Approved: 09.09.2021

Stewart Kelly

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 09.09.2021

I am an artist, designer and researcher based in Manchester, UK. My work is mainly textile based, however my practice has recently incorporated drawing, animation, film, photography, sound and text.

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Artist Statement

I am an artist, designer and researcher based in Manchester, UK. My work is mainly textile based, however my practice has recently incorporated drawing, animation, film, photography, sound and text.

I am currently studying for a practice-led PhD at The Manchester Metropolitan University where my research focuses on the significance of hand stitching as a vehicle for gaining and expanding an understanding of masculinity. 

CV & Education

Exhibitions (Selected)

2022 - Drawn In, The Turnpike Gallery, Lancashire, UK

2022 - 60 Drawings + 10, The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Lancashire, UK

2022 - Bankley: 30 Years of Artist Led, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2022 - Bubble: 22nd International Mini Textile Exhibition, Umelka Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2021 - Beyond Boundaries, High Five Art, Baarle-Nassau, The Netherlands

2020 - The Joy of Repetition, Unit Twelve Gallery, Staffordshire, UK

2020 - Talking Sense: The Changing Vocabulary of Mind and Brain, The Portico Library, Manchester, UK

2020 - Dream: 5th International Triennial of Textile Art, TexpoART, Victoria & Theodor Pallady Art Galleries, Iasi, Romania

2019 | 2021 | 2023 - International Biennial of Contemporary Mini Textile Art, Scythia, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine

2019 - Hang Out, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2019 - Small Works, Arcade Contemporary Art Projects, Webster University, St Louis, USA

2018 | 2022 | 2023 | 2024 - Fate, Destiny & Self Determination: An International Tapestry Project, International Fibre Festival 2018, King House, Roscommon, Ireland | Tuchmacher Museum, Bramsche, Germany | Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum, Neumunster, Germany | Mississippi Valley, Textile Museum, Ontario, Canada | La Encartada Fabrika-Museoa, Bizkaia, Spain | Turkish Textile Festival, Izmir, Turkey | Centre National D'Exposition, Quebec, Canada | Contextile, Guimarães, Portugal

2018 | 2020 - From Lausanne to Beijing: International Fiber Art Biennale, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 

2018 | 2019 - 5th Triennial Textile Art of Today, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia | Tatra Gallery, Poprad, Slovakia | The Morovian Museum, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic | Pesti Vigadó Gallery, Budapest, Hungary | Historical Museum, Bielsko-Biala, Poland

2018 - Face to Face, World of Threads Festival, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural
Centre, Ontario, Canada (Solo)

2018 - Chaozhou International Embroidery Art Biennale, International Conference Center of Hanshan Normal University, Chaozhou, China

2017 - Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, USA

2017 - Echo Chamber, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2016 | 2018 | 2020 | 2022 - International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, Scythia, Kherson & Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine

2016 - Traces, Hand & Lock, London, UK (Solo)

2016 - Process, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2015 | 2017 | 2022 - Fibremen: International Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art, Scythia, Kherson & Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine

2015 - Bodyworks, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK (Solo)

2014 - Traces, Bowery Gallery, Leeds, UK (Solo)

2014 - The Studios #2: Drawing Possibilities, The Studios Gallery, Derbyshire, UK

2014 - Human Clay Revisited, Studio Eleven Gallery, Hull, UK | The Ropewalk, Lincolnshire, UK

2013 - Life Lines, The Turnpike Gallery, Lancashire, UK (Solo)

2012 - Go Figure, Studio Eleven Gallery, Hull, UK

2012 - Life Lines, The Beetroot Tree, Derbyshire, UK (Solo)

2012 - Hospitality Re-Viewed, Baltic Creative, Liverpool, UK

2012 - 60 Drawings, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2011 - Life Lines, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, UK (Solo)

2010 - Crafted, Kirkby Gallery, Liverpool, UK
 

Publications (Selected)

2023 - In Good Hands, Embroidery Magazine, Volume 74, March | April 2023, ISSN 1477-3724

2021 - Beyond Boundaries, TxP (Textiel Plus), Volume 65, Issue 256, ISSN 2589-0638

2021 - 20 Years of Review and Reflection: From Lausanne to Beijing International Fiber Art Biennale and Symposium, Zhuangshi, Issue 2021-2, Tsinghua University Publication, ISSN 0412-3662

2020 - Excellence in Fibers V, Fiber Art Now, Volume 9, Issue 2, ISSN 2163-5358

2020 - How Art Heals: Exploring Your Deep Feelings Using Collage, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 0764361465

2020 - State of Health: Illness, Recovery & Art, Fiber Art Now, Volume 9, Issue 4, ISSN 2163-5358

2020 - 20 Years of Thinking, Making & Communicating Ideas, Textile Fibre Forum, Artwear Publications, Issue 138, ISSN 0818-6308

2019 - The Exploration of New Era Fiber Art, Zhuangshi, Issue 2019-3, Tsinghua University Publication, ISSN 0412-3662

2018 - 5th Triennial Textile Art of Today, Textile Art of Today Publication, ISBN 978-80-973111-0-0

2018 - Beijing Fiber Art Biennale, Cover Magazine, Hali Productions Ltd, Issue 53, ISSN 2042-7069

2018 - Chaozhou International Embroidery Art Biennale, China Fiber Art Publication, ISBN 978-7-5180-5771-9

2018 - From Lausanne to Beijing: 10th International Fiber Art Biennale, China Fiber Art Publication, ISBN 978-7-122-22746-4

2017 - Paper, Ink & Stitch, Inspirations, Inspirations Publications, Issue 94, ISBN 1320-4610

2017 - Striche, Stiche und Papier, Patchwork Professional, Partner Medien Verlags, Issue 03-2017, ISSN 1434-5080

2016 - Forms, Figures and Fine Art, Be Creative with Workbox, River Media Devon Ltd, Issue 159, ISBN 977205678702001


Awards

2020 - Award for Excellence, From Lausanne to Beijing: 11th Fiber Art Biennale, China

2020 - Award for Excellence, State of Health: Illness, Recovery & Art, Fiber Art Now, USA

2020 - Silver Medal, 13th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, Scythia, Ukraine

2001 - Postgraduate Study Award, Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK


Training

2009 - Foundation Course in Art Therapy, British Association of Art Therapists, UK

2008 - Introduction to Art Therapy, British Association of Art Therapists, UK

2007 - Certificate in Counselling ConceptsManchester Adult Education Service, UK
 

Education

2021 to present - PhD Design (Research by Practice), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

2006 - PGCE (Further, Higher & Adult Education), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

2002 - MA Textiles, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

2000 - BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design, Liverpool John Moores University, UK