Mani Kambo

Newcastle & Gateshead

Mani Kambo is a multidisciplinary artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She explores the inner spirit by drawing on her own personal totemic symbols.

Influenced by her upbringing in a Sikh household filled with superstition, prayer and religious ceremony. Textile, fabric dying and printmaking is rooted in Kambos family history within the caste system. She focuses on objects, routines and rituals distilled both from the everyday and mythology.

Her work records movement and documents performative actions – the hand that creates the action, fire that reveals, water which is the purifier and eyes that perceive: through the exploration of totemic objects and symbols. Through layering and editing images together she collages narratives and weaves dreamscapes. These visuals are repeated throughout her work like markers linking to notions of spirituality and belief in reincarnation.


Selected exhibitions and screenings

Sudden Beams 2: Extraction, Platform Asia, Various venues, 2023
Hinterlands, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 2022-202
Swimmers Limb, Somerset House Gallery 31, 2022
Lore part of GemArts Masala Festival, Gateshead Library, 2022
Altitude, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, 2021
Manner Of Flying, System Gallery, September 2019
Gathering intervention , Hatton Gallery, Feb 2019
Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, 2019
Middlesbrough Art Weekender with GOLDTAPPED, October 2018
Semblance, System Gallery, July 2018
RIFT, Vane Gallery, September 2018
Feeling Yr Thoughts, Northern Charter, August 2018
Playback Touring Exhibition in association with Random Acts, Numerous venues across the UK, March 2017 – February 2018
Exposing Form, Part of International Womens Day 2017, Vane, Commercial Union House, 2017
Janus at 36 Lime street, September 2017,
The Moon and Six Pence, Graduate Artist in residence with Hope Stebbing, Tyneside Cinema Gallery, 2016
Video Social Club, Post Everything, part of Sea Change and The Plymouth Art Weekender, 2016

Residencies, awards and commissions

AA2A – Sunderland University, 2022-2023
The Telling Place with The Space to Come, Durham University, 2022-2023
Gallery 31 Open Call Residency at Somerset House Studios, 2022
The Exchange with The NewBridge Project, Eastside Projects, Camp, G39, Spike Island, Turf Projects 2021
The Elephant Trust 2020
DYCP: Arts Council England and National Lottery Funding 2020
Womxn of colour art award, shortlisted awardee, 198 contemporary and learning 2020
Bursary from Eclipse through the Slate Play Pot 2019-2020
Zabludowicz Collection: 2020 Masterclass
A-N Mentoring Programme 2018 – 2019
RIFT and Semblance, 2018, Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Beyond Open door residency, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, 2018
Janus at 36 Lime street, 2017, Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Towards a Summoning, commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, True North, HOME. Funded by Arts Council England, 2017
Tyneside Cinema Graduate Artist in Residence with Hope Stebbing, in partnership with Northumbria University. October 2015 – January 2016
[Re]Fit, funding awarded by The Writing Squad, 2015
Best First Filmpoem and Audience Pick for Read Our Lips:Filmpoem Competition, Apples and Snakes, Middlesborough, 2015
Graduate Studio Northumbria member, September 2014-2015

Skills & Experience

  • DBS Checked
  • Working with schools (secondary)
  • Workshsops (adult)
  • Workshops (family / general)
  • Artists talks
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