Ashley Holmes

Born in Luton, 1990. Lives and works in Sheffield

Ashley Holmes is a multidisciplinary artist & DJ based in Sheffield working across sound, video, radio broadcasts & performance. His practice is informed by ideas of ancestral transmission, property, access & citizenship to explore the histories of resistance & anti-colonial resilience embedded in Black musical & sound-based practices.

Since early 2019 he has facilitated Open Deck - a series of gatherings giving space to collectively listen & discuss relationships to music & oral histories. He also hosts Tough Matter, a radio programme broadcast monthly on NTS Radio. 

He has exhibited internationally, with recent presentations including; A Free Moment, solo exhibition curated by Christina Gigliotti at Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, (2020); away, completely: denigrate, group exhibition curated by Languid Hands at Narrative Projects, London (2020); Double 6, collaborative performance with R.I.P. Germain commissioned by Poor Image Projects at the former Court Room of Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (2019); Survey, group exhibition by Jerwood Arts, London. 

He is an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and was awarded a Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award in 2020. Holmes is currently developing a new body of work for 2021 as part of the Radio Arts Catalyst Residency programme. 

Image credits :
Jules Lister courtesy of Poor Image Projects Index Festival