Approved: 16.08.2006

Ainsley Hillard

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Exhibiting nationally and internationally Ainsley’s research investigates the physical and metaphorical construction of cloth and its relation to body, memory and space.

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    Exhibiting nationally and internationally Ainsley’s research investigates the physical and metaphorical construction of cloth and its relation to body, memory and space.

    Exploring a range of media, Ainsley combines traditional weaving with audio-visual technologies, print and photography to create site-specific installations.

    Influence: Weaving, New technologies, Haptic, Phenomenology.



    CV & Education


    2001 - 2003          MA Visual Arts – Distinction, Curtin University, Australia

    1997 - 2000          BA (Hons) Constructed Textiles - First Class, Middlesex University, UK

    1996 - 1997         Foundation Studies Art & Design, Carmarthenshire College of Art, Wales



    Solo Exhibitions

    2014                       Where Echo Talks, Aberglasney House and Gardens, Wales

    2014                       ‘Selected Works’, Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery, Wales

    2013                       ‘Process,Artist Showcase,  Oriel Mostyn, Wales

    2010                       Folds, Old Laundry, Newton House, Dinefwr Park & Castle, Llandeilo, UK

    2008                      Traces, Audio-Textile Installation, Mission Gallery, Swansea, UK.

    2004                       Parallax, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, Australia

    Juried International Exhibitions

    2016                       11th International Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art, Kherson, Ukraine

    2014                       8th International Fiber Art Biennale, Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, China

    2013                       The 8th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea

    2013                       Fiberart International 2013, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts USA

    2012                       International Fiber Art Biennale, Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, China

    2011                       Kaunas International Textile Biennial 2011, Kaunas, Lithuania

    2011                       3rd International Textile Exhibition ‘Continere’, Tournai, Belgium

    2010                       Civic Collection of Fiber Art ‘Trame d’Autore’, Chieri, Italy

    2008                       ‘Inter-Spacing’, Textile Kultur Haslach, Austria

    2006                       International Textile Art Exhibition ‘Scythia 6’, Kherson, Ukraine

    2006                       York Arts Society Exhibition, York, Perth, Australia

    2006                       City of Melville Art Award Exhibition, Perth, Australia

    2006                       Town of Vincent Art Award, Perth, Australia

    2005                       Textile 05, International Art Exhibition, Zilinskas Art Gallery, Lithuania

    2005                       Northern Fibre 6, Kerava Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

    2004                       Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, Australia

    2003                       Valcellina Award, Textile & Fibre Art Exhibition, Italy

    2003                       ‘New Technology in Textile and Fibre Art’ Textile Museum Prato, Italy

    2002/03                 International Textile Biennial, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Ireland

    2003                       ‘Hatched’ National Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia

    2002                       ‘Talente’ Art Fair, Munich, Germany

    2002                       Axis online exhibition ‘Digital Creativity’

    2001                       ‘City of Perth Craft Award’, Craftwest, Perth, Australia

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2016                       ‘House’, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newton, Wales                             

    2015                       The Sensorial Object, Oriel Q, Narberth, Wales

    2015                       The Sensorial Object, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, Wales

    2015                       Waunifor Summer Exhibition, Wales

    2015                       Dan Y Goeden, Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

    2014                       Fiber Art International, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, California

    2014                       Fiber Art International, American Textile Museum, Massachusettes

    2014                       Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

    2013                       ‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

    2013                       ‘The County Show’, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

    2012                       ‘Light & Shadow’, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales

    2012                       ‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

    2011                       ‘Re: Prefix’ Textile Exhibition, Hyogo Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan

    2011                       ‘Re: Prefix’ Textile Exhibition, Western Australia Museum, Perth, Australia

    2010                       ‘Lux’, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales

    2010                       ‘Contemporary Textiles’, Howard Gardens Gallery, UWIC, Cardiff, Wales

    2010                       ‘Warp & Weft’, Touring Exhibition, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Wales      

    2008                       ‘Journeys’, Fibre Art Wales, Bunbury, England

    2008                       'Thread Bare', Manning Art Gallery, NSW, Australia

    2007                       (ex)Changing Traditions, Kyoto Art Centre, Japan

    2006                       (ex)Changing Traditions, Perth, Australia

    2006                       Contemporary Print Exhibition, Mundaring Art Centre, Perth, Australia

    2005                       ‘Mentor Exhibition’ Moores Building, Fremantle, Perth, Australia

    2004                       ‘Still Lives’ Craft ACT Gallery, Canberra, Australia

    2004-06                 ‘Homelands’, Touring Exhibition, UK & Ireland

    2005                       Homelands, Denbigh Library, Museum and Gallery, Wales

    2003-04                 Fibre Visions, Fibre Art Wales UK Touring Exhibition

    2002                       ‘SOFA 02’, John Curtin Gallery, Perth, Western Australia

    2002                       ‘Art From Wales’, Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, UK

    Commissions & Collections

    2014                       Luke Lindoe Library, Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD)

    2010                       Fibre Art Collection of the City of Chieri, Italy

    2004-07                  Private residential commissioned artwork and Installation, Perth, Australia

    2004                       Selected for the Lloyd Cotsen ‘Textile Traces’ Private Collection U.S.A.

    Prizes & Grants Awarded

    2012-14                 Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales

    2014                      ‘Award of Excellence’, 8th Lausanne to Beijing Fiber Art,  China

    2013                       Wales Arts International Opportunities Grant for Individuals

    2013                      Awarded ‘Honourable Mention’, Cheongju International Craft Biennale

    2012                      Awarded ‘Excellent Honourable Mention’,China Craft & Art Association

    2011                       Wales Arts International Opportunities Grant for Individuals

    2011                       1st Prize, 3rd International Contemporary Textile Art, Tournai, Belgium

    2010                       Arts Council of Wales Individual Training Grant

    2008                       Individual Project Grant, Arts Council of Wales

    2006                       1st Prize International Textile Art Scythia 6 Exhibition, Kherson, Ukraine

    2006                       York Society Art & Craft Award for works in Fibre/Textiles, Australia

    2006                       City of Melville Textile Award, Perth, Australia

    2004                       Shell Fremantle Print Award, Perth, Australia

    2003                       Valcellina 2003, Selected Artist Award, Italy              

    2003                       VACB Craft Grant, Arts Council of Australia.

    2001 & 2002            The James Pantyfedwen Foundation Scholarship, Wales, UK       


    Residencies & Workshops

    2010 - Selected Artist Mentor, Engage Cymru Project, Carmarthen, Wales

    2009 - Artist in Residence/Weaving Workshops, Women’s Aid & Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen

    2005 - Selected Artist, International Textile Technology Workshop, Helsinki, Finland

    2001 -2002 - Artist in Residency, PICA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia


    Conferences & Presentations

    2015        Public Artist Talk, Sensorial Object, Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth, Wales

    2015        Invited Speaker, Visiting Lecture Programme, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen

    2014        Public Artist Talk, 'Where Echo Talks' Aberglasney, Wales

    2013       ‘A Dialogue with the Artists’, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.

    2013       Wearable Futures, Research Strand Presentation, Ravensbourne University, London

    2011       ‘Rewind into the Future’, International Kaunas Exhibition and Seminar. Lithuania



    2015 – 2016  Coordinator, MDES Surface Pattern Design, Swansea College of Art, UWTSD.

    2007 – 2016  Senior Lecturer, Surface Pattern Design, Swansea College of Art, UWTSD

    2007 – 2017   Registered Artist, Arts Care/Gofal Celf, Wales

    2007 – 2009    Weave & Textile Co-ordinator

    Glasallt Fawr, Educational Centre for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities, Wales

    2003 - 2007    Technical Officer, Department of Art, Curtin University, Australia

    2006 - 2007    Lecturer, Department of Art, Curtin University, Australia

    2004 - 2005    Research Associate. Department of Fibre & Textiles, Curtin University, Australia




    2014   Print. Fashion, Interiors & Art. Laurence King Publishing. S. Clarke.P. 49 -52. ( ISBN: 9781780671673)

    2012    Warp & Weft. Woven Textiles in Fashion, Art and Interiors. Jessica Hemmings.  A & C Black Publishers Ltd, London. ( ISBN: 9781408134443)

    2012    Digital Visions for Fashion & Textiles: Made in Code. S. E. Braddock-Clarke.  Thames & Hudson, London ( ISBN: 9780500516447)

    2007    TechnoTextiles2.  Marie O’ Mahony & Sarah E. Braddock. Thames & Hudson, London (ISBN: 9780500286845)

    2004    Fiberarts, Design Book 7. S. Kieffer. Larks Books, U.S.A ( ISBN: 9781579905217)


    Selected Journal Publications

    2015     Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, Exhibition Review

    2011     Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, No. 237, Folds Review by C, Cundiff, p. 41

    2010     Selvedge, Sep/Oct, Issue 36, ‘Folds Review’ by Angela Maddock, p. 90

    2009     Textile Forum Magazine, Issue 1, No. 93, 2009, p. 51-2

    2005     Monument, Issue 68, Aug/Sep, ‘Design Atlas’ Profile by Andrew Nicholls, p.91

    2005     Object Magazine, Issue 47, ‘Emerging’ by Emily Howes, pp.30-31 Australia

    2005      Insite 3 Magazine, ‘Crafty Business’ Sarah Szabo, pp 48-50 Australia

    2004      Art Monthly, September 2004 Issue 173, Art Notes by Ric Spencer, pp. 51 Australia

    2003      Surface Design Magazine, Volume 28-1, Autumn, 2003. U.S.A.

    2003      Object Magazine, Issue 42, Review ‘In Passing’ by Ann Schilo, p. 82 Australia

    2003      Textile Forum, Volume 1/2003, ‘New Techniques & New Materials’ pp 34-35

    2003      Textile Fibre Forum, Volume 22, Issue 2, No. 70, pp 22-23 Australia

    2002      Textile Forum, Volume 2, ‘Talents 2002’ by Beatrijs Sterk. P.13.


    Selected Exhibition Catalogues

     2015      The Sensorial Object. Makers Guild in Wales. ISBN: 978-0-9566868-8-6

    2014       8th Contemporary Fiber Art Biennale, China. ISBN: 978-7-112184569

    2013       8th Cheongju International Craft Biennale Catalogue, Korea

    2013       Fiberart International, Exhibition of Contemporary Fiber Art Catalogue, U.S.A

    2012      ‘Shadow to Light’, Ruthin Crafts Center. ISBN: 978-1-905865-50-5

    2012       ‘From Lausanne to Beijing’, 7th International Fiber Art. ISBN: 978-7-112-14746-5

    2011       ‘Kaunas Biennial Textile ’11: Rewind – Play – Forward’. ISBN: 9789955958741

    2010       ‘Warp & Weft’, Oriel Myrddin Gallery. ISBN: 9780955143427

    2008       ‘Interspacing’, Textile Culture Haslach,  Haslach, Austria. ISBN: 9783950256406

    2006       Textile 05, International Art Exhibition, Zilinskas Art Gallery, Lithuania

    2005       Northern Fibre 6, (Wo)man & Technology, Kerava Art Museum, Finland

    2004        Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, Australia

    2004        ‘Homelands’, Fiber Art Wales, United Kingdom

    2004        ‘Still Lives’, Craft ACT Gallery, Canberra, Australia

    2003        ‘Artists at Work: New Technology in Textile and Fibre Art’,

                   Textile Museum Prato, Italy

    2003        ‘The Gaps Between’ International Textile Biennial, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Ireland

    2003        ‘Hatched’, PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art)

    2003        SofA 02, No. 8 Catalogue Western Australia Art, Curtin University, Australia

    2003        ‘Talente 2002’, International Fair, Munich, Germany