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Gill Hobson

    Photo by Joolze Dymond

‘Gillian produces inspiring artwork that audiences love. Artistically and technically she delivers at the highest level.’

Lucy Dusgate, Creative Producer of Lightwaves

at Salford Quays: International Commissioner, Creative Producer & Cultural Strategist



Sheffield Hallam University, 

Doctor of Philosophy, Fine Art, focussing on the dynamic relation of person and place


Sheffield Hallam University

Masters Degree in Contemporary Fine Art, focussing on identity and location


University of Central England, Birmingham

Bachelor of Arts, Hons. Degree in Three Dimensional Design, specialising in Ceramics and Glass




2006 Arts Council England

Professional Development Award


2013 Arts Council England

Professional Development Award


Durran, Matt (2015) (Ed.). British Glass Biennale, Exhibition Catalogue.


Hobson, G (2015). The Light Archive, Lincoln: Pritchard.


Hobson, G (2015). Lightlines: Exploring Place and Self, Lincoln: Pritchard.


Candy, Linda and Samuel Ferguson (Eds.). (2014). Interactive Experience in the Digital Age: Evaluating New Art Practice, The Netherlands: Springer.


Joseph-Lester, Jaspar and Susanne Prinz and Julie Westerman (Eds.). (2013). TEGEL: Speculations and Propositions, Berlin: The Green Box.


Davies, Harriet and Bryan Eccleshall, Dale Holmes and Gillian Hobson (Eds.). (2010) MA Contemporary Fine Art: ‘You are here’, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University Press.


Hobson, G, Triplow N (Ed.). (2010) Recovery: Steps, Roads, Pathways, Doncaster: RDaSH NHS Trust


Hoftijzer, Lisa (2008). 50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass, London: Intelligent Layman Publishers Ltd.


Public Collections


Broadfield House Glass Museum, UK

Museum of Nature in Art, UK

University of Central England, UK

Gill creates extraordinary environments filled with colour, image and light.

Using colour, projection, reflection and transparent materials, her sculptures range from the small to the large and are enjoyed in galleries, at festivals and at public events in outdoor spaces.


An artist with diverse experience delivering UK and international commissions and exhibitions, she regularly works with curators, producers and commissioners, alongside clients in the cultural, commercial, educational and public sector.


She makes art, presents at conferences, teaches and mentors, and enjoys working both independently or as part of a collaborative team. Recent activities include, solo & group showings in galleries, and at festivals and events in the public realm.


She regularly delivers talks and presentations at academic, conference and community events and is an experienced arts manager and specialist in creating environments for health & wellbeing contexts.


Selected Exhibitions and Events

2019        Loss & Lucidity, Braco de Prata, Lisbon

2019        Development Manager, Navigo Care, North East Lincolnshire

2016/19  Programme Lead Creative ENRG , Arts Council England Creative Local Growth Fund

2018          Installation Light Artist, Lightwaves, Salford Quays

2018          Installation Light Artist, Light Up Lancaster

2018          Installation Light Artist, Lightpool, Blackpool

2018          Installation Light Artist, Light Night Leeds

2018          SHINE Commissioned Artist, Light Up The North, UK

2017          Memory of Water, Hull Crime Noir Festival, UK

2017         Loss & Lucidity, Santoro Space, Santa Ana, California, United States

2017          Design & production of exterior artworks for Willow Wood Hospice. 

                      Commissioned by Co-op Bank

2017          Your History of the Future, Commissioned for Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival

2017          Lead Artist, Through the Lens, Turner Prize Workshop, Hull

2016          Artist & Consultant developing targeted strategies for development and sustainability                             of the independent arts sector

2016          Engagement & Entrapment, Gallery GAIA, Seoul, South Korea

2015          Awarded Doctor of Philosophy, Sheffield Hallam University

2015          Shaping Light No.3, British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, UK

2015          Speaker, Society of Glass Technologists Conference, Murray Edwards College,                                               Cambridge University, UK

2015          Lumen Prize 2015, Shortlisted artist

2015          Lightlines@RED Gallery, Hull, East Yorkshire

2015          Lightlines@The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire

2015          Lightlines Conference, Abbey Walk Gallery, North East Lincolnshire

2014          Speaker & Exhibitor, World Ornamental Forum, Kirschener Museum, Davos,                                                 Switzerland

2014          The Lightstain Series, 2021 Visual Arts, North Lincolnshire

2014          Lightlines@Abbey Walk Gallery, North Lincolnshire

2014          Lightlines Conference, Abbey Walk Gallery, North East Lincolnshire

2014          Creative Director, The Lightlines Project, Abbey Walk Gallery, North East Lincolnshire

2013          Lead Artist, The Ironstone Centre for Health & Social Care, commissioned by NHS                                     Lincolnshire

2013          Project Manager, Articulate Arts & Health Project, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough                               Council, South Yorkshire

2013          Tegel: Propositions and Speculations, Site Gallery, Sheffield

2013          Knowledge Exchange in Design, ARHC Research Residency, Site Gallery, Sheffield

2013          Lumiere, Artist moving image, Bloc Projects, Sheffield

2012          Speaker & Exhibitor, Belonging: Cultural Topographies of Identity, University College,                               Dublin, Ireland   

2012          Research Associate, CAPE UK, Creating Sparks Programme, South Yorkshire      

2012          Interference Patterns, Tegel: Flights of Fancy, Babylon Kino, Berlin, Germany

2012          St. Hughs Festival Commission, North East Lincolnshire

2012          Head & Whole 2: Talking Heads, Abbey Walk Gallery, North East  Lincolnshire  

2011          Research Associate, User Centered Healthcare, Sheffield Hallam University          

2011          Out of the Dark, Abbey Walk Gallery, North Lincolnshire

2011          Research Associate, Light Logic, Site Gallery, Sheffield

2011          Research Associate, Light Logic, De Montfort University & Phoenix Digital Arts Leicester

2011          Awarded Master of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University

2010          Take Thirty, Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands

2010          Negotiated Territories, SIA Gallery, Sheffield

2010          Objects and Artworks, Abbey Walk Gallery, North East Lincolnshire

2010          Accredited Coach for Creative Leadership, Relational Dynamics 1st/ Creative                                               Partnerships UK                       

2009          Cohesion, Pyramid Gallery, York

2009          Magical Glass, The Beetroot Tree Gallery, Derby

2008/10  Lead Artist, The Sandfield House Arts Project, Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber                           NHS Trust

2008          Objects and Artworks, Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, North Lincolnshire

2008          Affordable Art Fair, Battersea,  London

2008          Blast! 2008, Leathermarket Gallery, London

2008          Birmingham Art Fair, Gas Hall, Birmingham

2007/11  Creative Agent, Creative Partnerships Humber

2007          National Glass Centre, Sunderland

2007          Glass Threads, Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands

2007          British Glass Showcase, British Embassy, Dubai

2007          Gibson Guitar Town London, O2 Arena, London

2007          Affordable Art Fair, London




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