About Claudia Pilsl …

Claudia Pilsl is an Austrian artist based in Bristol and Wels, who exhibits widely, both nationally and internationally.

Solo shows … Recent solo shows are ‘Playing Out in the City’ at Auf der Festung in Salzburg, ‘Between Worlds’ at Bend in the River in Gainsborough, ‘Parks, Gardens and Urban Living’ at artP Kunstverein Perchtoldsdorf,  ‘One two infinity’ at Bend in the River in Gainsborough, ‘Latent Space’ at ROOM in Bristol, 'Space Encounters’ at the Landesmuseum in Linz,  ‘Zwischenräume’ at the Galerie im Bürgerhaus in Neunkirchen and ‘Aperture’ at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth. 

Group Shows … My work has been included in the numerous group shows: 'a small group show' at x-church in Gainsborough, 'Data Ache' at Radiant Gallery in Plymouth, 24h cinema at Fesitval 24-x in Gainsborough, 'Loose Space' (also curated) at ArtP in Perchtoldsdorf, ‘Within Walking Distance’ at Bermondsey Project Space in London, ‘A Loose Traverse’ at Greenwich Gallery in London, 'The Walking Encyclopedia' at AirSpace Gallery in Stoke on Trent, ‘An Urban Analogue’ At Goldsmiths College in London, ‘Paradise Revealed’ in Kent, ‘Introduction to the History of Art’ at Ursula Blickle Foundation in Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim, ‘For the time being/A Promise of Progress’ at the Victoria Baths Manchester, ‘Species of Spaces’ at Danielle Arnaud in London, ‘Liminal / Minimal / Nominal: Architectural Traces’ at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, and ‘Host’ at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. 

Fellowships etc. … She has undertaken public and private commissions both in the UK and Europe and has had various residencies for instance in Manchester, New York or Rome. To date, she has been awarded two major fellowships (Arts Council Austria, City of Bremen), the Prize for Visual Art of Upper Austria, and a Research Fellowship at Southampton Institute next to numerous assistance and travel grants.

Publications … To date, her work has been documented in five solo catalogues of which the most recent one is ‘Space Encounters’. Her work has also been featured in various catalogues and publications such as Camera Austria or a-n magazine.

Collections … Her work has been purchased by museums, public and private collections including the Museum of modern Art Vienna, Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover, the DG Bank Collection, the Art Collection of Upper Austria, SK Stiftung Cologne, and the Photo Collection Austria.

Use of media … She uses mostly photography, video and sound. Of special interest to her is how the perception of the image can be extended beyond the actual photographic/filmic frame. For this she experiments with image and time line manipulation using both analogue and digital techniques.

Presentations … Formats include large-scale and small- scale installations, site specific works, video projections, pre-recorded sound, interventions, wall-based and boxed works. Throughout, she has considered it vital to address the relationship of location and art work. This has resulted in work which in most cases is either site responsive or site related.

Teaching … Since 1998, she has worked as a visiting lecturer and artist in residence at art schools across England and at present she is contributing to the BA Fine Art Photography course at the Art University College in Bournemouth.

Academic ... Currenlty she is a PhD candidate at University of Plymouth and is funded by The 3d3 Center for Doctoral Training Programme. The focus of her practice research is on ‘Photography and its Contribution to the Understanding of Digital Porosity’. She undertook an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London (2013) and her thesis was on ‘Children and Urban Space’ (distinction). 

Some of the organisations she has been working with …

  • AIR
  • SARC at x-church
  • a-n artists’ information company
  • Artikel Editionen
  • The Arts Institute at Bournemouth
  • Aspex Gallery
  • Bay Trust St. Margaret’s
  • Bend in the River
  • City of Wels Art Gallery
  • Danielle Arnaud
  • Fotogalerie Wien
  • Galerie Eboran
  • Galerie im Traklhaus
  • Gingko Projects
  • Hansard Gallery Southampton
  • Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover
  • Kunstmuseum Bonn
  • Landesgalerie am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum
  • ROOM
  • Southampton Institute
  • UWE


Involvement with Professional Networks …

  • Urban Greening Montpelier
  • AIR
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