Approved: 15.07.2019

Rupi Dhillon

Artist, Film-maker, Project manager, Writer

Approved: 15.07.2019

Rupi Dhillon is a British Indian, multidisciplinary artist based in Birmingham, UK

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Artist Statement

Rupi Dhillon is a British Indian, 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. 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

CV

 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 http://stryx.co.uk/02-08-19-15-08-19-Pittu-Garam / http://stryx.co.uk/Pittu-Garam-application-form

 

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) https://www.andrewjackson.photography/-/galleries/selected-works/another-place-like-home

 

2014  

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

 

Awards and Accolades 

 

2019 

 

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

 

Current

 

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

 

 

 

2019

 

Studio holder, Stryx Gallery, Birmingham, UK

 

CoFounder - Bhai?a Project https://www.instagram.com/bhainaproject/

 

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

 

2018 

Member - The League of Punjabis www.theleagueofpunjabis.org

 

2011 - 2012    

Student Representative, Birmingham School of Art

 

 

Education

 

2019-20 

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

 

2011-14 

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

 

Work

 

Information Assistant, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK

 

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