Permindar Kaur

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"Since the 1990s, Nottingham-born artist, Permindar Kaur, has created sculptural objects and installations that explore the territory of cultural identity, home and belonging. She does this by apparently innocent means, invoking childhood and domestic spaces. 

Little figures and animals fashioned in soft fleece resembling half-stuffed toys are the players in her game. However, these are far from sentimental trophies; the comfort of fabric is checked by the cold contours of copper and steel. Her toys are armed with claws, horns and beaks, belying their apparent vulnerability and giving them an air of comic menace. Others disappear against identically coloured or patterned backgrounds, an elaborate game of hide-and-seek perhaps, or a strategy of camouflage or self-negation? Adaption, mimicry and mirroring: strategies of integration and assimilation. In another group of works, doorways deliberately screened or blocked negate the idea of welcome or the homely". From Neil Walker’s introduction to Hiding Out exhibition at Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottigham Lakeside Arts, Nottingham.

Permindar's solo exhibition, Interlopers at the University of Hertfordshire (2016) was a site specific installation spanning the vast glazed frond wall of the Arts & Design Gallery. Permindar relocated works through the course of the exhibition and a blog by Barbara Brownie accompanied the exhibition. A publication with essay by Richard Cork is also available.

Kaur has exhibited internationally; major solo exhibitions include Hiding Out, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts (2014); Untitled, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Berwick (1999); Comfort of Little Places, Aspex, Portsmouth (1998) and Cold Comfort, Ikon Gallery, Bimingham, Mead Gallery, Coventry (1996). Major group exhibitions include A Vision of Utopia, Spirella Building, Letchworth (2014), What’s Going On? Usher Gallery, Lincoln (2013); Spoilt Rotten: Young Curators, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales (2005); At Home with Art, Tate, London and touring (2000); Hot Air, Granship, Shizouka Arts Centre, Japan (1999); Pictura Britannica, Art from Britain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (1997); British Art Show 4, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff (1995). Her work featured in Textiel Plus (Issue 231, 2015). Permindar's solo exhibition Home, was at 5 Howick Place, London, SW1P, curated by HS projects between 12 April - 2 July 2021.

Permindar's work featured in major exhibitions, A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s (2021) and Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 (Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2021) through 2021.

Permindar had two works included in the Royal Academy Summer Show 2021.

Touring show available: Permindar Kaur: Interlopers is available to tour. Interested venues can book the exhibition through the Touring Exhibition Group and/or by contacting Mark Segal directly.

The catalogue for Home (PDF 21.9 MB) is now available with 21 colour images and critical texts by Dr Alice Correia and Dr Eddie Chambers. Copies are available for purchase at £10. Email:
Following Permindar's solo show at The Art House, Wakefield the Outgrown publication is available. A Limited edition, signed, softback on removable screen-printed greyboard. 40 pages, published 2022 by The Art House. ISBN: 1-908432-19-5 Texts by Natalie Rudd, writer, independent curator, and researcher, and Damon Jackson-Waldock, Programme Director, The Art House. Buy here: Arthouse shop. An Overgrown House Limited Edition Screen Print for ArtHouse. Shop – ArtHouse

Permindar contributed to 12 Artists 12 Weeks, a program of 12 installations for Kath Woods, Art at Home project.
Permindar was shortlisted for the Freelands Award 2022 with John Hansard Gallery.

The Room, a solo exhibition at Niru Ratnam, London took place between 25 January and 25 February 2023. Jhaveri Contemporary included Permindar's work at Art Dubai in March 2023.

Permindar's Independence, 1997 on loan from Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery is on show in If not Now, When, at Hepworth Wakefield, 31 March - 24 September 2023.

Permindar Kaur completed her MA at Glasgow School of Art, she lives and works in the UK and Sweden.

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