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Matthew Darbyshire

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Matthew Darbyshire was born in the UK in 1977. He studied Fine Art at the Slade School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools in London.

Darbyshire has had solo exhibitions at Gasworks, London; The Hayward Project Space, London; Herald Street, London; Tramway, Glasgow; Taro Nasu, Tokyo and Jousse Enterprise, Paris. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions across Europe, Asia and America.

Darbyshire has exhibited in various major UK survey shows including the ICA’s Nought to Sixty programme curated by Mark Slaydon in 2008, Tate Britains Triennial Altermodern, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud in 2009, and the British Art Show 7 Days of the Comet, curated by Tom Morton and Lisa Le Feuvre 2010.

He last year made Everything Everywhere for Frieze projects, curated by Sarah Mc Crory, and next year will make solo exhibitions for Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Bloomberg, London; Zabludowicz Collection, London and Frac Nord-pas de Calais, Dunkirk.

Matthew teaches regularly in various universities across the UK, is an associate lecturer at The Ruskin School, Oxford and holds the current Stanley Picker fellowship at Kingston University.

Darbyshire is represented by Herald Street, London and lives and works in London.

Matthew Darbyshire CV


Born 1977, Cambridge, UK

Lives and works in London, UK




2005                Post-Graduate Diploma, Royal Academy Schools, London

2000                BA (hons) Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London

1996                Foundation Course, Ipswich Art School, UK


Solo Exhibitions


2013                Bloomberg Space, London

                        Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK

                        Frac Nord pas de Calais, Dunkerque, FR

2012                Tramway, Glasgow, UK

                        Jousse Enterprise, Paris

                       Stanley Picker Fellowship in Fine Art, The Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London

2011                Taro Nasu, Tokyo, JP

                        Leeds Met Gallery and Studio, Leeds, UK

                       Herald St (with Scott King), London

2010                ELIS, Herald St, London

                        Frieze Foundation commission, Frieze Art Fair, London

2009               Funhouse, curated by Tom Morton, Hayward Project Space, London

                       Furniture Islands, Outpost, Norwich, UK

2008               Nought to Sixty, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

                       Blades House, Gasworks, London

2007              Recreate (with Richard Wilson), Pumphouse Gallery, London


2004                Urban Pastoral, Relais De La Baie, FR


Group Exhibitions

2012                No More Icons, Blackfriars, London

                        SNAP! Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK

                        6 Chairs, Art House Foundation, London

                       You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Th

2011                Nothing in the World but Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

                       You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Miro Foundation, Barcelona, ESP

                       You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, ESP

                        The Shape We’re In, Zabludowicz Collection, London, New York

                      The British Art Show, curated by Tom Morton and Lisa Le Feuvre,

                      The Hayward gallery, London; Glasgow; Plymouth, UK touring (cat)

2010           Recent British Sculpture, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

         The Camo Show, Cardi Black Box, Milan

        The British Art Show, curated by Tom Morton and Lisa Le Feuvre,

        Nottingham Contemporary, UK touring (cat)

        Newspeak, Saatchi Gallery, London (cat)

       Herald St, Taro Nasu, Tokyo

       Paul McCarthy’s Cap, Peles Empire, London

2009        Altermodern Tate Triennial 2009, Curated by Nicholas Bourriaud, Tate Britain, London (cat)


Eat Me – Drink Me, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas

2008     White Columns, (screening), New York

Le Chant du Rossignol, Matthew Darbyshire and Sam Gunn, (screening), Herald St, London

Matthew Darbyshire, Jess Flood–Paddock, William Hunt, curated by Sasha Cradock, Sadlers Wells, London

2007     Deutsche Bank Pyramid, National Theatre, London; Deutsche Bank, London

 Supernova, Art Basel, Miami

ReMap[KM], IBID PROJECTS, Athens, Greece

Matthew Darbyshire, Djordje Ozbolt and Alexander Tucker, Parade Gallery, London

           Itchy Park, Limehouse Studio, London

2006   Minotaur Blood, Fortescue Avenue, London

Internet Café (commission), Publish and be Damned, London

Sixteen Golf Course Makers, (commission) Zoo Art Fair, London

2005    Launderette, Ipswich Town Council Artists Gallery, Ipswich, UK

Open Garden, Fortescue Avenue, London

Public Meeting To Address The Phenomenon Of Materialization, with Olivia Plender, Man in the Holocene, London

2004    Curb Your Enthusiasm, Millers Terrace, London

Art School, Bloomberg Space, London

2001     Atelier Something, Springfield Studios, London

Public Collections

Arts Council Collection, UK

Government Art Collection, UK

Recent Exhibits

Matthew Darbyshire participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2015 Suite
Lisa Cooley
Feb, 2015 Master Class: Matthew Darbyshire
Zabludowicz Collection
Sep, 2014 Group Exhibition
Herald St - Golden Sq
May, 2014 CAPTCHA
Jousse Enterprise-Saint Claude
Feb, 2014 Bureau
Herald St
Jan, 2014 A Sense of Things
Zabludowicz Collection
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