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: Participatory Practice, Collaborative Practice, Live Art, Performance, Public Art, gallery installation and public event based works which includes video, sculpture and performance
SELECTED SOLO Exhibitions, Performances , Public Works
2016 Public Work, Circus between Worlds, Glasgow International Arts Festival
2015 Art Lending Library, UK Tour supported by ACE Strategic Touring program
2014 Solo Exhibition, Orcadia and Other Stories, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, a survey show spanning
fifteen years of production, part of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland
2014 Solo Exhibition, The Eccentrics Banquet, Marion de Canniere Gallery, Antwerp
2014 Solo Exhibition, Game for Change, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
2013 Performance, Art School Anecdote, Centenary Commission, Canberra Contemporary Art Space,
Australian National University for The Australia Capital Centenary Celebrations, Canberra
2012 Public Work, The Cult of Fortuna, National Museums Scotland, Hogmanay Festival, Edinburgh
2012 Solo Exhibition, Encampment of Eternal Hope, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art,
2012 Solo Exhibition, Art Lending Library Commission for Glasgow International Arts Festival
2012 Public Work, Celestial Radio, Phosphorescence Song, MCA, Sydney, Australia
2011 Public Work, Celestial Radio - Celestial Skye, ATLAS, Portree, Isle of Skye
2011 Public Work, Conch Sound Studio, Scotland’s Housing Expo Inverness & Highland Tour, Scotland
2009 Public Work, Bank of Reason, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 Performance, Panacea Casebook, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
2009 Performance, Panacea Casebook, John Hansard Gallery Southampton
2009 Performance, Panacea Casebook, CCA, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
2009 Performance Panacea Casebook, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
2009 Public Work, A Celestial Odyssey, Thessaloniki Biennale Commission, Thessaloniki, Greece
2008 Solo Exhibition, On the Threshold of a Dream, Turner Contemporary, Margate
2008 Public Work, Celestial Radio A Visionary Journey, Kent Tour to Whitstable Biennale,
Turner Contemporary Margate, Folkstone Triennial, Kent
2007 Solo Exhibition, Limbo-land, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
2006 Public Work, Celestial Radio, AV06 Festival, Festival Commission, Newcastle & Gateshead
2006 Panacea Goes Cycling, Milton Keynes Gallery, (Walker/Bromwich & Pinsky), Milton Keynes
2006 Solo Exhibition, Panacea Hothouse, Cornerhouse, (Walker/Bromwich & Pinsky), Manchester
2006 Public Work, Sci-fi Hot Tub, Live Event, Kielder Art & Architecture, Northumberland
2006 Exhibition, Panacea SuperSpa, Le Parvis centre d’art contemporain, Ibos, Tarbes, France
2006 Performance Love Cannon, Les Ateliers des Arques, Les Arques, France
2005 Exhibition, Panacea the Art of Wellbeing, John Hansard Gallery, (with MP), Southampton
2005 Exhibition, Panacea l’art d’etre bien CCC, Le Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours, France
2002 Exhibition Limbo Land, Berwick Gymnasium, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland
2000 Exhibition, Portable Paradise, Economist Plaza, London
SELECTED GROUP Exhibitions
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
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 Celestial Radio Special, Musrara International Arts Festival, Musrara, Jerusalem, Israel
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,
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, 4th Triennale of Contemporary Art Oberschwaben, Zeppelin Museum, 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
Residencies & Fellowships
2015 Nelson Mandela Legacy Project, UNISA Gallery, University of South Africa
2014 Pier Arts Centre Residency, Generation, 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Orkney
2013 Centenary Residency The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
2012 HIAP, Helsinki International Artist Programme, Helsinki, Finland
2007 The Land foundation, Chang Mai, Thailand, Love Tank Blessing Project
2006 ComPeung, Chang Mai, Thailand
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
1999 Scottish Arts Council Australia Fellowship
1998 Pier Arts Centre Fellowship, Orkney
2008 MONOGRAPH: Walker & Bromwich; 128 pages; Publisher John Hansard Gallery,
Essays JJ Charlesworth, Sally O’Reilly, published 2008, ISBN 9780854328642
2008 PANACEA: Pinsky, Walker & Bromwich; 128 pages Publisher John Hansard Gallery;
Essays JJ Charlesworth, Michael Stanley, Evelyne Toussaint, ISBN 9780854328628
Publications- Group Exhibitions
2014 Generation, 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, 2014
2014 Here Today, London Published by Artwise Curators 2014
2012 Camouflage Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 2012
2012 The Trivia of Eccentric Britain, (p48-59) publisher Lincoln Art Programme, 2012
2010 Outer worlds Deloitte Luxemburg exhibition catalogue (p28-9) published 2010
2010 Stagings Berwick-Upon-Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival, (p28) catalogue published 2010
2009 Biennale 2 Praxis Catalogue: 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece;
Celestial Radio commission for Thessaloniki– A Celestial Odyssey (p262-265),
essay by Gabriela Salgado (p24-31) published 2009, ISBN 978-960-9409-00-1
2009 Collective 1984-2009 Catalogue (p23) published 2009, ISBN 978-3-86896-0335
2009 One Day Sculpture Book, - New Zealand. Co-edited by David Cross, Associate
Professor in Fine Art at Massey University, Wellington & Claire Doherty MBE, Director of
Situations, University of the West of England, Bristol.
published by Kerber November 2009 (p116-125) ISBN 978-3-86678-33-1
2008 Nothing to Declare 4. Triennial zeitgenossischer Kunst Oberschwaben, Germany,
(p88-89, 112) Published 2008, ISBN 978-3-940748-27-0
2008 The Berwick Gymnasium Fellowships, (p86-89), Published by Art Editions North 2008,
ISBN 978 0 9557478 1 6
2008 New Art On View (p44-45) Published 2006 Scala, ISBN 1 85759 443 6
2007 Locws 3 Art Across the City Catalogue, (p64-68) Published 2007, ISNB 978-0-954591-1-6
2007 My Farther is the Wiseman of the Village – Explorations in collaborative practice,
Published by The Fruitmarket Gallery Pages 56-57, ISBN 0-947912-18-5
2000 Somewhere Near Vada (p24-27) Published by Project Press 2000, ISBN 1 872493 16 5
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.