Aaron Williamson: Solo Residency March 2016


MEDIA Release | Monday 7 March 2016

The Art House is delighted to announce that Aaron Williamson is the recipient of its first solo residency award for artists in 2016-17

In response to an open call, over 380 artists from across the UK and further afield applied for residencies, which are hosted at The Art House’s building in central Wakefield. The residency award provides artists with a studio for one month, plus an artist’s fee, and materials to produce a public end-of-residency event within the building’s Project Space. Four solo residencies will be awarded through 2016.

Aaron will use his residency period to continue his work with archives and disability history, and to experiment with photomontage, making use of the Art House print studio facilities.

Aaron’s work is interdisciplinary, embracing a broad range of media. However, performance and performativity form the core of his practice, created on-site immediately prior to public presentation. Performances have taken place in shopping centres, streets, public museums and galleries as well as unusual places such as mountains, rivers, volcanic craters, small islands and rooftops.

Aaron’s work is also informed by his experience of becoming deaf, and by a politicized and progressive sensibility towards disability. As well as publishing widely on disability theory, Aaron is a Trustee of Shape Arts (London), where he is involved with the creation of the world’s first archive of disability art, the National Disability Art Collection and Archive (NDACA), and with the Unlimited scheme as both a commissioned artist and as an advisor.

Over the last 20 years, Aaron has created over 300 performances, videos, installations and publications all over the world. He was recently commissioned to make new work for ‘Art, Life, Activism’, the inaugural exhibition within the new galleries at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester. He has been awarded numerous bursaries and residencies internationally and has been commissioned by organisations and festivals including the Venice Biennale, the British School at Rome, Intercambio (Buenos Aires), ANTI Festival (Finland), Artist Links (China) and the Nippon International Performance Art Festival (Japan).

As a curator, Aaron most recently produced the large-scale disability-informed international exhibition ‘Art of the Lived Experiment’ at The Bluecoat (Liverpool) as part of DaDafest.

To keep up to date with Aaron’s progress during his residency follow: thearthouseuk.tumblr.com