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Holly Antrum (b. London, 1983) is an artist filmmaker based in London. 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 – bridging the diverging modes of film’s sociality and internal thought.





2018 – 23   PhD by practice, Kingston School of Art and the British Film Institute

AHRC – UKRI 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



EPHEMERA IS WHAT IS, Residency open studio, Atelier Cecilia, London



Cinenova: Now Showing screening, The Showroom, London



Catalogue, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh



A Diffuse Citizen, Grand Union, Birmingham

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

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



Selected group exhibitions and screenings

Future –




Intersections in Theory, Film and Art – Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen


Past –


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

We Are Publication, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston-upon-Thames

Diffuse, Embody, Occupy, Cafe OTO, London



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

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

Dedications, ArtReview Bar, London



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

Field Work: of film, sound and voice, ICA, London



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

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



Autumn Screening, Almanac Inn, Turin

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

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

Screening, Almanac, London

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

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

Moda WK, Vane, Newcastle



The Stone of Folly, Downstairs Gallery, Herefordshire

Deleted Cities, Generator Projects, Dundee

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

SV12, Studio Voltaire, London

Resolution, Hackney Road, London



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

FOLIO, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Show 2011, Royal College of Art, London

Alto, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

Biennial Fundraiser, The Drawing Room, London

CMYOK!, CG Southwark Park, London



New Contemporaries 2010, A Foundation, Liverpool and ICA, London



Repatriating the Ark, Museum of Garden History, London

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007, touring exhibition, UK



New Contemporaries 2006, A Foundation, Liverpool and Rochelle School, London



Moving Image / Sound / Drawing Commissions

2021   CLOUDS and TRACKS Audio Circular online

2017    EIDOLON, International Literature Showcase and British Council film commission

2016   Common Ground, ACME website film commission

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 – permanent art work

Mural commissioned by Parabola (Danielle Arnaud), temporary art work for Museum of Garden History


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

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 (link here)

            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)




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

Jerwood Space, London

Kanoria Centre for Art, Ahmedabad, India



Fine Art Visiting Lecturer (UK)

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






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