You and Me

Permindar Kaur

Born 1965, Nottingham, UK



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

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


Selected Solo Shows since 1995

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, Hatfield, UK *

2014: Hiding Out – Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham,UK

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

1999: Out of Breath – East London Gallery, 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 – Galeria Alejandro Sales, Barcelona, Spain


Selected Group Shows since 1995

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, UK

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

Agency –Eagle Gallery, London

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 – Created 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.

Through the Looking Glass – University of Essex, Colchester, U.K

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

Don’t Worry – Site specific commission for 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. *

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

Alice – Cornerhouse, Manchester: The Nunnery, London, UK

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*

Krishna, The Divine Lover – National Touring exhibitions, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and UK tour.

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

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

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

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

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

Telling Tales – Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.

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

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

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

Veins – Galerai Dels Angels, Barcelona, Spain

* Exhibition with a catalogue



Public Commissions

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.



2020: Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council.

2015: Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council.

2013: Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council.

1998: The Arts Foundation 1998 Sculpture Fellowship

Visual Art Fellowship, Berwick-upon-Tweed

1995: Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada.



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