• 'Money Cyant Fool Them Again' (2017). Installation view. Photo by James Bantone. Courtesy of the artist and 1.1, Basel
  • 'Cry Then Win Then Lose Reaction' (2018). Installation view. Photo by Jules Lister. Courtesy of the artist and Two Queens, Leicester
  • 'Good To Us' (2018) Performance Reading. Photo by Max Colson. Courtesy of the artist and Jerwood Visual Arts

Ashley Holmes

Ashley Holmes is a Sheffield-based artist interested in the complexities and nuances that surround postcolonial theory and its impact on contemporary attitudes to political, economic and social systems. His work moves between real and fictional narratives that draw upon culturally produced relics of the past, present and future.

Holmes works individually and collaboratively across video, performance, sculpture and music, combining an interest in technical processes of moving image and sound with a critical understanding of the dynamic emotional conditions that can be considered within the context of the term ‘raciology’ – a discourse that assumes certain stereotypes, prejudices, images and identities.

Current ongoing projects include Tough Matter – a collaborative project co-founded with artist Vicky Hayward. Tough Matter is a platform that facilitates experimentation, collective activity and conversations around music and visual arts. Material produced as part of the project includes a series of artist commissions, interviews, live shows and radio broadcasts.



Ashley Holmes (b.1990, Luton, UK)

Recent selected exhibitions and projects include Mantel (group) Cactus at Copperfield Gallery, London; Money Cyant Fool Them Again (solo) 1.1, Basel; Starless Midnight (group), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Out To Everyone, The Tetley, Leeds; Whenever a Heart Skips a Beat (group) EVBG, Berlin; Medieval City One (group) Two Queens, Leicester; Shape Up (solo) Losers Gym, Nottingham; Dot Dot Dit Dit Dot Dot Dash (solo) Platform Residency, Site Gallery, Sheffield.

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