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Layla Curtis         
Born 1975, Chippenham, England, UK
Lives and works in London, UK

EDUCATION

1999–2000 Chelsea College of Art, MA Fine Art Sculpture
1994–1998 Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Painting

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Heatscapes, The Gallery / Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK 

2013
Antipodes, Cube Gallery / Phoenix, Leicester, UK
— Antipodes, Spacex, Exeter, UK 

2012
 Revolver (Part 1)Matt's Gallery, London, UK (with Andrew Kötting & Juneau Projects)

2008
Traceurs: to trace, to draw, to go fast, Chelsea Futurespace, London, UK
Layla Curtis, Ormeau Baths, Belfast, UK 

2006
Layla Curtis, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK 
Polar Wandering, Gimpel Fils, London, UK

2004 
States of Mind, Rhodes + Mann, London, UK 
Message in a Bottle from Ramsgate to the Chatham Islands, commissioned by Turner Contemporary, 
    exhibited Droit House, Margate, UK

2001 
Layla Curtis, Rhodes + Mann, London, UK 
Cab Routes, commissioned by Cab Gallery, London, UK

2000 
Layla Curtis, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK 
Up North, Projection Window, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

1999 
Mapping, Akiyoshidai International Arts Village, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
 Somewhere Becoming Sea, Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK. Curated by Steven Bode
 Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London, UK 

2016
 Epiphany - Frontiers of Soitude, DUUL, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

2015
 Relational Geographies, University Arts London, London, UK
 Imagining a University, Fifty Years of the University of Warwick Art Collection, Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK
 Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London, UK
 Landscapes of Exploration, The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth, UK

2014
 Bridge, The Museum London Docklands, London, UK

2013
Landscapes of Exploration - Contemporary British Art from Antarctica, Ruskin Gallery & Polar Institute,
    Cambridge, UK
 Witnessing the Wilderness, Wimbledon Space, London, UK 
Drawing 2013, Biennial Fundraiser, Drawing Room, London, UK 
A Parliament of Lines, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, UK touring to RMIT, Melbourne, Australia 

2012
 Thresholds, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
 Flight and the Artistic Imagination, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK
 A Parliament of Lines, Edinburgh City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, UK 
 Landscapes of Exploration, Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth, UK 
 Unknown Fields - Recent British Drawings, Trinity Contemporary, London, UK

2011
 Emblem of My Work, Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York, UK
 Cult of the Difficult, The Cass Gallery, London, UK
— Drawing 2011, Biennial Fundraiser, Drawing Room, London, UK
— State of Flux, Trinity Contemporary, New York, NY, USA
Aphasic Disturbance, Chelsea Space, London, UK

2010
— Destination, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK 

2009
Actions: What You Can Do With the City, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts,
    Chicago, USA 
In Between the Lines, Recent British Drawings, Trinity Contemporary, London, UK
    touring to Trinity Contemporary, New York, USA 
Pattern Recognition, The City Gallery, Leicester, UK 
— Drawing 2009, Biennial Fundraiser, Drawing Room, London, UK
A Picture of You? Identity and British Art, Graves Gallery Museums Sheffield, Sheffield, UK 

2008
Actions: What You Can Do With the City, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada
Drawing, Madison Contemporary Art, London, UK
The Golden Record, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, touring to The Collection, Lincoln, UK
— Space Now, Space, London, UK 
Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
Topographica, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, UK

2007
Downstairs: Review, Gimpel Fils, London, UK
Shifting Ground, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK
— Drawing 2007, Biennial Fundraiser, Drawing Room, London, UK 
Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK 
The Opposite of Vertigo, Drawing Room, London, UK

2006  
Snowdomes, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK
This Will Not Happen Without You, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK, touring to The Hatton Gallery,
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
— Living History, Tate Modern, London, UK
— Passionate Collectors, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK 
— British Art 1500–2006, Tate Britain, London, UK 
You’ll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference, Hayward Gallery National Touring Exhibitions,
    touring to Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK; Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, UK;
    The Lowry, Salford, UK; The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK, and
    Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, UK
Territory, University of the Arts Gallery, London, UK
Culture Bound, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

2005
Wunderkammer: The Artificial Kingdom, The Collection, Lincoln, UK
Ars Electronica Festival for Art, Technology and Society, Linz, Austria
2005 Launch Programme, Vivid, Birmingham, UK
Collection 2 Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Fondation d’Art Contemporain, Alex, France
Post Notes, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

2004
De Leur Temps, Collections Privées Françaises, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing, Tourcoing, France
Magic Don’t Happen by Magic, The Empire, London, UK
— Collage, Bloomberg Space, London, UK  

2003
A Bigger Splash: British Art from Tate 1960–2003, Pavilhão Lucas Nogueira Garcez-Oca, São Paulo, Brazil
Post it, floating ip, Manchester, UK
Blueprint Fakers & Citadel Makers, Comme Ca Art, Manchester, UK
— The Map is Not the Territory Part III, James Hockey Gallery and Foyer Gallery,
    The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, Farnham, UK 
Regards CroisesCollection Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Fondation d’Art Contemporain
    Daniel & Florence Guerlain, Les Mesnuls, France

2002
The Map is Not the Territory Part II, England & Co., London, UK
Fabrications: New Art & Urban Memory in Manchester, CUBE, Manchester, UK
The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2002, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK
— Location: UK, Gimpel Fils, London, UK 
Oncethemostdenselypopulatedplaceonearth, floating ip, Manchester, UK
— Collection Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Fondation d’Art Contemporain, Alex, France
Here, There, Elsewhere, London Print Studio Gallery, London, UK
Cab Gallery Retrospective 1999–2001, Essor Gallery Project Space, London, UK

2001
— Gifts to Walsall, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
Looking With/Out, East Wing Collection No. 5, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
Landscape Encoded, Tate Modern, London, UK  
Double Take, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
— The Map is Not the Territory, England & Co., London, UK 
— Record Collection, VTO, London, UK touring to Forde Espace d'Art Contemporain, Geneve, Switzerland
Mostyn Open 11, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, UK

2000
— The Armchair Project, Cinch, London, UK
Nightclub Robberies, Rhodes + Mann, London, UK
Fusion, Rhodes + Mann, London, UK

1999
The Office of Misplaced Events, Lotta Hammer, London, UK
Brainstorm, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Newcontemporaries99, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, UK touring to Milch Gallery, London, UK

 

RESIDENCIES

2009/10
Storey Gallery, Lancaster, UK

2008
Kielder Reservoir, Kielder, UK

2007/08
Art on the Underground, London, UK

2006
VIVID, Birmingham, UK

2005/06
Artists and Writers Programme, Antarctica jointly sponsored by the British Antarctic Survey and
    Arts Council England under the ACE's International Fellowship Programme

2004
Ramsgate Maritime Museum, in partnership with Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

1999
Akiyoshidai International Arts Village, Akiyoshidai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

 

COMMISSIONS 

2014/15
Heatscapes, a Great North Run Moving Image Commission, Newcastle, UK 
— Trespass, an app for iphone commissioned by StoreyG2, Lancaster, UK

2013/14
The Thames (from London Bridge, Arizona to Sheerness, Canada), commissioned for 
     Thames Festival by Cultureship, UK 
— Antipodes, commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, UK 

2008
Kielder Water & Islands, commissioned by Kielder Partnership, UK
Traceurs: to trace, to draw, to go fast, commissioned by Westminster City Council, London, UK

2007
Central London Index Drawing, commissioned by Art on the Underground, London, UK

2006
Sky Drawings (Night, Day), commissioned by VIVID, Birmingham, UK
67 Degrees South, commissioned by National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK 

2005
Polar Wandering, www.polarwandering.co.uk, produced by Locus+, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
NewcastleGateshead, commissioned by Locus+, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2002
United European Union 2002, commissioned by La Page, Paris, France

2000
World Political, commissioned by David Blamey for Here, There, Elsewhere: Dialogues on Location and Mobility
    (publication)
Northern Isle, commissioned by Flux Magazine, Issue 18
Up North, commissioned by Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

 

MONOGRAPHS & COMMISSIONED ESSAYS

2015
Creative Commons, Andrew Brown, StoreyG2, Lancaster, UK (Essay commissioned to accompany launch of Trespass)

2014
 Local Time: Antipodes by Layla Curtis, Patrick Langley, Film and Video Umbrella, London, UK (Essay commissioned to accompany launch of Antipodes)

2006
— Layla Curtis, Sally O’Reilly and Matthew Hart, co-published by Locus+, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and 
    New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK (Monograph)

2008
— Traceurs: to trace, to draw, to go fast, Richard Grayson, Chelsea Space, London, UK (Essay commissioned to accompany solo exhibition Traceurs: to trace, to draw, to go fast)

2006
— A Congregation of Vapours, David Barrett, VIVID, Birmingham, UK (Essay commissioned to accompany launch of  Sky Drawings (Night / Day) )

2004 
— Message in a Bottle from Ramsgate to The Chatham Islands, Jeremy Millar, Turner Contemporary, 
    Margate, UK (Essay commissioned to accompany solo exhibition of Message in a Bottle from Ramsgate to The Chatham Islands)

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & CATALOGUES

2014
Art & Ecology Now, Andrew Brown, Thames & Hudson, UK

2013
— Witnessing the Wilderness - The Call of the Wild, Leigh Markopoulos, Camberwell Press, UK

2012
 Flight and the Artistic Imagination, Sam Smiles, Paul Holberton Publishing, UK
— A Parliament of Lines, Edited by Euan Gray & David Patterson, The City of Edinburgh Museums and
    Galleries, Edinburgh, UK
— Landscapes of Exploration, Edited by Liz Wells, University Plymouth Press, Plymouth, UK
 Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, Edited by Russell Marshall & Phil Sawdon,
    I.B.Tauris, London, UK 
 Spatialities: The Geographies of Art and Architecture, Edited by Judith Rugg & Craig Martin, Intellect, Bristol,       UK 

2010
— Exploring Site Specific Art, Issues of Space and Internationalism, Judith Rugg, I.B. Tauris, London, UK

2009 
Mapping New York, Black Dog, London, UK
In Between the Lines, Recent British Drawings, Trinity Contemporary, London, UK
Trails, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Japan

2008
Mapping England, Simon Foxell, Black Dog, London, UK
 Actions: What You Can Do With the City, Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini, co-published by SUN and
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Canada
Collage, Assembling Contemporary Art, Sally O’Reilly, David Lillington, Black Dog, London, UK

2007
— Mapping London, Making Sense of the City, Simon Foxell, Black Dog, London UK
This Will Not Happen Without You, From The Collective Archive of The Basement Group, Projects UK and
    Locus+ (1977 – 2007), Locus +, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2006
New Art on View, New Art Gallery Walsall and the Contemporary Art Society, Scala Publishers Ltd.,
    London, UK
— New Art from London, Chris Townsend, Thames and Hudson, London, UK 
You’ll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference, Henry Krokatsis and Jeni Walwin,
    Hayward Gallery, London, UK
All The Downtown Tories: The British Memorial Garden and English Grief, Matthew Hart, essay from
    Empire and After: Englishness in Postcolonial Perspective, Berghahn Books, New York, USA
The Cartographic Uncanny: Layla Curtis and the Over-Coding of Britain, Matthew Hart, published on
    the occasion of the National Identities at the International Word and Image Conference in Philadelphia, USA

2005
Ars Electronica Festival for Art, Technology and Society, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
Wunderkammer: The Artificial Kingdom, The Collection, Lincoln, UK
Else/Where: Mapping, University of Minnesota Design Institute, Minnesota, USA
— Collection 2, Fondation d’Art Contemporain, Alex, France  

2004
— De Leur Temps, Collections Privées Françaises, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing, Tourcoing, France
Whitstable Biennale, 19.06.04-04.07.04, Material, UK

2003
A Bigger Splash: British Art from Tate 1960–2003, BrasilConnects, São Paulo, Brazil
— The Map is Not the Territory Part III, James Hockey Gallery and Foyer Gallery, 
    The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, Farnham, UK  in association with England & Co., London, UK
Regards Croises, Collection Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Fondation d’Art Contemporain Daniel & Florence
    Guerlain, Les Mesnuls, France

2002
Fabrications, UmiM Publishing, Manchester, UK
The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2002, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK
Here, There, Elsewhere: Dialogues on Location and Mobility, Open Editions, London, UK
Tim Marlow on Tate Modern, published by Spafax Publishing for Channel 5, London, UK
The Map is Not the Territory II, England & Co., London, UK

2001
— Looking With/Without, East Wing Collection No.05, Courtauld Institute of Art in association with
    Thames & Hudson, London, UK 
— The Map is Not the Territory, England & Co., London, UK  

2000
Orbis Terrarum, Ways of Worldmaking, Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium
Fusion, Rhodes + Mann, London, UK
Chelsea MA Fine Art 2000, University of the Arts, London, UK

1999
Newcontemporaries99, Manchester, UK
Akiyoshidai International Art Village Residence Support Program 1998, AIAV, Japan

 

SELECTED REVIEWS

2016
— Bradley L Garrett, ‘What the battle for Freeman's Wood says about the future of our common land’, Guardian Cities (online), February 10

2015
— Bob Dickinson, ‘North-West Round-up’, Art Monthly, November
— Jack Hutchinson, ‘Breaking down barriers: artist’s app invites public to ‘trespass’, a-n news (online) 

2013
— David Trigg, ‘Layla Curtis: Antipodes’, Art Monthly, July-August
— Colin Perry, ‘Revolver, Matt's Gallery London’, Frieze, March 

2012
— Rosalie Doubal, ‘Revolver Part 1’, Time Out, 20 September  

2010 
— John Hurrell, ‘Critic's Choice’, Art Collector (Australian), Issue 52, April - June  

2008
— Martin Coomer, ‘Traceurs: to trace, to draw, to go fast’, Time Out, 9 June
— AP Maginness, ‘Polar Wanderings Result in a Unique Exhibition’, Irish News, 22 March

2007
— Wayne Burrows, ‘Shifting Ground’, Metro, 7 August

2006
— Wayne Burrows, ‘A Whole New World’, Metro, 18 July
— Sotiris Kyriacou, ‘Layla Curtis’, Art Monthly, June
— Rebecca Geldard, ‘Territory’, Time Out, 12-19 April 
— Elizia Volkmann, ‘Polar Wandering’, Flux, Issue 52
— Layla Curtis, ‘To the End of the Earth; Artists Story’, a-n, January

2004
— Martin Coomer, ‘Layla Curtis’, Time Out, 21–28 July
— Robert Hanks, ‘Pore over the map of the Human Heart’, The Independent on Sunday, 11 July
— Jessica Lack, ‘Preview Exhibitions’, The Guardian (Guide), 3–9 July
— Eliza Williams, ‘Collage’, Art Monthly, May
— Lauren Cochrane, ‘Bit Map’, TANK, Vol. 3, Issue 10, May

2002
— Eric Pfanner, ‘The East End Goes Mainstream’, The New York Times, 8 December
— Jo Manby, ‘Fabrications: New Art & Urban Memory in Manchester’, a-n, November
— Amber Cowan, ‘Amber Cowan’s Best Shows Nationwide’, The Times (Play), 7–13 September
— Phil Griffin, ‘Memory Lanes’, The Architects’ Journal, October
— Jonathan Scholfield, ‘On the Make’, City Life, 27 Sept - 10 October,
— Phil Griffin, ‘Art Review, Fabrications’, Metro (Manchester Edition), 11 September
— Rob Gregory, ‘Total Recall’, Building Design, Issue1546, 6 September
— Sue Steward, ‘The Map is Not the Territory Part II’, Evening Standard, 15 October
— Jane Griffiths, ‘Layla Curtis’, Flux, Issue 33
— Martin Vincent, ‘Fabrications: New Art & Urban Memory in Manchester’, Art Monthly, October
— ‘Fabrications’, The Guardian (Guide/Exhibitions), 7-13 September
— Jessica Lack, ‘Fabrications’, Exhibitions, The Guardian (G2), 16 September
— John Ross, ‘Artist to Paint Manchester’, Manchester Times (USA), 4 September
— Marcus Field, ‘Where are we? (er, in a gallery)’, The Independent on Sunday, 1 September
— John Dobson, ‘The Name’s the Same’, The Manchester Enterprise (USA), 22 August
— Martin Coomer, ‘Location UK’, Time Out, 21–28 August

2001
— ‘Layla Curtis Profile’, ZOO 11, December
— ‘In Un Mondo Senza Piu Confini’, Glamour (Italy) No. 117, November
— Karen Chung, ‘Topographic Designer’, Wallpaper, September
— Jim Healy, ‘The Map is Not the Territory’, Whats On in London, 1-8 August
— Sue Hubbard, ‘Pick of the Galleries’, The Independent on Sunday, 15 July
— Helen Sumpter, ‘Changing Places’, The Big Issue, 11–17 June
— Paul Clarke, ‘Whats On’, The Evening Standard, 14 June
— Michael Bracewell, ‘Culture Beyond the M25’, Royal Academy Magazine, Spring

2000
— Michael Billington, ‘Swapping Notes’, The Guardian (G2), 11 December
— Paul Usherwood, ‘Layla Curtis, Alison Turnbull, Richard Wright’, Art Monthly, October
— Niru S. Ratnam, ‘The Road to Nowhere’, The Face, October
— Charlotte Mullins, ‘Graduate Profile – Layla Curtis’, Art Review, October
— ‘Map Making’, a-n, October
— John Russel Taylor, ‘Nightclub Robberies’, The Times (Around the Galleries), 6 September
— Charlotte Mullins, ‘The New Sensation’, Independent on Sunday, 20 August
— Samantha Ellis, ‘Nightclub Robberies’, Evening Standard (Going Out), 10 August
— Martin Coomer, ‘Fusion’, Time Out, June
— Deborah Schultz, ‘The Office of Misplaced Events’, Art Monthly, February

1999
— Mike Dawson, ‘Newcontemporaries’, Flux, Issue 16
— David Barrett, ‘Newcontemporaries99’, Art Monthly, November

 

SELECTED AWARDS

2012
— Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England

2010
— Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England

2005
— Prix Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention, Net Vision

2002
— Woo Charitable Foundation Bursary
— London Arts Board, Development Fund for Artists

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

— Tate, UK
— Government Art Collection, UK
— Tyne and Wear Museums, UK
— The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK
— University of Warwick, UK
— University of the Arts, UK
— Edinburgh College of Art, UK
— The World Bank, USA
— Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, France
— James Moores, UK
— London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
— Art Review, UK
— Fidelity International, International