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Holly Antrum (she/her b. London, 1983) is an artist filmmaker based in London and South West England. She works with 16mm film, digital film and writing, printmaking and drawing. Her practice captures tactile histories but shifts the role of the document to acknowledge and present influences and subjectivities over a material narrative. The visible and ephemeral mechanics of play, poetic resonance, gesture and surface are used in dialogue with her position as filmmaker and writer within the film practice – bridging the diverging modes of film’s sociality and internal thought.

An abstract to her current PhD research project is available on the Kingston School of Art, Centre for Useless Splendour website (link here).




2018 – 24 PhD by practice, Kingston School of Art, London and the British Film Institute, National Film Archive

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded candidate, TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership


2009 – 11 MA Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London


2002 – 05 BA Hons Fine Art Painting, Wimbledon School of Art, London



Selected solo exhibitions and screenings



Experimenta Mixtape: Markéta’s (Screen) Notes, National Film Theatre – BFI Southbank, London

Markéta’s Notes, BFI Reuben Library, London

Yes to the Work!: The Women’s Art Library, The Museum in the Park, Stroud (screening, Stroud Film Festival)



Yes to the Work!: The Women’s Art Library – online screening hosted by Art360 Foundation. Launched at Flat Time House, November 2022



EPHEMERA IS WHAT IS, Residency open studio, Atelier Cecilia, London (solo exhibition)



Cinenova: Now Showing screening, The Showroom, London (screening and Q&A, screening notes here page 02)



Catalogue, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh (solo exhibition)



A Diffuse Citizen, Grand Union, Birmingham (solo exhibition)

Holly Antrum – OnScreen, Carroll / Fletcher OnScreen (online screening)

Catalogue: H, J, Outpost, Norwich (screening and Q&A)



Selected group exhibitions and screenings



A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920 – 2020, The Whitechapel Gallery, London (exhibition)

Intersections in Theory, Film and Art – Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, Camera Austria, Graz (exhibition)



Tiny Rectangles finissage screening of artist films in ‘Small Wares’ – exhibition by Katie Schwab, Vleeshal, Middelburg

CLOUDS and TRACKS (online audio publication)



Edges of a close/d screening, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston-upon-Thames (event)

We Are Publication, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston-upon-Thames (exhibition)

Diffuse, Embody, Occupy, Cafe OTO, London (event)



Commission and Commune, Art Licks Weekend, Acme Fire Station, London (residency exhibiton)

The Lives of Artists, Global Committee, NY (online screening)

Dedications, ArtReview Bar, London (event)



Making People Up, Artist Moving Image Festival, Tramway, Glasgow (screening)

Field Work: of film, sound and voice, ICA, London (event)



Women’s Filmmaking in Contemporary Britain, BIMI – Birkbeck, London (screening and Q&A)

Flatness: Index, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn (screening)

The London Open, The Whitechapel Gallery, London (exhibition)

Make Perhaps This Out Sense of Can You (Symposium, Bob Jubile), Chelsea College of Art, London (event)



Autumn Screening, Almanac Inn, Turin (screening)

Soft Start Mediatheque – films selected by Sophie Michael, The Northern Charter, Newcastle upon Tyne (screening)

Someone else can clean up this mess, Flat Time House + Electra, London (screening and Q&A)



ABC in Sound, Exhibition Research Centre, John Moore’s University, Liverpool (exhibition)

Screening, Almanac, London (screening)

Flatness, Flatness.EU (online archive selection of works)

In the House of Mr and Mrs X, Temporary Gallery, Cologne (exhibition)

Moda WK, Vane, Newcastle (exhibition)



The Stone of Folly, Downstairs Gallery, Herefordshire (exhibition)

Deleted Cities, Generator Projects, Dundee (exhibition)

Apropos The Kissing of a Hand , Vane / Festival Robert Walser, Newcastle upon Tyne (exhibition)

SV12, Studio Voltaire, London (exhibition)

Resolution, Hackney Road, London (exhibition)



Memory Awake – Seven Artists Working in Film, Storey Gallery, Lancaster (exhibition)

FOLIO, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon (exhibition)

Show 2011, Royal College of Art, London (exhibition)

Alto, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London (exhibition)

Biennial Fundraiser, The Drawing Room, London (exhibition)

CMYOK!, CG Southwark Park, London (exhibition)



New Contemporaries 2010, A Foundation, Liverpool and ICA, London (touring exhibition)

Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, London (exhibition)



Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (exhibition)



Repatriating the Ark, The Garden Museum, London (exhibition)

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007, (UK touring exhibition)



New Contemporaries 2006, A Foundation, Liverpool and Rochelle School, London (touring exhibition)



Moving Image / Sound / Drawing Commissions

2021 Untitled Notebook – Markéta Hašková – artist exhibition publication for Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst (GAK), Bremen

CLOUDS and TRACKS Audio Circular online (link here)

2017 EIDOLON, International Literature Showcase and British Council film commission

2016 Common Ground, ACME website film commission

Artists film commission for Field Work: of film, sound and voice, ICA with Chelsea Space

2014 Arsenal, Berlin  – archive research for sound work FOAM: touring platform and artwork by Mat Jenner supported by Arts Council England

2007 With or Without Walls, Jerwood Space, London – drawing art work commemorating the Jerwood Space site and former school

Mural commissioned by Parabola (Danielle Arnaud), temporary drawing art work for The Garden Museum, London



Awards and Studio Residencies

2018 The Elephant Trust: Seed funding for Beech Avenue – work in progress

2015 ACME Firestation 5-year Work/Live studio residency (2015-2020)

2014 Grand Union studio residency, Birmingham

2012 The Elephant Trust: Funding for Catalogue film with Jennifer Pike (2013-14)

2010 Royal College of Art studio, Cité Internationale des Artes, Paris

2008 Kanoria Centre for Art, Ahmedabad, India



Publications and texts

2021 Citation: The Dance and Movement Work of Jennifer Pike Cobbing – Economies of Effort and Vitality Dynamics by Scott Thurston, University of Salford, Manchester

2020 (Feature) Art Licks magazine, Edited by Holly Willats and Tom Lovelace

2019 ‘Mapping Catalogue – A Film’, in ‘Verbi-Voco-Visual’ (Tinted Window No.2, Edited by Oscar Gaynor and Alex Bennett)

2016 Outside Noise, Ed. Holly Antrum & Jonathan P Watts (second edition), published by Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh

2015 The London Open 2015, text by Daniel F. Herrmann, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2014 Outside Noise, Holly Antrum, Jonathan P Watts & George Vasey, published by Grand Union, Birmingham

2013 Interview with Rose O’Gallivan and Regina Barunke (link here)

            Flatness, curatorial project by Shama Khanna, editioned publication and website (link here)

            A small hiccup, free paper, curatorial project by George Vasey

2012  ‘Parisian Cemetery Walls’ ARC – the death issue, Issue 16 (Royal College of Art student journal)

2011 Future Works, Printmaking MA publication, Royal College of Art, London, 2011 (edition of 1000)

2010 Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010, exhibition catalogue

2007 Repatriating the Ark, Museum of Garden History, exhibition catalogue

           Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007, exhibition catalogue

2006 Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2006, exhibition catalogue

2005 Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005, exhibition catalogue




2014 Holly Antrum: A Diffuse Citizen, by Anneka French, This is Tomorrow, 18.06.14

Holly Antrum’s A Diffuse Citizen by Alicia Rodriguez, Garageland, 23.07.14 (link here)

2013 ‘ABC in Sound: Bob Cobbing’ at the Exhibition Research Centre, Liverpool by Jonathan P Watts, Art Monthly No. 371, Nov    2013 (print)

2011 MAstars, by Shama Khanna, Axis web (online)




LUX Artist Moving Image, London (link here)

Royal College of Art printmaking department archive, London (link here)

Jerwood Space, London

Kanoria Centre for Art, Ahmedabad



Fine Art Visiting Lecturer (UK)

Newcastle University, University of the Arts London (Chelsea College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Wimbledon College of Arts), University of Oxford (Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing), Winchester School of Art, Kingston University (Kingston School of Art), Nottingham University, University of Surrey (Surrey Poetry Festival).






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