Jacqui (Kirk) Chapman has recently completed her Masters in Painting at Wimbledon College of Art, University Arts London (2018/2019.) She attained a first class BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Wirral Metropolitan College, accredited by Liverpool John Moores University (2006) followed by a Fellowship (2007). She co-founded MOSAIC, an international arts collective whilst exhibiting in the Florence Biennale (2011). International exhibitions were hosted in USA (2014) and Australia (2013). Jacqui has exhibited in all of the Liverpool Independents Biennials since 2006, as an exhibitor, curator and researcher, serving on the board (2011-2012). Locally, she supports the Williamson Art Gallery, and in 2013 co-organised the fundraising Extra-Ordinary Postcard initiative to “save” this public gallery from closure. She was a longstanding member of the Oxton Artists, working on the committee, and arranging annual exhibitions. She has been a member of Markmakers Art group for almost 10 years, the focus of this work being experimental. She has supported students at Wirral Metropolitan College with student talks and Wirral Grammar School’s art students with classroom workshops, offering studio visits and guidance.
Prior to immigrating to the UK from South Africa (1995) and having studied Graphic Design at Johannesburg (1979) and Cape Tehnikons (1980-81), Jacqui had a successful 14 year career as an Art Director in Advertising. This culminated with being part of the Ogilvy & Mather team who delivered the A-Political campaign to ensure a free and fair election when Nelson Mandela was elected as President in 1994.
Her childhood nurtured a connection with landscape, in bush farms and game reserves, and the sacred place of the Wild Coast. Her research for her Masters, is about this relationship, belonging to and separate from, her Homeland, after 23 years.