Ainsley is an artist working in video, performance and sound. Ainsley makes videos which are both intensely silly and dead serious, at turns laugh out loud funny and positively disquieting. Born in Devon and trained in London – at Chelsea art college, she was also influenced by many years working in care environments, her work embraces a love of vulnerable, intimate connection with strangers, and the painful, dark humour found in adversity. Working collaboratively with musician John Phillips, she produces objects to form costumes for performance to camera, playfully seeking to meld art and music both as practices and as approaches to making.
CV & Education
Born in Exeter, Devon, UK.
Currently lives and works in Fife, Scotland.
23 Hilton View
Selected performances, exhibitions and projects
• Developed and launched a jamming kit to empower care staff to get jams happening in the care home themselves
• Delivered eight co-creative art/music sessions in care homes in Fife and Dundee
• Delivered six weekly open studio sessions in Lochgelly, Fife, exploring audio-visual jamming alongside people living with dementia in the community and their carers
• Delivered a project in a Dundee care home and day centre to co-create a CD
• Delivered a series of participatory music groups alongside people living with dementia in 16 care homes in Fife and Dundee
• Delivered a project in two Dundee care homes to co-create a video soundscape
• Screening of Harmonious Place, video, onto Forth Valley Hospital, Larbert
• Anatomy 15, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Cellulitory Investigations, performance
• 'Locality', group show at DOK, Edinburgh incl The Jazz Suit, performance
• The Jazz Suit, Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland - performance
• Bugle Calls for the Twenty First Century, Aberdour, Scotland – performance
• Released 4 music tracks with videos – digital release
• Beastly screened at Hackney Empire upstairs, artists film night
• The Jazz Suit, Orkney, Scotland - performance
Work screened at:
• Beacons Arts Festival
• Art Village, Shawlands Arcade, Glasgow
• Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Winter Open
• Formed a collaborative practice to explore the art/music interface
• Set-up and ran a community arts space in Stromness, Orkney
• Creative Scotland project funding for an audio-visual co-creative care home project
• Creative Scotland project funding for a participatory community project
• Creative Scotland project funding for a co-creative care home project
• Scot Rail Foundation project funding for a care home co-creative CD project
• Hi Arts (Creative Scotland) funding to exhibit.
• Scottish Arts Council Award to produce new work.
Post Graduate Diploma (with distinction) Interpretation Management and Practice University of the Highlands & Islands
BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2:1 – Chelsea College of Art and Design