Visiting Artist's Talk — Holly Hendry

For this week's Visiting Artist's Talk (VAT), we welcome Holly Hendry.

Holly Hendry’s sculptures look at the back of things – open cracks where you see the gooey insides.

The works deal with internal and external aspects of the body, display and production – architectural rear spaces and hidden bodily activities, or situations that are brought into view through specific objects, textures or forms. Through scale and material manipulation, she addresses concerns of permeability and morbidity through a visual language that speaks of comic insignificance.

She has exhibited internationally at institutions including: Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2019–20), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, 2017), Sharjah Art Foundation (2014), and was part of the Liverpool Biennial (2018) and Le Beinnale De Lyon (2019). Hendry was the Rome Fellow in Contemporary Art at the British School at Rome in 2018 and was awarded the Arts Foundation Award for Experimental Architecture in 2019.

A solo show of new works and a large-scale outdoor commission by Hendry will be unveiled at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea in 2021.

The Visiting Artists' Talks (VAT) series for 2020/21 welcomes eighteen guests across two semesters to join us live via Teams every Monday afternoon during teaching weeks.

Each session brings an arts professional to talk with us (as a community) about what they do and why, and to chat with the student body honestly about their career journey and interests.

All of our talks are compulsory for our Fine Art students but open to anyone else who would like to join us.

To request a link for this talk, please email Nick Thurston by 1pm on 7 December.


Holly Hendry, Wrot (2017). Various materials. BALTIC (Gateshead). Photo: Mark Pinder.