Rhiannon Kendall North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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LGBTQ+ artist with a contemporary drawing and language based practice residing in York, UK.

Kendall grew up in a working class mining village on the outskirts of Wakefield. The artist became obsessive toward drawing and writing during childhood and to this day uses this as a means of navigating and exploring the struggle, wonder and complexities of life as an LGBTQ+ woman whilst addressing universal experiences of loss, desire and questioning. The artist often considers the role of language and it's historical and present day role of being an ordinarily private way in which we communicate and share our most intimate moments, thoughts and relationships either through diary keeping, sending letters, composing messages or conversation. Within Kendall's works, confessional fragmented text and poetry is layered, covered and scattered across and underneath fragmented child like drawings in order to allow the viewer to encounter their own experiences and private thoughts, creating a dialogue; a possibility of facilitating moments of innocence, self awareness, joy, sadness, remembering and uncertainty.

Currently undertaking a Masters in Fine Art in York with ambitions of pursuing PhD studies in the near future, Kendall is currently exhibiting at Queer Art in The 21st Century, Leeds. Upcoming projects include producing a text/drawing series at The Bowes Museum engaging with the lost love letters of John and Josephine Bowes and will shortly be undertaking mentoring from Sara Cooper in March/April 2020, an Untitled 10 artist featured at The Bowes Museum.

Artwork

Performance and collaborative drawing with Dr. Lucy O'Donnell, 2019

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Performance and collaborative drawing with Dr. Lucy O'Donnell, 2019

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Performance and collaborative drawing with Dr. Lucy O'Donnell, 2019

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Performance and collaborative drawing with Dr. Lucy O'Donnell, 2019

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Performance and collaborative drawing with Dr. Lucy O'Donnell, 2019

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Performance and collaborative drawing with Dr. Lucy O'Donnell, 2019

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Collaborative drawing series with Dr. Lucy O'Donnell, 2019

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Collaborative drawing series with Dr. Lucy O'Donnell, 2019

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Performance and collaborative drawing with Dr. Lucy O'Donnell, 2019

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You're wonderful, 2018

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n0 n o O no N o , 2019

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W0 m b b b, 2019

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misS me yYy yoU ? , 2019

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YO ou wenT oUt L ike A 5o waTt t bulb, 2019

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o0 O o o0 0O o , 2019

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o0 O o o0 0O o - close up , 2019

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o0 O o o0 0O o - close up , 2019

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Water house Studios, 2019

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Water house Studios - Olivia Brabbs Photography , 2019

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Water house Studios - Olivia Brabbs Photography , 2019

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Drawing Series , 2019

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Drawing Series , 2019

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Drawing Series , 2019

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Drawing Series , 2019

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Rhiannon Kendall - Solo Show at The Malthouse, York., 2019

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Rhiannon Kendall - Solo Show at The Malthouse, York., 2019

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Rhiannon Kendall - Solo Show at The Malthouse, York., 2019

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Rhiannon Kendall - Solo Show at The Malthouse, York., 2019

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Book page drawings , 2017 - 2018

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Book page drawings , 2017 - 2018

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Book page drawings , 2017 - 2018

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Performance drawings, 2018 - 2019

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Performance drawings, 2018 - 2019

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Performance drawings, 2018 - 2019

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Performance drawings, 2018 - 2019

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In another life - short poem, 2019

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In this next life, you might love me 'like that' , 2019

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Found - short poem , 2019

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Her Smile , 2019

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Untitled , 2019

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Untitled, 2020

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NEEDed YOU , 2020

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Untitled, 2020

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Untitled, 2020

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Get lost in my eyes , 2020

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What if I never get closure?, 2020

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Womb Closet , 2020

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Previous projects

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Queer Art in the 21st Century Exhibition

04/03/2020 to 14/03/2020

Four drawing pieces were exhibited and the artist performed two spoken word poem's on the opening evening at Flamingo's Coffee House in Leeds as part of Queer Art in the 21st Century Exhibition curated by Alexander Anderson.

Flamingos Coffee House, Leeds, Leeds Details

Drawing Series Exhibition

20/02/2020

Kendall is producing a drawing and text based series for The Bowes Museum in response to the destroyed love letters and conversations of John and Josephine Bowes. This Exhibition will take place late May 2020 and will be on public display in the entrance of the building.

The Bowes Museum, Durham Details

Poetry Publication - feautured in 'Fabrizio Paterlini - Piano Microstories Publication'

11/01/2020

Rhiannon Kendall's poem 'She is not the Ocean' 2019 can be found published in 'Fabrizio Paterlini - Piano Microstories' Publication by Ravinder Surah and Gemma Land.

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Degree Show BA (Hons)

05/07/2019 to 19/07/2019

Rhiannon Kendall exhibited a contemporary drawing series onto book pages and poetry series reflecting upon themes of motherhood, self censorship and child loss during the York St John University degree show 2019.

York St John University, York Details

WordPower: Language as Medium - Publication

08/04/2019

Rhiannon Kendall was published in Wordpower: Language as Medium. Library X, London. 2019. WordPower: Language as Medium reflects on the shift from representative forms to simplified modes of visual communication, this two-part publication explores works by a selection of 100 contemporary artists who implement the direct use of language and the...

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York Open Studios

05/04/2019 to 14/04/2019

Rhiannon Kendall, Hannah Cash and Holly Futers were selected to represent York St John University in 2019 as a student showcase at The Grand Hotel, as part of York Open Studios; York's largest arts festival which took place on the 6th/7th and the 13th/14th April 2019.

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Interim Show

12/01/2019 to 19/01/2019

Rhiannon Kendall and other artists exhibited work in various mediums at Spark York.

Spark York CIC, York Details

'There's no place like home'

13/06/2018 to 27/06/2018

During her second year of undergraduate studies, Rhiannon Kendall was invited to contribute to the third year's undergraduate degree show at York St John University.

York St John University, York Details

Print Stuff Exhibition

01/05/2018 to 03/05/2018

Rhiannon Kendall exhibited prints as part of the undergraduate student showcase with York St John University.

De Grey Rooms, York Details

Behind the Mask Mental Health Foundation Exhibition

05/12/2016

Rhiannon Kendall and other artists exhibited works in relation to the theme of mental health and in order to show support to the charity Behind the Mask Mental Health Foundation, with the intention of breaking the stigma surrounding mental health conditions.

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Sculpture Trail

04/11/2016

Rhiannon Kendall's Sculptural work and the work of several other artists was kindly donated and installed by the local council and friends of Haw Hill Park at Haw Hill Park as part of the re-generation programme, situated in Kendall's hometown.

Haw Hill Park, West Yorkshire, Wakefield Details

Ossett Town Hall Exhibition

05/08/2016 to 08/08/2016

Local art exhibition displaying works in a variety of mediums. Rhiannon Kendall received an award for 2nd place by public vote.

Ossett Town Hall, Ossett, Wakefield Details
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