Manon Awst is an artist based in Caernarfon, Wales, who makes sculptures and site-specific artworks woven with ecological narratives. The way materials stick to and transform locations and communities is at the forefront of her creative research.

Her interdisciplinary approach is moulded by her upbringing in North Wales, her academic studies in Architecture and Artistic Research, and ten years of collaborative practice in Berlin as part of artist-duo Awst & Walther.

She has exhibited widely in the UK and Germany including at Cass Sculpture Foundation, National Museum Wales, Mostyn, Boros Collection, Georg Kolbe Museum and Kunstverein Braunschweig.

Her work is part of the National Library of Wales and the Welsh Parliament collections and she has long-term installations on the Wales Coastal Path at Nant Gwrtheyrn and at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin.


CV

1983   
Born in Bangor, Wales

2005   
Architecture (MA Cantab), Cambridge University

2014   
Artistic Research, RCA, London

2015   
Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales  

Current  
Public Spaces Creative Coordinator, Pontio Arts


Selected exhibitions and commissions:

2022
Celf Coast Cymru 10
Commission to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wales Coast Path

2022
Stone’s throw 
Solo exhibition at PSM, Berlin

2022
Temporary Atlas
Group exhibition at MOSTYN

2022 
POWER! LIGHT!
Group exhibition at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

2022
Casglu - Collecting
Group exhibition at The National Library of Wales

2021 
Anghysbell
Solo exhibition at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog 

2021 
Talking Bout my Generation: Direkte Auktion
Group exhibition at Monopol, Berlin

2020 
Epona
Y Lle Celf virtual group exhibition

2019 
Haen Arall
Solo exhibition at Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda 

2018 
And I will take you to Paradise
Group exhibition at KUBE, Ålesund

2017
Be Water
Solo exhibition at Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin (Awst & Walther)

2017   
Gap to Feed
Permanent public artwork at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, commissioned by L40 Kunstverein (Awst & Walther)

2017   
Defence
Public artwork commissioned as part of BINGEN 2017, Skulpturen am Rheinkilometer, Germany (Awst & Walther)

2017   
Troelli
Outdoor installation and interdisciplinary forum commissioned by Y Lle Celf, The National Eisteddfod of Wales

2015
Ground Control
Solo exhibition at PSM, Berlin (Awst & Walther)

2014   
Far and Wide
Public sculpture and interdisciplinary forum at Barclodiad y Gawres, Anglesey
funded by ACW and Cadw
Lobe Block, Berlin 2022
Photo: Carys Huws



Residencies:

2022
Heuldro (Solstice) at Bryn Celli Ddu
hosted by Cadw, Tactile Bosch and Tinshed Theatre 

2022   
Sculplobe, Berlin
supported by Wales Arts International

2021-22   
Summit to Sea Residency with Tair Collective
as part of the Endangered Landscapes Programme, Cambridge University

2014   
Segontium Roman Fort, Caernarfon
awarded by Cadw

2012   
CCA Andratx, Mallorca
supported by Wales Arts International

2010   
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
supported by The Henry Moore Foundation

2010   
MeetFactory, Prague
awarded by the Goethe Institute


Other selected projects: 

2022
Up Projects Constellations Cohort
Public Art Practitioners Development Programme

2021
Cynfas 5: Habitat
Guest editor for National Museum Wales’ digital magazine

2021
Consultant artist on Theatr Clwyd redevelopment with Haworth Thomkins Architects

2021
Storws Enlli design and development project with PegwArchitects

2019
Curator of SAIN50 exhibition at The National Library, Aberystwyth and Storiel, Bangor

2018
Curator and project manager of STAMP Castell03: To The Sea, a public art project in partnership with Cadw, Gwynedd Council and Arts Council of Wales


Collaborations:

Awst & Walther
PSM,  Berlin
Tair Collective
PegwArchitects


Publications:

Awst & Walther Monograph
Published by DISTANZ