Kathy Prendergast

Born Dublin 1958, Kathy Prendergast lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (1983), and MA Fine Art at Royal College of Art, London (1986).

Prendergast makes work that combines drawing, sculpture and installation, and is informed by a range of interests including landscape, mapping, migration, the female body and the relationship between the individual (the solitary) and the collective (the universal). At the core of the work is the notion of the one and the many, how we interact in the world and impact on it. The crossover between history, geography, archaeology and memory as a narrative is central to her practice. She is interested in the formal and conceptual qualities of repetition, and the transformational potential inherent in familiar objects through artistic intervention.

Her work is held in public collections including Tate, London; the Arts Council of Great Britain, London; the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin; the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo; the Santa Barbara University Museum, Santa Barbara; the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin.

Selected solo exhibitions include Atlas and The Road, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Köln (2019); Black Maps, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2016); Atlas, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2016); Atlas - a reverie, The European Commission, London (2016); OR, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2015); Black Map Series, PEER, London (2010); Dream of Discipline, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2006); The End and the Beginning, IMMA, Dublin (2000); and Art Now, Tate Britain, London (1997). Selected group exhibitions include From A to B, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2020); The Other Side - Borderlands in Contemporary Irish Art, Dortmunder U, Dortmund (2019); A Slice through the World, Modern Art Oxford, and Drawing Room, London (2018); Islands, Constellations and Galapagos, Yokohama Triennale 2017, Yokohama (2017); The Lie of the Land, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Swindon (2017); Somewhat Abstract, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2014); and With an Apple I Will Astonish, Large Glass, London (2012). 

Awards include The David and Yuko Juda Art Foundation Award (2018); and The Bryan Robertson Trust Award (2017). Prendergast won the Best Young Artist Award at the Venice Biennale for her work City Drawings (1995). 

Last updated: 12.03.2021

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