Olana Light

Olana Light is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hampshire.

Her practice moves between sculpture, performance, photography, and the moving image, and reflects the multiplicities of identity and a never-ending pursuit of belonging that is close to her own heart.

She has an MA from Goldsmiths (2020) and a BA from Southampton Solent University (2017) and has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Recent solo exhibitions include Let It Breath, Hidden Wardrobe at A Space Arts; out l side l in at The Smallest Gallery, Soho; We Are Not Ourselves at The Stone Space, and Jeannie Avent Gallery London.

Olana has also completed residencies at Eco Suites, Greece (2022); School of Design and Fashion, Southampton (2019); Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (2017 & 2018); and Sticks Gallery, Fareham (2017).

Her recent publications include Ludvig Rage, Inside Art, and Trebuchet.


  • 2021 & 2022: Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant
  • 2022: SpudOPEN Judge’s Choice Award
  • 2022: Blue Sky Ideas Arts & Heritage Award
  • 2022: The Spring (Havant) Open Competition Award
  • 2022: The Little Forest Open Competition
  • 2021: A Space Arts’ Lucky Dip Bursary
  • 2021: Zealous Stories Sculpture Award
  • 2021: Sunny Art Prize Award
  • 2017: Goldsmiths International Response Scholarship Award

Shortlisted for:

  • 2022: 8th International Marianne Brandt Award
  • 2022: NAE Open
  • 2022: The Zealous Stories: Short Film
  • 2021: The Next Thing Award
  • 2020: The Zealous Stories Performance
  • 2019 & 2017: Batsford Prize Award
  • 2019: The Harvest Short Film Competition
  • 2018: The Visual Art Open Prize
  • 2018: The Nasty Women International Prize
  • 2017: The Platform Graduate Award (nominated by Aspex Gallery)

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