Artist in Conversation - Jade Monserrat

Weston Studio

Jade Montserrat works at the intersection of art and activism through drawing, painting, performance, film, installation, sculpture, print and text. The artist interrogates these mediums with the aim to expose gaps in our visual and linguistic habits.

Transcribing individual texts into a temporary wall drawing, the prizewinning piece ‘No Need for Clothing’ is a new durational performance that speaks of entanglement and commodity fetishism; a polemic engaged in combat between histories of colonialism and today’s realities, imposition and economies of trust, protection and survival.

Jade Montserrat graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2003 and Norwich University of the Arts in 2010. Montserrat now lives and works in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is the Stuart Hall Foundation practice-based PhD candidate at The Institute for Black Atlantic Research, The University of Central Lancashire (2017-).

Recent selected screenings, performances and presentations include: Arnolfini, and Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Towards The Rainbow Tribe at Alison Jacques Gallery (2017) and Princeton University (2016). Montserrat works collaboratively with artist and performance collectives including Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement and Ecology of Care.


Jerwood Drawing Prize provides a platform to showcase the work of UK-based drawing practitioners, from student to established, and as a project helps to define a wider understanding of the role and value of drawing in creative practice.


Find more about the exhibition here.

Images credit: No Need for Clothing, documentary photography of drawing installation at Cooper Gallery DJCAD by Jacquetta Clark, 2017.