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Catherine Elwes (born 1952) is a British artist, curator and critic working predominantly in the field of women's video art.[1][2] She was born in St Maixent, France.[3] She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and graduated with an MA in Environmental Media from the Royal College of Art[4] and began working with video in the 1980s. In 1979 Elwes performed Menstruation II, a three-day performance at the Slade which lasted for the duration of a menstrual period.[5] Elwes was a major contributor to the exhibition of video art at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, curating About Time: Video, Performance and Installation by 21 Women Artists in 1980 together with Rose Garrard and Sandy Nairne.[6]

Catherine Elwes
EducationSlade School of Fine Art
Royal College of Art
StyleVideo art

She is currently director of the Digital Editing Research Programme at Camberwell College of Art in London.[7]


  1. ^ "Catherine Elwes". LUX Online. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ Elwes, Catherine (2000). Video Loupe: a collection of essays by and about the videomaker and critic. London: KT Press. p. 188. ISBN 0953654109.
  3. ^ "Luxonline". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  4. ^ "Catherine Elwes". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  5. ^ Parker, Rozsika; Pollock, Griselda (1985). Framing Feminism, Art and the Women's Movement, 1970-85. London: Pandora. p. 31. ISBN 086358179X.
  6. ^ Elwes, Catherine (1980). About Time: Video, Performance and Installation by 21 Women Artists. London: ICA. ISBN 0 905263 08 1.
  7. ^ "Catherine Elwes |". Retrieved 2019-03-06.