Brass Art


1. Freud's House The Double Mirror, 2015

Installation view at International 3 Gallery, Salford. Commissioned through Salford University Commission to Collect programme.

Binaural audio/ video installation 5mins looped video, wireless headphones.



Brass Art is Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz and Anneke Pettican, based in Manchester, Glasgow and Huddersfield, UK. Within their collaborative art practice they use analogue and digital technologies as a means to disrupt conventional narratives and to capture themselves in real and imagined situations. Manifest as miniature 3D models, morphic silhouettes, drawings and shadowy digital sprites, their artwork returns to themes of the double, the in/animate, the limen and the atemporal.


Brass Art address the playful aspect of ‘doubling’ and how it is performed within collaborative practice. Using the form of the ‘shadow self’ to represent this process, they animate static forms (figures, silhouettes, objects) with different light-based technologies: from the illusory qualities of the pre-cinematic to white light bodyscanning (3D and 4D) and laser technologies. This manipulation of the body’s anatomical boundaries enables the artists’ portraits to shift between the real and the virtual.


Through irreverent exploration and application of new and analogue technologies, Brass Art edit and insert themselves into select environments - museum store rooms, delicate ivory artifacts, an airport terminal link, hot air balloons - often disrupting perceived boundaries and narratives in the process.


At the forefront of their recent practice is the impulse to physically occupy well-known collections of celebrated authors under the project title Shadow Worlds | Writers’ Rooms. Using Microsoft’s Kinect on-range scanner, in collaboration with Spencer Roberts, they captured their peformative actions at the Brontë Parsonage, Wycoller Hall and the Freud Museum, London. Working with composers Alistair Macdonald and Monty Adkins respectively, the artists have sought to record the intimate sounds of, and their own embodied responses to, these interior spaces in order to create immersive moving image installations.


Invited Artist member of Contemporary Art Society

Represented by The International3, Manchester



Twitter: brass_art99


Brass Art


Chara Lewis   Kristin Mojsiewicz   Anneké Pettican



S O L O   E X H I B I T I O N S

2015     Brass Art: Freud’s House International 3, Manchester & The Manchester Contemporary

2013     The Imagining of Things Huddersfield Art Gallery, with Alistair MacDonald

The Air which Held Them Barnaby Festival, Christ Church, Macclesfield

2010     The Non-existence of the Unnamed The International3, Manchester

2008     Skyscraping Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

2007     Here and Elsewhere Globe City Gallery, Newcastle

2006     Brass Art: beside ourselves The International3, Manchester

2005     Phantasmagoria The Lowry, Salford. New audio commission by Matt Wand


G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

2016     Cultural R>evolution ISEA 2016, Hong Kong

2015     The Festival of the Unconscious The Freud Museum, London

            Thought Positions in Sculpture ROTOR, Huddersfield Art Gallery

2014     Art in the Home #2 Contemporary Art Society, York

            Last Dark Music of the Painted Night - film screening - Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

2013     Leave the Capitol The Fleming Collection, London

Time for Light Bury Art Museum, Lancashire

Mirrors of the Mind - film screening - Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

WE-culture Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

2012     Flights of Fancy Tatton Park Biennial, Cheshire. Curated by Danielle Arnaud & Jordan Kaplan

            Private Radio City Tower, Liverpool

            Generation XYZ Haymarket Gallery, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

            SPARK3D Gallery13, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

2011     Dark Matters Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

2010     The Economy of the Gift A Foundation, Liverpool, and audio commission with Monty Adkins

            Inside Out Object Gallery, Sydney, Royal College of Art, London, MIRIAD, Manchester

            Concrete and Glass Hoxton Square, London, group show and audio festival

2009     Tell it to the Trees Croft Castle, National Trust, Herefordshire

            Not At This Address Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester

The Kiss of a Lifetime (parts 1 & 2) Rogue Project Space, Manchester VANE, Newcastle

2008     The Jerwood Drawing Prize The Jerwood Space, London and National touring show

            ArtFutures 08 Bloomberg Space, London

            Rotate Contemporary Art Society, London

When Absence Becomes Presence Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, USA

2007     Turnstile Outside of Parallel The Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University

repeat repeat University College Chester

2006     Story Alexia Goethe Gallery, London

2005     2LIVE Koroska Fine Arts Gallery, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia. International photography

            Conversations on the subject of Feminism The Cornerhouse, Manchester

Text Festival Commissioned text piece installed at Radcliffe Metro Station

The Text Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Bury, Lancashire

Outvideo National Centre for Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2003     The Brewster Project Brewster, New York. Curated by Jane Benson

            Artranspennine 03 Sites across North of England. Curated by Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson

Seesaw Artist exchange and curated exhibition with Atelier Grammophon, Hanover

            Look to this Day Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Eve of Destruction (parts one and two) The International3 Summer Fête, Manchester Manchester Portfolio - artist editions - London Print Studio and The Lowry, Salford

2002     No-place Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery. Sponsored by Pentax UK & PCL

2001     microMuseum Medi@terra Athens-Lavrion, Sofia, Belgrade, Maribor, Frankfurt, Osnabrück

Ich bin Galerie 2YK, Berlin. Curated by Brass Art

            CF-01 Communication Front Symposium, Plovdiv, Bulgaria


2000     Paradise Revisited Bury Museum and Art Gallery and weekly intervention in the Bury Times

            Creation of Destruction Video Medeja 5 Film & Video Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia

                  Autoparts: Phantasmagoria IDEA (Innovation in Digital and Electronic Arts) digital commission 

1999     Dream Inspires Better World Gallery, Ove Arup and Partners, Manchester

            STALK Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, MART 99. Curated by Brass Art

1998     Our Night at the Palace The Palace Hotel, Digital Summer & ISEA98:Terror



2015     Brass Art: A house within a house within a house within a house. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, vol 7 no.3. Intellect Books & Writing Pad ISSN: 17535190/ Online ISSN: 17535204

            Brass Art: A Constellation - thoughts in process Thought Positions in Sculpture online: <>

2014     Brass Art: The Imagining of Things, Dr. Susannah Thompson, ROTOR: Transdisciplinary Dialogue and Debate, University of Huddersfield Press, pp. 42-44. Texts incl. Griselda Pollock &Peter Suchin

2013     The Creation of a Collective Voice chapter in Collaboration through Craft: Theory and

Practice. Eds. Helen Felcey, Alice Kettle, and Amanda Ravetz. Bloomsbury Publishers: London.

2012     Leonardo Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Special Issue ACM SIGGRAPH - MIT Press - Volume 45 / Number 4

Tatton Park Biennial 2012 Flights of Fancy Authors: Cherry Smyth, Rebecca Geldard, Danielle Arnaud, Jordan Kaplan. ISBN978-09571626-0-0

2011     The 2nd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies conference publication ISBN 978 3 03303134 0

Corridor8 #3 The Quick Slow Edition, Part 1. ISBN 9 780955 267260

2010     ISEA2010: RUHR conference publication - peer reviewed papers. ISBN 978 3 86895 103 5

            Corridor8 #2 - The Borderlands issue. ISBN 978 0 9552672 3 9

A Bulletin Issue 5 - The Economy of the Gift

InsideOut - Sculpture in the Digital Age University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, Australia, De Montfort University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Dartington College of Arts. ISBN 9781857214093

Research in Action University of Huddersfield - issue 1, Spring

2008     Skyscraping Essays by David Thorp & Clare Lilley. Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ISBN 1 871480 65 5

            Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008 ISBN 13 978 0955664670

2007           Negotiated Positions Exhibition Catalogue. Published by CPARA Centre for Practice as Research in the Arts at the University of Chester. ISBN 978 1 905929 21 4

2005     2LIVE Koroska Fine Arts Gallery, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia. ISBN 961 91463 1 X

2005     Galanty publication, i3 Manchester, distibuted by Cornerhouse. Essays: Nick Crowe & Sharon Kivland. Design: Book Lab, Glasgow. ISBN 0 9542059 7 1 Database programmed by anthropo. Survey texts by Natasha Howes, Dr Kerstin Mey, Sharon Kivland, Dr Louise Milne, Dr Patricia Allmer, Lisa LeFeuvre.

2002     No-place Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery. Essay: Sharon Kivland

2000     Autoparts cat. IDEA digital commissions. Essays: Jen Southern & Emma Posey

1999     STALK publication, Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Art & Design. Design: Nick Fry & Brass Art. Text: Sue Hubbard & Tracey Sanders-Wood. ISBN 1 90075611 0

1998     Our Night At The Palace catalogue, Trice Publications 1998. ISBN 0 9531919 15

            Foreword:  Sean Cubitt. Design:  Sue Clements



2012     Creative Lab Residency, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow



2010     Association of Art Historians Grant for collaboration

2009     Arts Council England - Research and Development Award

2008     AHRC small grants (A.Pettican) Digital Doubles

2007     Arts Council England, Friends of Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2005     The British Council, Arts Council England, Trafford City Council

2004     Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England

2003     Working with Artists Award, Arts Council England

2003     The British Council

2002     Artist’s Franchise Award, North West Arts Board

2001     The British Council, North West Arts Board, Artist’s Franchise Award, North West Arts Board

2000     North West Arts Board


C O N F E R E N C E S  /  T A L K S  /  P R E S E N T A T I O N S

2015     Brass Art in conversation with Roger Malbert The International 3, Salford

Folds in Time: artists’ responses to the temporal and the uncanny The Freud Museum, London. Keynotes: Alison Rowley, Patricia Allmer. Invited artists, curators and writers in discussion, part of Festival of the Unconscious. Brass Art, Daniel Silver, Lindsay Seers, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Rebecca Fortnum, Pavel Pyś. Hosted by Brass Art.

Arts in Heritage North National Trust and Arts Council England Network Event, Cheshire

2014     CHArt conference Conformity, Process and Deviation: Digital Arts as Outsider, Kings College Festival of the Humanities, London           

2013     Contemporary Art Society talk, Christ Church, Macclesfield

Royal Society of The Arts panel debate the Responsible Artist, Royal Academy, London             Contemporary Art Society talk, Christ Church Macclesfield

2012     Siggraph, Los Angeles

School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art

Future Forms Conference, MIRIAD, Manchester

2011     Technologies of Drawing, University of Huddersfield

            The 2nd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland

2011     Staging Illusion: Digital & Cultural Fantasy, University of Sussex

Pairings, Manchester Metropolitan University

2010     ISEA2010: RUHR Dortmund, Germany

Arts & Business, International 3, Manchester

2009     Light Reading series 9,, London. Brass Art with Coline Milliard

2009     Evolution Festival Lumen, Leeds Metropolitan Gallery

2007     Upgrade! New Media Scotland, Dundee Contemporary Arts

2006     Creative Dates North West Art and Design Research Group, Liverpool John Moores University

2002     Leeds Metropolitan University

1999     Ove Arup and Partners, Manchester




2015     Brass Art Robert Clarke - Guardian Guide Preview - 19th Sep

            Artists and the Uncanny: Shadow Worlds at Freud’s House interview - Pippa Koszerek -


                  Frightening with its familiarity: Freud’s House review <>

            Brass Art: Freud’s House review <>

2013     Hear and Now review - Sara Mohr-Pietsch - Radio 3 - 28th Dec

2012     Tatton Park Biennial 2012 review - David Trigg - Frieze - issue 149

            Tatton Park Biennial 2012 review - Jeremy Hunt - Art &Architecture Journal Press -

2011      Dark Matters <>

           Dark Matters <>

2010      Concrete and Glass The Guide - Guardian 8th May

              InsideOut Australian Design Review - 19th May

              InsideOut Design Federation - Australia - Klaus Kinski - 7th Jun

              InsideOut Curve magazine - Australia - Aug/Sept Issue

          The Economy of the Gift review - Richard Unwin - Frieze - 26th April

2008      Skyscraping Robert Clarke - Guardian Guide - 15th Apr

            The Broom of the System - essay - Louise Milne, Tramway, Glasgow - 31st Oct

2007     Artists reclaim their skyline review - David Whetstone - Newcastle Journal - May 12th

2005     Phantasmagoria Robert Clarke - Guardian Guide Preview - April 30th - May 5th

             The Text David Briers - Art Monthly - May 287

             Phantastic Females Rachel Pugh - Manchester Evening News - April 22nd

             Front Row Radio 4 interview - March

2003     Artranspennine03 review - Neil Mulholland - Frieze - Nov/Dec issue

2001     Ich bin Axel Lapp - Art Monthly - Sep

             Artistic licence Sue Latimer - Museums Journal - Aug

             Paradise Revisited preview  - [a-n] magazine - Jan

2000     Paradise Revisited Martin Vincent - News North West - 14th Nov

             Credit Card Interface Jen Southern - [a-n] magazine - Sept

             Auto arts Tim Birch - City Life, Manchester.  14-29 June pg 50 Issue 408

1999     art mart Lena Corner - i-D magazine - The Elevator Issue - Oct

             for art get mart  Tim Birch -  City Life Magazine, Manchester - 29 Sept-14 Oct.  390

1998     Our Night at The Palace Daniel Brocklehurst - City Life Review - 9-24 Sept.  363    



2015     Reflections | Iterations Joanna Morra

2014     Brass Art: The Imagining of Things Susannah Thompson

            The Imagining of Things introduction Anna Powell

2010     Non-existence of the Unnamed - Pinching a Shadow Patricia Allmer

2008     Skyscraping introduction Claire Lilley

             Brass Art. Beside themselves David Thorp

2007     Animals that from a long way off look like flies Lisa Le Feuvre

2005     Their Dark Materials Nick Crowe

2002     No Place: An Itinerary Sharon Kivland

2001     Wer bin ich? Natasha Howes

2000     Credit Card Interface Jen Southern

Paradise Revisited Louise Milne

1999     Hotel foreword Sean Cubitt

Hotel Sue Hubbard

            STALK Graham Parker


A R T   F A I R S  &  n o m i n a t i o n s

2015     The Manchester Contemporary Spinningfields, Manchester 
2015     Brass Art Margaret Tait Award nominated
2014     The Manchester Contemporary Spinningfields, Manchester 
2010     The Manchester Contemporary Spinningfields, Manchester 
2005-7  ZOO Art Fair London
2007     Preview Berlin Germany
2007     Brass Art The Northern Art Prize nominated
2003     Brass Art The Art Prize North nominated

2014     Freud’s House: The Double Commission to Collect programme, University of Salford, Manchester

2013     The Air which Held Them ACE commission for Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield
2011     Shortlisted Lyric Hammersmith - Richard Wentworth, David Batchelor, Tim Knowles, Brass Art 

2009     Witness Tree Croft Castle, Herefordshire - installed at Coningsby Hospital, Hereford

2005     From the Tower Falls the Shadow Text Festival installed at Radcliffe Metrolink, Lancashire

      2000     Phantasmagoria Innovation in Digital & Electronic Art [IDEA] - Digital Commission, Salford

2000     Inseparable Companion<> IDEA digital commission with Spencer Roberts



C O L L E C T I O N S  &  P R O F E S S I O N A L   B O D I E S

Arts Council England Collection, Government Art Collection, National Centre for Contemporary Art Ekaterinburg, Russia. Private Collections in Britain, America and South Africa.


Invited Artist member of Contemporary Art Society
Represented by The International3, Manchester




Twitter: brass_art99




2. Still Life no.1, Dark Matters: Shadow Technology Art, Whitworth Art Gallery 2011 mixed media installation.





3. The Air which Held Them, 2014 Ripstop nylon, cold air fans.



4. Apparition no.1 2014 15cm x 21 cm LED lightbox with duratrans

Edition of 6 plus Artist Proofs


5. Brass Art- The Unnamed no.4 2010  Watercolour on paper

Unframed dimensions 50cm x 40cm