Kim Coleman

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Lecturer, School of Media and Communication

London College of Fashion


Kim Coleman is an artist working in expanded moving image, performance, camera-less photography and installation. Her solo and collaborative works have been staged at Tate Britain, The ICA, The Showroom, Jerwood Visual Arts, Kings Cross, Serpentine Screen, and Frieze Projects for Frieze London.

Kim holds a BA in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art. She co-founded artist-run Embassy gallery and the Annuale Festival of artist-led spaces in Edinburgh before going on to gain an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design. With Jenny Hogarth, she was a LUX Associate Artist 2009-10, and Artist Fellow at National Galleries of Scotland 2012. She holds a postgraduate certificate in Teaching Art & Design in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the HEA.

Kim has been Visiting Practitioner at Brighton University BA Artists’ Moving Image, Glasgow School of Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, Camberwell, and Edinburgh College of Art. She currently teaches in the School of Media & Communication at London College of Fashion where she has initiated major student projects with institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Fashion and Textiles Museum.

Research interests

Light as a material; the politics of lighting, light shows; potentials for moving image and expanded moving image practice; collaborative art practice; communication technology; artist-led initiatives; feminist and international moving image and installation practice; camera-less photography.

Research statement

My practice incorporates moving image, performance, camera-less photography and installation, creating works that unravel the dynamics of relationships between collaborators, camera and subject and audience and performer through various means of communication.

Recent moving image works If They Be Two (2017) Flicker (2016) and Polarised (2016) are collaborations that consider interpersonal relationships and the role technology plays within them. The resulting works convey complex ideas relating to voids, feelings and hierarchies. Presented in an expanded form, these works toy with the ability for light and sound to affect physical space. A current focus is a consideration of the potential for recorded, emitted and projected light to be a political material that creates and communicates physical and emotional experience.

Collaborations include those with artists Jenny Hogarth (incorporating our collaboration with the Boyle family), Susie Green, Matthew Noel-Tod, Laura Buckley, Cara Tolmie, Annette Knol and milliner Noel Stewart.

My collaborative approach has also manifested itself in co-founding various significant artist-led projects and my work with bands including Django Django and Franz Ferdinand, designing their UK/EU/US and world tour stage shows incorporating projected moving image, bespoke lighting elements, costume and set design.

Projects, awards and grants

Towards 'If They Be Two' moving image with Susie Green. Elephant Trust, London (2017)
Summer Lab Travel Bursary. World is Sudden / CIRCA Projects (2017)
Artist Development Bursary. A-N (2016)
Artist in Residence, with Laura Buckley. Block 336, London (2016)
Artist Fellow, with Jenny Hogarth. National Galleries of Scotland (2012)
Artist in Residence. MSDockville, Hamburg (2011)
New moving image work grant. With Jenny Hogarth. LUX / Leverhulme Trust (2011)
Towards collaboration with the Boyle family. Elephant Trust, London (2008)
Performance to camera residence. With Jenny Hogarth. South West Screen and Picture This (2009)
Professional Development Award. EVAAC, Edinburgh (2007)
Professional Development Award. Scottish Arts Council (2005)
Artist in Residence. With Jenny Hogarth. IAAB, Basel Switzerland (2005)


Solo projects 

Aphelion Slip. Block Universe, London. Collaboration w. Zoë Poluch and Cara Tolmie
Polarised. Block 336, London. Collaboration with Laura Buckley
Winter Sun. Granary Square, Kings Cross, London
Django Django. Touring stage show.
Victory Over the Sun. Stage show. Touring live stage show for Franz Ferdinand
Of the Shadow. Collaboration with milliner Noel Stewart
Django Django. Stage show. Touring stage show.
If you can’t see my mirrors I can’t see you. Circa projects, Newcastle - Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth.
Suntrap. MSDockville, Hamburg
An Infusion of the Evening Air. Glasgow International. Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
If you can’t see my mirrors I can’t see you. Serpentine Screen. Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Staged. Edinburgh Art Festival. Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Glare. S1 Art Space, Sheffield. Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Act Natural. Picture this, Bristol.Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Players. Frieze Projects for Frieze London. Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Oh What a Lovely Whore. Nought to Sixty, ICA, London. Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Timebank. Associates, London. Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth

Group exhibitions and screenings

Picnic at Tornado Sands, Arcade East, London.
Here is Information. Mobilise. Celebrating Ian White. The Showroom, London
111 Interiors - CSM galleries, UAL, London
Abstract Movement - Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
True Colours - Kotti Shop, Berlin
Konstcentralen - Stockholm
Assembly - Jerwood Visual Arts, London
Detroit - Lux Associate Artists exhibition, London
Experimental Film Section - Minneapolis Film festival
Peeping Tom - V22, London
Over and Over - Forgotten Bar, Berlin
Set It Up and Go - APS Artnews Projects, Berlin
Look No Hands - Cell Project Space, London
Boneless Box - The Embassy, Edinburgh
Little Gallery on Hoxton Street - Limoncello, London
Members Show - Studio Voltaire, London
Associates New York - Phillips de Pury & Co, New York
Associates at Zoo Art Fair - Zoo Art Fair, London
Young Athenians - 1st Athens Biennale, Athens
Young Athenians - Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
The Embassy at Zoo Art Fair - Zoo Art Fair, London
Creative Revue - The Project Rooms, Glasgow
Do Not Interrupt Your Activities - Royal College of Art, London
Conquests and Techniques - The Ship, London
Amaryllis Sillyrama - Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Show 2 - Magnifitat, Edinburgh
Platform - The Waygood, Newcastle
The Glow in the Dark Issue - Magnifitat, Edinburgh
Switchspace at the Chateau - the Chateau, Glasgow
Magnifitat and other Rooms - Magnifitat, Edinburgh

Selected research outputs