°1984, LondonLives and works between BE and UK
Selected Solo Exhibitions + Projects
2020 Upcoming Lineaments, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf 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 for best booth, 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 + Projects
2020 Upcoming In Vitro, M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp2019 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 M HKA 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
Parnass Magazine, Paula WatzlArt Viewer, Moritz ScheperMonopol Magazine, Alexandra WachSleek Magazine, Stefanie HesslerMousse Magazine, Thomas HopkinATP Diary, Matteo MottinThis is tomorrow, Josh WilsonPublic Commissions + Collections
UK: Wellcome Library; South London Gallery; Pioneer Health Centre; Southbank Centre; Durham Castle Museum, UNESCO World Heritage SiteGermany: Hotel Ufer, DüsseldorfBelgium: M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, AntwerpWork in private collections in the 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, craft and industrial processing. Often dealing with the juncture between private and public spheres, her spatial assemblages are generated from particular places she spends time in. Working at differing scales with an eclectic material language, particularly textiles, her work suggests the performativity of materials in relation to the body.
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