Lecturer in Fine Art
Neil Bromwich works collaberativaly with Zoe Walker, Artist and Lecturer at ECA, Edinburgh University
Our work explores the space between what exists and what is possible. Within this liminal space we create objects and situations that lead our audience on transformative experiences inviting them to consider an other way of being. We ask participants in our work to examine their relationship to the environment they inhabit and reflect on a larger global situation. We are interested in arts potential to act as a catalyst for social and political transformation. At the heart of our work is the pursuit of an ideal and the question - is it possible for Art, and more particularly our practice to provide practical, aesthetic and poetic solutions to social political and environmental problems?
Our work crosses between the gallery space and the public realm; we use installations, social sculptures, and public performances as tools to open up a space where the possible and the actual come together. Here we can collectively begin to question the limits of society and imagine a better world. We believe that through experiencing something even for a moment can start a powerful process of change
We work in response to specific sites and communities drawing on an environment and its people to form the work. We employ a strong aesthetic language that keys into the popular imaginary as useful and effective communication tools from which a complex discourse unfolds, crossing boundaries both geographical, social and metaphorical. Through the playful nature of the work and engagement with of the process participants become involved in events and situations that open up discussion around subjects like the pursuit of happiness, open boarders, and the nature of belief. Our aim has been and is to exploit the power of this aesthetic language to its full potential as a catalyst for change in both localised communities and on a wider global scale
Multi-disciplinary Collaborative Practice with Zoe Walker (Edinburgh University), Participatory Practice, Socially Engaged Practice, Live Art, Performance, Public Art, gallery installation and public event based works which includes video, sculpture and performance
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2017 Dragon of Profit & Private Ownership, Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership commission for Edinburgh Arts Festival (2017), A practice led project and solo exhibition researching the re-appropriation of mythological architypes in-order to examine the distribution of capital through arts practice, with accompanying Festival catalogue publication and essay.
2016-7 State or Slate, Penrhyn Castle, flagship National Trust site, North Wales. A practice led research project that extends existing fine art research around the role participatory art practice can play as an active agent in disrupting and transforming dominant narratives in heritage sites. Funded and facilitated by Trust New Art/National Trust and the Arts Council of Wales.
2014 Orcadia and Other Stories, at Pier Arts Centre, Orkney extensive solo survey exhibition for Generation’ 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. Practice based research into Walker & Bromwich's site responsive participatory practice as a tool for changing perception and impacting society.
2012-18 Art Lending Library, a project with Market Gallery Glasgow, was commissioned for Glasgow International biennial art festival 2012, subsequently awarded prestigious ACE Strategic Touring in 2014, to tour areas of low art provision across England, Now in its 9th iteration as part of our solo exhibition at De Montfort University Gallery Leister 2017-8. Practice led participatory project explores widening public access and impact of contemporary art
2013 The Cult of Fortuna, National Museums Scotland, commissioned solo exhibition, Edinburgh, Scotland, practice-based research into public perceptions of luck and superstition through the participation of 250 members of the public in social sculpture
2012-13 Encampment of Eternal Hope, commissioned solo exhibition, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK sculptural installation Practice based research explores how sculptural installation can facilitate debate and performance around sustainable future living, drawing together speakers and participants from Academia, Public and Not for Profit Agencies
2006-10 Panacea, a live multi-layered art event, that investigated the artist role within society and orthodox perceptions of art and medicine as cure-alls for society’s ills. The event toured to five high-profile galleries across the UK, including Tate Britain, Modern Art Oxford, CCA Glasgow, Baltic Gateshead, Milton Keynes Gallery, John Hansard Gallery Southampton, CCC Tours France. Le Parvis centre d’art contemporain, Tarbes, France, funded by Wellcome Trust Production Sci-Art Award and AHRC Grant for Creative and Performing Arts
2001-12 Celestial Radio, A practice led research project investigating the impact of site responsive social sculpture changing perception of place through disrupting invisible narratives. Various coastal sites nationally and internationally. Commissions include – MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2012, Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece 2008, Turner Contemporary / Folkstone Triennial 2008, ATLAS Arts Skye Scotland 2011, funders including Australia Arts Council, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Creative Scotland, ACE, European Development Fund, Kent County Council, Essex Council.
OTHER SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2016 Public Work, Circus between Worlds, Glasgow International Arts Festival
2014 Solo Exhibition, The Eccentrics Banquet, Marion de Canniere Gallery, Antwerp
2014 Solo Exhibition, Game for Change, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
2013 Participatory performance, Art School Anecdote, Centenary Commission, with Canberra Contemporary Art Space
and Australian National University for The Australia Capital Centenary Celebrations, Canberra
2011 Public Work, Conch Sound Studio, SHE Scotland’s Housing Expo Inverness, and Highland Tour, Scotland
2009 Public Work, Bank of Reason, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
2000 Exhibition, Portable Paradise, Economist Plaza, London
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2015 Mega Hammer, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s Open House, Glasgow, Scotland.
2014 Art Moves, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, curated by Adriana Marques, London
2014 Here Today, Old Sorting Office, curated by Artwise, London, alongside Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, Carsten Holler
2014 Festival of Love, South Bank Centre, London
2014 The Second Life of Sculpture, GI Glasgow International, Glasgow
2012 Camouflage Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
2011 Dancing Borders London Artists' Films on the London Underground, London
2010 Outer Worlds, Contemporary Arts Society, Deloittes, Luxemburg City, Luxemburg
2009 Running Time – Scottish Video Art 1960 to Now, Scottish National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Edinburgh
2009 Tina B, The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, The Czech Republic
2009 Love Cannon & Siege Weapons of Love, Invisible Adversaries NGCA Sunderland
2009 Breakfast of Champions, Yinka Shonibare Space, Broadway Market, London
2009 One Day Sculpture, Dunedin, New Zealand
2008 Becks FUSION, Love Cannon Parade, Manchester
2008 Nothing to Declare, Triennale of Contemporary Art 4 Oberschwaben, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany
2008 Parallax, Fieldgate Gallery, London
2007 Celestial Radio & Love Cannon, Big Chill Festival, Eastnor Castle, Malvern
2007 Love Cannon, Live Performance, Scope Special Projects Basel, Switzerland
2007 Locws International Wales, Live Event, Swansea, Wales
2006 Madame Arkwright’s Salons, Camden Arts Centre, London
2005 Weekending, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
2004 Coast, Firstsite Gallery, Colchester
2003 Site-Seeing: A Disneyfication of Cities, Künstlerhaus, Vienna
2002 TV Swansong, live webcast, screened: Tate Liverpool, CCA, DCA, ICA, BALTIC
2002 My Father is the Wise Man of the Village, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.
2001 The Great Escape, Grizedale, Cumbria, UK
2001 Urban Nomads, South London Gallery, London, UK
2001 Northern Exposure, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
2000 Exhibition, My Island Home, V&A Museum, London, UK
2000 Exhibition, Somewhere Special, ACCA, Melbourne, and CCA, Canberra, Australia
FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
2015 SA-UK Research Award, Nelson Mandela Legacy Project, hosted by UNISA Art Gallery, University of South
Australia, Pretoria. Award funded by British Council & Dept of Culture South Africa
2014 Pier Arts Centre Residency, Generation, 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Orkney
2013 Canberra National Capital Centenary Fellowship, hosted by Canberra School of Art, Australian National University
2012 HIAP KIASMA Fellowship Helsinki, Helsinki International Artist Programme, Finland
2007 the Land foundation, Chang Mai, Thailand
2006 ComPeung, Chang Mai, Thailand, residency
2005 Résidences ateliers d'artistes des Arques, Le Lot, France
2005 Scottish Sculpture Workshops Research Residency, Aberdeen
2004 Art and Architecture Fellowship Programme, Keilder Waters, Northumberland
2001 Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland
2001 Grizedale Arts, Residency, Cumbria
1999 International Artist in Residence, Gertrude Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Undergraduate programmes on the Fine Art BA Stages 2-4.
Postgraduate tutees and contribution to MFA seminar programme
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. An Act of Participation. 2017. Leicester: De Montfort University Gallery, 4. In Preparation.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. Art Lending Library, Tour. 2017. Darlington, Sunderland, Peterborough, East Durham including: Peterlee, Thornley, South Hetton, Leicester: Touring Various: Darlington Crown Street Library, East Durham Creates Festival, NGCA, Metal Peterborough, DMU Gallery, 80.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. Circus between Worlds. 2016. Caledonia Road Free Church, Gorbals, Glasgow: Glasgow International Art Festival, 35.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. Orcadia and Other Stories. 2014. Sromness, Orkney: Pier Arts Centre, 12.
- Bromwich NJ, Walker Z. The Encampment of Eternal Hope. 2013. Gateshead, UK: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 13.
- Bromwich N. Celestial Radio: a multi-media interactive public sculpture, in the form of a ‘glittering’ mirror-tiled yacht-cum-radio station, broadcasting site-specific sound-works in Thessaloniki, Isle of Skye, Folkestone, Margate, Whitstable, London, Jerusalem and Sydney (2008-12). Enabled through funding from: Arts Council England, Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Folkestone Triennial, British Council, European Cultural Foundation, and Creative Scotland. 2011. Thessaloniki, Isle of Skye, Folkestone, Margate, Whitstable, London and Jerusalem.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. Conch [sound studio]. 2011. Edinburgh Festival, Jupiter Artland, SHE Inverness Housing Expo, Thurso, Scrabster, Findhorn, Culloden, Culloden, Culbokie Black Isle, Nairn: Scottish Highland Tour, 1.
- Walker Z, Bromwich N, Pinsky M, Down M. Panacea Casebook: a multi-layered live art event that toured to Tate Britain, Modern Art Oxford, CCA Glasgow, John Hansard Gallery Southampton, and Baltic. The project, which was cross disciplinary and cross-institutional, took the form of a live performance on stage, involving a combination of video documentation, live presentations, puppetry, costumes and props. Panacea Casebook was initiated by the cross-institutional ‘Panacea Research Group’ Walker (ECA), Bromwich (NCL) Pinsky and Renton (UEL) and funded through ACE and Wellcome Trust. 2010. London, Gateshead, Glasgow, Oxford, Southampton: Tate Britian, Baltic, CCA Glasgow, Modern Art Oxford, John Hansard Gallery, 6 month tour, 1 day each venue.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z, Bagnall D, Hyde A. One Day Sculpture - Intertidal. 2009. Quarantine Island, Dunedin: New Zealand Wide, 2.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. Praxis, Biennale 2, Thessaloniki Greece – A Celestial Odyssey. 2009. Thessaloniki, Greece: Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art, 1.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. Running Time – Scottish Video Art 1960 to Now. 2009. Edinburgh, UK: Dean Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. Limbo-Land (Solo Exhibition). 2008. Gatehead, UK: Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, 3.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. Nothing to Declare - 4th Triennale of Contemporary Art Oberschwaben (International Exhibition). 2008. Friedrichshafen, Germany; Bregenz, Austria: Zeppelin Museum, Germany; Künstlerhaus Thurn and Taxis, Austria, 2.
- Bromwich N, Walker Z. On the Threshold of a Dream (Solo Survey Exhibition). 2008. Margate Kent: Turner Contemporary, 7.