Eleanor Wright (°1984)
Lives and works in Düsseldorf (DE) and Newcastle (UK)

Represented by Petra Rinck Galerie

Curatorial Project Drop City

Studio mail@eleanorwright.net


20/09 - 17/12/2018
Helsinki International Artist Programme, residency, Helsinki

Selected Exhibitions & Projects
2019  Solo exhibition Mentis Centre for the Preservation of Traditional Textile Techniques, Benaki Museum, Athens
2018  Pre-public Scenery Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf
2018  To Be Kept For Some Future Time South London Gallery, London (group)
2017  A Gradual Stiffening Drop City at M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (group)
            A Pattern Language South London Gallery Young People’s Programme, London
            Choreography Drop City at Arcade, London (group)
            Warming Up Drop City at Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf (group)
            ARCOmadrid with Drop City, PREMIO Award, Madrid
2016  World Is Sudden Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects/Berwick Film & Arts Festival (group)
            Arena British School of Archeology at Athens
            Roßstrasse 68 (learning from Ella Steigelman) Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer
            Drop City Centre Drop City at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (group)
            On Some Motifs (hanging) Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
2015  SO Drop City at Mauve, Vienna (group)
            Art Lending Library Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (group)
            Graphics Interchange Format Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea (group)
            Foam Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (group)
            Continuous Material Drop City, Newcastle
            Continuous Material Durham Castle Museum, Durham
2014  Soft Start The Northern Charter, Newcastle
2013  Tuned Cities BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle
            Thin Cities Gallery North, Newcastle
2012  Switch (curated by Phyllida Barlow) BALTIC 39, Newcastle
            American Mountains Grand Union, Birmingham (group)
            Kodachrome LimaZulu, London (group)
2011   Mister Mercer Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham

2017  An Athens City Reader Artist Book published by MHKA, Antwerp & Drop City
2015  Continuous Material Artist Book published by Drop City
2014  Soft Start Artist Book published by AND London
Press  &  Texts
2017  Sleek Magazine Stefanie Hessler
2015  Mousse Magazine Thomas Hopkin
            ATP Diary Matteo Mottin
2013  This is tomorrow Josh Wilson

Public Commissions & Collections
2018  Hotel Ufer Düsseldorf
2017  Wellcome Library London
            South London Gallery London
            Pioneer Health Centre London
2016  Hotel Ufer Düsseldorf
2015  Durham Castle Museum UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham
2009 Southbank London

Selected Awards, Grants & Residencies
2018  Kunststiftung NRW Individual Funding for Young Artists
            Helsinki International Artists’ Programme residency
            The Elephant Trust production grant
            Arts Council England Individual Grant for the Arts Award
            Arts Council England Artists’ International Development Fund
2017  ARCOmadrid PREMIO Award
            Arts Council England Individual Grant for the Arts Award
2016  Fondation Mercier, Villa Ruffieux Switzerland, residency
            The Elephant Trust production grant
            British School of Archeology at Athens Prince of Wales Artist Fellowship
            Arts Council England Individual Grant for the Arts Award
2015  Liverpool Biennial International Showcasing nominated and shortlisted
            Cove Park Scotland, residency
            Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures (CVAC) Durham University Research Grant
            Arts Council England Individual Grant for the Arts Award
2014  Chisenhale Gallery Create Commission nominated and shortlisted
2013  BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art travel scholarship
            Warwick Stafford Research Fellowship in the Arts Newcastle
2010  Duveen Travel Scholarship
            Kenneth Armitage Foundation Young Sculptors Award
            Red Mansion Art Prize nominated

2016  Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
2010  Slade School of Art, London
2007 Chelsea College of Art, London

Eleanor Wright

Wright’s work addresses the complexity and breadth of societal structures through researching forms of architecture, patterns of human behaviour in public space and the politics of interiors, exploring idiosyncrasies of city living and civic identity. Usually finding her subjects through meandering walks in unfamiliar places, she has always been interested in how a culture or place is represented in relation to the realties on the ground, and what can be drawn from such nuances. This hands-on, anthropological approach means that travel and active fieldwork are important factors in building up her concepts and work, whereby engaging directly with people and places enables an entirely different perspective compared to remote observations. This process culminates in spatial assemblages consisting of installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, moving image and artist books.

Eleanor Wright/Sam Watson

Since 2013 Wright has also collaborated with curator and designer Sam Watson. Using the collaborative moniker Eleanor Wright/Sam Watson, their projects draw on a shared interest in the broadly termed built environment and the roles of authorship, collaboration and perception within artistic production. Using choreographed arrangements of both constructed and curated elements, their work together aims to shape an exchange in relation to the medium of exhibition making and their own associated web of social relations, personal artefacts and spatial-temporal contexts. They are interested in treating their individual practices as a collaborative praxis, developing a framework that is built through collaboration and dialogue with others.

Drop City

In 2014, together with Sam Watson, Wright established the exploratory gallery model and platform Drop City. 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 their projects across Europe.