Holly Slingsby: Knotted Mass

19 Nov 2015 – 21 Nov 2015

Regular hours

10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 18:00

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Responding to the particular environment of DKUK, this new live work traces through a look book of pop-cultural and mythical figures whose hair is key to their narrative.


A protagonist who awaits her salon appointment flicks between these characters as if selecting a guise to adopt. The work explores image projection both literally and figuratively, interrogating the salon as a location where identity is formed and performed.

At DKUK Salon, paying clients get their hair cut in front of art. Realised by artist/hairdresser Daniel Kelly, DKUK provides a platform for engaging diverse audiences with contemporary art in the welcoming environment of a hairdressing salon. A new model for producing work, DKUK combines the practical, commercial framework of a hairdressing business, with the funding support of the Arts Council England. DKUK offers artists a unique environment for showing and developing work, away from the pressure of the commercial art world and the growing complexities of the ‘publicly’ funded spaces. This co-existence of art and hairdressing affords artists complete control over the visitor’s experience.

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