About

jilly in studio

Jilly Morris is a multi-disciplinary artist, who produces work that is response-led, particularly to place or process. Frequently referencing landscape, as well as diverse historical and cultural narratives, much of her work incorporates drawing, ephemeral sculpture, installation, photography, and collecting and recording obscure (and often fun) forms of data. A former Graphic Designer for the BBC, she retrained as a fine artist, graduating with an MA in 2006 at the University of the West of England (UWE). She is the recipient of funding from the Arts Council England, and development awards such as StudioBook and Artist News (AN) bursaries. Jilly Morris has exhibited widely throughout the UK, and finds the symbiotic relationships formed in artist residencies and local communities a stimulating part of her creative process. Jilly has been awarded three residencies, including a year-long artist residency (VARC) in a rural hill farming community. Although currently nomadic, travelling the world since 2018, Jilly has bases in Bristol, London & Yangon. She is addicted to sound and translating the drawn line.

CV

Academic History
2006 – Masters Degree – Art by Research – University of West of England – Bristol
1985 – Lanchester Polytechnic – BA Honours Degree – Graphic Design

Residencies
2015 – The Observatory – Lymington Salt Marshes, UK (2 months)
2009 – Visual Arts in Rural Communities – Northumberland – UK (one year)
2007 – KHN Centre for the Arts – Nebraska City – USA (3 months)

Awards/grants
2017 – Studiobook 2017 development award
2017 – An (Artist News) – Travel bursary
2007 – ACE – Grants for Arts – Arts Council England

2018 to 2019
Currently travelling in Europe & Asia – developing and collecting ideas and inspiration.

Selected Exhibitions & Solo Shows

2019
Time after [ ( ) ] after Time – Briggait – Glasgow

2018
Travelled Europe & South East Asia

2017
In Nothing Flat – Old Granada Studios – Manchester
Studiobook 17 – Old Granada Studios – Manchester
40 Years – Centrespace Gallery – Bristol
Drawn – Royal West Academy – Bristol
Pay & Display – Centrespace Gallery – Bristol

2016
Black Swan Open – Frome
The Observatory Residencies Exhibition – St.Barbe’s Museum – Lymington
Shifting Divides – Drawing & Print – Centrespace Gallery – Bristol
Outlines – Heritage Courtyard Studios – Wells

2015
Collectables – Solo Show – Studio Fusion – London
162 Annual Open Exhibition – Royal West Academy – Bristol
Drawn – Royal West Academy – Bristol
Look in Look Out – Coastal Gallery – Lymington
Observatory Residency – Lymington salt marshes

2014
Pinnies From Heaven – Craft in the Bay – Cardiff
Shadow & Line – Select – Museum in The Park – Stroud

2013
161 Annual Open Exhibition – Royal West Academy – Bristol
The Big Draw – Tokarska Gallery – London
Drawn – Royal West Academy – Bristol
Pairings 11 – Contemporary Applied Arts – London
Drawing Open – Salisbury Arts – Salisbury

2012
Stitching & Thinking, Mending at the Museum – Bristol Museum – Bristol
Drawing, Permanence & Place – Kulturhaus Kroenbacken – Erfurt – Germany
Surface Disturbances – The Searchers Contemporary – Bristol
Pairings 2 – Conversations & Collaborations – SIT- Museum in the Park – Stroud
Centrespace Group Show – Bristol
Contemporary Drawings – Gallery 55 – Surrey

2011
Jilly Goes North film screening – Cube Cinema – Bristol
Drawing, Permanence & Place – Kunstverein – Coburg – Germany

2010
1,873,333 Steps, A Peripatetic Investigation – Solo Show – VARC – Northumberland.
VARC Residency
Abstract – Cheltenham Art Gallery – Gloucestershire

2009
VARC Residency
20 / 21 Vision – Visual Arts Centre – Lincolnshire
Spring show – View Gallery – Bristol

2008
New Designers (applied arts) – Independently organised with MA group
The Spoon that Feeds the Soul – ETC Research Group – UWE, Bristol
Remember Me – UWE with BRACE UK Create Centre – Bristol

2007
Memories of Nebraska – Solo Show – KHN Centre for the Arts – USA
KHN Kimmel Harding & Nelson Residency – Nebraska USA
Get Fresh – Devon Guild of Craftsmen – Devon
Not Now – Pyramid gallery – York
Spring Surprise – New Ashgate Gallery – Surrey

2006
Master’s Degree show – University of the West of England (UWE) – Bristol
Rising Stars – Studio Fusion – Oxo Tower – London.

Teaching
2017- Textural Play – West Dean College, Chichester
2016 – Textural Play – West Dean College, Chichester
2014 – Texture & Surface – Hawkwood College, Stroud
2013 – Texture & Surface – Hawkwood College, Stroud
2013 – Gifted & Talented Workshops – University of the West of England (UWE) – Bristol
2010 – Enamel workshops – VARC – Northumberland
2009 – Gifted & Talented Workshops – UWE – Bristol
2008 – Gifted & Talented Workshops – UWE – Bristol
2007- Enamel & clay workshops to young mothers, UWE – Bristol
2007 – Enamel workshops – Wellspring Healthy Living Centre – Bristol