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Education

2011-2013 Post Graduate Diploma, Adult Nursing, Kings College London, UK
2006-2008 MA Constructed Textiles, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2002-2003 PGCE Art and Design, Institute of Education, University College London, UK
1997-2001 BA (hons) Visual and Environmental Studies (sculpture), Harvard University, USA

Exhibitions

2017  Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum, London, UK and touring

  • Between Things, curated by Kaavous Clayton and Ben Coode-AdamsThe Minories, Colchester, UK
  • LOEWE Craft Prize 2017, COAM, Madrid, Spain and Chamber Gallery, NY, USA
  • Threads: Taking Up Needle and Yarn, Celia Pym and Diana Taylor, curated by Alice Bygraves, C4RD: Centre for Recent Drawing, London, UK

2016   Parallel Practices, Utopia Treasury, Somerset House, London, UK

  • hand/work, Sýning í Bílskurs Gallerí, Blönduós, Iceland
  • 59 Sorties: LAB – Behind the scenes of Monaco’s art museum, Villa Sauber, Nouveau Museé National de Monaco, Monaco

2015   Making It The Space (Performing Arts Centre), Sevenoaks School, Kent, UK

  • What do I need to do to make it ok? Pump House Gallery, London, UK and touring
  • Festival of Love: LOVE the YARN with Lasmin Salmon, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK
  • Knit 1, Mend 1, Keep 1, Share 1 Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset, UK

2014   Mending and Anatomy: I’ve got holes on the heels of my socks, on the fingertips of my gloves, on my elbows, on my knees,  

  •  at the folds and seams of my jeans, where my backpack rubs against my shoulder, Dissecting Room, Kings College London, UK

2013   UFO (unfinished objects), Prick Your Finger, London, UK

  • Cloth and Memory {2}, curated by Lesley Millar, Salt’s Mill, Saltaire, Yorkshire, UK
  • No excuse for what I do in private, curated by Matt Rich, Delicious Spectacle, Washington DC, USA

2012   Art and Anatomy, Gordon Museum of Pathology, London, UK

  • WOW: The wonder of wool and art of knit and stitch, Rheged Gallery, Cumbria, UK

2011   Bite-Size, Daiwa Foundation, London; Gallery Gallery, Kyoto and University of Arts, Nagoya, Japan

  • Missed/Missing, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2010   outside-in, curated by Lisa Schmidt, Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, Japan

  • Service, Household, Stratford, London, UK
  • Iremember, August Art, London, UK

2009   Making and Mending, Bury St Edmunds Gallery, Norfolk, UK

  • UFO project by Rachael Matthews, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, London, UK
  • Friends of the Divided Mind: Office of Real Time Activity, CCA MA degree show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2008   Fixing the Holes, Prick Your Finger, London

  • This Darn Day, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • 2000 Years of Sculpture, Fleischer-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2007   Knitnic, West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen and National Gallery of Arts and Crafts, Oslo, Norway
2005   Knit 2 Together, Crafts Council, UK
2002   Blue Knitting, Honyara-do Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

Awards

2017   Finalist, Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, Woman’s Hour and Crafts Council, London, UK

  • Finalist, LOEWE Craft Prize 2017, Madrid, Spain

2016   UK Craft Residency 2016, Cove Park, Scotland, UK

  • Winner Parallel Practices Residency (Part 2) with Richard Wingate, Crafts Council & Kings Cultural Institute, UK
  • Resident Artist, Textílsetur Íslands, Blönduós, Iceland

2014   Winner Parallel Practices Residency with Richard Wingate, Crafts Council & Kings Cultural Institute, UK
2012   Third Prize Art and Anatomy Exhibition, Gordon Museum of Pathology, UK
2011   Resident Artist, Vermont Studio Center, USA
2010   Outside/In, Curatorial Competition Selection, Aichi Triennial, Japan
2003   Mrs Kray (2000) (wr/dir), selected short film category, Officinema Festival, Bologna, Italy
2001   Gardner Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Talks

2016  Unusual Territory, Make it Ok? A symposium on damage and repair, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, UK

  • 59 Sorties, Villa Sauber, NMNM, Monaco

2015  Appetites for Destruction  in conversation with Rachael Matthews, Pump House Gallery, London, UK

  • Is this a Thing? Central St Martins – University of the Arts, London; Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich; University of Creative Arts, Farnham, UK

2014  Parallel Practices Panel Discussion, Make: Shift Crafts Council Conference, Ravensbourne, London, UK

  • Making Repairs Institute of Making, UCL, London, UK
  • Emotions, Transformations, Restorations with Fred Bearman, Institute of Making, UCL, London, UK

2012   Mending Women’s Institute @ V&A Museum, London, UK
2009   Perfection Bury St Edmunds Gallery, Norfolk, UK

Partnerships

Craftspace Curious About Craft (2009) and Craftspace Collective (2010)
Emma Hoette Fashions and Embodiement Workshop (2016)
Siri JohansenSweater made without a pattern, from photograph and in pieces (2009)
Rachael Matthews (2009-2015) UFO administration project Prick Your Finger
Gaëtan Morlotti59 Sorties (2016)
Freddie RobinsThe Imperfect (2008)
Lasmin Salmon, ActionSpace artist, LOVE the YARN:Festival of Love (2015) ActionSpace Festival of Love
Annemor Sundbø, Norwegian Sweater (2010) from Annemor Sundbø’s Ragpile
Richard Wingate partner Parallel Practices Residency (2014/2016) – Parallel Practices Blog Film

Press

6 Designers Explain Why Craft Still Matters in a Digital World by Diana Budds, FastCoDesign.com, 31st May 2017
Loewe Craft Prize Winners 2017 by Sarah Mower, Vogue, 10th April 2017
Celia Pym is mending the human heart through knit by Harriet Wolstenholm, 1 Granary, 15th March 2017
Darning a Yarn by Ian Wilson, Embroidery, January/February 2017
Meet the Artists by Katy Bevan, The Knitter, issue 104, November 2016
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 08/11/16 Parallel Practices, Science and Craft at 36 mins November 2016
CELIA PYM: Die Zeit hinterlässt Spuren by Lisa Damberg, The Heritage Post Women, No 10, September 2016
Celia Pym gives new life to the Monte Carlo Opera’s old costumes, Monaco Channel, tv, 21 January 2016
View by Katy Bevan, Selvedge, January 2016
World News: Celia Pym – Knitting and Anatomy by Hikaru Noguchi, Keitodama, no.166, Autumn 2015
How the Other Half Live by Teleri Lloyd-Jones, Crafts Magazine, Issue no. 253, Mar/April 2015
Celia Pym: gives you the world’s best mending tips by Emma Lundin, Make it Last, Spring 2015
Knitting trip around Japan ties up more projects by Angela Jeffs, Japan Times, May 2005