CV

Dr. Aaron Williamson

Curriculum Vitae

aaronelsordo@gmail.com
www.aaronwilliamson.org
Born 1960 in Derby, England.

AWARDS/ RESIDENCIES:
2014 – 2015: Unlimited 2 Commission funded by Arts Council England/ The British Council
2013 – 2014: Acme Studios’ Stephen Cripps 1 Year Bursary and Studio
2012: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool – Artist in Residence. (DaDaFest/Liverpool Biennale)
2010: Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary at Spike Island, Bristol.
2009: Guest Artist, National University, Buenos Aires, Argentina; funded by the British Council.
2008 – 09: Cocheme Fellowship at Byam Shaw School of Art, University of London.
2004 – 07: Three-Year AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at BIAD, Uni. Central England.
2003: Artist Links Residency, British Council China, (Beijing and Shanghai)
2003: Civitella Ranieri, Artist’s Fellowship in Residence, Umbertide, Italy.
2002 – 03: Wheatley Fellowship in Sculpture at BIAD, UCE.
2001 – 02: The Helen Chadwick Fellowship at the British School at Rome
1999 – 2000: ‘One to One’ Artists Bursaries – Live Art Development Agency/ London Arts Board
1998 – 99: Arts Council of England Fellow, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University.

EXHIBITIONS (selected):
2015: ‘The Making of Demonstrating the World’: 6 week exhibition, Shape Gallery, Stratford
2014: ‘Topsey Turvey’ – (in ‘Art and Activism’ exhibition), Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2014: ‘Hidden In Plain View’ – video installation in ‘Art of the Lived Experiment’ DaDaFest at the
Bluecoat Gallery for the Liverpool Biennale; and at UICA Gallery, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids USA.
2013 – 14: ‘The Living Studio’: one year installation/performance at Acme Studios, Essex
2011: ‘Camp DAG’ – Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales
2011: ‘Born to Rule’ – (with Jordan McKenzie), Standpoint Gallery, London
2010: ‘The Bell Clapper and Bestiary’ – Retrospective of documentation, Spike Island Gallery.
2010: ‘The Forgotten History of the Affligare’ – exhibition of sculptures, Spike Island
2009: ‘The Way Out’ (15mm Films) – Beaconsfield Contemporary Art Space.
2009: ‘King Midas’ – video installation Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.
2006: ‘The Disabled Avant-Garde Today!’ – 6 week exhibition, Gasworks Gallery, London
2005: ‘Wild Boy’ – Showroom Gallery, London. Six weeks’ durational performance-installation
2005: ‘Staircase Miracles’ (15mm Films) – Serpentine Gallery, London; Ikon Gallery Birmingham.
2004: ‘China Postcards’ – British Council at China, Beijing
2003: ‘Lives of the Saints’ – (video) Tate Modern, London; Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne, Australia.
2003 – 06: ‘Translation/Translatio’ – Café Gallery, London, May 2003; Estorick Collection, London,
2000: ‘Sonictraps’ – Sculptures/ Installation/ Texts, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

PERFORMANCES (selected):
2014–16: (ongoing) ’Demonstrating the World’ – Live Art Denmark, Copenhagen; UICA Grand Rapids,
US; Tramway Glasgow; South Bank Centre, London; Belfast Bounce Festival.
2013: ‘Three Invasions’ – public performances commissioned for the Venice Biennale.
2012: ‘The Cyclodusa’ – Walker Art Gallery, commissioned by DaDaFest/ Liverpool Biennial
2012: ‘Zombie Furniture’, Experimentica, Chapter Arts, Cardiff
2012: ‘Big Screen Pong’, (as ‘DAG’) Tate Britain
2011: ‘Eruptio’, ‘Salty Neck’, ‘Radio Museum’ – Eruptio Action Art Festival, Transylvania
2011: The Marooned Wildman – ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland.
2011: ‘Collapsing Lecture’ – ‘Late at the Tate’ – Tate Britain, London.
2010: ‘Buried Amp’, ‘Tribal Scarecrow’ – Sixth Sense Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
2010: ‘White Light White Wall’ – ‘Night and Day’ weekend, Modern Art Oxford.
2010: ‘Veneration X’, Late at the Tate, Tate Britain, London (with Jordan McKenzie)
2009: ‘Intercambio’, IUNA (National University for the Arts), Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009: ‘Artistic Failure’ – (Tokyo, Yokohama, Kohnosu,), Nippon Performance Art Festival.
2009: ‘Crying Demon’ – ZOOM! Festival, Hildesheim, Germany
2007: ‘Slow Atom’ – Bewaerschole Gallery, Burgh Haamstede, Holland
2007: ‘Ornamental Hermit’ – British School at Rome, Italy.
2006: ‘Aground’ – Hayward Gallery sculpture court, London.
2006: ‘Mimi Ga Totemo Tooi’ – (Tokyo, Nagano, Nagoya, Maebashi) -, NIPAF 06
2005: ‘Earth Head’, Wolf in the Winter, La Bisbal, Spain
2005: ‘Copa D’Amore’ – Electric Renaissance Festival, Halle, Germany
2004: ‘Belong’ – 2nd DaDao Festival, Beijing, China
2003: ‘Rollin’ – Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia University, Chicago
2003: ‘Icemitten’ – ‘Wolf in the Winter’ Nuuk and Sisimiut, Greenland
2001 -02: ‘Charisma – HGKZ, Zurich; NRLA, Glasgow; RialtoSA, Rome
1998 – 00: Anti-Speak: Tokyo, New York; San Diego; Phoenix; Toronto; Henry Moore Foundation

CURATION (Selected):
2014: ‘Art of the Lived Experiment’ DaDaFest at the Bluecoat Gallery for the Liverpool Biennale and at
UICA Gallery, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids USA. I curated some 30 + artists for the exhibition.
2014: ‘Acme Gallery Artists Today’ (curating new works from Acme artists active between 1976-82)
2011-12: LUPA – ‘Lock Up Performance Art’ – monthly no-fi/ DIY performance nights around a Lock Up
Garage in Bethnal Green, London. Some 32 artists made work at LUPA over the year.
2011: ‘Labyrinth of Living Exhibits’ – Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons, London
2003: ‘Live Culture’ – Tate Modern (showreel installation of various artists)

OTHER:
Since 2010: Trustee of Shape London the UK’s leading disability-led arts organization.
2001 – 13: Artist with ‘The Wolf in the Winter’ performance collective.
2005 – 09: British School at Rome – Fine Art Faculty Policy advisor and awards selector
1994 – 2002: Advisor to various panels at the Arts Council of England and London Arts Board

EDUCATION:
University of Sussex: D.Phil. (1993 – 1997)
University of Sussex: MA 20th Century Literature (1991 – 1992)
Brighton Polytechnic: BA (Hons) First Class, Combined Studies (1987 – 1990)
– Lectureships on BA and MA Fine Art courses in the UK (Dartington College of Arts, Birmingham
Institute of Art and Design, Goldsmiths College); Visiting Lecturer to numerous institutions internationally.

PUBLICATIONS (selected):
Monograph: ‘Aaron Williamson: Performance/Collaboration’ (LADA/ Kingston Uni; 2008; 112 pp.)
‘Demonstrating the World’ in ‘21st Century Performance Reader’ (Routledge, 2017; ed. Noel Witts)
‘Collapsing Lecture’ in ‘Disability, Space, Architecture’ (Routledge, 2016; ed. Jos Boys)
‘Quick Clips and Short Cuts’ – compilation DVD of solo documentation/video, (LADA, 2011, 73 mins).
‘Forgotten History of the Affligare’ – sculptures & texts, 34pp, (Spike Island Publications, 2012).
‘The DAG Bite the Hand that Feeds!’ – DVD (with Katherine Araniello). (LADA, 2012; 92 mins).
‘Splitting the Atom on Dalston Lane’ With an Introduction by Iain Sinclair, (The Eel, 2009)
‘Hearing Things’ (60pp; Book Works 2001 – artist’s book: texts and colour photos).
‘A Holythroat Symposium’ – (poetry, Creation Books, 1993)