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John Lawrence (b.1981, UK) currently lives and works in Nottingham


2018 - present                   PhD in Fine Art Practice                            Kingston School of Art

2007 - 2010                       Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art             Royal Academy Schools, London

2002 - 2005                       BA (Hons) Fine Art                                    University of the West of England

Solo Exhibitions

THE SOLAR PESSIMIST  Spit & Sawdust, Cardiff. Supported through the 2016 Kim Fielding Award.

SICKLY REVELATIONS*  Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art - Sunderland, Project Number, London, Oriel Davies Gallery - Newtown, Wales

DRY RISER  One Thorseby Street, Nottingham

ORIGINAL CARBON COPY - Fold Gallery, London


Group Projects / Exhibitions


VISONS IN THE NUNNERY - Selected by Bedwyr Williams, Bow Arts, London

FIND YOUR WORLD IN OURS - with Anna Barriball, Sean Dower, Mustafa Hulusi, Rachel Lowe and Mark Titchner. Ikon Gallery and Supersonic Festival, Birmingham

OH: LINK ZONE - with Benedict Drew, Paul Purgas, Jessy Jetpacks, Annabel Frearson, Kate Liston, Tom Richards, Luke McCreadie at Black Tower Projects, London

HMN13 - with Jaki Irvine, Molly Palmer and Phill Wilson-Perkin. Curated by Chris Fite-Wassilak and Anne Tallentire

VIDEO DAYS - Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

RADIO SPACE - Borealis Festival, Bergen, Norway


WORK WORK - Tintype Gallery, London

RADIOPHRENIA - Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

NOVA WELSH BIENNIAL - Arcade - Cardiff, Royal Cambrian Academy - Conwy, Aberystwyth Arts Centre


HAPPY HYPOCRITE  #ACCUMULATOR_PLUS - Publication and radio show, Book Works / NTS Radio

WORK / LEISURE  Residency programme, Abingdon Studios, in association with Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

X 308: SPACE, SITE AND THE SCREEN  with Yuri Pattison and Bryony Hussey - Big Screen Southend in              association with Focal Point Gallery, Southend


SPECTRUM: SURVEY OF ARTIST’S MOVING IMAGE  THE SCRIPT with John Smith, Charlie Godet Thomas, Louise Fitzgerald and Paul Simon Richards - Breese Little, London

OPEN SCHOOL EAST Associate Artist, Independent Radical Education Programme

SUPER WOOFER  Matt’s Gallery, London

THE EXISTENCE OF FLAMETHROWERS IN YOUR STREET  at 126, Galway, organised by Catalyst Arts, Belfast

SUNSCREEN  New Art Exchange, Nottingham, launched at Venice Biennale 2016

RESIDENCY IN A RECORD STORE  With Flashback Records and Pangaea Sculpturs' Centre, London

THIS DUST  with Marie Von Heyl, Joey Holder, Alana Lake, Yin Ho, Andrew Prayzner, Rita Macedo at GSL Projekt, Berlin

OPEN SCHOOL EAST  Selected as one of 14 associate artists on the one year programme

ATOMIC PICTURES #2  Screening event at Jeune Création, Paris


OUTPOST MEMBERS' SHOW  Selected by Martin Westwood, Outpost Gallery, Norwich

EXETER CONTEMPORARY OPEN 2014 - Selected by David Shrigley, Ceri Hand and Matt Burrows

FFOOAAMM  Touring project by Matt Jenner, Project Number - London, Wysing Arts Centre - Cambridge, Grand Union - Birmingham, NGCA - Sunderland

ORIEL DAVIES OPEN 2014 (Overall Prize Winner) - Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales

VKUNST MON AMIE, L'IMAGE  Moving-image festival, Frankfurt, Germany

PRE OWNED: LOOKS GOOD MAN  Curated by Morgan Quaintance, Cell Project Space, London

ONSITE SHORTLISTED ARTISTS EXHIBITION  Selected by Mike Nelson and Andrew Hunt, Temporary Arts Project, Southend


NOTHING COMPARES 2 U  SICspace, Helsinki, with Hannah Perry, Mark Dean and Jaakko Pallasvuo

FOR WHAT IT IS  Two person show with Roy Voss, ANDOR London


THIS IS THE END (Part II)  With Roman Liška, Megan Broadmeadow, Daniel Lichtman, Julia Popescu organized by Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Secret Project Robot, New York, NY

ART LICKS ANNUAL  ICA - Contributed video work to ICA event

THE GO DFISH BOW  Hour-long Radio play for one performer broadcast on Resonance FM

ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS  Group show, Gallerria Uno+Uno, Milan, Italy

ORIGINAL CARBON COPY  Solo show, Fold Gallery, London

PIECE TO MARK TIME  Andor Gallery, London

SCREENING  with Joe Watling and Matilda Strang, Standpoint Gallery, London


SELINA CHENEVIERE AWARD  The Royal Academy Cafe Gallery

SELF-HELP  Group show - Copenhagen Place, London




PREMIUMS  Royal Academy Schools, London


R O O M  Three-person show - Room, London

GALLERIA HUUTO / HIAP  Four-person show across three spaces in Helsinki, Finland

INTER EXCHANGE  Five-week artist residency programme in Helsinki, Finland

SPIKE ISLAND  PROJECT SPACE  Studio Fellowship Award show, Spike Island, Bristol

A FLAT UNNACENTED SIGNAL  Two-person exhibition - Parade, London


Projects / Curatorial

AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX  Independent, experimental, collaborative commissioning platform at the

intersection of music, video and live performance

AHDB#1 - George Barber, Michael Bell-Smith, David Blandy, Gery Georgieva, Paul B Davis, Mark Dean,

Graham Dolphin, The Duvet Brothers, Guthrie Lonergan, Andrew Mania, Hannah Perry, Juha Van Ingen and

Pil and Galia Kollectiv. ANDOR Gallery, London. Supported by Arts Council England.

AHDB#2 - Exhibition and parallel series of screenings, talks and live performance events travels to Modern Art

Oxford and Spike Island, Bristol.

AHDB#3 - Oliver Sutherland / HENGE - Live collaboration, Hackney Picturehouse Cinema, with Artprojx

AHDB#4 - Steffen Levring / IYDES - Live collaboration, The Advisory, London

AHDB#5 - Charismatic Megafauna - with Holly Pester and Emma Bennet, Open School East, London


...OR MAYBE IT'S THE SAME FOR EVERYONE  Print publication for Artists’ short fiction and experimental writing which changes its form with each issue

Issue I - Featuring Roy Voss, Nick Hunt, Adam Blakey

Issue II - Featuring Martin Westwood, Annabel Frearson, Patrick Coyle and Lizzy Kane. Designed by Pavilionary Press, printed by Hato Press and Launched at Café Oto, London

Issue III - Featuring Candice Jacobs, Ole Hagen and Toby Christian. Photography by Lucy Maria. Collaboration with Art Licks Magazine


ART (AFTER)  An innovative, peripatetic educational format encouraging conversation and the cross-polination of ideas

Art (After) the Internet  Devised series of discussion groups for the Royal Academy Schools teaching programme. With invited guest speakers Tom Trevatt, Matt Drage and Christopher Kulendran Thomas.

Art (After) Symposia  Curated exhibition and symposium featuring 12 students and artists including talks, presentations, screenings and performances as part of Art Licks Weekend

Art (After) Death  Devised and organised one-day symposium across Highgate Cemetery and Lauderdale House, London, featuring screenings, performances, talks and presentations amongst specific gravesites. One of three annual David Lean Foundation events for the Royal Academy Schools


BETWEEN THE ACTS - Invited to curate Central St Martins MA Fine Art And MA Photography symposium at Swedenborg Hall featuring talks, performances and presentations


STOPPED CLOCKS IN PLACES OF BUSYNESS - Curated group show feat. Kate Owens, Tom Woolner, Sarah Poots, Patrick Coyle, Caline Aoun, Joey Bryniarska and Maija Luutanon at Fold Gallery, London


THE NEO-CONCEPTUALISTS VIDEO NIGHT IN - Curated evening of video work inc. Christian Marclay, Candice Breitz and Pierre Bismuth, Spike Island, Bristol



TIME TO WAKE UP YET - Art writing journal 2018, CULTURE COLONY QUARTERLY - Issue 12 2017, SICKLY REVELATIONS* - parallel exhibition publication, HAPPY HYPOCRITE - #ACCUMULATOR_PLUS - Book Works 2017, FRIEZE, OCT 2012 - Review of Original Carbon Copy by Morgan Quaintance, …OR MAYBE - Print platform for artists short fiction and experimental writing, ART LICKS: ISSUE 7  - Contributed text to art journal, RATTLE JOURNAL: ISSUE 2 - Contributed text and image work to art and writing journal



2018   Find Your World In Ours commission selected by Mark Titchner for Ikon Gallery and Supersonic Festival

2016   Kim Fielding Award

2015   Oriel Davies Open Overall Winner

2011   Selina Cheneviere Travel Fellowship

2011   Landseer Award

2010   Merrell Book Prize for Writing



2016  Work / Leisure Residency Programme, Abingdon Studios, Blackpool

2015  Residency in a Record Store in association with Pangaea Sculpturs' Centre and Flashback Records, London

2015  Open School East, London

2007  INTERexchange Residency programme and Artist Exchange, Helsinki, Finland


Grants / Funding

Artists' International Development Fund - British Council / Arts Council England. Repeat Grants for the Arts funding for After/Hours/Drop/Box - Arts Council England. Grants for the arts funding for touring solo exhibition Sickly Revelations*



2017 - present                              Lecturer in Fine Art                      Central St Martins

2016 - present                              Lecturer in Fine Art                      Kingston School of Art

2016 - present                              Lecturer in Fine Art                      University of Lincoln

2012 - 2013                                  Fine Art Teaching Fellowship       University of the West of England

2010 - 2013                                  Digital Media Fellow                     Royal Academy Schools, London

Returning Visiting Lecturer: Northumbria University (Fine Art BA), Central St Martins (Fine Art MA, Photography MA), Royal Academy Schools (Fine Art MA), University of the West of England (Fine Art MA, BA), Kingston University (Fine Art BA, Photography BA) Teesside University (Fine Art BA)

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