From left to right: Veronica Ryan, James Richards, Zadie Xa



James Richards

James Richards (b. Cardiff, UK 1983) lives and works in Berlin and London.

Selected exhibitions include: When We Were Monsters, Haus Mödrath Raum Für Kunst, Kerpen (2021) Alms for the Birds, Castello Di Rivoli, Turin (2020); SPEED 2, Malmö Konsthall w/ Leslie Thornton (2019); SPEED, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart w/ Leslie Thornton (2018); Ache, Cabinet, London (2019); Slight Ache, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (2019); Mouth Room, Galeri Isabella Bortolozzi (2017); Requests and Antisongs, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2017); Requests and Antisongs, ICA, London (2016); Crossing, Rodeo London (2016); Crumb Mahogan, Bergen Kunsthall (2016); James Richards, Kunstverein München (2015); James Richards, CCA, Kitakyushu (2012); Not Blacking Out, Just Turning The Lights Off, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2011); Art Now, w/ Clunie Reid Tate Britain, London (2010).

Selected group exhibitions include: The Botanical Mind, Camden Arts Centre (2020); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Less Than Zero, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis (2016); Cut to Swipe, MoMA, New York (2014); Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York (2013); and The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale de Venezia, Venice (2013).

In 2017 Richards represented Wales at the 57th Venice Biennale, and he was shortlisted for the 2014 Turner prize.

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Veronica Ryan

Veronica Ryan OBE is an artist who lives and works between New York and London. Ryan has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Spike Island, Bristol (2021); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2019); The Hepworth Wakefield (2017); The Art House, Wakefield (2017); The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2011); Salena Gallery, Long Island University, New York (2005); Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2000); and Camden Arts Centre, London (1995); amongst many others. In May 2021, Ryan unveiled a new commission to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds.

Ryan’s work has been included in numerous institutional group shows, including ‘Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945’, organised by Arts Council Collection, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2021); ‘Ghosts from the Recent Past’, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2021); ‘Portable Sculpture’, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK (2021); ‘Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life’, The Hepworth Wakefield, UK (2021); ‘Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings’, Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK (2019); ‘The Place is Here’, Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2017); amongst many others.

On 1 October 2021, Ryan will unveil a major permanent artwork in the London Borough of Hackney for the Windrush Commission, the UK’s first public sculpture to honour the Windrush Generation. Ryan’s inaugural solo exhibition at Alison Jacques, London, will open in Fall 2022.

Ryan is represented by Alison Jacques, London, and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

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Zadie Xa

Zadie Xa was born in Vancouver, Canada on unceded, ancestral and continually asserted territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations and is now based in London, UK. Her work is informed by her experiences within the Korean diaspora, as well as the environmental and cultural context of the Pacific Northwest. Her work often features garments, including cloaks and masks, used for live performance and within installation or moving image. Throughout her practice, Xa uses water and marine ecologies as metaphors for exploring the unknown, whilst also alluding to abstract notions of homeland.

Xa’s practice is highly collaborative, and she has developed ongoing exchanges with dancers, musicians and actors. Since 2006, Xa has worked closely with artist Benito Mayor Vallejo. Together they have staged live performance, moving image, installations and painting.

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