Approved: 09.09.2021

Stewart Kelly

Artist, Community worker, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 09.09.2021

“Stewart portrays through his work, through the symbolism of his line, the strands of our lives, strands that are both physical and sensory, materially commanding and emotionally poignant." - John Hopper, Inspirational 8.

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Artist Statement

“Stewart portrays through his work, through the symbolism of his line, the strands of our lives, strands that are both physical and sensory, materially commanding and emotionally poignant." - John Hopper, Inspirational 8.

Stewart Kelly MA, BA (Hons), PGCE, is an award winning, internationally recognised artist based in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Stewart graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fashion & Textiles Design from Liverpool John Moores University (2000), specialising in textile art and design. During his studies, Stewart exhibited and sold fabric designs with Indigo Salon at Premiere Vision in Paris. His clients included; Donna KaranRalph LaurenLauren VidalSahco Hesslein and Ralph Lauren Home Collection.

Following this, Stewart received an Arts & Humanities Research Board postgraduate award to study for an MA in Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University (2002), specialising in fine art textiles. Since completing his studies, Stewart has established a profile as an international artist, showing his work in exhibitions across the United Kingdom, Europe, USA, Canada and China.

Throughout his career, Stewart has received several awards including, a Silver Medal at the 13th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art with Scythia, in Ukraine (2020), an Excellence Award at From Lausanne to Beijing, 11th Fiber Art Biennale, in China (2020), and an Excellence Award at the State of Health: Illness, Recovery & Art, with Fiber Art Now, in the USA (2020).

Stewart’s work has featured in several international publications including the Surface Design Journal, Fiber Art Now, Textile Fibre Forum, Textile View and Cover Magazine. In addition, Stewart has published online interviews with ArteMorbidaExplore FiberTextile Artist, Textile Curator and Mr X Stitch.

Stewart is a member of the European Textile Network and the Surface Design Association.

Stewart's current practice research lies at the intersection of art, health and wellbeing. Through practice-based research, he is interested in reflecting on how the ritual of hand stitching can document emotional experiences. The intimacy of the medium itself, with the suggestion of repetitive touch, lends a poignancy to bodily associations, providing an intimate and ambiguous trace of the artist’s presence.

Making hand stitched textiles can be therapeutic, a crucial tool for reflection and developing self-awareness. Working on slow, reflective projects has allowed a better understanding of the connection between the self and the desire to make art. 

The work marks time, and chronicles emotional changes through the physical and reflective act of stitch. Subliminally, it conveys the concept of transformation in life, the importance of reflection, and the exploration of creativity as part of artistic identity.

CV & Education

Qualifications

2006 PGCE (Further, Higher & Adult Education), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

2002 MA Textiles, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

2000 BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design, Liverpool John Moores University, UK


Training

2009 Foundation Studies in Art Therapy, British Association of Art Therapists, UK

2008 Introduction to Art Therapy, British Association of Art Therapists, UK

2007 ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts, Manchester Adult Education Service, UK


Membership

European Textile Network, www.etn-net.org

Bankley Studios & Gallery, www.bankley.org.uk

Surface Design Association, www.surfacedesign.org


Awards

2020 Excellence Award, From Lausanne to Beijing, 11th Fiber Art Biennale, China

2020 Excellence Award, State of Health: Illness, Recovery & Art, Fiber Art Now, USA

2020 Silver Medal, 13th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, Scythia, Ukraine

2001 Postgraduate Study Award, Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK


Exhibitions (Selected)

2022 Drawn In, The Turnpike Gallery, Lancashire, UK

2022 60 Drawings + 10, The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Lancashire, UK

2022 Bankley: 30 Years of Artist Led, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2022 Bubble: 22nd International Mini Textile Exhibition, Umelka Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2021 Beyond Boundaries, High Five Art, Baarle-Nassau, The Netherlands

2020 The Joy of Repetition, Unit Twelve Gallery, Staffordshire, UK

2020 Talking Sense: The Changing Vocabulary of Mind and Brain, The Portico Library, Manchester, UK

2020 Dream, 5th International Triennial of Textile Art, TexpoART, Victoria & Theodor Pallady Art Galleries, Iasi, Romania

2019 | 21 International Biennial of Contemporary Mini Textile Art, Scythia, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine

2019 Hang Out, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2019 Small Works, Surface Design Association, Arcade Contemporary Art Projects, Webster University, St Louis, USA

2018 | 22 Fate, Destiny & Self Determination: An International Tapestry Project, International Fibre Festival 2018, King House, Roscommon, Ireland | Tuchmacher Museum, Bramsche, Germany | Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum, Neumunster, Germany | Mississippi Valley, Textile Museum, Ontario, Canada

2018 | 20 From Lausanne to Beijing, International Fiber Art Biennale, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 

2018 - 19 5th Triennial Textile Art of Today, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia | Tatra Gallery, Poprad, Slovakia | The Morovian Museum, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic | Pesti Vigadó Gallery, Budapest, Hungary | Historical Museum, Bielsko-Biala, Poland

2018 Face to Face, World of Threads Festival, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural
Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Solo)

2018 Chaozhou International Embroidery Art Biennale, International Conference Center of Hanshan Normal University, Chaozhou, China

2017 Fantastic Fibers 2017, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, USA

2017 Echo Chamber, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2016 | 18 | 20 | 22 International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, Scythia, Kherson & Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine

2016 Traces, Hand & Lock, London, UK (Solo)

2016 Process, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2016 Open Exhibition, Waterside Arts Centre, Cheshire, UK

2015 | 17 | 22 Fibremen, International Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art, Scythia, Kherson & Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine

2015 Bodyworks, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK (Solo)

2014 Traces, Bowery Gallery, Leeds, UK (Solo)

2014 The Studios #2: Drawing Possibilities, The Studios Gallery, Derbyshire, UK

2014 Human Clay Revisited, Studio Eleven Gallery, Hull, UK | The Ropewalk, Lincolnshire, UK

2013 Life Lines, The Turnpike Gallery, Lancashire, UK (Solo)

2012 Go Figure, Studio Eleven Gallery, Hull, UK

2012 Made with Love, Studio Eleven Gallery, Hull, UK

2012 Textiles & Mixed Media, Eggspace, Liverpool, UK

2012 Life Lines, The Beetroot Tree, Derbyshire, UK (Solo)

2012 Hospitality Re-Viewed, Baltic Creative, Liverpool, UK

2012 60 Drawings, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2012 The Div/sion of Power, Fletcher Moss Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

2011 | 12 Open Contemporary Art Exhibition, Stockport Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

2011 | 12 Lancashire & Yorkshire Craft Open Exhibition, Platform Gallery, Lancashire, UK

2011 Life Lines, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, UK (Solo)

2010 – 11 Lines & Strata 2: Contemporary Welsh Drawing, Denbigh Museum & Art Gallery, Wales, UK | Oriel Mwldan, Wales, UK | White Lion Street Gallery, Wales, UK | Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Wales, UK

2010 Crafted, Kirkby Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2009 Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, Oriel Ynys Mon, Wales, UK

2008 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 21 | 22 Open Studios, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester, UK

2005 | 06 | 07 Open Studios, Hotbed Press, Salford, UK

2004 Artlink, Stockport Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

2003 Open Exhibition, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Wales, UK

2003 Open Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, UK

2002 Echo, The Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK

2002 Shopping, Debenhams Windows, Manchester, UK

2002 Testing Time, The Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK

2001 | 03 Young Wales, Royal Cambrian Academy, Wales, UK

2001 | 03 Open Exhibition, Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Wales, UK

2001 Following a Line, Oriel Mostyn, Wales, UK

2001 Stewart Kelly, Oriel Mostyn, Wales, UK (Solo)

2001 Destination Unknown, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, UK

2000 | 01 | 02 Indigo Salon, Premiere Vision, Paris, France

2000 Zones, Liverpool Art School, Liverpool, UK

2000 Graduate Fashion Week, Earls Court, London, UK

2000 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, UK