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ARTIST STATEMENT

Mia Mai (b.1997, Leeds) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher working primarily across weaving, sculpture, installation and image-making. 

 

Through a critically, socially and materially engaged approach to research of woven textiles, Mia is dedicated to uncovering this everyday material’s emotional potency, value, political ecologies, and capacity to trace human experiences across time and place. With intersectional feminist theory at the heart of her research, Mia’s work is formed around notions of memory, sensory experiences, archived information, knowledge exchange, identity and social injustice. 

 

Her site-specific installations and designed workshops are often offered as a space for re-imagining; for considering the depth of our relationships with cloth and the ontological effects of our engagements with it. 

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Education

MA: Design Expanded Practice, 2020 - 2021

Goldsmiths University of London

BA: Textile Design (Weave), 2016 - 2019 

Chelsea College of Arts, [University of Arts London]

Foundation Diploma (Textiles), 2015 - 2016

Leeds Arts University

Awards

Finalist (awards upcoming): SCAF Emerging Artist Award, 2024

Winner: Ones To Watch, Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, 2021

Exhibitions 

Upcoming: Perception -SCAF Emerging Artist Award, Hatstand Gallery, 2024

Upcoming: Let Us See You, Mill Gallery, 2024

Works In Practice, East Street Arts, 2024

Woven Stories, Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, 2023 

Leeds Summer Group Show, The Playhouse, 2022

Ones To Watch, (Judges Choice Award Winner), Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, 2021

Stretch the Spring, Goldsmiths University of London, 2021

Fashion Narratives, Constance Howard Gallery, 2021

New Wave, Boomer Gallery, 2020

Textile Design Group Show, Chelsea College of Arts, 2019

Premier Vision, Paris, 2018

Residencies / Fellowships

Artist Research Fellowship, Henry Moore Foundation, 2022

Artist Residency, Sunny Bank Mills, 2022

Public Commissions

Remember Rana Plaza (permanent public sculpture), commissioned by Sunny Bank Mills, 2023

We Belong Here Together (temporary public installation), commissioned by Studio3Arts, funded by Arts Council England, 2021

Conferences / Talks / Lectures

Artist Talk - Upcoming, Ways of Living, (in the launch of my sculpture Remember Rana Plaza), Sunny Bank Mills, 2024

Participating Speaker - Touch-Space: the tactile imagination in contemporary sculpture, Henry Moore Foundation X University of Leeds, 2023

Visiting Artist Lecture, Leeds Arts University, 2023

Visiting Artist Lecture, Leeds Arts University, 2022

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