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Ellie Rees


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Winchester School of Art, 2001, MA FA
University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins, 1998, BA Hons

performance, video-art, installation, mixed-media


Ellie produces performance-based videos which use humour and irony to investigate what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. She focuses on exaggerated portrayals of women and the inconsistency between liberated female roles and romantic views depicted in high and popular culture.

Ellie has exhibited and performed internationally at galleries and museums including:

Tate Modern, London; The ICA London; El Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela; LOOP (international video festival ), ArtSway in the New Forest and The Neuberger Museum of Art, New York.

Ellie has held residencies in the UK, Norway, Spain, Germany and the United States. In 2008 she was the first artist in residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre where she went on to have a solo exhibition, supported by the Esmee Fairbarn Foundation.

On graduating Ellie was Creative Review’s ‘Pick of the Crop’ and in 2007 she was nominated for the Jerwood Artist’s Platform. She has been the recipient of multiple grants from the Arts Council England and an AHRC award for postgraduate study. In 2009 she was awarded a Jerwood Fellowship.

Ellie is commited to working in opera and has collaborated with: English National Opera, Opera North, The Women's Library,  Aldeburgh Music, Wigmore Hall and The Almeida Theatre.

The University of the Arts London and The Open University have both published her academic research.

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