Holly Argent is an artist, curator and researcher. Through her work she is interested in why we look for figures, particularly in libraries and archives, and what this searching might demonstrate; a perceived absence or lack in society, reappraisal, a desire, intimacy, belonging or community.

This work finds shape through activities including, writing, moving image, sculpture, performance-lectures, reading groups, screenings and publications. Often these modes come together, encompassing ideas of expanded collage. Finding ways to explore and test models of kinship, whether speculative or manifest, runs through these several different strands of her practice.

Holly is Librarian for the Women Artists of the North East Library (WANE, est. 2017). Through this expansive artwork, she manages a growing library collection, a public programme of events, and devises artist commissions, to set up contexts and perspectives for exploring artistic legacies of women and non-binary artists associated with the North East region of England.


The NewBridge Project Clarence Walk Shieldfield Centre 4 - 8 (off Stoddart St) Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AL


Holly Argent has shown work at Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle upon Tyne), Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival (Berwick upon Tweed), Grand Union, (Birmingham), Southwark Park Galleries (London), and curated exhibitions and programmes at Workplace Foundation (Gateshead) and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA). She was awarded the BALTIC Bothy residency on the Isle of Eigg (2021) and Paul Mellon Research Support Grant (2020) and ACE Project Grant (2021-23). She has had residencies at Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2019) and The British School at Rome (2017), and been in-residence with the Women Artists of the North East Library (Founded 2017) at MIMA, Northumbria University and Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC).

Skills & Experience

  • Fundraising
  • Project management
  • Proofreading
  • Visiting lecturer (HE)
  • Visiting lecturer (FE)
  • Workshsops (adult)
  • Workshops (family / general)
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