Soft Shoulder 2017 by Winnie Herbstein
Published: 06 October 2017
Winnie Herbstein is the recipient of the second Artist Award 2017. Winnie will receive £1,000 and additional support from Axisweb at a pivotal point in her artistic career.
Winnie has recently started a four-month intensive course at the City of Glasgow College called ‘Women In Construction’. The course, still in its infancy, harks back to the council apprenticeships that prevailed in the seventies and eighties, when programs were designed to bring women into male dominated industries.
The course informs a practical and artistic development for Winnie. On a practical level, Winnie is looking to develop a set of skills to enable her to work and support her artistic practice. As a body of work, the building site is a starting point to consider the exclusion of women+ from industrial spaces.
As the recipient of the Axisweb Artist Award, Winnie Herbstein commented:
I am thrilled to have the support of Axisweb on this project. ‘Studwork’ is an exhibition that I have been working towards for the past year and am excited to have the opportunity to bring it to fruition.
On Winnie’s application, Mark Smith Executive Director commented:
Winnie’s application fully embraces the potential the Axisweb Artist Award offers to support an artist. She is questioning and challenging conventions and stereotypes of women in construction by immersing herself into an intensive process of research and practical learning. Winnie is a very talented artist and we are excited to support her during the next phase of her practice.
Winnie Herbstein biography
A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Winnie is an artist and filmmaker. Her work seeks to investigate the silences and gaps in our 'official' narratives. Taking ethnographic film as a point of departure, she considers who and what is given permission to enter the frame, and whose voices are allowed to prescribe meaning.
Winnie often works with personal anecdote, memoirs and oral histories as a way to access alternative narratives. Recently she has been exploring how the ';official' or essentialist views surrounding gender and technologies and how this leads to the gendering of workplaces as well as to the materials used.