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Artist CV

Tess Martens

Artist CV



Solo Performances

2024 Pinch Me! Is this Real?, Pinch Cabaret #27, Button Factory, Waterloo, Ontario

2024 Tongue Tied, Trial Runners, Ed Video, Guelph, Ontario

2023 I’m Not the Right Fit, LEGS Toronto, OCADU, Toronto, Ontario

2023 Ode to Katherine, Gary Kirkham & Bo Bardos, IMPACT Festival, Kitchener, Ontario

2021 Alouette, SUMAC Project residency, Ennismore, Ontario

2021 Kitty Cat got your Tongue attached to a Cheap Chain of Pearls, MAI residency, 

Montreal, Quebec

2021 Brine & Dine with Renee, MAI residency, Montreal, Quebec

2021 Put Vaseline on Your Teeth, MAI residency, Montreal, Quebec

2021 Celine Dion Tutorials with Tess, FriendClub TV, Leeds, UK, Online

2020 Ashes to Ashes, Pi*llOry, Toronto, Ontario

2020 Wearing Blue Velvet in the Bedroom, (-)FE MALE, Online

2020 Slap It! Twist It! Pull It!, Untergeschoss der Pandora Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2020 Dancing in the Blue Moonlight, Untergeschoss der Pandora Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2020 Underneath the Belly, Jelly Belly, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy

2019 Slow Change, Fall 2019 program for Tangente Danse, Montreal, Quebec

2019 My Yellow Happy Face Balloons, Fall 2019 program for The Button Factory, Waterloo, 


2019 Teach Me The Trumpet, Hamilton Art Spin 2019, Hamilton, Ontario

2019 Living Diary: Tess Martens, Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2019 Slow Change, Common Waters, Idea Exchange at Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge,



Group Performance


2023 Sled Construction:101, Holly Timpener, Studio 303, Montreal, Quebec

2022 Boob Tube, Globe Studios, Kitchener, Ontario

2022 Ode to Katherine, Burlington, Ontario

2022 Rights of Passage, Lou Sheppard, York University Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2022 Jellomania, Silence., Guelph, Ontario

2022 We Speak the Same Language When We Speak at the Same Time, Lauren Prousky, 

InterArts Matrix, Kitchener, Ontario

2022 Tug-A-War, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, Quebec

2021  Take a Slingshot, P*llOry, Toronto, Ontario

2021 Soapbox Construction: 101, Rogers TV: Quintessence Coalition, Montreal, Quebec 

2020 Our Lives are On Hold, Spill Yer Tea, Liverpool, England, Online

2020 Two of A Kind, Guelph, Ontario

2020 Within Tree’s Reach, Live Art Club London, London, England

2020 Pandora & Sisters, Untergeschoss der Pandora Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2020 Dissenting Bodies, VestAndPage and Andrigo & Aliprandi, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy

2019 Enchilada Western, La Pocha Nostra, Paseo Festival, Taos, New Mexico

2019 Encumbrance by Johannes Zits, Summerworks, Toronto, Ontario

2019 Caregivers, Project Id In-Between Identities, The Helena, The Netherlands

2019 Performance Opera, Project Id In-Between Identities, Makhaaven, The Hague, The 





2022 Tug-A-War, Conversation with Tess Martens & Holly Timpener, CKUT Radio Station, 

Sheila Ferrando, 

2021 Pi*llOry by Holly Timpener, 2021

2019 «Nadia, est-ce que ça va?» et «Slow change»: en quête de bienveillance, Nayla Naoufal,

Le Devoir, November 9th 2019,

2019 Common Waters, Canadian Art Magazine,

2019 Culture Fancier Interviews Tess Martens, Culture Fancier

2018 Tess Martens, MFA Candidate, Fine Arts, University of Waterloo,

2017 Portrait of Tess Martens’ Shantz Scholarship- Art Adventure to Bushwick, Terry O’Neill, 


Volunteer Work


2018-2020 Guest writer,, Waterloo, Ontario

2019-2020 Contemporary Art Forum of Kitchener & Area, Program Committee member, 

Kitchener, Ontario

2018-2019 The Front Room Gallery, Curator, Waterloo, Ontario

2019- 2020  Workman Arts, Member and volunteer, Toronto, Ontario

2017 MAW Gallery, Gallery Assistant, Manhattan, New York

2017 Todd Bienvenu, Studio Assistant, Brooklyn, New York


Scholarships & Awards


2020 Canada Council of the Arts, Venice International Performance Art Week 2020

2019 Now’s People’s Choice Award for Encumbrance at Summerworks 2019, Toronto, 


2017- 2018 Shantz International Research Scholarship, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, 


Guest Speaker


2019 From Fear, Fixation & Failure, Inter Arts Matrix, Kitchener, Ontario

2018 University of Guelph guest lecturer & MFA and Specialized Studios studio visitor, 

Guelph, Ontario


Residencies & Workshops

2021 Montréal Art Interculturels, Poisson hors de l’eau, Montreal, Quebec

2020 Venice International Performance Art Week, Dissenting Bodies in Time, with 

VestandPage, Andrigo & Aliprandi and La Pocha Nostra, Venice, Italy

2019 La Pocha Nostra Summer Intensive School, Taos, New Mexico, USA

2019 RKG Artist in Residence, Living Diary: Tess Martens, Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto, 


2019 Project Id In-Between Identities with VestandPage and Marilyn Arsem,

Performance Art Residency, The Hague, The Netherlands

2019 La Pocha Nostra, Performance Art Workshop, Kitchener, Ontario


Education & Training


2018 Master of Fine Art, Visual Arts, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

2014 Recreation Therapy Post-Grad Certificate, Georgian College,  Orillia, Ontario

2013 Bachelor of Art, Studio Art, University of Guelph, Guelph,  Ontario

2012 Art Students’ League of New York, New York, NY


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