You & Me,  shown in Krishna, The Divine Lover 1998– Hayward National Touring exhibitions, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.

Permindar Kaur

Born 1965, Nottingham


1986 – 1989 B.A. Hons Fine Art, Sheffield City Polytechnic, Sheffield, UK

1990 – 1992 M.A Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland


Solo Shows 

2024: Nothing is Fixed – John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

2024: Mela Monument, Mela Sculpture Park, Hogsland Park, Southampton

2023: The Room – Niru Ratnam Gallery, London

2023: Camouflage – Radley Mews, London and online exhibition, Jhaveri Contemporary

2022: Outgrown – The ArtHouse, Wakefield, UK *

2021:  Art at Home – Curated by Kath & Company, Lion House, Twickenham, TW1 3DR, UK

2020/21: HOME – Curated by HS Projects, 5 Howick Place, London, UK*

2017:  Black & Blue – New Art Projects, London, UK *

2016:  Interlopers – UH Art & Design Gallery, University of Herfordshire, Hatfield, UK *

2014:  Hiding Out – Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham,UK

2001:  Photos of Simran – Galeria 44, Barcelona, Spain.

1999:  Out of Breath – East London Gallery, Univeristy of East London, UK *

            Untitled – Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Berwick, UK *

            Comfort of Little Places – Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

1998:  Comfort of Little Places – Fabrica, Brighton, UK

             Independent Thoughts – Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK

1997:   Secrets Must Circulate – Galeria Carles Poy, Barcelona, Spain

             Fetish – Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Canada

1996:   Cold Comfort 1 – Ikon Gallery, Birmingham + UK tour*

             Cold Comfort II – Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK *

             Backspace – Curated by Stefania Bortolami at Galeria Alejandro Sales, Barcelona, Spain

1995:    Small Spaces – Galleri Isidor, Malmö, Sweden

1994:    La Cambra Daurada –La Capella, Barcelona, Spain (two person show with Carme Saumell)

1993:    Red Earth – Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

              Regions & Growth – The British Council, Barcelona, Spain


Selected Group Shows 

2024: RA Summer Show – Invited by Veronica Ryan, Royal Academy, London

2024: A Spirit Inside, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

2024: Bitch Magic, Alma Pearl Gallery, London

2024/27: Compton Verney Sculpture in the Park – Compton Verney, Warwickshire

2023: Frieze London, 11 – 15 Oct 2023 with Jhaveri Contemporary, London UK

2023: If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022, Saatchi Gallery, London

2023: A Spirit Inside, The Lightbox, Woking

2023: Are You A Woman In Authority? Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

2023: What Should Be In A National Art Collection? School of Museum Studies, Leicester

2023: If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022 – The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

2023: Naissance/ Re-Naissance – curated by Hettie Judah, Unit London gallery for London Gallery Weekend (online) 

2023: Art Dubai with Jhaveri Contemporary, Dubai

2023: Frieze No. 9 Cork Street, London curated by Jhaveri Contemporary accompanying Ali Kazim’s exhibition

2022: What Lies Beneath: Women, Politics, Textiles – Womens Art Collection, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

2021/23: Breaking The Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 – Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield and UK tour to Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham; The Levinsky Gallery, University of Plymouth and the Box, Plymouth; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; New Art Gallery, Walsall *

2021:    RA Summer Show – Selected by Bob & Roberta Smith, Royal Academy, London

2021:    Ikon in the 90’s – Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2020:   MK Calling 2020 – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

2019:    NAE Open -Nottingham Art Exchange, Nottingham

2018:    Animals & Us – Turner Contemporary, Margate

2018:   Agency – The Artists Agency, Eagle Gallery, London

2018:  Crossing Lines – F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, Ireland

2017:    Tread Softly – Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK

2016:    Now for Tomorrow II – Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK

2015:    Talking with Deptford – Deptford X Gallery, curated by Janette Parris, Deptford, London

2014:    Bad Copy: Cardiff by Parris – Curated by Janette Parris for Museums at Night. Cardiff Story Museum, UK

2013:    What’s Going On? – Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK as part of the rehang curated by Professor Raimi Gbadmasi.

2006:    Revelation: Reflecting British Art in the Arts Council Collection – The Lowry, Manchester

2005:    Spoilt rotten: Young Curators 2005 – Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys, Wales *

2004:    Changing Rooms – Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield, U.K.

2000:   At Home with Art – An exhibition jointly organised by the Tate Gallery, London and National Touring Exhibitions, Hayward Gallery, London. Commissioned to design a product to sell in Homebase stores across the U.K.

2000:  Through the Looking Glass – University of Essex, Colchester, UK

2000: See For Yourself – Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery, Peterborough, UK

2000: Don’t Worry – Chelsea & Westminister Hospital, London, UK Curated by Tamsin Dillon *

1999:   Hot Air – Granship, Shizouka Arts Centre, Japan *

1998:   Claustrophobia – Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and UK tour. *

1998:   Here to Stay – Arts Council Collection purchases, National Touring exhibitions, Plymouths Arts Centre and UK tour. *

1998:   Alice – Cornerhouse, Manchester & The Nunnery, London

1998:  Where I am – Galeria da Mitra, Lisbon as part of Caminho do Oriente, Expo ’98, Portugal *

1997:   Flexible Co-existence – Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan*

1997:  Krishna, The Divine Lover – National Touring exhibitions, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.

1997:  Las Ninas de Mis Ojos – Galerai Trajecto, Vitoria, Spain

1997:  Home Ideal – Therberton Street, London, UK. For Sale sign project organised by F.A.T (Fashion, Architecture, Taste)

1997:  Pictura Britannica, Art from Britain – Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia*

1997:  Crosscurrents – University Museum of Ethnography, Oslo, Norway. *

1997:  Out of India – Queens Museum of Art, New York. *

1997:   Telling Tales – Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.

1996:   Falling – Museu Salvador Viaseca, Reus, Spain. *

1996:   Transforming The Crown – Caribbean Cultural Centre, New York, USA

1995:   The British Art Show 4 – Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff. *

1995:   Por al Buit/ Medio al vacio – Galeria Carles Poy, Barcelona, Spain

1995:   Veïns – Galeria Dels Angels, Barcelona, Spain.

1994:   La Cambra Daurada , Arteleku, San Sebastian, Spain *

1994:   Panfletos de Agri-cultura, poster project organised by Transformadors, Barcelona

1994:   Escletxes – Espais, Girona, Spain

1992:   BBC Billboard Art Project – Glasgow.

1992:  Narratives – Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

1992:  Invisible Cities – Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

1992:  BT New Contemporaries – Newlyn Orion Gallery, Penzance & UK tour *

1992:  Taking Flight – Leicester City Art Gallery, Leicester

1991:    Four x 4 – Arnolfini, Bristol *

* Exhibition with a catalogue


Public Commissions

2024/27: Compton Verney Sculpture in the Park – Compton Verney, Warwickshire

2014: A Vision of Utopia – A site specific outdoor sculpture for Spirella Building. Letchworth. Curated by Letchworth Heritage Foundation & Digswell Arts, UK

2002: Dudes, A permanent public sculpture for Port of Tyne International Ferry Terminal, North Shields, Newcastle, UK

1999: Playtime – Hakata Riverain Art Project – A permanent public sculpture for Hakata Riverain, Fukuoka, Japan. Curated by Fumio Nanjo of Nanjo & Assocites.*

1992: B.B.C. Billboard Art Project – B.B.C. commissioned 18 artists to site works across 150 billboards across UK as part of ‘Commissions & Collaborations’, to bring art onto the streets of Britain.

Works in Collections

Arts Council, England; British Council, UK; New Art Hall Collection, Cambridge; Cartwright Hall, Bradford; Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton: Museu de Reus, Reus, Spain; Works in private collections in UK, Spain, Sweden, India and USA.


2022: Shortlisted for the Freelands Award 2022 for a solo show at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

2022: Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant.

2020: Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant.

2015: Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council.

2013: Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council.

1998: The Arts Foundation 1998 Sculpture Fellowship



2022: ArtHouse residency, Wakefield
2015-16:  9-month residency at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
1999: Visual Art Fellowship, Berwick-upon-Tweed
1995: Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada.


Christine Takengny, Permindar Kaur – The Room, Contemporary Art Society Friday Dispatch, Fri 24th Feb. (online)

Natalie Rudd, Nothing Fixed: The Sculptural Strategies of Permindar Kaur, Outgrown exhibition catalogue pg – 17-36. Published by The ArtHouse, Wakefield. ISBN 978-1-7391895-0-1

Damon Jackson-Waldock, Introduction, Outgrown exhibition catalogue, pg 5-16. Published by The ArtHouse, Wakefield. ISBN 978-1-7391895-0-1

P.L. Henderson, ‘Unravelling Women’s Art: Creators, Rebels & Innovators in Textiles’. Published by Aurora Metro, Dec 2021, interview in Chapter 7 – Sculpture & Installation, pg. 198 -200 ISBN13: 9781913641153

Dr. Alice Correia, ‘Permindar Kaur: Locating a ‘Black’ Artist in Narratives of British Art in the 1990s’. Published in Art History Journal, June 2021, pg 604 -623. ISSN 0141-6790 (print)

Roo Dhissou, ‘Cold Comfort and Cultural Identity’ published in PMC Notes No19, Sept 2021, pg 24 -31

Anna McNay, ‘An Interview with Permindar Kaur’ published in The Flux Review, Edition 5, 2021 pg 114 – 123. ISSN 2633-643X

Rajesh Punj , ‘Between Playful An Disturbing: A conversation with Permindar Kaur’, June 4, 2021 Sculpture Magazine, a publication of the International Sculpture Centre. ISSN: 0889-728X

Dr Eddie Chambers, ‘Home: The place Where We Dwell’. Home exhibition Catalogue, pg 29-39, May 2021. ISBN: 978-1-9164325-4-3

Dr Alice Correira, ‘At Home (in a pandemic)’ Home exhibition Catalogue, pg 9 – 24, May 2021. ISBN: 978-1-9164325-4-3

Cork, Richard, ‘Danger Compassion and Playfulness’ Interlopers exhibition catalogue, University Of Hertfordshire Art & Design Gallery, Hatfield, 2016

Brownie, Barbara, ‘Art with a life of it’s Own’ Interlopers exhibition catalogue, University Of Hertfordshire Art & Design Gallery, Hatfield, 2016

Lucas, Annabel, ‘Introduction’ Interlopers exhibition catalogue, University Of Hertfordshire Art & Design Gallery, Hatfield, 2016

Proctor, Nancy. ‘Is Women’s Art Homeless?’ Twenty Years of Make Magazine, pg 116-120, 2015

Kingston, Angela, ‘Permindar Kaur’ The Berwick Gymnasium Fellowships, pg 46-49, 2008

Chambers, Eddie. ‘Substantial Sculpture: The work of Sokari Douglas Camp. Veronica Ryan and Permindar Kaur’ from Black Artists in British Art – A History since the 1950’s Chapter 11 pg 162 – 166 July 2014 by I.B. Tauris

Ibrahim, Shariff. ‘Hiding Out’ Leftlion, June 2014

Hackett, Tom. ‘Hiding Out’ Artists Newsletter, May 2014

Wilbur, Ruth. An interview for Artist of the month: May 2014 for Axisweb

Hedley, Gill, ‘We Are The Wild Things’ Hiding Out exhibition catalogue essay, Djanogly Gallery. Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. May 2014

Kaur, Permindar, “Garments in Case of an Emergency’, Don’t Worry Exhibition Catalogue, Chelsea & Westminister hospital, London, England, 2000

Kaur, Permindar ‘At Home With Art’ Exhibition catalogue, Hayward National touring exhibition, London, England, 1999

Ratnam, Niru,. ‘Out of Breath’ Exhibition Catalogue, East London Gallery, England. 1999

Chambers, Eddie.‘Cold Comfort’ Run through the Jungle: Selected writings by Eddie Chambers. InivAnnotations, London, England. 1999

Yuko Nishiyama & Permindar Kaur. ‘Hakata Riverain Art Project’ exhibition catalogue, Hakata Riverain, Fukuoka, Japan, 1999

Newell, Patricia. ‘The Silent Partner,’ Claustrophobia (catalogue) Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1998.

May, Susan, Here to Stay – Art Council Collection purchases of the 1990’s exhibition Catalogue, pg 32-33, 1998

Ratnam, Niru. ‘Art Kaur’ 2nd Generation – Issue 9 (summer 1998): 58-59

Peto, James. ‘Krishna, The Divine Lover’ Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England. Organised by Hayward National touring exhibitions. 1997

Andrews, Jorelle. Re-negotiating the familiar,inhabiting the strange:the installations of Permindar Kaur. Crosscurrents (catalogue), Oslo Museum of Ethnography, 1997

Chambers, Eddie. ‘Cold Comfort.’ Third Text 36 (Autumn 1996): 91-94

Doherty, Claire. ‘Cold Comfort’ Transcript Vol 2 – Issue 2: 18 –25Doherty, Claire & Lebrero Stals, José. Cold Comfort (catalogue), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1996

Masterson, Piers. ‘Cold Comfort’ Arts Monthly 198 (Jul-Aug. 1996): 33-34

Osaka, Eriko. ‘Medicine and Treatment of Flexible Co-existence’ Mito annual 1997 (catalogue) Art Tower Mito, Japan, 1997

Proctor, Nancy. ‘Is Women’s Art Homeless?’ Women’s Art Magazine 71 (Aug – Sept 1996): 10-11

Torres, David G. ‘Permindar Kaur’ Lapiz 137: 62-63, 1996

Doherty, Claire. ‘While you were sleeping’ Cold Comfort Exhibition Catalogue, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England. 1996

Lebrero Stals, Jose, ‘About Loss but not Childhood’ Cold Comfort Exhibition Catalogue, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England. 1996

Cork, Richard. Extract from ‘British Art Show 4’ exhibition catalogue, Hayward National touring exhibitions, London, England. 1995

Schwartz, Jeffrey. ‘Siting of the Self’ Exhibition catalogue, Museu Comarcal de Reus, Reus, Spain. 1995