Rhiannon Kendall North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Rhiannon Kendall is a Contemporary Artist and Poet, Prison Teacher and Freelance Art Workshop Facilitator who lives and works in York, North Yorkshire, UK (b. 1996). Drawing, Painting, Poetry and Spoken word are all central to the Artist's practice. Rhiannon's work is often inspired by her experiences of being a queer woman from a working class council estate and mining village background.
Rhiannon Kendall is a Northern Queer Contemporary Artist and Poet, Prison Teacher and Freelance Art Workshop Facilitator who lives and works in York, North Yorkshire, UK (b. 1996). Drawing, Painting, Poetry and Spoken word are all central to the Artist's creative practice. Rhiannon's work is often inspired by her experiences of being a queer woman from a working class council estate and mining village background. She secured a First Class Degree in Fine Art and an MA in Fine Art in York and then later completed a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education. Alongside being a practicing Artist, Rhiannon works as a Teacher in a custodial setting, course leading on subjects including Art, Financial Skills, Employability and Digital Skills qualifications. Rhiannon occasionally delivers Art workshops within the community and is confident facilitating workshops that explore mediums and processes such as Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Poetry, Spoken Word, Collage and Mixed Media Artwork.
In 2022, Rhiannon was awarded a 9 month artist residency to undertake a focused practice as research project titled 'Ghosts from a Small Town' surrounding lost queer and working class narratives and experiences surrounding loss, home and memory at Loughborough University through the AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges and Institutions) Project and was later awarded Artists of the year 2022 Nationally.
Publications: 'Shoaler' Community Zine, Crescent Arts, Scarborough (2022) 'Questions from a small town' featured in Creeping Expansion Magazine, UK (2020) 'Although I’ll never find you; maybe I’ll find me' featured in Penny Thoughts, Manchester, UK (2020) 'She is not the ocean' featured in Piano Microstories Online Publication. Edited by Ravinder Surah and Gemma Land and Fabrizio Paterlini (2019) Word power: Language as Medium. Library X, London (2019)
Solo Shows: Drawing Series - Funded Project. The Bowes Museum, County Durham (late 2020) Rhiannon Kendall: Solo Show. The Malthouse, York, UK. Residency. The Malthouse, York, UK.
Group Shows/Project participation: Scratch Night - Spoken Word Poetry, Rural Arts, Thirsk (2022) 'Flora Flora' Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, UK (2022) 'Place' Crescent Arts, Scarborough, UK (2021) Queer Art in the 21st Century. Flamingo’s Coffee House, Leeds. Curated and facilitated by Alexander Anderson (2020) 'Queer in Exile' Online Group Exhibition. Curated and facilitated by Sam Moreno Alamein (2020) 'The Confinement Chronicle' FrikiFish, Online Group Exhibition (2020) 'The CO 19 Project' Online Group Exhibition (2020) 'New Emergence Art Prize' Online Group Exhibition (2020) 'Lock down' Fronteer Art Gallery, Online Exhibition (2020) Coantivirus International Online Art Exhibition (2020) Undergraduate Degree Show. York St John University, York, UK (2019) York Open Studios. The Grand Hotel, York, UK (2019) Interim Winter Show. Spark CIC, York, UK (2019) 'Print Stuff' De Grey Rooms, York, UK (2018) Illuminating York. York St John University, York, UK (2017) Vespertine. Trinity Church York, UK (2016) Supporting Behind the Mask Mental Health Foundation. The Lowry, Manchester (2016) 'Sculpture Installation' Haw Hill Park, Normanton, West Yorkshire (2016) Ossett Town Hall Arts Exhibition (2nd Prize winner) Ossett Town Hall (2016)
Accolades/projects include: Artist of The Year Award - Nationally, AA2A Project, Loughborough University (2022). Artist in Residence at Loughborough University, AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges and Institutions). 'Place' Micro-commission awarded by Crescent Arts, Scarborough (2021). Long-listed Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (2020). Nominated finalist in The Confinement Chronicle, Barcelona (2020). Funded mentoring with Sara Cooper and funded drawing exhibition at The Bowes Museum, (late 2020).