Kathryn Ashill  

b. 1984 Wales, UK.


Live performance, video and installation present my personal experiences lived working class identity. The culure clash between my background and my artistic practice sits in the disjointed narratives within my work. I pursue the theatricality in the everyday whilst sharing fragments of autobiography, observations on people, history and site.

The frequent use of drag in my work opens up a dialogue about the history of the drag king in contemporary performance, as well as facilitates the exploration of gender identity.


I have made work which focuses on Cliff Richard’s 1996 portrayal of Wuthering Heights’ ‘Heathcliff’; Butlins redcoats/ knobbly knees and performance art; the history of the Principal boy in Pantomime; psychics; Take a Break Magazine; medicinal leeches; regression and a cat who killed someone in a past life.


Theatre flats and the DIY aesthetic of amateur dramatics articulate the materiality of these themes.


C.V.

Education

2017-2022

PhD Candidate (practice based) at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at The University of Manchester. Funded by the Wellcome Trust.

2013-2015

MFA Glasgow School of Art

2007 

BA (Hons) Fine Art Combined Media, First Class hons, Swansea Metropolitan University


Solo Exhibitions

2020

'Fools Gold' film installation, Glynn Vivian, Swansea, Wales


2015

'Brush me, Floss me or lose me' installation and performance, Welcome Home, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland


2013

‘For Future Reference…’ June ’13, MEANTIME Project space, Cheltenham, UK


2012

‘Cock[le] Pit’ Performance for Adain Avion the Cultural Olympiad lead project for Wales

‘ABANDON SHIP!’ Stapleton Rd Tavern, Bristol


2011

‘In Memory of Balloon Girl’ Film Installation of performance documentation and publication launch, St David’s Hall, Cardiff


2010

‘Craig Y Nos’ Installation of performance documentation from the Craig Y Nos residency, Oriel Lliw, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Swansea

Sws’ Live Performance and Installation, Mission Gallery, Swansea


Performances, Commissions, Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

'Malwod' Comissioned by Gwent Arts in Health

2019

'The Closer We Are' ELYSIUM GALLERY, Swansea, UK

'Principal Boy' RADIOPHRENIA, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland

2018

'EDGE EFFECTS: Patterns of Care' GUEST PROJECTS, London, UK

'Goat Majorette-PART I' Manchester Museum, UK

'Clocking Off' Experimentica, Chapter, Cardiff UK

'Housemates' The British Society for the History of Science PG conference


2017

'Working Group' with Wojciech Kosma, Hospitalfield, Scotland

'Soothing Suck' Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, Scotland. Commissioned by GSA


2016

'Golden Shower' Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinbrugh, Scotland

'Soft, Strong & Long', Collaboration with Pester&Rossi, The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen, Scotland

‘There’s a Special Place in Shell…’ As part of on going collaboration as Foote&Mouth, Reid Gallery, GSA, Glasgow, Scotland


2015

‘Gold Panning’ Market Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

‘AMBUSH’ Comission for FIELDWORK at Hospitalfields, Scotland

‘Poster Boy’ Installation and performance for GSA MFA degree show. Glasgow, Scotland

‘A Prayer to GOD and NASA’, CORPO VOLTA2, The Poetry Club, Glasgow, Scotland

‘Poster Boy’Bob and Roberta Smith open weekend at Hospitalfields, Scotland. Commission to make performance work in response to Bob and Roberta Smith’s work.


2014

‘Dublin Debut’ Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Gentle Girl’ LLAWN Arts Festival, North Wales, UK

‘A lament for Johanna’ La Murate PAC, Florence, Italy

Take a Break’  Gwenan International, The old hairdressers, Glasgow, UK

‘The Chorus’ The Reid Gallery, Glasgow, UK


2013

‘Palm Project’ The Looking Glass, Bristol, UK

2012

Mother Time’ National Museum of Wales, UK

Mother Time’ Time Square, NYC, US

Future Target’ Flux Factory, NYC, US

ABANDON SHIP!’ Art Carbootique, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff


2011

‘In Memory of Balloon Girl,’ Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff

‘In Honour of Polly Garter’, G39, Cardiff

‘A Series of Uncertainties’, Perfformiad, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff


2010

‘Cwtch’ Experimentica, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

‘Friend Request’ The Poly, Falmouth

Cwtch: Stori’ MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

‘Feast/Gwledd II: Salem’ Oriel Gallery of Contemporary Art, Hay-on-Wye, UK

‘Sws’ Mission Gallery, Swansea, UK

Lasting Colour’ Ffotogallery, Penarth, UK

Gwisg Cenhinen’ National Assembly of Wales/ Y Senedd, Cardiff, UK


2009

‘La Mala Madre/The Wicked Mother’ Campo San Stefano, Venice, Italy


2008

‘LoveBite’Biopharm UK Ltd, Hendy, Carmarthen, UK


Residencies

2014

LLAWN and Mostyn Gallery, UK

Le Murate PAC Florence, Italy

2013

MEANTIME, UK

Retreat, UK

2012

Flux Factory NYC

2010

CERBYD

Wales wide tour alongside 10 international artists. A WARP Project by Tom Goddard, Brian Watkins.

Craig Y Nos Castle, Tawe Valley

2008

Biopharm Uk ltd

Leech farm, Carmarthen

Graduate Artist in Residence

Dynevor Centre for Art and Design


Awards

2020

Henry Moore Foundation Award

ACW Individual Stabilisation Fund

2017-2022

Wellcome Trust for ‘Managing Multispecies Medicine’ project

2019

Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award

2014

Thomas and Margret Roddin Trust Scholarship

Pantyfedwen Trust Scholarship

2013

GSA Welcome Scholarship

Arts Council of Wales Project grant (For Future Reference…)

2012

Wales Arts International grant (For Future Reference…NY)

2011

Arts Council of Wales Project grant (In Memory of Balloon Girl)

Wales Arts International Travel Grant (Venice)

2010

Arts Council  of Wales Project grant (Craig Y Nos)

2007

Winner of the Mission Gallery Student Prize


Publications

2020

Fools Gold

2011

In Memory of Balloon Girl, limited edition of 500

2010

Craig Y Nos, limited edition of 500

Fora:1, Ffotogallery, limited edition of 50


Articles

2016

GSA EXHIBITIONS REVIEW, GSA exhibitions

2015

GSA DEGREE SHOW Emerging artists, The Skinny

2013

g39 publication: "We want to communicate what makes us tick" AN

Art Across the City: 'Like aliens have landed and left us presents' AN


Television

2015

‘Made in Cardiff TV’ Experimentica 15

2014

‘Newyddion am 9’ Welsh language national news correspondant for Artes Mundi

2013

‘Pethe’ S4C Discussing public Art and Locws International

2012

‘Prynhawn Da’ S4C Discussing WAI funded project at Flux Factory NYC






© Kathryn Ashill 2020