Artist Statement 


I am an artist who creates empowered spaces for neurodivergent creatives that are relaxed & remove the risk present in neurotypical situations. I collaborate with other artists, mainly neurodivergent creatives to develop new ways of working, experimenting with sound, video to ask questions where multi media/technology & live performance meet. I am a prolific painter and most of what you see has been painted in bed. I am an Artist in Residence at Drake Music who champion disabled musicians; to devise work with their team and support their portfolio of artists. 

My work has been supported and presented by organisations including Arts Council England, Live Art Development Agency, Shape Arts, Unlimited, Tate Modern, SXRXVE NYC, Disability Arts Online, The Minories Gallery Colchester, Modern Panic (James Elphick), Camden People's Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Unfamiliars (Gemma Abbott), Scratch hub @ BAC, Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Festival, SweetVenues @ Brighton Fringe Festival, and European Investment Bank, Luxembourg. 


Grants, Bursaries and Residences 


2020 -  Arts Council England Grant for Elinor Rowlands- Magical Women 

2020 - Unlimited, Shape Arts Micro Grant (Full amount awarded) - Jan 2020

2020 - Artist in Residency (Paid) at Drake Music - Jan 2020 (to start March - Jan 2021)

2017 - Heart of Glass Bursary (Women Only) 

2015-2016 Viewfinder, Disability Arts Online at Goldsmiths University 


Awards and Selections


2019 - 4 pieces of work selected for "Contested Spaces" 6 month exhibition at The Foundry A Place for Change

2019 - Painting selected for Outside In Exhibition Judged by Grayson Perry.

2018 - Heart of Glass £250 Performance Bursary towards performance.

2017-2018 - Tate Modern x Shape Arts Performance writing

2018 - Shape Arts Showcase, Retrospective, Hoxton Arches, London

2017 - 1st Prize winner (1200 submissions), ello x Wetransfer Art Competition “Flow"

2017 - Shortlisted top 5, from 600 submissions for a Residency, People's Palaces, Brazil, Funded by the British Council

2015 - 2nd Prize Poetry Winner, Sutton Writers

2014 - 1st Prize, Poetry Winner, Sutton Writers

2000, 2001, 2002, Art Award, International School Luxembourg

2000 - Harvard University & New York Film Academy Presents Film Screenings, USA. 

2000 - Key Speaker at the National Conference for Community Justice, Boston, USA.

2000 - Human Rights Award, International School Luxembourg


Exhibitions


December 6th - 24th, 2019, Pop Up Gallery, Ad Lib, Fulham Road, London, UK. Curator: Dylan Roberts

December 3rd - 13th, 2019, Solo Exhibition, EU Communities, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

November 11 - 19th, 2019, Autumn Group Exhibition, Society of Fulham Artists and Potters, Fulham Library, London UK.

October 28, 2019 - January 1 2020 - Outside In National Exhibition, Judged by Grayson Perry RA. Piano Noble Gallery founder Robert Travers and Cathie Pilkington, RA. Gallery Piano Noble, Kings Place, London UK.

September 2019 - January 2020 "Contested Spaces," A Place for Change, The Foundry, Vauxhall London UK.

May 2019, Fulham Society of Artists, Group Exhibition, Fulham Library, London, UK

March 2019, “In the forest” video installation for Group Exhibition: On Wonder, Curator Gemma Abbott, Minories Galleries, Colchester, UK

November 2018 - At the Windows (Video art), Shape Open's showcase at Hoxton Arches. Exh. 1-11 November.

April 2018, Like Breath Not Breathing (film), Women SRSLY, The Yard Theatre, London UK

March 2018, At the Window (film), Shape Open, Art Pavilion, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

January 2018, The Girl, Poetry Performance (reading), Group Poetry/Fiction Reading, Tate Modern

February 2017 - Showered and Dressed (film), SXRXVE, NYC, USA

October 2017 - "What do We do When we get There?", Film Festival: Safety at home, Home, Curated by Random Artists, Ex- Fed Ex London

October 2017 - Showered and Dressed, Modern Panic VIII, Curated by James Elphick of Guerrilla Zoo, Apiary Studios, London

February 2014, East London Art Therapy Art Exhibition in a Church (Group), London, UK

June 2012 - Within Blue, Solo exhibition, Matteo's, Putney

June 2012 Colours of the Core Group Show, The Art Therapy Centre, Archway, London

June 2012 Art Therapy Final Group Show, Whitelands, London UK

August 2008 - Of Light, solo show, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

June 2008 – Final Postgraduate Diploma Group Show, Byam Shaw School of Art, London, UK

April 2008 - Binocular Group Show, Kingsgate Gallery, London, UK

2005 - 2007

Various art exhibitions and performances in China, Zhejiang Province.

June 2007 - Solo Art exhibition, Zhejiang University, West Branch, China

May 2006 - Joint Art exhibition with Todd Ying, Zhejiang University, West Branch, China


Performances (incl. festivals)


November 2019 - Poetry Open Mic, Survivor Poets, Covent Garden, Poet Society Cafe, London UK.

March - August 2019 Two Million More, Curated/Directed by Kathryn Stamp (PHD) Dance and Disability research, London UK

April 2019 - Wandsworth Fringe, Poetry Performance (as part of a line up), Battersea, London, UK

June 2019, “Outside my hands are clapping”, Live Art Solo Performance, H&F Arts Festival, produced by Turtle Key Arts, London, UK

March 2019, "Into the forest" poetry performance, The Unfamiliars, Minories Galleries, Colchester, UK.

February 2019, "Painted Conversations," Live Art Durational Performance, Yard Theatre, London UK.

December 2018, Sketch Comedy Lab Sharing (writer/performance), Soho Theatre, London, UK

April 2018, "Do We Seem Different When We Drown?" Poetic performance to live music, (People I've Loved/Film by ER), Scratch, Battersea Arts Centre

January 2018, "Way to the Pretty" (writer/director, performance poet), Calm Down Dear, Feminist Festival, Camden People's Theatre, London, UK

June 2017, Jamie's Lighthouse (Writer), Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, London


Workshops and Training


2018 Comedy Sketch Lab (10 weeks), Soho Theatre, with Lee Griffiths, London, UK

2017 -2018 - Disabled Writers' Workshops, Shape Arts and Tate Modern Collaboration

2017, Deep Listening Workshop (attendee), Mile End, London

2017 Omnibus Theatre, Writing Workshops, Clapham, London

2017, Animation Documentary Symposium (attendee), Royal College of Art, London UK

2015-2016, Disability Arts Online Viewfinder 12 week Writing Workshops, Goldsmiths University with Bella Todd,

2013, Psychoanalysis in Film Symposium, Freud Museum, London


Collections, Stockists and Markets

2019 - 2020 The Minories, Art Gallery Shop, Colchester UK (Continuous)

2019-2020 H&F Handmade Artist Pop Up Shop, King's Mall, Hammersmith, UK (12 week residency)

2019-2020 Ad Lib, Pop Up Gallery and Shop, Fulham Road, London UK (8 weeks)

Artist CV, Elinor Rowlands, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 

  • MA, Roehampton University 2010 -2012, Art Psychotherapist, (HCPC) 
  • PGCE (Qualified Teacher Status), FIPC affiliated to Middlesex University  
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London
  • BA (hons)Film joint Performance studies, Aberystwyth University of Wales (Features Editor, Vice President Volunteering)
  • IB - International School of Luxembourg (Arts Award, 2000, 2001, 2002 and Human Rights Award) 
  • European School of Luxembourg 1988-1999 (School Journalist) 

Awards and Shortlists 

  • 2019, 4 pieces of work selected for "Contested Spaces" 6 month exhibition at The Foundry
  • 2019, Painting selected for Outside In Exhibition Judge, Grayson Perry. 
  • 2018, Shape Arts Showcase, Retrospective, Hoxton Arches, London
  • 2017, 1st Prize winner (1200 submissions), ello x Wetransfer Art Competition "Flow" 
  • 2017, Shortlisted from 600 submissions for a Residency, People's Palaces, Brazil, Funded by the British Council 
  • 2015, 2nd Prize Poetry Winner, Sutton Writers 
  • 2014, 1st Prize, Poetry Winner, Sutton Writers 
  • 2000, 2001, 2002, Art Award, ISL 
  • 2000, Harvard University & New York Film Academy Presents Film Screenings, USA. 
  • 2000, Key Speaker at the National Conference for Community Justice, Boston, USA. 
  • 2000, Human Rights Award, ISL
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