Ellie Collins writes diverse narratives that provoke a multi-disciplinary practice.

Trials and Tribulations – A Day at the Fitties
Photo courtesy of Joana Cifre Cerdà

‘As an infant mouths a favoured toy, so a commuter absentmindedly fiddles with a coat buckle. A youth invisibly probes teeth with tongue. Meanwhile a tourist bunches and stretches sandalled toes.

The desire to touch and be touched in small ways by our environment and the sensory gratification and transference of information derived from our embodiment is the basis for my research.

Using a sensual framework I reject a dualism of body and mind. I suggest that contrary to being merely a catalyst for refined intellectual rationale; pre-reflective sensory activity could be the plenitude of sophisticated inquiry.

Whilst seemingly equable on the surface, there are subversive undertones in the work exploring issues including disempowerment, inequality and the fragile nature of communication.

Immersive spaces, discursive and poetic interaction and brief haptic encounters propose reciprocal action through subjective curiosity, as individual and art permutate during a phenomenal exchange. 



2010-11                MA Fine Art (distinction): Camberwell College of Arts

2021                       GCDF grant from North East Lincolnshire Council

2005 & 2007    ACE Grants for the Arts: “Research and Development”


Since 2010         Ongoing reciprocal research and reflection with Tracey Payne

2022-23              Trials and Tribulations, with Joana Cifre Cerdà, Lincolnshire

2017-19               …blip – a space for art. Collaboration with Marc Renshaw, Grimsby

2015                      B.mentored / B.talking. Beacon Art project LN5 0HW

2011                       5th International Tropical Lab: Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

                                 Joya Residency: Cortijada Los Gazquez, Andalucia Spain

                                 On the Hoof: for Jessica Voorsanger: Peckham Space, London

                                 Curatorial Projects: Gasworks and Beaconsfield, London

                                 Sculptural Drawing: A Collaborative Endeavour: The Woodmill, London

2010                     Journey by Choice: Creative Partnership: Ganton School, Hull

2007                     AA2A Residency, HSAD: Hull

                                 House of Art International Colony:  Kicevo, Macedonia

                                 Paint a Future International Artist’s Symposium: Florianopolis, Brazil

2006                     No Boundaries International Artist’s Colony: Baldhead Island, NC USA


2022                      may show: x-church, Gainsborough

2021                      Step 5, 32 Artists: x-church, Gainsborough

2018                     Sweepings: Solo site specific installation: The Art House, Wakefield

2018                     Shape Open: The Art Pavillion, Mile End, London

2015                     Art of the Lived Experiment: UICA, Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

2014                     Art of the Lived Experiment: the Bluecoat, Liverpool 

2013                     Shape Open: The Nunnery, London (touring)

                                Curiosity Acquired: 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

2011                      Flash in the Pan: Beaconsfield, London

                                10 Gales Prize: Bethnal Green, London

                                The Treacle Group Presents: Shop Jesus Lane, Cambridge

                                Curatorial Workshop: Gasworks, London

2010                    No Boundaries Retrospective: UNCW Wilmington, North Carolina USA

                                Slipped Halo, Solo Exhibition: Ropewalk Gallery, Barton upon Humber

2008                    Solo, New Works on paper: Gallery Amsterdam

2007                    No Boundaries Collection: Sawtooth Gallery, Winston, Salem. USA

                                Foreshore, Patriothall Gallery: Edinburgh

                               Alamance County Arts Council: Graham NC. USA

                               House of Art Collection: Kicevo, Macedonia

                               Paint a Future Exposition: Galeria Multipla de Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2006                   No Boundaries: ACME Studios, Wilmington NC USA