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Clare Townley

I am a sculptor and artist, based in Newcastle Upon-Tyne, UK. In a nutshell, my practice is purely about facilitating parasites. I do this by utilising: Science fiction aesthetics, ceramics, woven plastics, blending both high art and low- fi everyday materials to create engaging and intricate sculptures and installations, fabricating soothing soundscapes, and lastly feeding the parasites before they turn on, and, devour me.

I draw my inspiration from the hand-built sets and costumes of old monster films, Ernst Haeckel’s various depictions of nature, craft techniques and natural/synthetic overproduction.


  • System Gallery/ Instagram Residency (2020)
  • Art in The Deli / Scicluna Delicatessen, Doncaster (2019)
  • Nostalgie De La Boue: Plastic Friend / Northumberland (2019)
  • Cheeseburn Young Sculptor of The Year Award Open Day / Northumberland (2018)
  • Winter Worm Summer Grass / The Newbridge Project/ Newcastle (2018)
  • Newcastle Fine Art Degree Show / Hoxton Arches, London (2017)
  • Newcastle Fine Art BA Degree Show / University of Newcastle (2017)
  • The Life Room / The Life Room, Newcastle (2017)
  • Quagmire / The Percy Building, Newcastle (2017)
  • The Jung Ones / Bar Loco, Newcastle (2015)
  • Macramé Cod Was Waving Not Drowning / Communal Rooms, Newcastle (2015)
  • Cross-Year Crit #1 / The Long Gallery, Newcastle (2015)
  • Watching The Pitch Drop / The Hub, Doncaster (2013)


University of Newcastle (2017) BA (HONS) Fine Art 2.1

  • Fine Art Social Secretary (4th year)
  • Interfuse Committee Member (4th year)
  • City Council Art Residency: Rye Hill Residency (4th year)
  • Aphasia Clinic Placement (3rd and 4th year)
  • Creative Dialogues Therapy Placement (3rd year)

Doncaster College (2013)
Foundation Diploma/Fine Art/Merit

  • Commissioned mural at The Yorkshire Pie House
  • Commissioned mural at The Minerva Cafe

Nostalgie De La Boue: Plastic friend