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COURTENAY WELCOME
Artist, Activist, Creative Director and Critical Thinker.

Welcome’s work explores the rich complexities of race, memory, space and time through painting, installation, text and performance. These explorations tackle, mimic, reconstruct and shift the perspective of universal “truths” within the white walls of the western art world.
 Welcome depicts the sense of self though lived experiences. Documenting transitions from one embodiment to another, while critically addressing the ways in which these transitions are perceived by institutional means. All informed by a critical infrastructure of decolonisation.


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Email: courtenaywelcome@hotmail.com



                
                                 
Courtenay Welcome (b.1997)

Artist, Activist, Creative Director and Critical Thinker.

Welcome’s work explores the rich complexities of race, memory, space and time through painting, installation, photography, assemblages and performance. These explorations tackle, mimic, reconstruct and shift the perspective of universal “truths” within the white walls of the western art world.
 Welcome depicts the sense of self though lived experiences. Documenting transitions from one embodiment to another, while critically addressing the ways in which these transitions are perceived by institutional means. All informed by a critical infrastructure of decolonisation.




Photo by Ronan Mckenzie.

EXPERIENCE       
- Current: 
Associate Artist at YARD Art House 

2022 Cohort for Black Hole Club

Studio Holder at Stryx

- Past: 
Podcast Producer - Interwave
KASAVA x Control Shift Network 

Rising Arts Agency’s - BEIT Leadership Cohort 2020

Spike Island Fellow 2019-2020

Podcast producer : Uncomfortable Truths - Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Project manager and Workshop Coordinator , Black History Month - Bower Ashton, UWE

Event manager and Curator for ‘___in the___with a ___’

Event manager and Curator for exhibition ‘LADY LAZARUS' 
EDUCATION     

2016 - 2019 First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art and Visual Culture University of the West of England, UK

2015 - 2016 Foundation degree in Art and Design Walsall College

2013 – 2015 A-levels George Salters Collegiate Academy. 


GROUP EXHIBITIONS        

2021 Collective Processes , Gucci Circolo - London

2021 Scratching the Surface , Tate and Lyle Factory - London

2021 Parts of Self , HOME by Ronan Mckenzie , Online

2021 Parts of Self , COB Gallery London

2020 Re-Designing Taboo , Online

2020 Photo Voice , Royal West of England  - Bristol  SouthWest

2019 Uncomfortable Truths , Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

2019 Agents of Change , Arnolfini - Bristol South West

2019 Dark Matter, Spike Island - Bristol South West

2019 Under My Skin, Spike Island - Bristol South West 

2019 Why Are We Not Here , Test Space - Bristol South West

2018 RITUAL, Spike Island - Bristol South West

2018 ___in the___with a___, Hotwells - Bristol South West

2018 Spike Open, Spike Island - Bristol South West

2018 Please Come In And Leave, Centre Space- Bristol SouthWest

2018  LADY LAZARUS, The Crypt - Bristol SouthWest

2017  MOUTHWASH, The Vestibles - Bristol SouthWest

2017 ACE, Arnolfini - Bristol SouthWest

2017 Flesh, The Crypt - Bristol SouthWest

2017  CRASH TEST, Spike Island - Bristol SouthWest

2016  Communal Crisis, Spike Island - Bristol SouthWest

2016 AF Spring, Old square - Walsall WestMidlands

2016 A&D - Walsall WestMidlands