VANESSA VON HEYDEBRECK IS A GERMAN-CANADIAN ARTIST. SHE CURRENTLY LIVES AND WORKS IN LONDON, UK.
Vanessa von Heydebreck has the equivalent of a Masters degree in Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing. She studied Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Canada), the University of Tartu (Estonia) and Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (Germany). After receiving her degree, she completed her Meisterschülerjahr, the highest artistic accolade in Germany, under Professor Hanns Schimansky. Vanessa has exhibited across Europe and North America. She moved to London in 2015 to complete a studio residency at The Florence Trust.
Vanessa von Heydebreck is passionate about support systems and networks that empower small creative businesses, she helps create and manage programmes that teach creatives the skills needed to run a successful business without losing creative integrity. Currently Creative Programme Manager for South East Creatives at SPACE, she have developed a workshop and mentoring programme that supports creative, cultural and digital SMEs across Essex, Kent and East Sussex. Back in Berlin, she worked with commercial galleries, artists and institutions in Berlin and internationally on a freelance basis for over ten years.
She is also a practising visual artist.
To this day it is debatable which date of birth is the right and wrong one - so I simply celebrate both days in question. Just like I was gifted two birthdays, I also have two nationalities- and each of those can be split in two, too.
This ambidextrous identity is the backdrop to my creativity. Abstruseness and ambiguity are my allies. I use them as vehicles to maneover my artistic development in whichever direction seems right at the time. Potentially seen as a form of inconsitency, I see it as challenging popular beliefs around what a good artistic practice is.
I was also born with two extra bones, one in each of foot. I had one bone removed- but I kept the other just in case.
FLORENCE TRUST RESIDENCY, Florence Trust, London
MASTER APPRENTICESHIP, (Meisterschülerjahr), Prof. Hanns Schimansky, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee (KHB), Berlin
GERMAN DIPLOMA FINE ARTS / PAINTING (Prof Hanns Schimansky / Prof. Hans de Wolf), KHB, Berlin
PHILOSOPHY, FINE ART & BALTIC STUDIES, University of Tartu, Estonia
STUDIES IN FINE ART / PAINTING, KHB, Berlin
FOUNDATION YEAR, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (ECIAD), Vancouver
Fabric, Lewisham Art House/Publication
Deptford Dream Depot, Deptford X Fringe, The Job Centre, London
RUNG Issue #2, zine print & web
Moonscape Photobooth, Kupala Lunar, Phytology, London
30/30, a thirty-day online challenge curated by 12ø collective
Anonyme Zeichner Archiv, Kunsthaus Kannen, Münster
24HR BLN/WLO, Ul. Ofiar Oświęcimskich, curated by Paulina Olszewska, Krupa Gallery & Goethe Institut e.V., Wrocław
SMALLS THINGS: GOOD THINGS, das Kleine Format, Alexander Ochs Private, Berlin
THIRTY, 30/30 by 12ø, a thirty-day online exhibition programme curated by 12ø collective
SOFT SPOTS, Wilton Way Café & Toppers of Hackney, London
STRATIFIED. Fragmentierte Welt(en), curated by Sandra Schwender & Günther Oberhollenzer, das weisse haus, Vienna
ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin; Galerie ARTQ13 Rome/Italy; Galerie GEYSO20 Braunschweig; Kunstverein Rüsselsheim
DELICATE DEVICES | FUSED MUSES, collaboration with FUSED MUSES
DAS WEISSE HAUS EXHIBITION PROGRAMME 2015-2017, selected programme artist, das weisse haus, Vienna
UM FLEISCH AUF DIE NERVEN ZU BEKOMMEN, Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt
ONE NIGHT STAND with Vanessa von Heydebreck, One Artist–One Artwork–One Night, KIM BAR Berlin
ZUM BLEISTIFT: ZEICHNUNG, Galerie Inga Kodeyne, Berlin
PICTURES OF MATCHSTICKMEN, Salon Hansa @ Bar SUPER, Berlin
ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS, Pavillion am Milchhof, Berlin
ZUSAMMEN, in collaboration with Alexander Klenz, Pavillion am Milchhof, Berlin
AROUND YOU, OSTRALE 14, Center for Contemporary Art, Dresden
THANK GOD I’M PRETTY!, group show with Per Adolfsen, Andreas Amrhein & Frederik Foert, ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING, Berlin
PAPERCUTS CAN HURT, TOO, Berlin
FAIRYTALE OF BERLIN, Scion Space, Los Angeles / USA
FAIRYTALE OF BERLIN, Råhuset Vesterbro Kulturhus, Copenhagen
FEEL REAL – REAL FEEL, Galerie Open, Berlin
ÜBERHITZT Kunstraum Kreuzberg im Kunsthaus Bethanien, Berlin
P-ZUG VON H’DEBRECK → K’LOTZ, Miope Gallery, Berlin
OCTOPUS AVEC SOUCI, Schloß Lanke / Germany
HERZSCHUSS ERFUNDEN, temporary show room, Berlin / Germany
VANESSA VON HEYDEBRECK, HANNA HENNENKEMPER & ROLF WICKER , Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Berlin
STRICH AUF! EXPEDITION LINIE, Galerie Pankow, Berlin
INHALTSVERZEICHNIS, Schloß Lanke, Germany
ZEICHENKLASSE ZEICHNENKLASSE, Kunstfaktor, Berlin
KUNSTFAKTOR ZOSSEN, site-specific works, Zossen, Germany
Since March 2019
Creative Programme Manager for South East Creatives, SPACE, London
Artist Development Coordinator, London Creative Network, SPACE London
2005 - 2019
Freelance Art Service Provider, Berlin
...and a long list of other odd jobs
Top notch GIF making skills
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