Aaron Williamson (Derby, England, 1960). His work is informed by his experience of becoming deaf and by a politicised, yet humorous sensibility towards disability. At a University of California San Diego lecture in 1998, Williamson coined the term ‘Deaf Gain’ as a counter-emphasis to ‘hearing loss’.
ARTIST PORTFOLIO: over the last twenty five years Aaron Williamson has created more than 300 exhibitions, performances, interventions, videos, installations and publications for galleries, museums and festivals including: (International): the Venice Biennale; Nippon Performance Art Festival – Japan; DaDao Festival – China; ‘Intercambio’ – Argentina; Columbia Uni., Chicago, USA; Taipei Performance – Taiwan; ‘Eruptio Action Art’ Transylvania; ANTI Art Festival – Finland; the British School at Rome; and many other European venues. (UK): Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Hayward Gallery, South London Gallery, The Showroom, Gasworks, ICA (all London); Spike Island & Arnolfini Bristol; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Bluecoat & Liverpool Biennial; Chapter Arts, Cardiff; and many others.
AWARDS include: Three-Year AHRC Fellowship, BIAD, UCE; the Helen Chadwick Fellowship at the British School at Rome; Artist Links Residency, Shanghai, China; Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, Spike Island, Bristol; Acme Studios Stephen Cripps Award; Artist’s Residency, Civitella Ranieri, Italy; the Wheatley Fellowship in Sculpture, BIAD, UCE; Arts Foundation ‘Art in Urban Space’ Award; Walker Art Gallery Artist in residence for the Liverpool Biennial.
PROJECT FUNDING: Arts Council England; the British Council; Arts and Humanities Research Council; Henry Moore Foundation; Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; The Elephant Trust; Unlimited 2 Commissions; ‘Innovate’ – London Arts Board.
EDUCATION: D.Phil in Literature from the University of Sussex (1997). Williamson has held Lectureships on BA and MA Fine Art courses in the UK (Dartington College of Arts, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Goldsmiths College); and has been a Visiting Lecturer to numerous institutions internationally.
PUBLICATIONS include: ‘Aaron Williamson – Performance, Video, Collaboration’, (monograph – Live Art Development Agency, 2008); ‘Demonstrating the World’ in ‘The Routledge 21st Century Performance Reader’ (forthcoming, 2018); ‘Collapsing Lecture’ in ‘Disability Space Architecture’ (Routledge, 2017); ‘Art of the Lived Experiment’ (catalogue for exhibition curated by Williamson at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 2014; ‘Quick Clips and Short Cuts’ (DVD compilation of documentation, Live Art Development Agency, 2011); The Forgotten History of the Affligare’ (Spike Island Publications, 2011); Art Becomes You (edited as conference convenor; Article Press, University of Central England, 2007).