Jess Holdengarde (b.1991) is a South African artist who works predominantly in photography, film and auto fictional narrative. Her current practice investigates the entanglement of precarity and the natural environment with temporality and loss. Jess is currently living and working in Glasgow, UK 


2010    IEB Matric Certificate (3 Distinctions) St Annes Diocesan College, KwaZulu Natal

2016    Bachelor’s of Fine Art (Distinction in Studio Work) Michaelis

              School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town


Group Exhibitions

2013    Rhodes Student Exhibition Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

2014    Where The Wild Things Are, Curated by Nina Liebenberg, Michaelis Upper Gallery. Cape Town, SA

2015    LunchBox, The Eye Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2016    In bed with Series/Friends, performance with Dr Alexandra Ross, World Art Gallery, Cape Town, SA

2016    Orms Staff Show, CTSP, Cape Town, South Africa

2016   By Way of Hand, CTSP, Cape Town, South Africa

2017    Out Of Nowhere, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town, SA

2017    Redemptive Beauty, Eclectica Gallery, Cape Town, SA

2017    Orms Staff Show, CTSP, Cape Town, South Africa

2017    Re (union), Art.b Gallery, Belleville, SA.

2017    Salad, Summer Group Show, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town, SA

2018    Close Encounters Group Show, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town, SA

2018    Meditative Moments, Group Show, Gallery One11, Cape Town, SA

2018    Summer Group Show, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town, SA Art Fairs

2018    Investec Cape Town Art Fair with SMITH Gallery, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, SA

2019    Emphatic Whispers, Group Show, SMITH Gallery, Cape Town. SA 

2019    Someone You Love Has an Abortion Story to Tell, Constitution Hill, Women's Jail, Johannesburg, SA


2021     a holding place, Collaborative Publication with Glasgow based artist, Lydia Davies, Glasgow, UK

2021     Dreaming Lockdown, ongoing video project with Glasgow based artist, Beth Shapeero, Glasgow, UK

2020   What's the name of that yellow flower (Temporal Landscapes), in conversation with Catrin Menai, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, UK (Supported by GSA Sustainability Award)  

2020    Recantations, in collaboration with Kate Holford, The Savings Bank, Glasgow, UK.    


2017     Zeits Mocca personal collection, bought from the Michaelis Silent Auction, hosted by

Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa.

Residencies and Internships

2017    Berlin Art Institute, Berlin, Germany 

2018    Warren Editions,  Printmedia Internship, Cape Town, South Africa 


2018    Oppenheimer International Memorial Scholarship 

 Glasgow School of Art Governor's International Scholarship  

2017    Shortlisted for Arts and Thread Future Creator Award

2016    Degree with Distinction in Studio Work, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, SA 

2016    Humanities Scholarship, University of Cape Town, SA