BORN: Scotland, 8 April 1949
1979: South African Citizen
D.A. (Glasgow School of Art) 1971. M.A.F.A. (Natal) Fibre Sculpture 1983. Thesis: "THE DEVELOPMENT OF FIBRE ART WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO SOUTH AFRICA AND AFRICAN INDIGENOUS FUNCTIONAL FIBRE ART".
Certificate of Secondary Education (equivalent to H.D.E.) (with distinction) Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh, 1972.
Fiona Kirkwood has exhibited in 12 solo exhibitions in South Africa, India and South Korea and 76 group exhibitions, both in South Africa and internationally, including Scotland, France, Italy, Poland, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Lithuania, Australia, Argentina, United States, Canada, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, China, Portugal and Uruguay.
|2012||“Ritual” Non Gallery, Korea Bojagi Forum, Heyri Artists Village, near Seoul, South Korea.|
|2003||Invited Artist: “Coats and Coverings”- Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.|
|2002||Invited artist: “Coats and Coverings” – The Monument, Grahamstown Art Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa.|
|2001||“Coats and Coverings” - K.Z.N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa.|
|1998||“Transgressions?” N.S.A Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1991||“Talisman for Africa” Gallery International Cape Town South Africa|
|1994||“Rivers Of Life” Technikon Natal Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1989||“Talisman for Africa”, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|1982||“Trees and Roots”, Rand Afrikaans University Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.|
|1981||“Trees and Roots”, N. S. A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1981||“Trees and Roots,” Jack Heath Gallery, University Of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa|
|2022||STAY HOME STAY SAFE Intertwining Continents large format invited artists salon on the 25 WTA X International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art at MIFA Miami USA|
|2022 - 2023||DIVERSITY Fibre Art Group Exhibition (guest curator Dal Botha) Rupert Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa|
|2021 - 2023||VI. Textile Art of Today - Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic|
|VI. Textile Art of Today - Bielsko-Biała, Poland|
|VI. Textile Art of Today - Poprad, Slovakia|
|VI. Textile Art of Today - Budapest, Hungary|
|VI. Textile Art of Today - Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia|
|2021||"From Lausanne to Beijing" 11th International Fiber Art Biennale|
|2020||“Ziemia(P) oddana—Earth Given (up)”, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland|
|2018||“Contextile”, Palacio Vila Flor, Guimaraes, Portugal|
|2017||22 Invited Artists , VII Biennial of Contemporary International Art Textile, WTA, National Museum of Visual Arts, Montevideo, Uruguay|
|2016||“From Lausanne to Beijing" 9th International Fiber Art Biennale, Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China.|
|2015 - 2017||“Textile Art of Today” Bratislava Castle, Slovak National Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia ; Tatra Gallery, Poprad, Slovakia ; Museum of History, Bielsko-Bialej, Poland ; Romer Floris Art and History Museum, Gyor, Hungary ; Museum of Moravian Slovakia, Uherske Hradiste , Czech Republic.|
|2015||5th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial "Tradition and Innovation" Diversity & Unity Arsenals Halls Latvian National Art Museum, Riga,, Latvia.|
|2014||"HardTwist; This is Personal" Gladstone Hotel, Toronto ,Canada|
|2013 - 2014||"Eros" Miniartextil, 23rd Contemporary Art Exhibition, Villa Olmo, Como, Italy; Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Paris.|
|2012 - 2013||The 3rd Textile Triennial "Without Borders", Milos Alexander Bazovsky Gallery, Trencin, Slovakia; National Cultural Centre, Bratislava, Slovakia; Liptov Gallery of Peter Michail Bohun, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia; Gallery of the Museum of Moravian Slovakia, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic; Museum of Bielsko-Biela, Poland ; Varosi Muveszeti Museum in Gyor, Hungary.|
|2012||"Scythia 9" The Ninth International Biennial on Contemporary Textile Art, Gallery of the Artists Union, Kherson, Ukraine.|
|2012||“Contexturise” FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.|
|2011||"Modulator" Design Biennial, Erarta Museum, St Petersburg, Russia.|
|2011||International Kaunas Art Biennial-Textile 11, M.K Zilinskas Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania.|
|2011||6th International Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art, Aire-Mexico, Diego Rivera Anuahacalli Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.|
|2010||13th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland.|
|2009||International Biennial of Textile Art,( invited artist) Palace of Glass, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|2008||“Matrix Natura” (invited artist), miniartextilcomo, St Francesco Church, Como, Italy|
|2008||Make Art / Stop AIDS, “ Survival” 2003/5, Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, U.S.A.|
|2007||Curated and exhibited in “Skin-to-Skin”, Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.|
|2007 - 2008||Curated and exhibited in “Skin-to-Skin”, Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art from South Africa, 2008, Kaunas Art Biennial- Textile 07, M.K. Curlionis National Gallery of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania.|
|2007||Ten, Nova Constantia Cellars, Cape Town, South Africa|
|2006||“The Washing Line Installation 2” Jabulisa, The Art and Craft of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg (travelling exhibition, South Africa).|
|2006||16th International AIDS Conference, Installations “Survival” and “The Washing Line”. Toronto, Canada.|
|2006||Tangencya 2 “The Washing Line” Installation, TheWorkshop Shopping Centre, Durban, South Africa.|
|2006||Major Minors 11, Australian Quilt Convention, Melbourne, Australia.|
|2005||5th International Kaunas Art Biennial-Textile 05, Kaunas, Lithuania.|
|2005||“Survival Billboard” Maydon Wharf Road, Durban, South Africa ‘Break The Silence’ HIV/AIDS Billboard campaign, Artists’ for Humanity, sponsored by the National Lottery.|
|2005||“Object of Affection: Stolen”, The Goethe Institute, Salvador/ Bahia, Brazil (travelling internationally).|
|2004||“Women in Textile Art Biennial” Museum of Culture, Valencia, Venezuela.|
|2004 - 2005||“Tangencya” – Installation “Survival” The Workshop Shopping Complex, Durban, South Africa.|
|2004||11th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland.|
|2004||“Waste Art,” Sandton Square Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.|
|2003 - 2004||“Artists’ Action around HIV/AIDS” – Durban Art Gallery; the Africa
Centre, Mtubatuba, South Africa; Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
|2002||“Jabulisa” Johannesburg Art Gallery
“Untold Tales of Magic-Abelumbi” Durban Art Gallery
“Fibreworks 2” Tatham Art Gallery
|2001||“Jabulisa” Durban Art Gallery
“Black and White Copies” N.S.A. Gallery, Durban
|2000||13th International World AIDS Conference - “Pandemic Patient,” Durban Art Gallery.
“Transgressions? Human Rights and Globalization Conference, Panchgani, India
|1997||“ Vita Crafts Now” Africa Window Gallery , Pretoria, South Africa|
|1994||"No Man's Land", Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1993||"Artists with Camera" N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa; "Chairs Transformed" N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1992||"Contemporary Durban Artists", N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa; "Durban Revisited", N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1988||“100 Artists for Life", Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1985||Carriage House Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; “Woman's Exhibition" N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1984||"Invited Artists", N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa; Cape Association Of Arts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa|
|1983||"Fibre Art", N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa; "Fibre Art", Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa|
|1981||"Things People Make", Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1977||Market Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; “Contemporary Quilt", N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1976||"Fibre Sculpture", N.S.A.Gallery, Durban, South Africa|
|1972||First Gallery, Lanark, Scotland; Compass Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland; McLellan Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland|
|2021||Visegrad Award for crossing borders in textile production, VI. Textile Art of Today - Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia|
|2021||Silver Award winner “ From Lausanne to Beijing” 11th International Fiber Art Biennial, online from Beijing China|
|2016||Award of Excellence “From Lausanne to Beijing – 9th International Fiber Art Biennale”, Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China.|
|2015||Award of Recognition of the Riga City Council, 5th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial “Diversity & Unity”, Riga, Latvia.|
|2005||First Prize Winner in category of “Place”, 5th Kaunas Art Biennial Textile’05, Kaunas, Lithuania.|
|2002||Cultural exchange award by Danish Government for artistic visit to Copenhagen, Denmark.|
|1997||Merit Award Winner, “Vita Craft Now”, National exhibition, African Window, Pretoria, South Africa.|
- WTA World Textile Art, Miami, USA
- Durban Art Gallery, South Africa
- Durban University of Technology, South Africa
- Anglo American Corporation Johannesburg, South Africa
- Department of National Education, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
- Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland
- Playhouse Theatre, Durban, South Africa.
- Scotland, United States, Denmark and South Africa.
CITATIONS AND ARTICLES IN BOOKS AND CATALOGUES
- ANNA MARIA ORBAN AMPRENTE CULTURAL IN ARTA FIBRELOR (FIBER ART)(2013) EDITURA MUZEULUI NATIONAL AL LITERATURII ROMANE(ROMANIA)
- IDA SUSSER "AIDS SEX AND CULTURE" (2009) WILEY-BLACKWELL
- FIONA KIRKWOOD “SKIN TO SKIN” KAUNAS ART BIENNIAL TEXTILE 05 CATALOGUE (2007) 126-1799
- FIONA KIRKWOOD “CHALLENGING HIV/AIDS IN SOUTH AFRICA THROUGH ART” VOL 35 NUMBERS 3 & 4 FALL/ WINTER (2007) WSQ ACTIVISMS , NEW YORK
- K Z N S A “A COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS” (2005)
- ZEBRA REGISTER OF SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS AND GALLERIES VOL 2 (2002) 45
- FIONA KIRKWOOD “THE FIBRE ART MOVEMENT AND FIBRE ART IN KWAZULU NATAL” CATALOGUE JABULISA: THE ART OF KWAZULU-NATAL( 2000) 13-19
- THE SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS THE COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO ART AND ARTISTS IN SOUTH AFRICA (1998)
- CONTEMPORARY ART PUBLISHERS A DIRECTORY OF CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICAN ART (1997) UPDATED (1999)
- VAL ADAMSON AGFA’S TEXTURED LIVES” (1994)
- GRANIA OGILVY THE DICTIONARY OF SOUTH AFRICAN PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS (1988)
REFERENCES TO WORKS IN JOURNALS AND MAGAZINES
- JULIETA MORTATI PARA TI 4525(2009) “ARTE SECURO” 28-29
- SOUTH AFRICAN ART NEWS (AUGUST 2001) FRONT AND BACK COVER AND 08
- UMA PRAKASH “CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS” WORLD SCULPTURE NEWS WINTER (1999) VOL 5 NO 1 24-27
- MAMBA MARGINAL CULTURE WITH A LETHAL BITE (DEBUT ISSUE) (1998) 13-19
- DE KAT (MARCH 1995) ‘N TROPIESE HAVE” 90
- ART DESIGN ARCHITECTURE (ADA) (DURBAN ISSUE) (1994) 24, 32 75
- CAROL BROWN “ART FROM SCRAP”ART DESIGN ARCHITECTURE (ADA) (1990-1991) 29
- DENE SMUTS “IN HER OWN IMAGE” LEADERSHIP MAGAZINE (1987) VOL 6 NO 5 119
- ARTICLES IN OTHER BOOKS AND MANY LEADING LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES.
Articles in other books and many leading newspapers and magazines internationally
Created and produced “Rivers of Life” representing 14 years of Fiona Kirkwood’s work 1980-94 (used by schools, technikons, municipal galleries and libraries throughout South Africa).
1985-1986: Commission for The Natal Playhouse Theatre, on 3 levels from the Drama Foyer to the Loft Theatre, Durban, South Africa,
1974: Tapestry Commission for Kilmarnock Arts Council, Kilmarnock Scotland.
1988: "Loft Festival 88" Natal Playhouse Theatre, Durban, South Africa. The dance production by NAPAC Dance Company was based on Fiona Kirkwood’s triptych "TALISMAN FOR AFRICA”. Fiona Kirkwood designed sets, costumes and co-choreographed with NAPAC dancer Gerard Samuel.
2004-2015: Moderator for Department of Fashion and Textiles, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa.
2002-2005: Part Time Lecturer In Drawing (3rd Year Dip FA) Department of Fine Art, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa.
1995-2008: Teaching Drawing and Painting at The Fiona Kirkwood Art Studio, Durban, South Africa
1990-2002: Part-Time Lecturer in Fashion Design, Technikon Natal, (Now Durban University of Technology) Durban, South Africa.
1983-96: Part-Time Lecturer in Drawing and Painting and Advanced Drawing and Painting, Basic Design, Figure Drawing, Colour, Weaving and Creative Embroidery, University of Natal (Now University of KwaZulu-Natal) Unit for Continuing Education, Durban, South Africa.
1985-6: Part-Time Lecturer in Fibre Art and Weaving, Department of Fine Art, Technikon Natal, (Now Durban University of Technology) Durban, South Africa.
1983-4: Part-Time Lecturer in Three-Dimensional Perceptual Studies, Department of Fine Art, Technikon Natal, (Now Durban University of Technology), Durban, South Africa.
1977-83: Junior Lecturer in Art Education, University of Durban-Westville, (Now University of KwaZulu-Natal) Durban, South Africa.
1975-6: Part-Time Lecturer in Weaving, M.L.Sultan Technikon, (Now Durban University of Technology), Durban, South Africa.
1975-6: Part-Time Lecturer in Weaving, Crafts and Basic Design, Department of Fine Art, Technikon Natal (Now Durban University of Technology) Durban, South Africa.
Fiona Kirkwood has run various workshops throughout South Africa, in drawing and painting, design, and life drawing, including at Valley Trust, Bothas Hill with Zulu bead workers and doll makers and at University of Cape Town Michaelis Art School’s, Summer School, Cape Town, South Africa.
1999-2001: Therapeutic Art Workshops with Transpersonal Therapist, Victoria Camplin, in Durban, South Africa.
2008: Curated “Skin-To-Skin - Challenging Textile Art” for The Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2007: Curated “Skin-To-Skin” for The South African Exhibition, Textile 07, Kaunas Art Biennial, Kaunas, Lithuania
2016- 2017 South African Representative for World Textile Art.