°1984, LondonLives and works between Belgium and UK
Selected Solo Exhibitions + Projects
2020 Upcoming solo exhibition, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf Upcoming solo exhibition, MENTIS/Benaki Museum, Athens 2019 New Positions, Art Cologne with Petra Rinck Galerie2018 Pre-public Scenery, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf2017 A Pattern Language, workshop series, South London Gallery, London ARCO Madrid, with Drop City, PREMIO Award, Madrid2016 Arena, British School of Archeology at Athens, Athens Roßstrasse 68 (learning from Ella Steigelman), Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer A Pattern Language, workshop series, Montessori Gesamtschule, Düsseldorf2015 Continuous Material, Drop City, Newcastle Continuous Material, Durham Castle Museum, Durham2014 Soft Start, The Northern Charter, Newcastle2013 Tuned Cities, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle Thin Cities, Gallery North, Newcastle2011 The Harrow, Hastings Art Space, HastingsSelected Group Exhibitions + Projects2019 Dark Lantern, (curated by Paul Morrison), Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich2018 A Gradual Stiffening (Rea), HIAP, Helsinki To Be Kept For Some Future Time, South London Gallery, London2017 A Gradual Stiffening, Drop City at MHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp Choreography, Drop City at Arcade, London Warming Up, Drop City at Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf2016 World Is Sudden, Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects/Berwick Film & Arts Festival Drop City Centre, Drop City at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle On Some Motifs (hanging), Kunstakademie Düsseldorf2015 SO, Mauve, Vienna Art Lending Library, NGCA, Sunderland Graphics Interchange Format, Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea Foam, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland2012 Switch, (curated by Phyllida Barlow), BALTIC 39, Newcastle American Mountains, Grand Union, Birmingham Kodachrome, LimaZulu, London2011 Mister Mercer, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham
2019 Sustainability is not Enough: Non-conventional Organisations and Initiatives published by Onomatopee & MHKA2017 An Athens City Reader artist book published by MHKA, Antwerp & Drop City2015 Continuous Material artist book published by Drop City2014 Soft Start catalogue published by AND London
Press + Texts
2018 Art Viewer, Moritz Scheper2018 Monopol Magazine, Alexandra Wach2017 Sleek Magazine, Stefanie Hessler2015 Mousse Magazine, Thomas Hopkin2015 ATP Diary, Matteo Mottin2013 This is tomorrow, Josh WilsonPublic Commissions + Collections
2018 Hotel Ufer, Düsseldorf2017 Wellcome Library, London South London Gallery, London Pioneer Health Centre, London2016 Hotel Ufer, Düsseldorf2015 Durham Castle Museum, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham2009 Southbank Centre, LondonWork in private collections in UK and GermanyImages and text copyright Eleanor Wright
Petra Rinck GalerieDrop City
Eleanor Wright's sculptural work explores the ambiguity of things and how they should be used, generating an interplay of values around utility, display, aesthetics, craft, labour and industrial processing. Often dealing with the juncture between private and public spheres, her spatial assemblages and site responsive installations distill the imbued meaning within specific materials, familiar structures, cultural signifiers and ready made objects. She has a diverse yet distinct material language, preferring to work with materials in their raw or uncomposed state, rupturing the trajectory of their given purpose in order to create new contexts. Working at differing scales which are underpinned by a refraining subtlety, her work is at once bold and imposing as it is withdrawn, creating a shifting tension within its physicality and presence in relation to the body and space.
Drop City is an occasional space dedicated to contemporary art that began its activities in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 2014. Since its formation, Drop City has moved freely between various physical and theoretical models, with both the co-operative and the commercial allowing experimentation with new ways of representing and supporting artists’ work through a context responsive approach to programming and hospitality. In addition to focused programmes in specific locations, Drop City regularly collaborates with galleries, museums, cultural institutions, non-profit initiatives, art fairs and publishers on the development of its projects across Europe.
2016 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, guest studentship, class of prof. Rita Mcbride2013 Warwick Stafford Research Fellowship in the Arts, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts x Northumbria University2010 Slade School of Art (MFA Sculpture), London 2007 Chelsea College of Art (BA Sculpture) , London
Awards + Grants
2019 Arts Council England, Individual Grant for the Arts Award2018 Kunststiftung NRW, Individual Funding for Young Artists The Elephant Trust, Production Award Arts Council England, Individual Grant for the Arts Award Arts Council England, Artists’ International Development Fund2017 ARCO Madrid, PREMIO Award Arts Council England, Individual Grant for the Arts Award2016 The Elephant Trust, Production Award Arts Council England, Individual Grant for the Arts Award2015 CVAC (Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures), Durham University, Research Award Arts Council England, Individual Grant for the Arts Award2010 Kenneth Armitage Foundation, Young Sculptors Award First Prize Residencies + Travel Scholarships2018 HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), Helsinki2017 Lodgers, Drop City invited by M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art + Air Antwerpen, Antwerp2016 Fondation Mercier, Villa Ruffieux, Switzerland Prince of Wales Artist Fellowship, British School of Archeology at Athens2015 Cove Park, Scotland2014 HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), Helsinki Metal, Southend on Sea2013 BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art), Travel Scholarship2010 Duveen Travel ScholarshipGuest LecturingSlade School of Fine Art, LondonNewcastle University, Newcastle Northumbria University, Newcastle