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I work in drawing, photography, animation and video. My work is an ongoing exploration of the different ‘distances’ between ourselves and everything else: spatial, temporal, emotional, cultural and imagined. Fascinated by extreme environments, from deep sea to deep space, I explore our individual and collective relationship with these kind of places and their mediated image.

I am currently studying a Practice-led PhD at the School of Design at the University of Leeds funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through an award from the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH). My research explores the relationship between art and astronomical places only accessible via scientific visualisations.

My work is represented by Espacio Alexandra in Santander (Spain). For current info on exhibitions and projects visit the ‘Latest News’ section of this website.

Born 1982, Cabanas, A Coruña, Spain. Graduated from a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at The University of the Basque Country (Spain) in 2005; she completed an MA in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 and will start a PhD at University of Leeds in 2017. She has exhibited nationally (Liverpool, London, Sheffield) and internationally (Portugal, Spain, Norway, Istanbul, Italy). Hondartza is currently a studio holder at Patrick Studios (East Street Arts) in Leeds.


Grants and Awards
2017- PhD Full Scholarship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through an award from the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH), University of Leeds
2015 The Tetley’s 2015 Collection. Shortlisted artist. The Tetley, Leeds
2014 Arts Council England Grant for the Arts for the project Curio•sea•ty; A collaborative project with artist Lorna Barrowclough
2013 The Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-Residency Grant At the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull, Hull.
2012 Woolgather Art Prize Oficial selection.

2017 Artist-In-Residence Cotmania, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
2016 Jodrell Bank, Barnaby Arts Festival, Macclesfield
2013 Leverhulme Trust, Artist-in-Residence, Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull (10 months)
2011 Occursus, based at Site Gallery, Sheffield (1 month)
2010 LKV, Trondheim, Norway (2 months)

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Beautiful Artefacts, Left Bank Leeds, Leeds, UK
2018 Not for Navigation, Grimsby Minster, curated by Our Big picture, Grimsby
“” Clever Beasts Invented Knowing, ArteSantander, Espacio Alexandra, Santander, Spain
2017 Irresistible Distance, School of Design, University of Leeds, UK
“” Distancia Irresistible, Biblioteca Central de Cantabria, curated by Alexandra García from Espacio Alexandra, Santander, Spain
“” Hondartza Fraga: Archive Blues, part of the exhibition Shelter From The Storm John Sell Cotman, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
2016 Not for Navigation, The International 3, Salford, Manchester
“” From Dark Matter to White Noise, Barnaby Arts Festival, Macclesfield
2015 The Sea Full Stop, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
“” Curio•sea•ty (two person show), East Street Arts Project Space in Leeds and South Square Gallery, Bradford.
2014 El Mar Indirecto, Espacio creativo Alexandra, Santander, Spain
2013 A Still Better Seaward Peep, Various Venues (Ferens Art Gallery, Maritime Museum, Hull History Centre, Artlink), Hull
“” Ese Centro Frágil e Incierto, Sala Bretón, Astillero, Cantabria, Spain
2012 That Uncertain and Fragile Centre, GreySpace Galleries, Leeds, UK
2011 Mars was a Place, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK
“” Ever Remote, Ever There, South Square Gallery, Bradford
2010 Bearing Elsewhere, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK
“” Either Remembered or Not Seen, LKV guest artist, Babel, Trondheim, Norway

Work in Public Collections
Leeds Art Gallery Collection, Leeds, UK
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, UK
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Group Exhibitions

2020 Talking Sense, The Portico Library, Manchester
“” Drawn to Investigate, The Ruskin, Lancaster University
“” Tracing Entropy, The Foyer at The School of Design, University of Leeds
2019 Envisioning Other Worlds, Bow Arts, Raw Labs, London, UK (curated by Lumen)
2018 Here Be Whales, Left Bank Leeds, Leeds, UK (co-curator)
“” Cosmic Perspectives, curated by Lumen, Ugly Duck, London
“” Collección LCDLLUZ, Torre de Don Borga, Santillana del Mar, Spain
“” Truth and Fantasy, Chrysalis Arts,  touring exhibition
2017 For Space, Paper Gallery, Manchester, UK
2016 Miniature World, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2015 Del Azul Mar al Negro Abismal, Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico, Santander, Spain
“” The Whole Wide World, The International 3, Manchester
2014 The Whales of August, Wayfarers Brooklyn, New York, USA
“” So Far, So Awesome, The [Re]Enchantment Imperative, Fountains Abbey, Ripon
“” The Drawing Project, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2013 Drawings, East Street Arts Showspace, London
“” That Ever Increasing Distance, Supercollider, Blackpool, UK
“” Sampler Pop Up, East Street Arts & Test Space, New York
2012 Paisajes de Fondo, Pocagallery, Portugalete, Spain
“” Close to Home, Land2 and ESA, East Street Arts Leeds, UK
“” Microcosm, Curated by Louise Ashcroft, Leeds, UK
“” Woolgather Art Prize 2012, Leeds, UK
“” Linear Progressions, SHINE, Leeds, UK
2011 Last Requests, Bloc, Sheffield, UK
“” Wirksworth Festival, Various Venues, Wirksworth, UK
“” Hydro Power, The Clocktower Gallery, Sheffield, UK
“” occursus presents: Paul Evans and Hondartza Fraga, DLA Piper, Sheffield, UK
“” Jour de Féte, The Private Space Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
“” Temporary Art Show 3 Part 1, Westgate Studios, Wakefield
2010 Above the Serious, The Gallery, Stoke Newington Library, London
“” Minutiae, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
“” The Drawing Shed, PSL [Project Space Leeds], Leeds, UK
“” Drawn, Clock Tower Gallery, Sheffield, UK
“” Abbarakadabra, Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey
“” Experimental Travel, Art in Unusual Spaces, The Light, Leeds, UK
“” Hybrid, Various venues, Sheffield, UK
“” Instinct, The Moor, Sheffield, UK
2009 The Big Hang, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK
“” From one distance to another, Colar…te…Gallery, Santander, Spain
“” The Sheffield Pavilion 2009, The 11th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
“” Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London
“” ZOOart 09, Art.ur Association, Cuneo, Italy
“” The Object of Photography, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, UK
“” Prism, The Showroom, Sheffield, UK
2008 Conjunction 08 Art Festival, Airspace Gallery (and various venues), Stoke-on-Trent, UK
“” Lisbon Art Fair, Pente10, Lisbon, Portugal
“” Proyecto Bahia Común, Colar…te Gallery, Cantabria, Spain
“” On Your Wall Too, Leeds Met Gallery, Leeds, UK
“” Relocating Absence, Elevator Gallery, London, UK
“” Host 8: Observatory, Art Sheffield 08: Yes/No/Other Options, Sheffield, UK
2007 Propuestas, Foconorte, Juan Silio, Santander, Spain
“” Bloc Assembly, Bloc, Sheffield
“” Pending, Sylvester Space, Sheffield, UK
“” Assembly#5, Bloc Space, Sheffield, UK

Selected Screenings

2018 Not Quite Light, Saint Phillips Church, Salford, (curated by Lumen Studio)
2014 Laugharne Poetry and Film Festival, Laugharne Castle, Wales
2012 The Everyday, curated by Victoria Lucas, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
“” Official Selection, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK
2012 Tegel: Flights of Fancy, Kino Babylon Saal, Berlin
2011 Ever Remote Screening (Touring), South Square Gallery, Bradford | Site Gallery, Sheffield | Crescent Arts, Scarborough
2010 QUAD Gleam Festival, Various Venues, Derby, UK
“” Between “the other” and “the self”, Voges Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2009 Cross-Cutting, Sierra Metro, Edinburgh, UK
“” New:Vision Award, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
“” Aurora/Outpost, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, UK
2008 Selected Works, II Digital Photography Foconorte Prize, Centro Cultural Doctor Madrazo, Santander, Spain
2007 Host 07: Home Disco, touring screening to: Consortium, Amsterdam | Colarte Gallery, Santander, Spain | Di@metro, Mexico City, Mexico | 25th edition of the International Film Festival (Festival International du Premier Film), Annonay, France

2016 From Dark Matter to White Noise, Barnaby Arts Festival in association with Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield
2015 Work ‘Upon a Painted Ocean’ , collection of Manchester Art Gallery
2014 New work for Laugharne Poetry and Film Festival, commissioned by Chapter Arts Centre, Paul Evans and Longbarrow Press
2013 Doiligraph, commissioned by East Street Arts for the Leeds International Artist Book Fair.
2009 Sheffield Pavilion 09, New work commissioned by SCAF (Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum), Sheffield
2008 Conjunction 08, New work for Conjunction 08 Contemporary Art Festival, Stoke-on-Trent

Other Projects
2014-15 Curioseaty, research and exhibition, collaboration with Lorna Barrowclough
2013 Seaward Bound, La Caverna de la Luz, Santander, Spain
2010 Steeling Skies, By Rednile in Concord Park, Sheffield, UK
2008 Outcasting, online screening venue by Michael Cousin : www.outcasting.org
“” Host 8: Observatory, selected by Host Artist Group to participate in their project for Art Sheffield 08: Yes/No/Other Options
2007 DVD and Touring Screening: Host 7: Home Disco, selected by Host Artist Group
“” Publication: Sheffield Pavilion project publication, selected by Host Artist Group, Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum, launch in Venice Biennal and Kassel Documenta.