Curriculum Vitae


Artist & poet based in Edinburgh, represented by Ingleby Gallery

Selected solo exhibitions and commissions

2017
minnmouth (artwork, publication), funded by North Light Arts and Film & Video Umbrella


2016-17
From Creag a’ Mhadaidh to Abhainn Choilltidh, (public events, artworks, blog, publication), commissioned by Trees for Life and Common Ground


2016
A Variety of Cultures (permanent public artwork, publication), commissioned by Jupiter Artland


2015-17
Fife Arms Hotel / Invercauld Estate, Braemar (Hauser & Wirth)


2015
Global Oracle (permanent public artwork, publication, blog), University of Warwick


2014
there were our own / there were the others (public event programme, artworks, website, publication & performance), war memorial, commissioned by National Trust


2014
Taigh: a wilding garden (National memorial for organ donors), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, commissioned by the Scottish Government


2014
a-ga: on mountains (solo exhibition, sleeper gallery, Edinburgh)


2014
a pair of trees opens a new life (permanent public artwork & performance), commissioned by UZ Arts


2014
100 flowers (permanent public artworks), with Hannah Tuulikki, commissioned by New South Glasgow Hospitals


2014
wallflowers (permanent public artwork & education programme), Callendar House, Falkirk, commissioned by the Falkirk Community Trust


2014
Some Colour Trends (permanent public artwork & publication), commissioned by Deveron Arts, Huntly


2013
Sweeney's Bothy | Bothan Shuibhne, collaboration with The Bothy Project, ongoing, funded by Creative Scotland


2013
The Bee Bole (multi-venue sculptural installations & blog), ongoing, funded by Arts Council England


2013
comhlan bheanntan | a company of mountains (research, blog & book), commissioned by ATLAS Arts, Skye


2013
Vocable Orchard (animation, print & exhibition), commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella


2013
today today today (animation, blog, booklet, embroidery), commissioned by Animate Projects


2013
Out of Books (walking project, sculpture, letterpress print, blog), with Ken Cockburn, ongoing, funded by NALD


2013
Duke’s Wood (bower construction, embroidery, blog), ongoing, commissioned by Ordinary Culture


2013
Soapsuds & Whitewash (poem-flag installation & print-suite), commissioned by Peter Foolen Editions


2013
i hear her cry (24 poemed nest-boxes & publication), private commission, Boston, New York


2013
SING/WILD/KIND/WOOD (limited edition print suite), published by Modern Empire


2012
Swarm (ASX) & The bee library (public artworks & blog), 18th Biennale of Sydney


2012
The bee library (permanent public artwork), Yorkshire Sculpture Park


2012
40 couplets (permanent public artwork), ongoing, Aberdeen Emergency Care Centre (Grampian Hospitals Art Trust)


2012
5 poem-objects (solo exhibition), Ingleby Gallery


2011
The Road North (retrospective exhibition & reading), Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh


2011
12 poem prints, published by Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh


2011
birdsong & the city’s a stonebook & SING/WILD/KIND/WOOD (permanent public artworks, web-audio work, print edition), Victoria Gardens, Leeds


2010
The Road North (public artwork, website, print, audio & exhibition, with Ken Cockburn), Scotland


2010
Walking Within Langais Wood (permanent public artwork & word-map print), Langass, North Uist


2010
Rosary (poem garden), Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham


2010
50 Apples for Hartley Wood (permanent public artwork), Hartley & the National Glass Centre, Sunderland


2010
sky-wheels & Sky Colour Wheel, AV Festival 10, Hatton Gallery (Newcastle) and Sunderland City Centre


2010
white peak / dark peak (word-map, website, publication & public artwork), Derbyshire Arts Development Group, The Peak District National Park, Derbyshire.


2009
Mesostic Interleaved (public artwork commission & publication), Edinburgh University Library


2009
Home to a king (3) (public artwork & field-guide), Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Durham University Botanic Garden; Springburn Park (Glasgow); St Andrews Botanic Garden (St Andrews); George Square Gardens (Edinburgh); Montgomery Street Gardens (Edinburgh); Castle Park Arts Centre (Frodsham); Cove Park (Kilcreggan).


2009
Specimen Colony (visual art exhibition), Northern Print Biennale, Newcastle


2009
Mesostic Curriculum (poetic workshops & pubic art commission), Milton Keynes Academy


2008
thoughts within thoughts (exhibition with Pravdo Ivanov), ARC, Sofia, Bulgaria


2008
One Hundred Year Star-Diary (artist residency, commission & catalogue), Kielder Observatory, Kielder


2008
Void: White Light Festival (public art commission), Guildhall, Derry 


2008
Noses Point: Coastal Walk (public art commission & field-guide), Seaham, County Durham


2007
Three Estates Renga (public artwork commission & publication with Gavin Wade), Birmingham


2007
Floating Island Garden (1) (artist residency & word-map), Northumbria Coast AONB


2007
Mesostic Curriculum (poetry workshop & pubic artwork commission), Billingham Campus School


2003-06     
String of Pearls (public art commission), Dysart, Fife



Avant-Garde English Landscape (residency, exhibition & permanent artwok), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton



Hill of Streams (audio installation & publication), with Alexander Maris, Cairnhead Community Forest, Galloway



The stars before we heard them into conversations (performance & audio recording), Tate Modern, London



Siren (performance and audio publication with Chris Watson), Bookscapes



Dance Trace Dance Music (performance, audio recording, public artwork and publication with Andrew Hodson), Dance City, Newcastle 



Woodland Platform & Xylotheque (permanent public artwork & renga workshop), the hidden gardens, Tramway, Glasgow



Reading Room (installation & publications), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead



B.Open, Labanotation (performance, exhibition & publication) BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art






Selected Artist Residencies 

2017
John Muir Trust Residency, North Light Arts, Dunbar


2016-17
University of Aberdeen, gathering, Leverhulme Trust


2015-17
2015-17      Fife Arms Hotel / Invercauld Estate, Braemar, Hauser & Wirth        


2013
University of Stirling, The Bee Bole (research and on-campus artworks) Leverhulme Trust


2013
Outlandia, Glen Nevis (July 2013)


2011-12
Skying (Art & Renewable Energy Project) University of Northumbria, Newcastle (Leverhulme Trust)


2008-09
RHS Gardens, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall, Wisley, Rosemoor


2007-09
New and Renewable Energy Centre, Blyth, Northumberland


2007 
Kielder Partnership, Kielder Observatory, Kielder


2006
Killhope Leadmining Museum, Killhope, North Pennines


2005-07
Science Learning Centre North East, Durham


2004-05     
Creative Partnerships Artist for eight schools in the Durham-Sunderland region


2003-05
Yorkshire Sculpture Park


2002-03
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art




Awards

2016
Shortlisted Artist, Land Art Generator Initiative, Glasgow


2015
Scottish Design Award (Best Publication and Grand Prix Award) for there were our own / there were the others


2011
Finalist, Artistic Landmarks In Contemporary Experience (ALICE) Awards


2010
Shortlisted Artist, The Northern Art Prize, 2010


2007
String of Pearls, Dysart Artworks, Winner best work of art in the public realm, Scottish Design Awards



Northern Canon first major North-East Art Commission Award 


2006          
Northern Rock Three Year Sustainability Award



First International Edible Art Award, 'Isles and Lakes' (Biscuit patterns) 


2000 
Scottish Design Awards (Best Typography, Best Book; Chairman's Award) for pocketbooks series.




Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
FLOERS, Dunbar Town House Gallery, Dunbar


2017
Somewhere Becoming Sea, Hull City of Culture, Humber Street Gallery


2016
MOUNTAIN LINE / RYOSEN, Botao Gallery, Nagoya, Japan


2016
SALT Festival, Folkestone


2015
The Shock of Victory, CCA, Glasgow


2015
Love Letters to a (Post)-Europe, performance of a better tale to tell, BIOS, Athens


2015
Material Concerns, LifeSpace, University of Dundee


2014
GENERATION, Talbot Rice Gallery


2014
A Particular Kind of Solitude (Elizabeth Street Garden, New York), curated by Serra Sabuncuoglu, May 10 - June 1


2014
Wordsworth & Basho: Walking Poets, Dove Cottage, curated by the University of Sunderland Walking, Art, Landskip and Knowledge research group


2014
Art Lending Library (II), Market Gallery, Glasgow


2014
Walk on, various locations (Art Circuit, London)


2013
The Road North retrospective, with Ken Cockburn, at Walk On (Art Circuit), Pitshanger Gallery, London, touring to NGCA (Sunderland), Mac (Birmingham), the Atkinson (Southport), and Plymouth City Art Gallery


2013
‘distant mountains are blue’, wall text, Walking Encyclopedia, airspace gallery, Stoke on Trent


2012
The Viewing Room, Library of Independent Exchange, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth


2012
Art Lending Library (I), Market Gallery, Glasgow


2011
Object Poems, Portland, Oregon, USA


2011
Modern Empire, La Scatola Gallery, London


2010
Northern Art Prize 2010, shortlisted artists’ exhibition, Leeds Art Gallery


2010
hide, Timespan Museum & Arts Centre, Sutherland


2010
HICA as arranged, PS, Amsterdam


2010
Eundan : Aviary, An Lanntair, Stornoway


2009
You’ll have had your tea?, HICA, Inverness-shire


2009
Your Documents Please (Daniel Georges, Rumi Tsuda, & Alma On Dobbin), international touring exhibition


2008 
Herz:Rasen: The Football Exhibition, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna


2008 
Specimen Colony, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool


2007 
Waterlog, Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (Norwich), touring to The Collection (Lincoln)


2007 
Multiplicities, ARC Projects, Sofia


2007 
The Printed Path: Landscape, Walking and Recollection, Tate Britain, London


2007 
Neon, the National Glass Centre, Sunderland 


2007 
Inkubator, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh


2007 
Mesostic Laboratorium, Science Learning Centre North East, Durham


  2006 -
Around About Words, Tate Britain, London


1999
Ball Im Kopf, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg



fall, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton



Isles and Lakes, Village Bakery Gallery, Melmerby



EAST 05, Norwich (Curator Gustav Metzger)


 
Soapsuds and Whitewash, Turner Contemporary, Droit House, Margate



Revolver, Witte de With, Rotterdam and touring to ICA, London & Istanbul Biennial



Inset (Atopia), Blaffer Gallery, Houston, USA (Curator Gavin Morrison)



Outside of a Dog: Artists' Books, BALTIC, Gateshead



Wind Blown Cloud (collaborative public archive), Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton



Generator, Spacex, Exeter (Curator Tom Trevor)



Football Haiku, Tramway, Glasgow (& touring)



Labanotation, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead



Anthology, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh




Recent Publications

2017
minnmouth (published by morningstar, North Light Arts)


2017
‘gathering’ (excerpts), No Stone Unturned, ed Kate Knowlden


2017
Tarbuck, A & Kotva S 2017, ‘The Non-Secular Pilgrimage: Walking and Looking in Ken Cockburn and Alec Finlay’s The Road North’, Critical Survey, Vol 29 No 1, Spring 2017


2017
‘tidepoems’, Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee! Thou art translated, edited by Lou Rowan (Golden Handcuffs Review Publications)


2017
‘Billia Croo’, Where we live now: Perspectives on place and policy, The British Academy, January 2017


2016
A Variety of Cultures (published by Jupiter Artland)


2016
‘The Difference’, and ‘In Randomania, Joiny-Uppy-Land, and the Lands of the Free and Un-free, We Used to Say’, Gymnasium, edited by Ruth Ewan, Annika Eriksson and Raqs Media Collective (Site Gallery)


2016
Arboreal: A collection of new woodland writing, edited by Adrian Cooper (Little Toller Books)


2016
sound-sense-poem, Butchers Dog issue 6, October 2016


2015
Ebban an’ Flowan, with Laura Watts and Alister Peebles (published by morning star)


2015
A better tale to tell: submissions to The Smith Commission (published by CCA Glasgow, National Library of Scotland, Saltire Society, Scottish Poetry Library)


2015
Some flowers among the ruins (published by Callender Park)


2015
I Hear Her Cry (published by Ingleby Gallery)          


2015
Excerpts from Gathering, Reliquiæ Vol. 3, Corbel Stone Press, November 2015


2015
Arboreal Colour-wheel, with Stewart Clements, cover image, PN Review 222,  Volume 41 Number 4, March - April 2015


2014
some colour trends (published by Deveron Arts)


2014
there were our own / there were the others (commissioned by National Trust, England & Wales).


2014
The Road North, with Ken Cockburn (Shearsman)


2014
Taigh: a wilding garden (morning star & Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, commissioned by the Scottish Gov.)


2014
Global Oracle (University of Warwick Art Collection)


2014
Sweeney on Eigg (Corbell Stone Press)


2014
a-ga: on mountains (morning star & University of Sunderland)


2014
Seeding the John Muir Way (commissioned by UZ Arts)


2014
‘Glenelg’, ‘The Singing Sands’, ‘What is a mountain?’, from The Road North, Shearsman 99 & 100, April 2014


2014
‘Islands’, Transnational Literature Vol. 7 no. 1 (November 2014)


2013
thorns (sine wave peak), commissioned by the Centre for Artist Books)


2013
a company of mountains (morning star)


2013
today today today (Playspace Publications)


2013
‘after Freud’, bones: journal of contemporary haiku, no 2


2013
‘three walks,’ The Art of Walking (Black Dog)


2013
Introduction & print, Hans Waanders (Peter Foolen Editions)


2013
Schwirlauf, in Yuk & Yum, Newcastle Upon Tyne


2013
Riddle me this (limited edition card), with Hanna Tuulikki, commissioned by Secret Preston Art


2013
‘tomorrow/today’, Magma Magazine issue 57, November 2013


2012
Be My Reader (Shearsman Books)


2012
Question your teaspoons (Calder Wood Press)


2012
Ian Hamilton Finlay: Selections, ed. (University of California Press)


2012
‘Truly Traditional. And New, Of Now’, Chicago Review 56:4 (University of Chicago Press)


2012
‘Reading El Monk’, Gathered Here Today (Knives Forks and Spoons)


2012
‘Says You’, Sea Pie (Shearsman Books)


2011
‘W-I-L-D-H-A-W-T-H-O-R-N-P-R-E-S-S’, The Present Order: Writings on the Work of Ian Hamilton Finlay (Marfa Books)


2010
white peak / dark peak, morning star & re:place


2010
‘In Conversation’ (interview), Garden Design Journal (May, issue 94)


2010
‘Towers That Flower’, Cultural Politics Journal (vol. 6)


2009
‘Circle-poem’ and ‘credo (not ½ but)’, 2HB, Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts (vol. 5)


2009
‘Dictionary of Imagined Flowers’, Sunfish (Winter, no. 1)


2009
Mesostic Interleaved, The University of Edinburgh Press


2009
Says You, Oysetercatcher Press


2009
Mesostic Remedy, morning star publications




Selected Exhibition Catalogues

2013
Walk on (Art Circuit, London)


2012
All Our Relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia


2012
As Slow as Possible, AV Festival 2012, Newcastle/Gateshead, UK


2012
Poetry is still beautiful, 5 poem objects (solo), Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh


2009          
KIOSK: Modes of Multiplication, Kunstbibliothek Staatliche Museen zu Berlin


2009
Beam Me Up, collaborative Internet publication commissioned by Xcult.org, Basel


2009
Sol LeWitt: 100 Views, Yale University Press in association with MASS MoCA


2008
Specimen Colony, Liverpool University Press & platform projects & the Bluecoat, Liverpool


2008
One Hundred Year Star-Diary, morning star & Kielder Partnership


2007
Waterlog: Journeys Around an Exhibition (group exhibition catalogue), Film and Video Umbrella, London


2007
Eye on Europe (group exhibition catalogue), The Museum of Modern Art, New York


2007
Field-Guide to the British Isles, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes


2006
Thought-Cloud Jotter, Science Learning Centre, Durham 


2006
Siren (with Chris Watson), platform projects/bookscapes


2006
Dance Trace Dance Music (with Andrew Hodson), Dance City & platform projects/bookscapes






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