Ainsley Hillard

Ainsley Hillard

Specialist Art Forms
Textiles – all forms

Artist Profile
Born in Carmarthenshire, Wales, Ainsley graduated in 2000 from Middlesex University, London with a bachelor of Art (Hons) in Constructed Textiles. Awarded a Master of Art in Visual Arts from Curtin University, Australia in 2003.

Interested in the physical and metaphorical construction of cloth and its relation to body, memory and space. Ainsley’s art practice has crossed various disciplines including photography, weave and print. Developing woven forms that integrate structure and image and installations that enable the audience to re-consider the materiality of the work and engage with it in a physical sense. An engagement which is bodily metaphor for its making.

Experience includes holding a position as part-time Lecturer in the department of Art, Curtin University for 4 years as well as Research Fellow in the process of Residt Fulling. Ainsley has held workshops and demonstrations for organisations such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and attended international textile workshops in Finland and Australia. Currently a part-time lecturer at Swansea Institute of Higher Education and part-time weaver at Glasallt Fawr, Camp hill Site for young adults with learning disabilities.

Artists Biography
2003 – MA Visual Arts, Distinction at Curtain University Australia
2000 – BA (Hons) Constructed Textiles, First Class Middlesex University UK
1997 – Foundation Studies Art & Design, Carmarthenshire College of Art Wales
Solo Exhibitions
2008 – Mission Gallery Swansea Wales
2004 – Parallax Fremantle Arts Centre Perth Australia
Selected Group Exhibitions – including;
2008 – Thread Bare Contemporary Australian Textiles, Manning Art Gallery NSW
2007 – (ex) Changing Traditions Exhibition, Perth Australia & Kyoto Japan
2006 – Contemporary Print Exhibition, Mundaring Art Centre Perth Australia
Selected Awards – including;
2006 – 1st prize International Textile Art Scythia 6 Exhibition, Kherson Ukraine
2004 – Shell Fremantle Print Award, Perth Australia
2003 – Valcellina 2003 Selected Artist Award, Italy
Commissions – including;
2004 – Private Residential Commissioned Artwork & Installation, Perth Australia
2003 – Selected for the Lloyd Cotsen ‘Textile Traces’ Private Collection USA