Katherina Heil
Based in The Hague (NL) and in Hamburg (DE)

initiator of Sensory Threshold LAB

member of Billytown artist initiative

IG @katherinaheil

"Cosmic phenomena have always served as inspiration for mythologies and stories. Exploring them and imagining the ‘self’ in the ‘big picture’ inspires our creative urge, and helps us make sense of ourselves and our lives in the universal context. The interpretations and visualizations of the cosmos’ create spaces, give us an awareness, and a broad idea of experiencing space and time. Placing the human being as a thinking being with a mind and a body - with a ‘self’ - in the context of the idea of an expanding universe is a recurring theme in my artistic work."
(Katherina Heil 2024)

2013-2015 MFA Fine Art, AKV St.Joost, Den Bosch/ Breda, Netherlands
2011 Master class of James Higginson, Fine Art Photography,Berlin, Germany
2009 - 2011 Culture Science Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
2006-2009 BA Photography/ Visual & Motion Design, Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule, Germany


2025 Galerie Hyle, Hamburg, DE | Duo exhibition Liv Pedersen & Katherina Heil
2024 Korea Foundation Seoul, KR | The Sea What We Want to See
2024 Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, NL | ST LAB 2024: As Found+
2024 Kiekencentrale Antwerpen, BE | Another Grand Day Out
2023 (Solo) Galerie Ladøns, Hamburg DE | Betrachtungsräume - experimentelle Intervention
2023 (Duo) Qvartr Gallery Hamburg, DE | Stand der Dinge – Katherina Heil & Alexander Kadow
2023 (Duo) Galerie 21, Vorwerkstift, Hamburg DE | L∞p – Katherina Heil & Rik Möhlmann
2023 Xpon-art Gallery, Hamburg, DE | gegenSÄTZE
2023 (Duo) Villa Heike Berlin, DE | Intangible Scopes – Katherina Heil & Alexander Kadow
2023 Billytown Gallery The Hague, NL | This Is One Landscape, Divided – Jiajia Qi, Katherina Heil, Meta Drčar
2023 Kunsthaus Hamburg, DE | Jahresausstellung des BBK
2022 Billytown Gallery The Hague, NL | RSVP #2
2022 Exgirlfriend Gallery, Berlin DE | Nice To See You
2022 (Duo) home gallery Den Haag, NL | We are just sitting in a room, drawing, until the walls are full – Katherina Heil & Rik Möhlmann
2022 Billytown Gallery, The Hague NL | Sensory Threshold LAB 2022 - Holy Grid
2022 (Duo) Galerie LinksRechts, Hamburg DE | Zwischen oben und Unten – Katherina Heil & Alexander Kadow
2022 Billytown Gallery, The Hague NL | RSVP
2021 Fabrik der Künste, Hamburg DE | POSITION. 2.0
2021 De Fabriek Eindhoven, NL | Sensory Threshold LAB 2021 – OHRIVERSUM
2020 WEST Den Haag, NL | No View, The Radio, online
2020 not cancelled - Netherlands, NL | Online Art Fair
2020 (Duo) Exgirlfriend Gallery, Berlin DE | Spacial Drift – Andrea Acosta & Katherina Heil
2019 Willem Twee Kunstruimte, 's-Hertogenbosch NL| Ceramic on the Spot
2019 (Solo) The Orchid and The Wasp, Amsterdam NL | Dunes, Meteors, and Spaceships
2019 (Solo) A-DASH project space, Athens GR | Cosmographia, Symposium
2018 Kioskas, Neringa LT | DayTripper
2018 (Solo) Nida Art Colony, Nida LT | Sensory Thresholds – Passerby
2018 (Solo) galerieGallery, Rotterdam, NL | Sensory Thresholds – Spinning on the grid
2017 (Solo) De Fabriek Eindhoven, NL | Things can be seen more easily in motion
2017 Kaus Australis, Rotterdam NL | On Air
2017 VITRINE Gallery, Basel CH | Identify your limitations, acknowledge the periphery
2016 Kaus Australis, Rotterdam NL | in the corner of the eye
2016 Billytown Gallery, The Hague NL | Time out of mind, curated by Whatspace
2016 European Ceramic Workcenter, Oisterwijk NL | Official Opening of the new location
2016 European Ceramic Workcenter, Oisterwijk NL | Test case V, Open Studios
2015 WHATSPACE, Tilburg NL | Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict
2015 Greylight Projects, Brussels BE | the collection - Graduation show MFA
2015 Gallery Boetzelaer | Nispen, Amsterdam NL | It could be the goldfish is mistaking the bow-tie for a football
2014 Make A Point, Bucharest RO | presentation for Bucharest, in conversation with Tudor Bratu
2014 VORT platform, Den Bosch NL | There & There - no(w)here
2013 W-O-L-K-E, Brussels BE | XOHOUILLE, in conversation with Emmanuel Lambion
2013 (Duo) 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin DE | Two Headed Monster – Giulia Palombino & Katherina Heil
2013 Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin DE | Macht Kunst
2012 Liebig12, Berlin DE | I Have Nothing To Say.
2012 Galerie L’Atelier-KSR, Berlin DE | De-Construction-Re-Construction
2012 Raum, Berlin DE | kaleidoskop anniversary
2012 Panke Gallery, Berlin DE | Altered States
2012 Freies Museum Projektraum, Berlin DE | Transient Museum
2011 Your Mom's Berlin, DE | modern classic
2011 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin DE | Let Them Eat Cake
2010 Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton UK | HOST @ Crane Kalman
2010 HOST Gallery, London UK | The Foto8 Summershow
2010 kaleidoskop gallery, Berlin DE | The moment in between

Residencies / working periods
De Fabriek Eindhoven, NL (2017, 2021)
A-Dash, Athens, GR (2019)
Nida Art Colony, Nida/ Vilnius, LT (2018)
Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, NL (2016, 2017)
EKWC, Oisterwijk, NL (2016)
New York, USA, working period/ MFA, supervised by George Korsmit (2015)
Bucharest AiR, working period/ MFA, supervised by Tudor Bratu, RO (2014)
W-O-L-K-E Brussels, working period/ MFA, supervised by Emmauel Lambion and Marjolijn Dijkman, BE (2013)
New York, USA, working period/ BA Photography, supervised by Prof. Matthias Leupold and Todd Weinstein (2007)


Stroom Den Haag, SPOT exhibition grant (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)
Bezirkskulturfonds (BKF) Berlin Lichtenberg, Project Grant (2023)
Mondriaan Fund Amsterdam, Project Grants/ Tijdelijke Binnenlandateliers (2016, 2019, 2021, 2022)
Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Corona support for Artist (2020)
CBK Rotterdam, O&O Research and development grant (2021)

Artist talks

2024 Fonds Kwadraat, Artist Presentation, The Hague, NL
2023 Frans Masereel Centrum, Artist Talk w/ Billytown, Kasterlee, BE
Udstillingstedet Spanien19c, Lecture/Symposium, Aarhus, DK
2022 FSK Radio Hamburg, Artist interview w/ Carsten Rabe & Madeleine Lauw, 'Der Lächelnde Hase - artist talks', Hamburg, DE
2022 Tent/Melly Rotterdam, Artist Talk with Gili Crowel (Fonds Kwadraat) in collaboration with CBK Rotterdam, NL
2021 Fabrik der Künste, Artist Interview w/ Carsten Rabe (curator), Lucia Heffner and Madeleine Lauw (curatorial assistance), on the occasion of POSITION2.0, Hamburg, DE
2019 A-DASH space, Symposium, Sensory Threshold LAB: Cosmographia - Symposium & Exhibition, Athens, GR
2019 De Fabriek, Residency Talks / Generator, Eindhoven, NL
2018 Nida Art Colony, Lecture/ Reading groups (initiator) - in collaboration with the artists in residence, Nida, LT
2016 Kaus Australis, Artist Talk, Text and language within artistic practice (talker), w/ Anabel Lange, Bas vd Hurk, Rotterdam, NL
2015 BREW Brussels, Artist Talk, Thesis Event MFA St. Joost, BE
2012 Liebig12, EINmagazine Issue#1 launch, exhibition & artist's talk, Berlin, DE

Teaching / Lectures / Workshops
2018 NAC-Reading Group, initiated as part of my residency at Nida Art Colony, Nida, LT
2016 Studio visit for students of the Laurens College during my residency at Kaus Australis, in collaboration with formerly Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL
2014, 2015 Workshop supervisor for BFA students, AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch, NL
2014 Workshop, Building up an exhibition - developed as part of the MFA program, in conversation with Marnix van Boetzelaer, Amsterdam, NL
2012 Guest tutor (lecturer), Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule, Berlin, DE

Founder and co-curator, Sensory Threshold LAB - Platform For Interdisciplinary Exchange Through Art (since 2019)
Member of Billytown artist-run initiative, The Hague

Reviews and Publications/ offline & online (selection)
2023 Exhibition Review on 'This Is One Landscape, Divided' at Billytown by Junghyun Kim
2023 Lost Painters art blog | Exhibition Review | Niek Hendrix on 'This Is One Landscape, Divided' at Billytown (online)
2023 ArtViewer | Online Publication of the exhibition 'This Is One Landscape, Divided' at Billytown (online)
2023 YYYYMMDD | Online Publication of the exhibition 'This Is One Landscape, Divided' at Billytown
2023 HAMBURG JOURNAL | TV | on the exhibition 'Jetzt:Alle at Kunstahaus Hamburg' | 04.02.2023, NDR-Fernsehen
2023 ZEIT.DE | online | Elbvertiefung Newsletter on the exhibition 'Jetzt:Alle at Kunsthaus Hamburg' | 07.02.2023
2023 Abendblatt | print & online on the exhibition 'Jetzt:Alle at Kunstahaus Hamburg' | 15. Februar
2023 Unser Norden | TV | Regional Culture News TV, group exhibition feature, NDR Germany
2023 Exhibition Catalog, Jetzt:Alle at Kunsthaus Hamburg
2022 FSK Radio Hamburg | Artist interview | 19.02.2022
2023 Exhibition Catalog, Jetzt:Alle at Kunsthaus Hamburg
2022 Booklet: Landesverband Hamburger Galerien e. V., Galeries in Hamburg, Spring | Summer 2022
2021 Exhibition catalog | POSITION. of the BBK Hamburg (concept and editing: Carsten Rabe, Hamburg)
2021 Exhibition catalog | Sensory Threshold Lab - Ohriversum (concept and editing: Katherina Heil, Alexander Heil)
2017 Exhibition review on Things can be seen more easily in motion, by Gemma Medina Estupiñán

Thanks for the support of
supported by mondriaan fundstroom de haag haagse kunstenaars the hague artistsfonds kwadraatsupported by cbk rotterdam