Approved: 15.07.2019

Rupi Dhillon

Artist, Film-maker, Project manager, Writer

Approved: 15.07.2019

Rupi Dhillon is a British, Indian, (British Asian, Punjabi, and all things in between and beyond) multidisciplinary artist based in Birmingham, UK

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    Artist Statement

    Rupi Dhillon is a British, Indian, (British Asian, Punjabi, and all things in between and beyond) multidisciplinary artist based in Birmingham, UK

    Dhillon explores the relationships and connections we have with one another and the land. Through her arts practice she investigates how multiplicity in culture is conducive to the concept of belonging and space. She is interested in facilitating discourse around race, gender and social class. Using playful techniques, her current work reimagines cultural experience through gestalt expression, participatory performance, shared practices, gifting and attachments in found objects.

    She has both exhibited and completed residencies in the UK and has also been the recipient of the prestigious Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest as well as the Inaugural AIS Award 2020 and Tate Liverpool Artists Award 2020. Dhillon has both a BA Hons and MA in Fine Art. Dhillon currently works with contemporary art gallery IKON in Birmingham.

    She is also interested in establishing further research into Cultural Dysphoria as a Philosophy.

    CV & Education


     Rupi Dhillon b. 1992, Birmingham, UK 


    Upcoming Residencies

    JOYA Arte + Ecologia, Sierra Maria, Almeria, Spain


    Upcoming Shows 


    September 2020

    ‘MA Show’, Birmingham School of Art 


    Group Exhibitions/workshops/residencies


    July - August 2020

    ‘Now that we are free’, An Indian Summer Festival, (online exhibition due to COVID-19)


    June 2020

    [email protected] Online Residency, ‘Stringing stories together with Roo’, (online residency due to COVID-19)


    March 2020

    ‘Punjabi Flatbread Workshop’, Recent Activity, 80-82 Floodgate St, Birmingham, UK


    September - October 2019 

    ‘Play’ (6.9.19 - 4.10.19), Stryx Gallery, Minerva Works, Birmingham, UK


    August 2019

    ‘SAAC Curatorial Project’, exhibition and series of workshops, Ward End Library, Washwood Heath Rd, Birmingham, B8 2HF


    ‘Pittu Garam’ Collaboration with artist Fred Hubble, Stryx Gallery, Minerva Works, Birmingham, UK /


    May - June 2019 

    Collaboration with Andrew Jackson for Blast Photography Festival — Festival of photography, talks and walks, Various (Oldbury, Tipton, Rowley Regis, Wednesbury, West Bromwich, Smethwick)



    'For I am' BA Degree Show, School of Art, BIAD, Birmingham, UK


    Awards and Accolades 




    Recipient of the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest Award


    Slow Moving Words Bursary - IKON Gallery, IKON Slow Boat, Birmingham, UK


    NAWM - Studio visit with artist Matthew Krishanu


    Other Projects




    Student Academic Leader, Birmingham School of Art 


    A Series of Diverse Talks, project member and organiser, Birmingham School of Art


    Member at EOP - Extra-Ordinary People at Eastside Projects






    Studio holder, Stryx Gallery, Birmingham, UK


    CoFounder - Bhai?a Project


    Founder - SAAC (South Asian Artists Collective) — a space which allows Midlands based South Asian creatives of all artistic backgrounds, creeds and ethnicities (belonging by some descent to South Asia) to share work, ideas, events and practice.


    August 2019

    Workshop - IKON Youth Project 

    ‘Pittu Garam’ Collaboration with artist Fred Hubble


    May 2019

    Mental Health and Creative Healing Workshop, Nishkam School, 3-11 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B21 9SN



    Member - The League of Punjabis


    2011 - 2012    

    Student Representative, Birmingham School of Art






    MA Fine Art, School Of Art, Birmingham City University, UK



    Fine Art BA (Hons), School Of Art, Birmingham City University, UK




    Information Assistant, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK


    Commissioned Writer, Bostin’ News, Creative Black Country, UK