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Johana Hartwig responds to the physicality of spaces and her work often centres around value linked to human impact in urban environments.

Johana graduated from University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in 2001 and has since exhibited in group shows across the UK and Europe. Recent work includes collaborating with a coder on an ACW-funded R and D project ‘Floating Fibres’ in 2018 to create a ‘river blanket’ based on atmospheric data. This project explored using open source technology to look at Cardiff’s rivers through textiles and question our relationship with our city rivers and included a mini residency with the Boat Studio on the Gloucester-Sharpness canal.

In 2017 Johana worked with an Archaeologist at the G39 Unit(e) Summer School and explored the ‘fabric’ of the gallery including what lay underneath the surface of the grounds of the gallery space. In 2013 Johana founded Art Shell, an arts project which helps to support artists make new site responsive work, conduct arts research and source alternative spaces for showing work.  Much of Johana’s personal work and her work with Art Shell involves cross-disciplinary practice as a way of stimulating ideas and sharing practice and perspectives.

Johana Hartwig studied Sculpture at Cardiff School of Art (1998-2001) she now lives and works in Cardiff on the river Taff.


Twitter @johanahartwig

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Solo exhibitions

2018 - ‘The Bloody Brook’, The Old Laundry, MiR (Solo)

2017 - Three Rivers Wide, Arcade Cardiff

2013 - Island No.2, Cardiff Bay Barrage

2012 - Wet beads on the line, INCUBE8, Motorcade / FlashParade, BV Open Studios, Bristol


Group exhibitions

2019 - 'In His Heels', Shift, Cardiff

2017 - Juneau Projects, Makers of the Multiverse, Exeter

2015 - Blast, Colony projects, Port Talbot

2014 - Cardiff Contemporary Festival, Cardiff

2014 - Made in Roath Festival, Roath, Cardiff

2013 - Not a Drop, Tanner Street, London

2013 - Future Nature Culture, Rhod, Melin Glonc, Drefelin, Carmarthenshire

2012 - Shadow, TactileBosch presents: Naked lunch and a chip dinner, Milgi 

2012 - StreeTVideOart, Larcade Gallery, Paris

2011 - Raft, Oriel Canfas Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

2005 - D.M Davis award, Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff

2005 - Live, Eggspace, Liverpool

2005 - Wildlife, Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

2004 - All Wales Film Makers Challenge, POV, Cardiff

2004 - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, The Kif, Liverpool

2001 - Roam, Coed Hill Rural Art Space, St Hilary, Cardiff 



2017 - Unit(e) Summer School, G39, Cardiff

2013 - Exorcized, Milkfloat Residency, Cardiff Bay Barrage



2012 - Wet beads on the line (in progress), ArcadeCardiff, Queens Street 



2013 - Street Interventions, MiS, Angus Street, Roath

2012 - Nocturne in cf24 , Made in Roath festival, Trackside studios, Roath

2011 - Papergirl Cardiff, The Printhaus, Cardiff, Wales



2012 - 2018-19 ‘INSIDE OUT: A Social Playscape’ EMP Projects (collaboration with Rhod)

2011 - 2017 ‘Makers of the Multiverse’ Juneau Projects, Spacex, Exeter

2017 - Gothic Quarter, Coed Hills Rural Art Space, Cowbridge


Teaching / Lecturing

2019 - MArch2 XII Value Unit, Welsh School of Architecture

2018 - Generosity, walking workshop, WSA


Competitions, prizes and awards

2018 - Research and Development grant, Arts Council of Wales 

2016 - Production grant, Arts Council of Wales

2013 - Research and Development grant, Arts Council of Wales 

2012 - Research and Development grant, Arts Council of Wales 



2005 - Loss, VideoDictionary, online and touring exhibition


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