candid Art Gallery, London. Invited exhibitor- Photographic and Print Exhibition.

January 22nd - Watford Museum, 'Movement 2' (video work)

2011 London/ Florence Exchange. 10 Printmakers from UK invited to show at Candid Art Gallery LondonThe Bisonte Foundation Gallery Florence. London PV 13THJanuary. Florence 3rdFebruary.

Arts Council Initiative - 'The Big Draw' March

The Crypt Gallery, Kings Cross, London. Co- curator and exhibitor of SURFACE, Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition. July

Hertford Theatre Arts Centre - June

Bashimi Gallery Salzburg Austria - '2ndMovement' selected as part of EVA ( Experimental Video Art Exhibition)  

2010 'Does Our Art Look Big In This', The Crypt Gallery, Kings Cross, London. Co-organiser and exhibitor

The Place Studios London - First viewing of,' 2ndMovement', video installation and performance work with visual artists, musicians, dancers, vocalists, and sound recording engineer.

The Barbican Library, London, Rintama Arts Group Exhibition- 1st- 30thDecember 2010. Co- curator and exhibitor.

2009 The Courtyard Art Gallery, Hertford- Group Exhibition

Hutton Hall/ University of Hertfordshire - Group Exhibition

2008 The Link Gallery - University of Hertfordshire - Group Exhibition- Curator and exhibitor

2007 The Brewery Art Gallery - Wheathampstead - Group Exhibition. Organiser and curator.

Solo Exhibition

9thOctober 2012 - Burgh House London Hampstead

Awards

Funding from The Princes Trust for development of Interdisciplinary Work with Vanessa Godfrey

Calouste Gulbenkian Scholarship - working with Glen Tetley, Dame Peggy Van Pragh

Judy Hogan Scholarship

The Concorde Scholarship Fund

Robin Howard Director of London Contemporary Dance Trust sponsors Fiona's studies at The Juilliard School NYC.

Juilliard School awards Fiona a Scholarship

Anglo - American Fund (International Contemporary Dance Trust) - sponsors studies at The Juilliard

Professional Practice

2011/12

Freelance lecturer at Oaklands College and Loreto College St Albans

Arts Consultant - Arts Projects in the Community

Collaborative projects with Louise Harrington. Surface, Surface 11

Trustee of The New Maynard Gallery,Hertfordshire

Solo Show at Burgh House Hampstead,London

1994-2007

Lecturer at Oakland's College Welwyn Garden City. Performance Studies including Dance/Drama. BTEC AND 'A' Level

Advisor of Arts Businesses in the Community (Oaklands College Initiative)

Teacher of Special Needs and working with Soundbeam Technology

1998 - 2007

Director of Hertfordshire School of Performance Arts

Co- Director of Limelight Theatre School

2001 -2007

Director of Fiona Chaney Academy of Performing Arts

2000

Choreographer for Hertfordshire County Council Music and Performing Arts Dept.

Royal Albert Hall - Choreographer for Hertfordshire Millennium Show

Castello Gandolfo- (Popes Summer Palace) Rome - Dancer/choreographer at World Arts Conference. Collaborative performance work with singer Charlotte Collingworth and cellist Anna Brookes

Directs and Produces works at The Place Theatre London

Directs and Produces works at The Hawthorn Theatre WGC

Directs and Produces works at TheTrestle Theatre St Albans

1995-1998

Independent Advisor toThe Arts Council Lottery Commission

Independent Advisor to Eastern Arts Council

North London University - Freelance lecturer in Dance/Expressive Arts for Early Years (Helen Schmidt -course director)

1986 - 1992

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Work with Vanessa Godfrey. Performance and Workshop Outreach Programmes undertaken in Art Galleries and in Educational Institutions.

Freelance work - Hertfordshire County Council, Hertsmere Borough Council.

Watermans Art Galllery

Harlow Gallery

Tate Gallery

The Barbican Centre

Sadlers Wells

Whitney

1992

Performer/Teacher/Choreographer with Nexus Dance Group -supported by Hertfordshire County Council. Working in collaboration with Dance Animateurs

1977 - 1978

The Royal Academy of Dance, teaching Contemporary Dance/Choreography

Extemporary Dance Group, London -Performer

Founder member of Spiral Dance Theatre ,Liverpool- with Irene Dilks as Director

Basic Space - Performer with Shelley Lee Director. Edinburgh Fringe

'Who is Sylvia'? - 3 Clues - Performer with Sally Potter as Director/choreographer at The Garage, The Oval House ,The
Place Theatre.

University of Southhampton -collaborative work with The Society for the Promotion of New Music.

University of Surrey, performing and directing workshops

Kazuko Hirabyashi choreographs work on Fiona which is performed at The Place Theatre and Holland Park Open Air Theatre.

1977

Maestro Hector Zaraspe choreographs works for Fiona which are performed at The Juilliard and off Broadway venues

1976

Awarded the Gulbenkian Calouste Scholoarship and works with Dame Peggy Van Pragh, Mary Hinkson, Glen Tetley.

Leonide Massine invites Fiona to work on Contemporary Dance Project Rotherhithe South London.

Education

2007-2010 - University of Hertfordshire (BA Hons) Fine Art

1972-1976 - The London School of Contemporary Dance

1976 -1977 - The Juilliard School of Performing Arts - Scholarship Student and Dancer with The Juilliard Group.

1978 -1978
The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance - Scholarship Student/Awarded the Judy Hogan Scholarship

1978 - 1979 - Mercer Cunningham Studio

1978- Anna Sokolow and Muriel Stewart act as mentors to Fiona during her studies. Fiona teaches evening school classes at The Martha Graham School.

Curatorial

10thOctober 2012 - Fiona Chaney at Burgh House - Hampstead
Museum -Peggy Jay Gallery

12thJuly 2012, 'Surface 11'- The Crypt Gallery, Kings Cross, London - co-curator

30thJune 2011, 'Surface' - The Crypt Gallery, Kings Cross, London - co-curator

Dec 2010 - The Barbican Library, London - Rintama Arts

June 2010 - University of Herfordshire Group Show - The Crypt Gallery Kings
Cross London. Co curator

Dec 2009 - Tom O' Kelly at The Meniere Gallery, Southwark, London

March 2008 - Link Gallery- University of Hertfordshire

April 2008 - Hutton Hall - University of Hertfordshire

Trustee and Curator

The New Maynard Art Gallery, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Educator

Freelance lecturer - schools, colleges and Universities.

Arts Council Community Initiative -'Big Draw 2011'.