From film and book production to performance and print Hilary Powell works with overlooked processes, materials, people and places in unexpected ways.
Her recent practice involves collaborative acts of making from a public production line making a pop-up book now collected by V&A, Poetry Library and MoMA to recent experiments with ‘urban alchemy’ putting reclaimed industrial materials to use by reimagining traditional print techniques. From hidden histories to forgotten techniques, the core of her practice is imaginative salvage, placing value on the overlooked and seemingly mundane and highlighting and creating the extraordinary in the everyday.
Hilary Powell has a BfA Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University and an MA Scenography (Central St Martins School of Art and Design) based in The Netherlands (Utrecht Hogeschool voor de kunsten) and Prague (DAMU theatre academy) where her practice became sited in the urban environment with concerts for cars and people in derelict Amsterdam docklands and Czech suburbs.
She has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmith’s College, University of London, has been Honorary Fellow at the London Consortium and more recently AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and Leverhulme artist/alchemist in residence with UCL Chemistry. She is currently recipient of the Stephen Cripp’s Studio Award at High House Production Park supported by Acme Studios, the Henry Moore Foundation, the family of Stephen Cripps and Royal Opera House, Thurrock.