Nancy Herbert [Resolven, Grande-Bretagne, Wales, 1921 - Montreal, 1986]

 

 
 

Alternative approach - Cell Expanding; Technique Mixed (off loom) Material: Wool and synthetics, Size: Height 12 ft. Width 7 ft. Diameter4 ft

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  Nancy Herbert

Born in Resolven, Glamorgan, Wales Resides in Montreal, Quebec. Graduate (B.A.) of Sir George Williams University, Montreal, where she is at present preparing for her M.A. degree in art education. Studied plastic medics at Sheridan College, Ontario, under Harry Hollander. Extensive teaching experience (art and applied arts). Group exhibitions; at the Stable Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the Merton Gallery, Toronto; and the Weissman Gallery Sir George Williams University, Montreal, which also arranged her one-man exhibition. Received a Canada Council project grant  (1972).


the above information is taken from the Textiles into 3-D broadsheet Poster used to promote the original exhibition 


 
  Update 

 Alternative approach - Cell Expanding: Technique Mixed (off loom) Material: Wool and synthetics, Photo provided by Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery and used with permission


Alternative approach - Cell Expanding was purchased by the Leonard &Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia at some point after the Textile into 3D exhibition and was included in an exhibited a show entitled "this is Montreal" in March 2008. This show was curated by Andrew Hunter while researching the material to be shown the gallery was in touch with the H.N. Pullar Library at the Textile Museum of Canada to see if they had any information on the artist. I just happened to be there and subsequently wrote an article called "It Simply Started With a Question:" fQ Volume 4 Issue 4/ Fall 2008.

Nancy Herbert's grand daughter found the story while googling her grandmother's name and forwarded the story to her mother Anne Mathew. Anne Mathew then got in touch with me and I provided her with the information I had and our correspondence began. 

Since then:

We know Nancy Herbert became and remained a friend of Helen Duffy's during her life time, acquired several pieces of Helen's art and maintaining a correspondence (sometime fully illustrated)

   

A copy of Nancy Herbert's full CV has been forwarded and edited to reflect her Art activities, (see Nancy Herbert CV below)   

The location of Nancy Herbert's archive: family friends of Nancy's from Hazelwood House in Devon have it and the work is being kept at Druid Temple in Wales in large wooden boxes. 

In a recent trip to Montreal, Anne has been in touch with the Leonard &Bina Ellen Art Gallery and they have provided her with some Conservation and Archive management contacts in Great Brittan, and through family connection has contacted a a curator in Wales and discussion on how to proceed in  re-establishing Nancy Herbert  place in the discourse of Textile and fibre arts history. Her contribution while practicing shouldn't be misplaced.  

This update is the next stage in this process.

 

 
     
 

 

NANCY HERBERT 

Born:  Resolven, Grande-Bretagne, 1921, immigrated to Canada 1960

 

 

 

Education

 

 

1939-41

 

Barry Training College for teachers

Education (in Canada)

 

 

1963-64

Academic Honours

S.G.W.U

1967

B.A Major Painting

S.G.W.U

1974

Graduate M.A. Honours Painting

Concordia University Montreal

 

 

 

Exhibitions

 

 

1971

September Group Show

Stable Gallery in M.J.A .Montreal

1972

April-May One Man Show Cell Expanding

Weissman Gallery S.G.W.U. Montreal

1973-74

 

Textile into 3D

Art Gallery of Ontario Extension ~Department

1974

One Man show

Merton Gallery Toronto

1974

One Man show

Gairlock House, Oakville Ontario

1974

Group Show

Long Lane Ontario

1976

One Man Show

Gibson Home Longeuill

1977

Group Exhibit

Memorial University Newfoundland

1977

Group Exhibit

University of Calgary

1979

Group documentation

Articule Montreal

1979

T.V programme Art Montreal

produced by Vehicle Art Montreal

1980

Group Exhibition Vehicule Art Concrete Poetry.

International Artists and Poets

1980

Group Exhibition

University of Waterloo

 

 

 

Grants and Awards

 

 

1972

Project Grant

Canada Council

1972

Summer animation fund for Summer Studied: Harry Hollander Plastics at Sheridan College, Oakville

National Film Board Media Centre-

 

 

 

Employment

 

 

1960+

Teacher experimental Literature Class-Elementary Grades

Strathearn and Barclay Schools Montreal

1967-70

School-grades 8-11

South Shore Protestant Regional School Board. Chambley County High

1970-71

Grade 1

Regional School Board of Gaspesia-Port Daniel Shigawake.

1971

Instructor University

Extension course Art in Special Education

McGill University at Hope Town School Gaspésie

1971-72

Elementary grades Art & Language Arts Experimentation in puppetry 7 poetry mythology etc.

South Shore Protestant Regional School Board Vincent Massey

1974-77

Instructor in Fine Arts, Art Education and Crafts,

Concordia University , Montreal

1977-80

Leader Workshops in

Gaspésie, York University and Montreal

1977-80

Art Specialist at

F.A.C.E Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal

 

 
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