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
Anatomy 15, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Cellulitory Investigations, performance
'Locality', group show at DOK, Edinburgh incl The Jazz Suit, performance with John Phillips
The Jazz Suit, Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland - performance with John Phillips
Bugle Calls for the Twenty First Century, Aberdour, Scotland - performance with John Phillips
Beastly screened at Hackney Empire upstairs, artists film night
The Jazz Suit, performance with John Phillips, Orkney
Beacons Arts Festival
Art Village, Shawlands Arcade, Glasgow
Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Winter Open (and 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007)
Cupar Arts Festival
Open Windows, Stromness
Motorcade Flash Parade Open, Bristol
Waterfront Gallery, Stromness, Group Exhibition
The Sorting Room, Stromness, Summer Exhibition
Clackmannan College, Alloa: “Gaze” (performance)
Keighley Art Factory, West Yorkshire: Ceramics
Keighley Art Factory, West Yorkshire; Annual Open Exhibition
Lambeth Community Care Centre, London: “Local”
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
Hi Arts (Creative Scotland) funding to exhibit.
Scottish Arts Council Award to produce new work.
Founding director of community arts space in Stromness – The Sorting Room - with a lead role in managing the project and providing support to emerging artists and craftspeople.
Two month residency with Fife Community Services. Series of workshops alongside service users with learning disabilities.
Worked alongside woman stroke survivor to produce a video about living with aphasia.
Lambeth Community Care Team. Providing therapeutic one to one art sessions for people with neurological disabilities.
Lambeth Community Care Centre and Whittington Centre. Running art, craft and poetry groups with older people and people with physical and learning disabilities.