about

Anna Maria Hedman is an artist working with narratives of vulnerability through various practises. Fascinated by the perception of time, odd sore experiences and the magnificence of storytelling.

Piece Maker, Singer, Mother – Alchemist

Education

Master of Arts, Royal College of Art at the Gold/Silversmithing Metalwork & Jewellery Department, London 2009-2011  

Certificate & Diploma in Silversmithing & Jewellery at Sir John Cass Department, Metropolitan University, London 2006–2008 

Teaterhögskolan/academy of theatre, mime, Stockholm, 1998 one term only

Konst & Form programmet, Strömbacka gymnasieskola, Piteå 1993–1996

Writing

Fredrika Bremer Society’s magazine. Wrote a piece for the Swedish feminist association Fredrika Bremer sällskapet magazine HERTHA about motherhood, economy and being an artist. Hertha

Examining present thoughts: Slowly untwisting my limbs and mind from the second time in life mainly caring for the carnal creations, what commonly is known as motherhood.

Creation 1, baby girl Viva Iris 2015

Creation 2, baby girl Disa Camille 2021

Group shows

2022 Mothers in Residence, Södra Änggården. Participated at a w.i.p collective residence event reading a piece of current writing

2012 London at the Soane Museum. Exhibited Pirate bracelet RCA’s alumni group show

2011 London. Gallery SO, Bricklane. Performed songs and exhibited Pillow Book a diary sound piece based on a dream, sound projected through a pillow on the show Silver where?

2011 London Royal College of Art end of year show. We live in a high rise building. Work consisted of a high rise wonky building in copper that projected a video in the ceiling along with songs from an unhappy marriage

2011 Nijmegen Marzee Gallery. Exhibited Spinal Cracker, a horn neckpiece and video installation.

2010 London/Nijmegen RCA collaboration with the Wellcome Museum at Marzee Gallery. Wellcome to the body show. Exhibited Hunt for teeth porcelain/gold/silk and video installation (inspired by Goya’s a casa de dientes)

2009 London. Interim exhibition at the Royal College of Art. Exhibited journal photographs from a month long honeymoon trip in Mexico

2009 Dray Walk Gallery, London. Exhibited Bronze cast bees. Show was part of the European touring New Era show

2009 Marzee gallery, Nijmegen. Exhibited ‘War child’s coat’ in ‘Overcoat

2008 London. Sir John Cass dep. end of year show ‘Troll doll’ / reindeer horn work

2007 London. Sir John Cass department end of year show. Showcased a female silver body inspired by the mass-grave at Crossbones graveyard near London Bridge which was the burial pit south of the river for criminals, fallen women and bastard children.

*Along with a red enamelled leg in solid silver as a milagro for an elderly lady.

One morning on the bus from Dalston to my part time job, an elderly lady fell as she was getting on the bus and cut her leg. Her skin was cut open and it wrinkled its way like a a folding fan up over her shin, the leg was pouring out blood. I sat her down and held her leg up until the ambulance arrived. The ambulance got lost on its way there, so it took a very long time for them to get to where we were held up. While I held her leg we chatted and I left my phone number for her to get in touch, just to let me know that she had been taken care of later.

But I never heard from her. With her coagulated blood still on my arms as I showed up late for my work in a high end jewellery shop. The experience of being stuck in the not knowing, left an impression on me for a long time after I had washed the blood off, and as I sought a source for my well wishing – an intrigue of the narrative of trauma vs. healing began.

Music / Performances

2022 8/9 Shambolic Soul album release. A music collaboration album with jazz pianist Esben Tjalve and multi talented musician Ross Hughes. Inspired by relationships from an early age and the circus of love

2022 5/8 Hunt for Love single release

2020 Gothenburg Läppstiftet, Lilla Bommen. Performed acoustic songs and poetry at ‘Reaching for the Heavens, Losing the Earth’.

2020 Gothenburg. Performed at Konstepidemin’s performance 13 Festival.”Thinking back through our mothers” a voice and melody performance. A collaboration performance with songs and personal diary extracts on the topic of motherhood and being an artist.

2013 Gothenburg Sockerbruket. Gig with Serafina Steer on autoharp and vocals

2012/2013 London/Gothenburg. Wrote, sang, arranged/mixed and produced an album (*Shambolic Soul, released 2022)

2011 London. ICA, Institute of contemporary art. Alma Nofear music performance

2011 Released EP Alma Nofear with Magic Cousins. As well as the singel & the Confidantes on vinyl

2010 London Whitechapel Art Gallery. Music performance

2010 Copenhagens Jazzfestival. Alma Nofear music performance with Esben Tjalve, Jacob Smedegaard and Christoffer Appel.

2009 London Maida Vale Studion BBC. Recorded a live EP & the Confidantes

2008 New York. Opened at Fanny Gentle’s Solo show at ’31 Grand’ N.Y

2007 London. Started performing as Alma Nofear, the nervestruck doll in various music venues and bars around London

Collaborative conversations

2022 Took part in a digital panel conference by INTERNATIONAL ARTIST LAB based in Berlin, on the theme With children: Dance Artists between work and siding invited amongst seventeen artists-dancers / self organised artists network around the world was invited to talk about creative work and motherhood.

2022 Consultant/collaboration work with Dansplats Skog- a dance company & residence for the open call and jury for an artist/dance residence they held open for families.

2021 Gothenburg City Library. Arranged and participated in a panel discussion by the residence artists from Mothers in Residence at Göteborg Stadsbiblioteket

2020 Participated in conversations in starting the platform SWAN for the purpose of connecting all Swedish artist in residences.

2020 Gothenburg. Konsten att delta ( The Art of Participating ) arranged by VG.region where I invited curator Anna Van Der Vliet for a digital visit in my studio for a conversation on Art Practise vs Motherhood and working on self initiated projects 

Awards / Grants

2020 Göteborgs Kulturförvaltning (Cultural Management of Gothenburg). The grant lasted from 2020 to 2022 while I set up and worked at the now a none profit association called Mothers in Residence. The project was created from my own experience as an artist/mother where the goal was to create a local artist in residence for mothers to activate an artist portfolio after maternity leave or other motherhood related work pauses, as well as founding up a new platform for artists.

2009 South square trust scholarship award 

Other work

Jewellery designer (Flick Kollektiv – New studio location 2022) 2007-0ngoing

Freelance work fashion stylist and DJ. 2012-ongoing

Substitut music teacher for age 7-13 at Oscar Fredriksskolan 2018

Illustration work for Book of Kindness by Rita Elaine Fishburn-Gibbs. 2011 Mexico

Various freelance illustration work such as summer novels in a local newspaper, Piteå Tidningen and for a detective book launch for Cunning Stunts, London.

Event co-creator for childrens out of school activities, drama teacher, actor, clown and doing childrens make up for events such as festivals, private functions and Dunderklubben GBG.

Special commission

2010 London. Private commission. Shakespeare’s mask. Exhibited at the Globe theatre. A handmade gold-plated copper mask set with various precious stones. The mask was the prize in a charity treasure hunt event

Fiduciary duties

2020-2022 Mothers in Residence  Chairman for the none profit association that also raises issues around equality and artists’ conditions.

Courses

2022 Göteborg Bildverkstad / Kulturakademin ’Land your first public work’

2021 Kulturakademins ’Art & Business course’

2020 Flick kollektiv. Ceramic and porcelain intermediate course where I collected a variable of sketched characters for a portfolio. Amongst the characters are ‘Bad Mothers’ Porcelain and clay heads made at . Inspired by Vaught’s practical character reader on amongst others, unreliable Mothers.

2018 Stone setting summer course at HDK, Gothenburg

2015 KKV GBG (artist collective studio). Ceramic shell brons casting course.

2008 London, Aldgate. Gemstone course

Founding platforms

Built an online network community on instagram and designed the website Mothers in Residence through where we collect and share stories of motherhood and artist practise

2020-2021 Mother Trickster Bangatan, Gothenburg – Set up a pop-up fine metal work shop/artist studio with writer Sine Johansen

2018 Berghem. Started Bild och Tingmakarna with Joel Albertsson doing all kinds handy during a 8 month period without a home. Ongoing project remaking and mending furnitures, rebuilding a stable, designing a studio using sustainable material as well as designing a future plantation landscape.

2009 Swanfield Boutique. Co-founded a design collective in Bricklane, London