Bio

David Blackmore is a European artist and has been based in London since 2003. Blackmore’s initial training was through the medium and criticality of photography. However, over the past decade, his practice has migrated substantially away from photography favouring a Post-Medium approach. Blackmore has two sides to his practice. One is studio based, working with sculpture and print. The other consists of transgressive actions performed for the image and increasingly relational exchanges. His works are gestures against authority. Gestures that exploit the gaps, spaces and boundaries that exist between the structures and systems of the Big Other. His practice hinges on the boundary areas between order and dissent. Taking material from the familiar and disregarded aspects of civil life and the urban terrain Blackmore’s works articulate a frustration with the way our lives are dictated to by systems of order.

Blackmore’s work is transgressive, punitive and repetitive. He takes advantage of legal loopholes and using black-market activities, mo-lests the abject material of civic life. He bleaches, burns, destroys, erases, marks his body, watches the watchers and critiques attempts to rewrite history.

Initially studying at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design (Dublin, Ire) and University of Westminster (London, UK) Blackmore completed a Master’s in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art (London, Uk). David has exhibited widely internationally including solo shows at Gallery Vassie (Amsterdam), Draíocht (Dublin), Central European House of Photography (Bratislava), Schwartz Gallery (London), SITEATION (Dublin) and MOCA (London).

An ongoing relational work European Pa55port has featured at MOCA London (October, 2018), re: publica’s Berlin (May 2018) and Dublin (Sept. 2017) conferences on Digital Culture and European society and presented at Rem Koolhaas / Wolfgang Tillmans’ EuroLab conference in June 2018. Two recent works by Blackmore have been accessioned to the British Museum's collection; one of which featured in I‐Object (Jan 2019). David's studio is located at Chisenhale Studios Bow which he shares with Artist Fritha Jenkins and is Contextual Practice Lecturer on Central Saint Martins' Foundation.

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2014/16 Master of Fine Arts Slade School of Fine Art, London

2005/06 PGCE in Post Compulsory Education The University of Reading

2003/05 Ba (Hons) in Photographic Arts University of Westminster

2000/03 Ba (Ord) in Photography Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design

2020 Imagined Communities, Art Arcadia, Derry/Londonderry, NI

2019 V3NTUR35 LTD, Slade School of Fine Art, UK

2018 European Pa55port, MOCA London, UK

2018 European Pa55port, RE:PUBLICA, Berlin, Deu

2017 European Pa55port, RE:PUBLICA, Dublin, Ire

2017-18 RAGE PEN, ChisenhaleStudios, London, Uk

2016 Neckties, Dublin Castle to GPO, Dublin Ire

2012 Mizen to Malin Head without passing a pub, Ire 

2017 V3NTUR35 LTD, Black Box, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK

2013 Island, Siteation, Dublin

2010 Self help, Schwartz Gallery, London

2009 Detox, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava

2006 Detox, Gallery Vassie, Amsterdam

2017 Pete Lloyd Lewis studio award, Chisenhale Studios, London

2016 Slade School of Fine Art's Land Securities studio award

2015 Best Uk based Artist, The London Irish Art Fair

2009 Visual Arts Award, The Irish Consulate in Bratislava

2008 Portfolio award winner, Bratislavan month of photography

2006 Visual Arts award, Culture Ireland

2006 Travel and mobility award, The Arts council of Ireland

2005 Distinction merit award, Fuji Film

2003 Irish art award, IONTAS

2017 Migrant, The HIVE, Museum of Worcester and Division of Labour (London)

David Blackmore, Sonia Boyce and Mark S Gubb curated by Emalee Beddoes.

2016 Vault, University College London Art Museum (London)

David Blackmore, Kara Chin & Naomi Fitzsimmons curated by Andrea Fredericksen

2004 ad lib, M+R Gallery (London) David Blackmore & Yiannis Habbibis

2017 UPROOTEDNESS curated by Stir Fry Papaya, 310NXRd, London.

2017 MATERIAL LIGHT, Srishti Outpost, Kochi biennial, India

2017 FAITH, Austin Forum, London

2016 Slade School of Fine Art MA degree show, London

2015 Material Light, Belgrade Cultural Centre, Sofia

2015 Kontrat: for it had turned to gold in his hand, taf, Athens

2015 Levity, Husk Gallery, London

2014 Hexagonal Ruins, Hackney WickED, London.

2013 GLITCH, Doomed Gallery, London

2013 Material light, University of Westminster, London

2012 100 curators - 100 days, curated by Carson Chan, Saatchi Online

2012 Allotments, Schwartz Gallery, London

2011 In and outside - writing, The Voorkamer, Lier

2012 The Archive of my Luck; so far, Hackney WickED, London

2011 The Trace, Margate Photography Festival, UK

2011 Long way to Paradise, PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin

2011 Long way to Paradise, Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast

2011 Disposable, Hackney WickED, London

2010 Borrowed from my bank, Hackney WickED, London

2010 Allotments, The Schwartz Gallery, London

2009 Pixxelpoint 09, Mestna Galerija, Nova Gorica

2009 Biographica, NCPA, Piramal Gallery, Mumbai

2008 Pass the picture, Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2008 au salon, Whitecross gallery, London

2007 Terrain vague, Whitecross gallery, London

2007 Tech-nique, James Hockey Galleries, Farnham

2006 Flash Forward, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto

2005 The wish list, M+R Gallery, London

2005 Best of Photography, London Gallery West, London

2003 Iontas, Sligo & Limerick City Art Galleries [Éire] & Millennium Court, NI

2020 Caake Project Residency, Art Arcadia, Derry/Londonderry, NI

2018-1 9 Honorary Research Associate, Slade School of Fine Art

2017-18 Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Residency, Chisenhale Studios

2017 16 - 17 Honorary Research Associate, Slade School of Fine Art / UCL Art Museum

2016-17 Land Securities Studio Residency, Bow Arts

2016 University College London Art Museum

2012 SITEATION, Dublin

2015 London Irish Art Fair, City Assembly Hall Westminster, London

2014 Slade School of Fine Art Print Fair, London

2014 London Art book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2013 Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London

2013 London Art book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2004 London Artist’ book Fair, ICA, London

2017 MIGRANT, Museum of Worcester and Division of Labour (London)

2012 Bord Gáis, Dublin

2011/12 Private commission, Dublin

2017 NCAD MFA Studio Residency, Dublin

2017 Jerwood Visual Artist Bursary

2016 New Contemporaries

2015 Still (the) Barbarians, Eva International Biennial

2015 Dave Bown Projects

2015 Red Mansion Art Prize

2015 British Council InSpire Exchange with the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

2013 Contemporary Visions IV, Beers Lambert

2006 Emerging Photographer award, Magenta Foundation

2005 Next Level Photography Award

Permanent collections: British Museum, UCL Art Museum, University College London, University for the Creative Arts, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Private collections in the Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Netherlands and the People's Republic of China.

Feb 2019 Sharing Borders Symposium, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, London, UK

Oct 2018 Defacing currency workshop, Bloomsbury Festival, UCL London, UK

Sept 2018 Destruction in Art Symposium 2.0, Chisenhale Studios London, UK

Nov 2017 Members Masterclass: Altering Currency workshop, Institute of Making, UCL, London, UK

Oct 2017 Binary Graffiti Club, Barbican Centre, London

May 2017 Altered currency workshop with David Blackmore, UCL Art Museum & Instititue of Making, London

Nov 2016 Dr. Martin Lang on Militancy chaired by David Blackmore, UCL Art Museum, London

Nov 2016 Fold and Rise curated by David Blackmore, UCL Art Museum, London

Dec 2015 AltMFA, London

May 2015 Shadows symposium, Camberwell College of Art, London

May 2014 bookRoom seminar series, UCA, Farnham

Mar 2014 London Alternative Processes Group

Jun 2011 Research institute, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Apr 2006 Reading College of Art, Reading