About

Siân Williams (1980, UK) works primarily with sculpture, performance, and film. Using found or domestic materials she creates playful objects that invoke props or remnants of stage or film sets. Williams is interested in the point between materiality and imagination and the narratives that emerge from those spaces. In 2017 Williams joined Katz Mulk; a collective working at the intersection of music, performance, and visual art who seek to inhabit the marginal spaces in-between improvisation and structure. Her work is held in the British Library, the Southbank Centre Poetry Library and the Tate Library and Archive, Tate Britain.

Education
Sheffield Institute of Arts, 2013-2015, MA Fine Art
Falmouth College of Arts, 1999-2002, BA (Hons) Fine Art
Reigate School of Art & Design, 1998-1999, BTEC Diploma Art & Design

Selected exhibitions and events
2018: Dystopia and Resistance (Festival of the Mind), Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2018: Bloc Projects Members Show, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK
2018: baconjam x Electric Spring, Electric Spring Festival, University of Huddersfield, UK, performance with Katz Mulk
2017: Take Me To Your Leader II, Samuel Worth Non-conformist Chapel, Sheffield, UK
2017: Hideous Replica, Cafe OTO, London, UK, performance with Katz Mulk
2017: STD Staff Training and Development Music Session, Aatma, Manchester, UK, performance with Katz Mulk
2017: North by Northwest Poetry Tour, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK
2017: Roam! Roam! Roam! Movement II, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK, performance with David Kelly-Mancaux and Ben Morris
2016: Eos, Haarlem Artspace, Wirksworth, UK (solo show)
2016: States of Uncertainty, SIA Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2016: Do Not Look Too Hard For Meaning Here, Assembly House, Leeds, UK
2016: The Dark Side of Light Night, 104 Duke Street, Liverpool, UK
2016: The Preparation of the Novel, The Tetley, Leeds, UK
2015: The London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2015: At The Still Point, AGC Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2015: The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair, Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield, UK
2015: 18th International Contemporary Leeds Artist Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, UK
2015: The Space Between, AGC Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2014: Stone & Water, Peak District Lead Mining Museum, Matlock Bath, UK
2014: I Knew Nothing But Shadows, AGC Gallery, Sheffield, UK

Residencies, awards, and projects
2018: PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders commission with AC Projects (Counterflows) in partnership with OTO Projects and Chapter Gallery
2018: OTO Projects Artist Residency Fund, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation (shortlisted)
2018: Festival of the Mind, University of Sheffield
2017: Making Ways Project Funding, Sheffield
2017: It Grows Like a Strange Flower, Ben Judd in collaboration with Bloc Projects, Sheffield
2016: FK Alexander’s HEAVY METAL DIY in association with the Live Art Development Agency, Folkestone
2015: Dianne Willcocks Life Long Learning Prize, Sheffield Institute of Arts
2013-2016: The Editions publishing project, Sheffield
2010-2017: The Enemies Project, curated by SJ Fowler

Publications
Dystopia and Resistance, Max Munday, Jo Ray, Darren Webb, Siân Williams, Sheffield, UK, 2018
Take Me To Your Leader II, Lesley Guy, Maja Mihajlovic, Lea Torp Nielsen, Natalie Willis, Siân Williams, Sheffield, UK, 2017
States of Uncertainty, Olivia Punnett, Alexander White, Siân Williams, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield, UK, 2016
Lives of the Irish Mimih: A Compendium of Migratory Saints as told by the Wives of the Irish Navy Vol I., David Kelly-Mancaux (ERKEMBODE), Leeds, UK, 2016
Other Things, Siân Williams and Olivia Punnett, The Editions II, Sheffield, UK, 2016
How To Make A Tissue Paper Balloon, Siân Williams, The Editions, Sheffield, UK, 2015
Catalogue, Sharon Kivland, The Editions, Sheffield, 2015
Enemies: The Selected Enemies of SJ Fowler, SJ Fowler, Penned in the Margins, London, 2013
Animal Husbandry, SJ Fowler and Siân Williams, Kitt Press, London, 2010

Work experience
2018: Guest speaker, The Artist’s Journey, YVAN / SHU professional practice conference
2017-present: Making Ways Artist Panel member, Making Ways Project, Sheffield
2017: Culture Cures Project workshop leader, The Art House, Wakefield
2017: Artist Talk, Art & Faith series in association with Haarlem Artspace
2015-present: Associate Lecturer, BA Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University

 

Contact
siandianawilliams@gmail.com