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Catherine Yass (b. London, UK, 1963) trained at the Slade School of Art, London; the Hochschüle der Kunst, Berlin; and Goldsmiths College, London. 

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Solo exhibitions:            

2023:

Flood Barrier, Valence House, London; Eastbury Manor House, London; screenings at ICA, London and Turner Contemporary, Margate, and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

2021:

Falling Away, Ambika P3, London.

2017:

Aeolian Piano, RIBA, London.
2014:

Cadences, Flight: 2002, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes.

2011:

Lighthouse, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea.
2012:

Lighthouse, Galerie LeLong, NY.
Lighthouse, Alison Jacques Gallery, London.
Flight, The Phillips Collections, Washington D.C.

2009:

The China Series, Stedelijk-Hertogenbosch Museum, The Netherlands 

Descent, St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, MO

Group exhibitions:

2022:

High Wire: London International Short Film Festival

Last Stand: Living with Buildings Film Festival, Coventry

Multiple Cut Out, Dan Galeria Interior

2021:

Documents from the Borders of Conflict, James Hockey Gallery, UCA.   

Light, Tate touring exhibition starting at Museum of Art Pudong, continuing to Seoul, Melbourne, Auckland, Tokyo, Osaka.

2019:

Architecture of London, Guildhall Art Gallery.

2018:

Living with Buildings, Wellcome Collection, London.
Powerful Tides - 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea, The Historic Chatham Dockyard, Kent, UK.

And Breathe, Manchester Art Gallery.
2017:

Dizziness Navigating the Unknown, CCA, Warsaw, Poland.
Navigating the Unknown. Elastic Actions in a Dizzying World, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria.
Mission is 40, Mission Gallery, Swansea, United Kingdom.
Togetherness: Notes On Outrage, Kestle Barton Gallery, Cornwall, England.

2016: 

Descent, Togetherness: Notes on Outrage, South Kiosk, London.
Precarious Balance, CoCA, Christchurch, New Zealand (touring: China).

2015: 

Work, Rest, Play: British Photography from 1960’s to Today, curated by The Photographer’s Gallery, London, Mingsheng Arts Museum, Shanghai (touring).
2014:

How to construct a time machine, Milton Keynes Gallery.
MART Museum, Rovereto, Italy.
Mumok, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna.
Cultural Cartographies, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, USA.
Tribute to an Avenue, Sculpture International Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Walk on: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 Years of Walking, Plymouth, UK.

2013:

Fluid Motion, Museum of Fine Art, Boston.
Government Art Collection, Revealed, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland.
13th Montreal Photo Biennale.

2012:
Desire Lines, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
Government Art Collection: Commissions: Now and Then, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
The World in London, Photographer’s Gallery, London.
Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
High Wire, Tate Britain, London. 

Yass's work features in a number of important collections worldwide including Tate, London; Arts Council of England; The British Council and the Government Art Collection, London; MoMA, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts Collection, Washington DC. 

Major commissions, residencies and awards:

2023:

Flood Barrier,commissioned by Create London.

2021-2023:

Paddington Square permanent public art workcommissioned by Sellar and Lacuna for St Mary’s Hospital

2019:

Legacy, Supreme Court, commissioned by Spark 21 to celebrate 100 years of women in the Law.

2017: 

Aeolian Piano, commissioned by White Noise for the departure of the BBC for the BBC TV Centre.

2015-2018:

Royal London, Vital Arts residency and Wellcome Trust commission

2013:

Decommissioned, The Jewish Community Centre, London

Interval (VI), Rambert Dance Company, London.

2011:

Lighthouse, De La Warr Pavilion.
2008:

High Wire, Artangel.
2006:

Lock, British Council residency in China. 

2003:

Split Sides, Merce Cunningham, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York.

2002:

Turner Prize nomination.
2001:

Indian Triennale first prize, represented UK.
1999:

Glenn Dimplex Photography prize, IMMA, Dublin. 

Teaching: 
Visiting Lecturer
2012 - ongoing, Royal College of Art, London, visiting lecturer MA Photography
2019 - 2021 University of the Creative Arts, two year visiting professorship
2018 - 2019  Chelsea School of Art, University of the Arts, London, visiting lecturer BA Fine Art
2002 - 2005 AHRB Grant, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
1992 - 2002 Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, visiting lecturer BA Fine Art       1994 - 1996 Derby University, visiting lecturer, MA Photography
1993 - 1995  Architectural Association, London, unit tutor
1991 - 1994 Tower Hamlets College, London, BTEC Photography

Publications:

2016:

The Roundel:100 Artists Remake a London Icon. Art on the Underground.

2015:

Work, Rest and Play. British Photography from the 1960’s to Today, The Photographer’s Gallery
2013:

Why does it not have to be in Focus? Julie Higgins, Thames and Hudson, UK.

2012:

Sanctuary: Britain's Artists and their Studios, Thames and Hudson. 

The Mechanical Hand. Artists’ Projects at Pauper’s Press, Black Dog Publishing

100 Video Artists, Exit Publicaciones, Madrid.
2009:

A Manual For The 21st Century Art Institution, The Whitechapel, London.

2008:

Catherine Yass High Wire, published by Artangel and Glasgow international Festival of Contemporary Visual Art. 

 

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