Artist of the Month

April's Artist of the Month Keith Harrison

Image: Keith Harrison and Beatrice Dillon, Ecstatic Material, 2019. Outlands tour at KARST, Plymouth. Photo: Dom Moore.

Our Artist of the Month feature aims to promote artists' work and raise issues in a quick, informal way. April's Artist of the Month is Keith Harrison.


Hello, who are you and what do you do?

I am Keith Harrison and my interdisciplinary, collaborative practice is involved with the transformation of materials, to unpredictable effect, in a series of process-based, public experiments.


Where are you based?

I’m based at KARST in Plymouth where I have held a studio since 2013.


Where do you work?

I work mainly from my studio space at KARST. The studio is a battle between demands of storage and a place to draw and test, reflect and build – at the moment it’s rammed full with a recently returned project. I have a habit of wiping down the work surfaces in KARST’s communal kitchen each morning before I start in my studio next door.


What’s the best thing about the area you live/work in?

The best thing about Plymouth is the free outdoor swimming pool at Mount Wise, the city’s post-war period architecture and being a part of KARST’s development over the past six years.


Do you earn a living from making art?

I juggle exhibitions, events and commissions, teaching and talks and I live in a city that is relatively affordable.


What makes a good artwork?

Something that shifts previous assumptions.


What have you been up to recently?

I’ve most recently worked on a project called Ecstatic Material in collaboration with Beatrice Dillon. We produced a lo-fi experimental sound system made from recycled plastic crates and the constituent elements of play-doh, which we toured around the UK as part of Outlands Experimental Music Network.


What have you got coming up?

I have two commissions later this year, working with In Certain Places and the Harris Museum at Preston Bus Station and with a space arts at God’s House Tower in Southampton.



Keith Harrison was born in West Bromwich and lives in Plymouth.

Recent events and commissions include: Ecstatic Material with Beatrice Dillon, Outlands touring network (2019); Joyride, Jerwood Open Forest Commission, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire (2017); Knowledge is Power: 6 Towns BCB/Stoke Libraries, Stoke-on-Trent (2017); Heavy Rock | Plymouth Sound New Expressions 3, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery/KARST (2015); Mute National Museum Wales, Cardiff (2015); Tombstone (let's get over this) Touring event (2014-2015); Bustleholme (with Napalm Death), De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2013); Moon: a public demonstration, V&A Museum, London (2013); Lucie Rie vs Grindcore, V&A Museum, London (2012); Float, Jerwood Space, London (2011) and Blue Monday/White Label Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2010).

Selected group shows include: Material Environments, The Tetley, Leeds (2018); Jerwood Open Forest, Jerwood Space, London (2017); Material Language, New Art Centre, Salisbury (2016); Super Woofer, Matt's Gallery, London (2015); Acts of Making touring exhibition (2014-15) and Sound Matters touring exhibition (2013-14).

Harrison was previously the recipient of a Gasworks/Arts Council International Fellowship at KHOJ, Delhi, India in 2003 and Ceramics Resident at the V&A Museum, London in 2012-13.



What's On

Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Saturday 30 June 2018 – Sunday 19 May 2019

Mini Makers

Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF

Monday 01 October 2018 – Wednesday 31 July 2019


Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF

Monday 01 October 2018 – Wednesday 31 July 2019

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