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Aaron Williamson

During the last thirty years Aaron Williamson has created over 300 performances, videos, installations and publications around the world.

He has a PhD in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex (1997), and has published widely, including a monograph ‘Performance / Video / Collaboration’ (Kingston University, 2007).

Awards include: Helen Chadwick Fellowship at the British School at Rome (2000–01); Three-Year AHRC Fellowship at University of Central England, (2004–07); Visiting Artist, School of the Arts Institute, Chicago (2019).

Williamson’s work is informed by his experience of becoming deaf and by a progressive sensibility towards disability. At a University of California lecture in 1998, he coined the term ‘Deaf Gain’ as a counter-emphasis to ‘hearing loss’ Between 2006-2019 he collaborated with Katherine Araniello as ‘The Disabled Avant-Garde’.

Williamson’s work has been purchased by the Arts Council England Collection and UK Government Art Collection. He is a Research Fellow in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University.

Images from Aaron’s residency