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Karen Ay

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Lives in

Works in


University of the Arts, Central Saiint Martins, 2004, BA (hons) Fine Art

conceptual, digital, installation, mixed-media, Traces, mapping, map, identity, archive, Systems, place, Location

Statement & CV

Karen Ay's practice incorporates installation, assemblage, mixed media and text-based elements. Notions surrounding identity, nation-ness, human and cultural geography and sense of place are often themes in her work.

Karen studied at Central Saint Martins where she gained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art in 2004. She lives and works in London and has exhibited in the UK and internationally. Her work is held in the Clerical Medical Investment Group corporate collection and with private collectors internationally.

exhibitions and projects

London Art Fair, London, 2013

Multiplied Art Fair, Christie’s, London, 2012

Alter, Vegas Gallery, London, 2012

Get Carta, Karin Janssen Project Space, London, 2012

The Other Art Fair, London, 2011

Sexy100!!, Wall to Wall, London, 2011

Invasive Alien Species, Venice, 2011

Art Car Boot Fair 2011, London, 2011

Big Deal 3, The Collective, London, 2010 

Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London, 2010

Family’, Susak Expo 2010, curated by Cedric Christie and Vanya Balogh; Susak, Croatia, 2010

Art Car Boot Fair, London, 2010

Miniscule, Oblong Gallery, London, 2010

Parade – Market of Ideas,The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art, London, 2010

Liminopia, in conjunction with TangentProjects, London, 2010

Co-curator, Travellers Box International, web based project, 2010

Something I Don’t Do, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, 2009

Big Deal – Botoxed 69, C22 Pop Up Shop, London, 2009

Meltdown, Flowers Kingsland Road, London, 2009

Art Car Boot Fete at The Big Chill Festival, Eastnor, 2009

Trash Vortex, Hackney Wicked Festival, London, 2009

Big Deal 2, Discovery Park, London, 2009

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, The Old Truman Brewery, London, 2009

V22 Presents: The Sculpture Show, The Biscuit Factory, London, 2009

Particles/Particles, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2009

Co-curator, Travellers Box International, web based project, 2009

Top100, PRS for Music, London, 2008

Bookmarks VI: Infiltrating the Library System, international, various venues, 2008

Art of Occupation, Working Rooms, London, 2008

Co-curator, The Sandwich Box Project, web based project, 2008

Co-founder, TangentProjects, London, 2007

Rich and Strange, Newport, Wales, 2007

Flock, DeviateProjects, London, 2007

Destination Area 10, Area 10 Project Space, London, 2007

Delicate Situations, web based project, London, 2007

Co-curator, Travellers Secret Box, web based project, 2005 – 2007

Mostra IX, Museum of Contemporary Art Union Fenosa (MACUF), A Coruña, Spain, 2006 

6x4 Loads!, The Lurking Hole, Nottingham, 2006

Post-it, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, 2006

Publish and Be Damned Travelling Library Archive, Canal, London, 2006

Publish and Be Damned Independent Publishing Fair, London, 2006

Paperworld, Transition Gallery, London, 2006

Traveling Magazine Table, Iaspis, Stockholm, 2006

The Invisible Reading Room, Containers Village, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, 2006

Eyelevel Re-shelving Initiative:2, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2006

Interlude Magazine Launch Event, Limehouse, London, 2006

‘The Club’ Independent Publishing Event in conjunction with Kiosk, ICA London, 2006

PrintROOM @ HOTEL MARIAKAPEL, Hoorn, Netherlands, 2005

Publish and Be Damned Travelling Library Archive (LOT/Bristol and Display/Prague), 2005

Publish and Be Damned Independent Publishing Fair, London, 2005

Independent Publishing Fair, Transition Gallery, London, 2005

In the Bag, Brixton Art Gallery, London, 2005

Studio Voltaire Artists Group Show, The Oval Theatre, London, 2005

A Fine Line, Euroart Gallery, London, 2004

Bread and Roses, Clapham, London, 2004

Look Again, Waterstone’s, London, 2002

Group show, Candid Arts, London, 2001


Visiting tutor, Kent School of Architecture, Canterbury, 2010

‘Collaborations, collectives and everyone else: Hackney-based art and design groups’ Influx; Hackney Transient Art Projects with TangentProjects, London, 2009

Guest lecturer, ECCA, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, 2009

Panel member, Artivistic Conference, Montreal, Canada 2005


tangent, an independent art zine, founder and editor, 2005 – ongoing; issue 13 published 2012

Runway Magazine, Issue 9, Sydney, Australia; 2007

riffRAG, Issue 2, New York, 2006

Gallery Reviews, Garageland Magazine, Issue 1, Transition Editions, London, 2006


BA (hons) Fine Art, University of the Arts (Central Saint Martins) 2004

HE Dip - Art and Design, New Art; University of the Arts (Chelsea) 2000

HE Dip - Art and Design, Painting and Drawing; University of the Arts (Chelsea) 1999

Recent Exhibits

Karen Ay participated in these exhibits:

CHART gallery
Jan, 2013 The London Art Fair
London Art Fair
Oct, 2012 Multiplied 2012
Christie's South Kensington
Oct, 2012 Alter: An Exhibition of London’s Best Unrepresented Artists
Vegas Gallery
Aug, 2012 Terrace7 The Art is Falling Apart
Terrace Studios and Gallery
Jun, 2012 GET CARTA
Karin Janssen Project Space
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