Pernilla Ellens. curator. editor. cultural producer. writer.

be real, demand the impossible

In all my work, with a critical view, I place footnotes on our existing systems and give space to the autonomous and the subversive. I have worked for artspaces like Onomatopee and Wallspace as a curator, writer and editor. Published by Onomatopee I have edited a number of books on feminist art, the body and subculture. Now I focus on writing texts for exhibitions and art publications for clients such as STRP festival, Fiber festival and Baron Books. I help various artists and initiatives with grant applications, I do essays, interviews and reviews for arts and music magazines such as Gonzo (Circus) and Metropolis M, and I create self- published zines with fiction and non-fiction.

curriculum vitae


Wallspace seafoundation.eu

L'invention du quotidien jegensentevens.nl


Copy Paste ed.nl

Sense & Sensibility metropolism.com

Sense & Sensibility vice.com

TAC Talk #3 - Space & Object youtube.com

See and hear me talk about Wallspace youtube.com


If you are having a hard time writing your grant application, let me help you. I have a lot of experience in writing applications for various funds and successfully got Mondriaan funding myself. Plus, I was on the jury for Stimuleringsfonds.

If you're looking for an arts and music copywriter, look no further! I have been writing texts for exhibitions, artists' bios and content for festivals for years. I can write in Dutch and English and can translate both ways. Just contact me and I'd be happy to work for you.


Pernilla Ellens (1993) lives and works in Rotterdam.

E-mail: info@pernillaellens.nl
Instagram: @pernilla.ellens
Facebook: pernilla.ellens
KVK: 78095522
BTW nummer: NL002290034B36


"Baron is a publisher based in London, publishing books focused on sex and sexuality. I was introduced to Ellens work through the book 'Post Butt', for which I then commissioned Ellens to write an introduction for the artist book Namio Harukawa. Ellens is a pro-active, critical thinker and creative individual and delivered a fresh, critical, yet wide appealing introduction. Ellens was interested in formulating links between critical theory, societal trends and tendencies, pop culture so that the introduction could be of relevance to a wider community. As a writer for the book, Ellens managed to generate ideas, take criticism and deliver on time for our print schedule. Ellens had strong interpersonal skills, and seemed experienced in communicating to different audiences through her writing and had a thorough understanding for the main developments in cultural theory over the past 40 years, which enabled her to contextualise Harukawa's work efficiently. Ellens worked both independently and collaboratively well and set out clear objectives and time frames and was open to dialogue and being able to listen to constructive feedback."

- Matthew Holroyd, Editor in chief Baron Books