Exhibition view: Constellations: Care & Resistance (Jade Montserrat, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Claudette Johnson, Amaka Nwafor, Berni Searle, Mark Titchner), Manchester Art Gallery, 2020 – 2022. Courtesy Manchester Art Gallery. Photo: Michael Pollard

Image slider credits:

1) Jade Montserrat, Summer Commission 2022, Brighton CCA. Photo: Rob Harris. © Jade Montserrat, courtesy the artist and Brighton CCA 

2) Jade Montserrat, A New Touch, 2022. Commissioned for Whitstable Biennale 2022 © Jade Montserrat, courtesy the artist Photo: Rob Harris

Jade Montserrat 

Mental Health & Justice Project Artist

Jade Montserrat was the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship supporting her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan (Race and Representation in Northern Britain in the context of the Black Atlantic: A Creative Practice Project) and the development of her work from her Black diasporic perspective in the North of England. She was also awarded one of two Jerwood Student Drawing Prizes in 2017 for No Need for Clothing, a documentary photograph of a drawing installation at Cooper Gallery DJCAD by Jacquetta Clark.

Jade’s Rainbow Tribe project – a combination of historical and contemporary manifestations of Black Culture from the perspective of the Black Diaspora is central to the ways she is producing a body of work, including No Need For Clothing and its iterations, as well as her performance work Revue. Jade was commissioned to present Revue as a 24 hour live performance at SPILL Festival of Performance, October 2018, a solo exhibition at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, (November – March 2019) which toured to Humber Street Gallery (July – September 2019) and was commissioned by Art on the Underground to create the 2018 Winter Night Tube cover.

In 2020, Iniva and Manchester Art Gallery commissioned Jade as the first artist for the Future Collect project, with a solo exhibition Constellations: Care and Resistance at Manchester Art Gallery (2020 – 2022). In 2021, Jade participated in a group exhibition titled An Infinity of Traces at Lisson Gallery, and opened a solo exhibition titled In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens at Bosse & Baum Gallery, both in London.

In 2022, Jade was included in the group exhibition Body Vessel Clay, curated by Dr. Jareh Das at Two Temple Place, London, which then travelled to York Art Gallery.

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