Education 2000: MA Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK 1999: BA Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL 1997: Bachelor Degree in Fine Art (Bed), Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, NL
Selected Exhibitions 2016/17Personal Relations, The Cello Factory-London, Pulchri-The Hague, NL & Gallery Mirror-Vicenza, Italy 2016 ‘Digest’ The Dutch Centre, Austin Friars, London (solo) CURRENT 2016 Bow Arts, The Nunnery Gallery Silent Movies, Curated by Cedric Christie & Vanya Bologh, Q Park, Cevendish Square, London 2015 Venice Pavilion, hARTslane, London 2015 Fit the Slit, Venice Biennale, Alberoni Beach LIDO, Venezia 2015 Deptford Stories Festival, Anthology Deptford Foundry 2015 Blue Sky, Lingham University, Hong Kong 2014 LABF, Whitechapel Gallery 2014 Masks We Wear, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery 2014 Chinese Whispers, Karin Janssen Project Space, London 2014 Chinese Whispers, Galerie Nasty, Eindhoven, NL 2013 The London Group Centenary, London 2013 Creekside Open 2013, Selected by Paul Noble, London 2013 ‘400 Women’, Suikerfabriek, Amsterdam 2013 Art&Protest, Daniel Libeskind Space, London 2013 The Surgery, Nunhead, selected by Jaquie Utley, London 2013 ‘United’ HartslaneStudios, curated by Paul Tecklenberg, London 2013 Deptford X festival, CueB Gallery, London (solo) 2012 Peckham Space Open 2012, London 2012 400 Women, with Tamsyn Challenger, Shoreditch Town Hall, London 2011 Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London 2008 Gallerie Clement, Amsterdam, NL 2007 Ernst & Young, Den Haag, NL (solo) 2006 Edinburgh Art Festival 2005 ‘Plagarise’ The Bussy Building, Peckham, London 2003 John Bloxam Gallery, London 2002 Gallery Joghem, Amsterdam (solo) 2002 The Pioneer Centre, London (solo) 2001 Prenelle gallery, London (solo) 2000 ‘I think I am’, Zurich, Switzerland 1999 Gallery Evertshuis, Holland (solo) 1999 Gallery Luca, Holland (solo) 1999 Museum Hillesluis, Rotterdam, Holland (solo) 1999 AMC, Amsterdam (solo) 1999 ‘Debut’ Pulchri, The Hague, Holland 1998 Burgemeister Muller Museum, Byern, Germany 1998 ‘Printmaking Today’ Gallery Higashimatsuyama, Tokyo, Japan 1998 RAI 98, Amsterdam
Membership The London Group, elected 2013 Committee Member of The London Group, elected 2015
The Royal Dutch Printmaking Award, presentation and exhibition in SBK Art-Centre, Haarlem, Holland
Siemens Art Award `lst prize (of 12 nominated artists placed in Siemens calendar) Holland
CLB ArtPrize /Collection, 1 of 13 Artists Short listed (Juried by Ms Tegenbosch, Art Critic for ABN/AMRO) Amsterdam, Holland
Public/ Private Collections AMC Art Collection Amsterdam, NL CLB (Sanquin Art Collection) NL SNIP Amsterdam, NL AD Magazine, NL Pioneer Centre, London, UK Rio Ferdinand, UK Park Theatre, Eindhoven, NL Rijksmuseum, Prenten Kabinet, NL Anthology Foundry, UK
Curatorial Projects 2012: Co-founded hARTslane, an experimental Art Project Space in New Cross Gate, South London *2012-2016 In hARTslane, New Cross Gate, London: ‘Sky In A Room’ ‘Patch Up’ ‘hARTslane Open’ ‘Let Me Go To The Window’ ‘Otherworldly’ ‘Greetings from New Cross Gate’, kindly funded by the Lottery Fund *2014: ‘Deptford Stories- Art Festival’ In the empty warehouses of Anthology Deptford Foundry, Deptford, London, produced by Greenspace *2015: Co-Curator of ‘Silent Movies, produced by Vanya Bologh & Cedric Christie: Silent Movies, Q-park, Cavendish Square, London *2016/17: 'Personal Relations'-An international travelling miniature-portrait exhibition, London, The Hague, Berlin, Vecince
Childrens Workshops / Mentoring 2015: Selector for The London Group Open Exhibition 2012-present: In hARTslane I’ve developed an ongoing mentoring programme for professional artistic development 2014: Curating and facilitating textile workshops with Childeric Primary School, Deptford, creating a 28m long community quilt for ‘Deptford Stories Festival’ 2013: Curating and facilitating ‘Patch Up’, quilt making & textile workshops with 3 local primary schools in Lewisham, SE London, to celebrate unity and diversity 2005-present: one-to-one art tuition from studio, with local (SEN) children 2014-2015: In hARTslane: Facilitating creative workshops for local children and young people breaking down the barriers to those whom might not visit an art gallery otherwise
Tisna Westerhof is a London-based artist, working across a range of media, She is co-founder and director of hARTslane (2012), an experimental art project space in new Cross Gate, South London. Born in the Netherlands in 1975, Tisna studied Printmaking at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and has an MA in Scenography from Central St Martins, London. Prizes include the Royal Dutch Printmaking Award and Siemens Art Award.
In 2013 she was elected a member of The London Group. She is currently showing ‘Digest’, a solo exhibition at The Dutch Centre in London. Recent exhibitions include‘Fit The Slit’ part of the Venice Biennale 15, Deptford Stories Festival, The London Group Centenary, Deptford X festival, the Royal Academy Summer Show, Tamsyn Challenger’s 400 Women and the APT-2013, selected/curated by Paul Noble. Tisna has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. She has undertaken numerous commissions and has work in private and public collections in Holland, France, Germany, Italy, USA and the UK.
Tisna takes the fabric of domestic life, from family snaps and children’s clothes to ceramics and embroidery, and reconfigures it into work that explores nostalgia, identity and the loss of innocence.
While her practice is grounded in printmaking, Tisna revels in breaking down the limitations of materials and reinventing traditional handicrafts. She produces highly tactile works that capture a child like sense of delight with a combination of humour and melancholy.
As one of a twin, Tisna is fascinated by dualities and her personal experience of loosing an older sister suffuses her work with warmth, intimacy and a sense of the precariousness and fragility of what we treasure.
In her latest work, Tisna Westerhof offers a witty and poignant critique of the daily diet of violent and banal imagery presented in the Western media. Through playful subversion 'Digest' prompts us to ask ourselves what the media feeds us and, as we digest it, what we become.
At first sight, the display of wall-hung plates exudes an old world, folksy charm. But on closer inspection we discover pictures of Ebola dead; a white policeman beating a black woman; an Islamic State fighter holding a baby. Painted in a naïve, tentative hand on flimsy disposable plates, these dark, unsettling images, once released from their original context, start to resonate with pathos, absurdity and tenderness. The accumulation of functional paper plates, rendered useless by painting, embodies the disposable nature of news media, where catastrophic events are reported on in a moral panic and just as quickly forgotten.