Art in Hard Times: The Walk to Dover by Spartacus Chetwynd and Victorian Paintings of Modern Life

 Spartacus Chetwynd, The Walk to Dover

Spartacus Chetwynd, The Walk to Dover

Spartacus Chetwynd, The Walk to Dover

Spartacus Chetwynd Biography

Born 1973, London
2002 – 2004 MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London
1996 – 2000 BA Fine Art, Slade School of Art/UCL, London
1992 – 1995 BA Social Anthropology and History, UCL, London

2012 R OPEN, Rogaland, Norway
2010 Villa Arson, Nice, France
2007 The British School in Rome, Abbey Fellowship
2006 The Call of the Wild, One Mile Program, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Solo Exhibitions
2012 Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
2011 Home Made Tasers, New Museum, New York (NY), USA
Odd Man Out, Sadie Coles, London
2008 Spartacus Chetwynd, Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy
Help! I’m trapped in a Muzuzah Factory, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
2007 Spartacus Chetwynd, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (cat.) Phantasie Fotostudio (with Esther Teichmann), Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin 2006 Money – a Cautionary Tale, Positions (Herald St), Art Basel Miami (USA)
2004 Bat Opera, Millers Terrace, London

Group Exhibitions
2012 di Spirito Due, Rome
Topsyturvy, de Appel, Amsterdam (may 2012)


Collection - migros museum für gegenwartskunst Zürich, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki, Greece
Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
FACTS & SYSTEMS – A Science Fair, 120 East Road, London
Tate Britain, Bat Opera 33 (2008) print on display in Gallery 61
British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, Hayward Gallery, London


British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham
Jarman Award 2010, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Arnolfini, Bristol; Spacex, Exeter
Le Printemps de Septembre a Toulouse, Museum les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
'The Grid System' A Regime, with Jessie Flood-Paddock, Malta Contemporary Art, Malta Everlasting Gobstopper, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles (USA) (exhibiting Hermitos Children, 2008) Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (exhibiting The Fall of Man, 2006)
2010 Grand National, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway Get Behind Me Satan and Push, curated by Margherita Belaief, Peres Projects, Berlin The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers. Zabludowicz Collection / Project Space 176, London The Perpetual Dialogue, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (NY) (exhibited Beetle, 2007)


Newspeak: British Art Now The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
Floors / Walls, curated by Matthew Higgs, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
Altermodern, Tate Triennial, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Tate Britain (cat.), London (exhibited Hermitos Children, 2008, TV wall and giant bean bag, now in Tate Collection)


A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last, The City Gallery, Leicester (UK)
This is the Gallery and the Gallery is Many Things, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK
Summer Show, curated by Heike Munder, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria Collection 1978 – 2008, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (cat.) Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, curated by Francesco Manacorda, Barbican Art Gallery, London (cat.) Don’t Play with Dead Things, The National Contemporary Art Center of Villa Arson, Nice, France The Skat Players, Vilma Gold, London


The Call of the Wild, One Mile Program, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Stay Forever and Ever, curated by Andrew Renton, South London Gallery A Comedy of Errors, Artspace, Sydney (cat.)
The Perfect Man Show, curated by Rita Ackerman, White Columns, New York (NY)


Action, FRAC Provence-Alpes-Cotes D’Azur, France
L’Apres-midi d’un Faun, Eleni Koroneou, Athens


London in Zurich, Hauser & Wirth, Zürich, Switzerland (cat.)
Bridge Freezes Before Road, curated Neville Wakefield, Gladstone Gallery, New York (NY) (cat.)
Do Not Interrupt Your Activities, RCA CCA, London (cat.)
Think + Wonder, Museum of Childhood, London (cat.)
Beck’s Futures, ICA, London (cat.) Dance of the Seven Veils, Cooper Gallery, Dundee (UK) Inaugural, Herald St, London
Herald St & The Modern Institute Present, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York (NY) / Herald St, London
Other People’s Projects, White Columns, New York (NY)


New Contemporaries, Barbican Art Gallery, London (, The Coach Shed, Liverpool Biennial (, UK (cat.)
Year Zero, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (UK) Painting, Kate MacGarry, London Alterity Display, Lawrence O'Hana Gallery, London


Group Shows Are a Waste of Time, Hoxton Distillery, London Picture Room (collaboration with Goshka Macuga), Gasworks, London Chockerfuckingbloked, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London Babak Ghazi curates the fridge, Magnifitat & Son, Edinburgh


Dusu Choi, Institute of Culture, Korea Gatsby, curated with Dan KM / Tamsin Morse, New Lansdowne Club, London Much Depends on the Viewer, International Apartment, Vienna Kontakte, norwegianlady record sleeves, Neon Gallery, London


Fat Pete and the Bowling Green, Charlie Wright’s, London 6000 Square Foot Project, Young-Art, London Club, Beaconsfield Gallery, London Atelier Something, Springfield House, London 360, Roundhouse, London


Coal By Any Other Name, Stephan Dillemuth, American Fine Arts, New York (NY) Touché (collaboration with Peter Harris), Andrew Mummery Gallery, London The Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham & Gloucester College, UK MA Creative Curating Exhibition, Thomas Tchushaus, Goldsmiths College, London


Exit, Chisenhale Gallery, London Brainstorm, Goldsmiths College, London Articultural Fair, Southbank, London


Honesty is The Best Policy, The A Gallery, London

Odd Man Out, Sadie Coles, London; The Visionary Vineyard: Dreaming of Free Energy, Hayward Gallery, London,

2010: A Tax Haven Run By Women, Palace Party, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; A Tax Haven Run By Women (performance once a day for five days) and Cat Bus Puppet (installation), Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London
Pleasure (with Cousin Itt and Raphael Gygax), Art Salon, Art Basel, Switzerland
Not All Frogs Abandon Their Young, Interval For Children, part of Wendelien Van Oldenborgh, Eindhoven Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands

2009: His Majesty, Le Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France Deeds Not Words, part of Sequences Festival, Reykjavik
Money, part of Morality, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
South London Cultural Centre, August – September ( Alright!, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin Helmut Newton Ladies Nights, Event Horizon, Royal Academy, London ( Iron Age Pasta Necklace Workshop, Studio Voltaire, London

2008: Jabba the Hutts Reading Group, Vilma Gold, London
Spanky Chaffinche's Film Festival, Studio Voltaire, LOndon
The Snail Race, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

2007: The Shark Arm Case, Artspace, Sydney
Plumbing Pipe...1...2...3, Six Actions For New Yoork City, Creative Time, New York (NY) Giotto’s Play, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland
Sparky Chatroom’s Film Club, Studio Voltaire, London

2006: Money – a Cautionary Tale, Art Perform, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Art Basel Miami (USA)
The Adamites, Positions (Herald St), Art Basel Miami Delirious, Serpentine Pavilion, London The Fall of Man, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
The Fall of Man, Tate Triennial, curated by Beaxtix Ruf, Tate Britain, London (cat.)

2005: The Walk to Dover, new commission from Studio Voltaire, London
Iron Age Pasta Necklace Workshop, Artissima, Turin, Italy
Iron Age Pasta Necklace Workshop, Do Not Interrupt Your Activities, RCA CCA, London (cat.)
Debt – a Medieval Play, Beck’s Futures, ICA, London (cat.)
An Evening with Jabba the Hutt, Inaugural, Herald St, London

2004: Born Free - The Death of a Conservationist, Gasworks, London
Iron Age Pasta Necklace Workshop, The Embassy, Edinburgh Cousin Itt’s ‘Talk on George Stubbs’, Walker Gallery, Liverpool (UK)
Erotics & Bestiality, New Contemporaries, The Coach Shed, Liverpool Biennial (UK) (
Ferrero Rochet Ballet, Besami Mucho, Hoxton Hall, London

2003: An Evening with Jabba the Hutt, The International 3, Manchester (UK)
Aelita Queen of Mars, Kabinett der Abstrakten, Bloomberg SPACE, London
The Hulk, Vilma Gold Presents, Vilma Gold, London
Richard Dadd & the Dance of Death, The Golden Resistance, Tate & Egg Live, Tate Britain, London

2002: The Fountainhead, Gatsby, New Lansdowne Club, London Thriller, Planet of the Apes, The Wickerman, Ataque De Nervios, Hoxton Hall, London Thriller, performance at Nerd, Electricity Showroom, London
Sparkle, ICA, London

Projects and Commissions
Hermitos Children - Episode 1, commission by Bloomberg and Studio Voltaire

2012: Special commission by CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) filmed at Le Consortium, Dijon, France 1- 5 April
Illustrations for The Canterbury Tales for ‘Four Corners Familiars’ (London: Four Corners Books, 2012)