Ellie MacGarry

 
 

Ellie MacGarry (UK, 1991) peels away the garments and layers that we so often use to hide our private selves, uncovering tender introspection and an intimate exploration of the body. Through her paintings and ceramics, she foregrounds fleeting and intimate moments involving the body and its everyday transformations.

MacGarry studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2014 where she was awarded the Berkofsky Award; on completion her work was acquired by Leeds City Art Gallery as part of the Ben Read Graduate Acquisition fund. She gained her MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2018 as a recipient of the Felix Slade scholarship, winning the Melville Nettleship Prize. She has exhibited widely across the UK and has taken part in artist’s residencies in Leeds, London and Hong Kong. Recent exhibitions include ‘In Hiding’ at the Academy of Visual Arts in Hong Kong, ‘Imagen Vibratoria’ at the Museo Nahim Isaias in Ecuador and ‘on plon air’ curated by 12ø collective in London, UK. 

 

 

Exhibitions

 

2019

Sensitive Matter, Bridget Riley Studios, London, United Kingdom

Testing, Unit 3 projects, London, UK

 

2018

In hiding, Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU, Hong Kong

OH SHE DOES LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEESIDE, Spanish City, Whitley Bay, UK,(curated by SHELF)

Slade Graduate Degree Show, Slade school of fine art, London, UK

 

2017

Imagen Vibratoria, bajo el paraguas de su reproduccion, Museo Nahim Isaias, Ecuador

Slade Interim Show, Slade school of fine art, London, UK

on plon air, 12ø collective, London, UK (Artlicks weekend)

Steal the show, Glasgow, UK

 

2016

Fresh ‘n’ Frozen, 12ø Collective, London, UK (Artlicks weekend)

Copeland Collective, Copeland Park, London, UK (Artlicks weekend)

Prod + Push, Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds, UK (co-curated by Ellie MacGarry)

HOT DESK, London, UK

Are you ready?, Caravan, Manchester, UK

S/S 18, Unna Way, Huddersfield

Visual Candy, Assembly House, Leeds, UK

Part of the Furniture, Tall Boys, Leeds, UK

 

2015

Cascading Relevant Information, CBS @ Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Sluice, Bargehouse Gallery, OXO Tower Wharf, London, UK

Bankley Open, Bankley Gallery, Manchester, UK

Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios, Manchester, UK

Plus One, Assembly House Project Space, Leeds, UK

Tracing Paper, Paper Gallery, Manchester, UK

Edible Painting (an event as part of Painting in Time), The Tetley, Leeds, UK

Contemporary British Abstraction, SE9 Container Gallery, London, UK

 

2014

Overseasoned part deux, Salt + Powell @ Artemis House (curated by It’s All Tropical), York, UK

Leeds Revisited, BIG Gallery, Dortmund, Germany

Surfacing, Leeds, UK,(curated by Ellie MacGarry)

Graduate Residency Exhibition, Patrick Studios, East Street Arts, Leeds

Pareidolia, Pluspace, Coventry, UK

_Matters, Leeds University Degree Show 2014, University of Leeds, UK

OVERTIME: Art and the Office, curated by SEIZE, Wellington Street, Leeds, UK

 

2013

Evident Resident II, Galerie MAD, Marseille, France

UB26, The Light, Leeds, UK

 

Collections

 

Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds, 2015 - 2016

Leeds City Art Gallery

Private Collections

Awards

Artist in Residence, AVA Hong Kong, 2018

Slade Summer Residency, 2018

Melville Nettleship Prize, Slade School of Fine Art, 2018

Felix Slade scholarship, Slade School of Fine Art, 2016-18

Tracing Paper Mentorship, Paper Gallery Manchester, 2015

Berkofsky Arts Award, University of Leeds, 2014 

Ben Read Graduate Acquisition Fund, University of Leeds/Leeds City Art Gallery, 2014

East Street Arts Graduate Residency, 2014

 

Publications

5 Questions, Elephant Magazine, April 2019

Artwork of the day, Elephant Magazine, April 2019

Looking at Painting volume 1

Terraform (issue 2)

 

Education

Slade School of Fine Art, MFA Painting 2016-2018

University of Leeds, BA (hons) Fine Art (international), 2010-2014