Merging Kingdoms will be included in the BEEP Painting Prize 2020.


Launched in 2012, BEEP (biennial exhibition of painting) is a contemporary international painting prize based in Swansea, Wales. BEEP supports imaginative and vibrant practice in contemporary painting and the exhibition will take place from the 3rd October - 7th November 2020 at the new elysium gallery and its next door neighbour Liquid Gallery in Swansea City centre at 210 & 211 High Street.

There will also be an expanded programme of satellite painting led exhibitions, residencies and symposiums around the main BEEP show in partnership with Swansea and South Wales galleries and arts organisations.

For more information: BEEP Painting Prize 2020


Several recent paintings will be included in Bethlehem Boys Club III. The exhibition will be open from 5th - 18th December 2019 at Sidney + Matilda. BBBIII crest designed by Bede Robinson.


For more information: Sidney + Matilda Twitter​. Sidney + Matilda, Rivelin Works, 46B Sidney St, Sheffield, S1 4RH.




Prosaic Mosaic: Painters' Forum is Saturday 26th October from 2 - 4pm.

The Prosaic Mosaic group show of paintings at Bloc Projects will close with a Painters' Forum. The exhibition's participants will be invited to talk about their work and the show. All are welcome to this informal, discursive event which will be chaired by curator Katya Robin. More information: Bloc Projects (Prosaic Mosaic)


Reviews and features about Prosaic Mosaic are included in: EXPOSED magazine  nowthen magazine Bloc Projects






Summer 3 (Pannage Lane) will be included in Prosaic Mosaic at Bloc Projects 22nd - 26th Oct. Curated by Sean Williams, Bryan Eccleshall and Katya Robin.


From the Press Release:


PROSAIC MOSAIC - A Survey of New Painting


Part of the evolving Prosaic series, PROSAIC MOSAIC is a group exhibition of paintings to be held at Bloc Projects, Sheffield, 22nd - 26th Oct.

The exhibition features small works from over fifty artists (see list below for details). Seen together, the varied works form a larger picture - a mosaic of contemporary painting practice. 

Using a prosaic definition of painting - ‘pigment on substrate’ - has allowed the curators to showcase a diverse range of approaches to making. The way the work is displayed will trigger connections between the paintings.

The show brings together work by noted painters from across the UK, Ireland and beyond with artists from the curators’ home base in Sheffield. The curators are keen to present exciting work regardless of the artists’ perceived status. Equal standing is given to work from artists at all career stages, from students to prize-winners.

The exhibition programme includes a Painters’ Forum event which will be open to the public, providing a platform for critique and conversation. This will be held on Saturday 26 Oct between 2-4pm.



Private View - Friday 25th October, 6 – 8pm

Painters’ Forum - Saturday 26th October, 2 – 4pm


List of participants

Edwin Aitken, Norman Anderson, John Bainbridge, Marc Beattie, Helen Blake, John Brokenshire, Stephen Carley, Alison J Carr, Andy Cropper, Al Daw, Bryan Eccleshall, Paul Evans, Paulina Frize, Chris Graham, Nick Grindrod, Dale Holmes, Jane Horton, Katie Jamieson, David Jones, Rita Kaisen, Kieron Lake, Deborah Lee, Graham Lister, Christian Lloyd, Stephen Lowen, Lianne Mellor, Janie Moore, Connor Newsome, Josh Newsome, Lea Torp Nielsen, David Orme, Arantza Pardo, Robert Partridge, Mandy Payne, Georgia Peskett, Alice Powell, Katya Robin, Conor Rogers, Karen Sherwood, Gary Simmonds, Rachel Smith, Joanna Snee, Helen Stokes, T.A.R.A., Helen Thomas, Judith Tucker, Kate Whateley, Joanna Whittle, Jonathan Wilkinson, Allen Williams, Myfanwy Williams, Sean Williams, Clare Wilson and Lynne Wixon.


Social Media: @prosaic97 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Bloc Projects 71 Eyre Lane, Sheffield S1 4RB Open Wed – Sat 12 – 6


* Five paintings will be included in The Manchester Contemporary. They will be exhibited as part of Sidney + Matilda's contribution to the exhibition. The Manchester Contemporary will take place from 11 - 13 October at Manchester Central, Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX. More information: The Manchester Contemporary


* Archipelago is a new exhibition and project curated by Ruth Calland. The artists involved will use Walthamstow Wetlands as a catalyst to make work that responds to the unique environment of Eurpoe's largest urban wetland and the wealth of flora and fauna that can be found there.


From the Press Release:


'Archipelago is an ongoing project bringing together artists working in different geographical locations, to collaborate in synchronised events. Archipelago is informed by the concept of artists as connected islands, communicating at multiple levels and in multiple ways, but intensely focussed on their own unique vantage point, pre-occupations, and methods. The project explores lines of communication between artists, both conscious and unconscious, and considers the creative process as an interplay between individual, cultural and societal preoccupations.


The introductory round of the project will focus on a real archipelago - a series of nine connected islands in Walthamstow Wetlands. Accompanied by a writer and film crew, the artists will convene together to meet, talk, and make studies in the landscape, each taking up a view of one of the islands. They will return to their studios to interpret the experience and allow it to feed into their own practice, returning with both studies and work made in the studio for the final exhibition.'


An exhibition of the works created during the course of the project will be exhibited at The Mezzanine, the Engine House, Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Rd, London N17 9NH. The exhibition runs from Saturday 1st June - Thursday 27th June and is open daily 9.30am - 4pm. The film premiere will be at the Private View, Sunday 2nd June, 1-4 pm.

Artists: Edwin Aitken, Ruth Calland, Ania Dabrowska, Annabel Dover, Enzo Marra, Edgar Racy, Victoria Rance, Mimei Thompson, Jonathan Waller, your paradise island

Curator: Ruth Calland

Writer: Stephanie Moran

Filmmaker: Eva Calland-Waller


More information: Walthamstow Wetlands


* A review of the Flat + Earth exhibition by Clare Nadal is featured on Corridor8. Corridor8 is a not-for-profit platform for contemporary visual arts and writing in the North of England. They publish reviews, features, interviews and experimental writing, and are dedicated to producing high quality content that reflects the vibrant art scenes and cultural events taking place across the Northern regions. To read the reiview visit: Flat + Earth review


* An interview with exhibition curator and artist Joanna Whittle about Flat + Earth is featured on Sheffield Live! and Vimeo. Joanna speaks eloquently and in detail about the ideas behind the show, and the continuing importance of painting. She also highlights the ongoing relevance of the landscape as a meaningful subject matter in contemporary art. Click on the image below or visit: Flat + Earth (Vimeo)


* A review/feature of Flat + Earth can be viewed at:


* Three paintings – Field Notes, Retro Growth and Glade and Logs plus four drawings from the Trees and Undergrowth series will be included in Flat + Earth at Sidney + Matilda. The exhibition features work by Edwin Aitken, Hannah Brown, Gary Colcough, Graham Crowley, Tom Down, Paul Evans, Charlie Franklin, Mik Godley, Gareth Kemp, Arantza Pardo, Mandy Payne, Julian Perry, Matt Raw, Joanna Whittle and Sean Williams.


For further details:  Instagram edwinaitkenart


From the Press Release:


‘Flat + Earth approaches landscape painting with a sideways glance, taking conventions unaware, at once celebrating and undermining them. Topographies are explored and exposed, each work represents the landscape from a different vantage point, be that internal or external, through long gazes or furtive glances - inviting the viewer to do the same.


In a culture clash of urban and rural vistas new developments replace the foundations of traditional industry, buildings crumble under the weight of aggressive development whilst artists reflect on our place within contemporary landscape. Flat + Earth attempts to tackle the eclectic nature of the changing climate; its vulnerability and physicality - a tension powerfully apparent in Sheffield.


This exhibition embraces the contemporary zeitgeist, addressing the tension and anxieties that arise from it. Despite the apparent unravelling of the world around us, artists stubbornly continue to create work confined within the parameters of the flat surface.  Glorifying traditional mediums, celebrating painting and the scratching of marks on canvas, the work speaks of physical things, of earth and wood, stone and paper- landscape as environment, object and as something created from paint, clay or concrete.


Show opens Friday 22nd Feb, there will be a Private / Press view reception on the evening of Thursday 21st Feb. Please email to rsvp Sidney + Matilda Exhibition continues until March 15th.


​Gallery opening times: 12 noon – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday Viewings also available by appointment, visitors please contact the gallery to arrange.’


​Sidney + Matilda

Rivelin Works

46B Sidney St


S1 4RH


* Cascade has been selected for the Wells Contemporary Art (WAC) exhibition. A total of 1397 submissions from 26 different countries were judged by artists Caroline Walker, Tali Lennox, Peter Randall-Page, Julian Wild, photographer Harry Borden, and Director of Exhibitions at Chelsea Space, Donald Smith. The shortlisted works will be exhibited at the historic Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells, Somerset from 6th - 21st October 2018.

For more information visit: Wells Art Contemporary


* A work on paper from 2011 will be featured in the exhibition Magma at Kingsgate Project Space. The exhibition is from 25th August - 22nd September 2018 at Kingsgate Workshops, 110 - 116 Kingsgate Road, London NW6 2JG. +44 (0)20 7328 7878. The preview is on Friday 24th August 2018 from 6-9pm.

For more information visit: Kingsgate Workshops


* Edwin has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). The Royal Society of Arts is a London-based, British organisation committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges. It was founded in 1754 by William Shipley as the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. In 1847 it was granted a Royal Charter and the right to use the name Royal by King Edward VII in 1908. Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, William Hogarth, Richard Attenborough, Dame Judi Dench, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, and Tim Berners-Lee are some of the notable past and present Fellows elected from 80 countries worldwide.


* Several artist books published by Floating World will be exhbitited in the 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair (co-curated by PAGES) at The Tetley in Leeds on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March 2018. More info: The Tetley.


* Edwin Aitken is now on Instagram. See the page at: edwinaitkenart or, click the Instagram icon which appears on each of the pages of this website.


* New interview with Edwin Aitken is featured on Tainted Glory Culture and Art Blog. For more info: Tainted Glory.


* Silent Green - an exhibition of new paintings by Edwin Aitken will be on show at the King's Art Rooms, Kings College, The University of Cambridge from 1st - 22nd November 2017. For more info: King's College, The University of Cambridge.


* New paintings will be on show in Shadowburb at The View, 6 Rangers Road, London E4 7QF from 1st to 30th October 2016. Opening event Sunday 2nd October from 2pm - 4pm.


From the Press Release:

Shadowburb presents new paintings by Edwin Aitken. Created between 2015 and 2016, plant and animal motifs are combined in a series of works that explore tensions between seemingly opposite impulses, ideas and working practices.

The View is one of four visitor centres located in Epping Forest. Alongside Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and Butler's Retreat, The View forms part of the Epping Forest Gateway. Managed by The City of London as a registered charity, Epping Forest is London's largest open space.


The gallery will be open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday. The View City of London (Epping Forest)


* Tracer a new bookwork will be included in new Floating World project titled The Writing Desk at Bank Street Arts Sheffield.


From the press release:

Floating World are proud to be initiating The History Project for Bank Street Arts, an ongoing and mutable art installation investigating and responding to the rich history of the building and surrounding area of Sheffield.

Initially responding to the research by John Clark & Karen Harvey into the history of its origins, its past uses and the lives of those who have lived and worked there. Floating World will be creating new art works and artists books that will be contained in a beautiful Georgian writing desk which is in keeping with the period of the building at Bank Street Arts.

Presented in the form of a wunderkammer, the juxtaposition of works by 11 artists based in the UK, Ireland and Japan seeks to encourage a sense of wonder in the viewer as they navigate and explore the desk, its draws and compartments. The writing desk and its contents aim to create a series of narrative structures blending factual information, speculation, fiction and whimsy, dependent on personal discovery and interpretation.

Throughout 2016 and beyond, more artists will be invited to contribute to the work leading to an ever changing combination of responses that will provide a rich resource for further creative work in the visual arts and writing.


The Writing Desk 4th November - 5th December, Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank St, Sheffield S1 2DS.


* A new painting will be exhibited in Painted Surface - Contemporary Painting at Surface Gallery Nottingham.


From the press release:

This August, Surface Gallery is pleased to present Painted Surface, an exhibition that asks, what is painting today?

Painted Surface will showcase a selection of contemporary painters from across the world, from Australia to the USA, featuring works that expand the definition of painting. A variety of approaches, from experimenting with the medium of paint and canvas to pushing paintings in and out of the frame, offer an unusual perspective on what constitutes contemporary painting in a world of prominent and diversified visual culture.

Chosen from more than a hundred submissions, the selected work explores and subverts the traditions of painting. Painted Surface will feature the monumental portraits of Fatma Ummanel, an illuminated landscape triptych by Julian Rowe, and a huge experiential seascape by Anthony Cooke. The exhibition will challenge the viewer's preconceived ideas of painting.

The opening night will feature a performance, Black Square, by one of the selected artists -Kimvi Nguyen. Kimvi was recently awarded Artist in Residence on Kronstadt (Kotlin Island) by the The Ministry of Culture Of The Russian Federation - National Centre For Contemporary Arts.

Painted Surface will launch in conjunction with Summer Cinema - a two-day event featuring artist films and videos in Surface Gallery's upstairs project space.


Opening night: 18:00 to 21:00, Friday 31st of July

Tuesday to Friday: 12.00pm to 6.00pm

Saturday: 11.00am to 5.00pm

Surface Gallery, 16 Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL


* Wildman!, works on paper from the 'plasm' series and the new artist's book Denford Avenue will be included in two upcoming Floating World exhibitions in Ireland.


From the press release:

Featuring new work by 11 artists from Ireland, the UK and Japan alongside a selection of archives from NIVAL and the F.E. McWilliam collection, Unfolding the Archive demonstrates the breadth of engagement and the broad range of methods and materials employed by artists to represent the relationship between their own contemporary practice and the act of archiving arts documentation. Alongside artists' books, which form the glue that holds the exhibition together, each artist will also respond to the collection in other art forms of relevance to their practice such as textiles, drawing, painting, sculpture, performance and video.'

More information at:


Full Press Release

NCAD Gallery presents:

Unfolding the Archive 
Floating World artists respond to NIVAL and the F.E. McWilliam collections

NCAD Gallery Opening Thursday, 5th March 2015, 6pm. Exhibition continues 6thMarch - 2nd April 2015, Mon - Fri, 1-5pm.
F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio Opening Friday, 24th April 2015, 7:30 pm. Exhibition continues 25th April - 19th July 2015, Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm.

Unfolding the Archive, an exhibition of new work by the international artists' group Floating World, is the result of a collaboration between the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) and the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio in partnership with the NCAD Gallery at the National College of Art & Design. The exhibition takes its title from the tangible starting point for engagement with an archive - the simple act of unfolding - and the practice of appraisal, valuation and interpretation that is inherent in this process.

Featuring new work by 11 artists from Ireland, the UK and Japan alongside a selection of archives from NIVAL and the F.E. McWilliam collection, Unfolding the Archive demonstrates the breadth of engagement and the broad range of methods and materials employed by artists to represent the relationship between their own contemporary practice and the act of archiving arts documentation. Alongside artists' books, which form the glue that holds the exhibition together, each artist will also respond to the collection in other art forms of relevance to their practice such as textiles, drawing, painting, sculpture and video installation.
An illustrated catalogue with a commissioned essay by Karen di Franco, artist and digital archivist with Book Works, will accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Donna Romano, Librarian at NCAD and Dr. Riann Coulter, Curator of the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio. For more information contact Donna Romano at 01.636.4360 or

About Floating World

Founded in 2003 by Andy Parsons and Glenn Holman, Floating World is a collective of artists based in Ireland the UK and Japan whose practices encompass painting, sculpture, video and performance. United by their use of the medium of artists' books to explore areas of common concern, a major preoccupation of Floating World has been to present artists books in a gallery based context and to encourage critical discourse around the medium. Recent projects have been specifically focused on democratizing the production and consumption of contemporary art.

Floating World is: Edwin Aitken, Simon Burton, Glynis Candler, Sarah Carne, James Fisher, Diane Henshaw, Glenn Holman, Hidehiko Ishibashi, Elizabeth Kinsella, Niamh O'Connor, Andy Parsons.



The National Irish Visual Arts Library [NIVAL] is a public research resource for the study of Irish visual culture from 1900 to the present day. Housed at the National College of Art & Design, NIVAL holds the world's largest collection of documentary information on Irish contemporary art. The library collects, stores and provides public access to an unparalleled collection of books, journals, exhibition catalogues and print and digital ephemera pertaining to all aspects of 20th century and contemporary visual art and design in Ireland. NIVAL's collection policy includes art from the whole island as well as Irish art abroad and resident non-Irish artists. NIVAL provides a secure and permanent home for artist-generated documentation of their work. In the role of archive/repository, NIVAL is building a public record of Ireland's visual cultural history. NIVAL is an initiative of NCAD and a Regularly Funded Organisation of the Arts Council of Ireland.

About F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio

Opened in September 2008, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio celebrates the work of the Banbridge born sculptor, Frederick Edward McWilliam. A contemporary and friend of Henry Moore, McWilliam made his name in London and established a reputation as one of the most important British sculptors of his generation. After McWilliam's death in 1992, his estate gifted the contents of his studio, originally situated in London, and a number of sculptures to Banbridge District Council. Featuring a purpose built gallery, a sculpture garden and a replica of the artist's studio, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery has a permanent display of McWilliam's sculpture, an archive of documents relating to his work, and a collection of works on paper. The Gallery encourages contemporary artists to engage with our collections and regularly exhibits the results.

About NCAD Gallery
Established in 2009, the NCAD Gallery is the public face of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). The Gallery supports contemporary practice and critical debate in visual arts practices and aims to reflect the diversity and strengths of the College by developing and promoting the future of art and design in Ireland via its exhibition and education programme. Through collaboration and in partnering with a wide range of organisations and institutions in Ireland and further afield; the expansive visual arts programme of exhibition, projects, performance, workshops and events play a central role in developing local, national and international connections. The Gallery affords an opportunity for invited practitioners, curators and writers, students and staff to experiment with, develop and publicly display their work; providing a space for research and debate within the context of contemporary practice in the immediate environment of NCAD and wider visual arts sector.

Exhibition webpage

NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, Ireland. Contact Anne Kelly +353 (0) 1 6364390 or:


* Wildman! will feature as a part of the group exhibition Contemporary British Painting at The Crypt, St. Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT. The exhibition is open from 8th December 2014 to 2nd January 2015. More information at:


* Edwin Aitken is proud to support The Donal Parsons Trust. His work on paper, Head 73 will be auctioned in support of the trust on Thursday 29th May alongside works by Craigie Aitchison RA, Eileen Cooper RA, Tom Hammick, Clyde Hopkins, Albert Irvin OBE RA, Tess Jaray RA, Allen Jones RA, Hughie O'Donoghue RA, Ray Richardson and Jack Vettriano.


In October 2013, Andy Parsons six year old son, Donal, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma which is a very rare children's cancer. Donal is currently receiving 18 months of intensive treatment at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.

The Donal Parsons Trust has been set up to raise money to access any viable treatments to prevent relapse and to pay for treatments if Donal relapses. The Trust may also assist Donal and his family during his treatment. If Donal doesn't need further treatment all proceeds will go towards fighting Neuroblastoma and to other families in similar circumstances.

The auction will take place in The Model Art Gallery in Co. Sligo, Ireland on 29th May 2014 from 7.00pm and will be hosted by renowned art auctioneer and raconteur, John de Vere White and will be an evening of fine art, wine and canapés accompanied by music.

Tickets are on Sale from 1st May, 2014.
Book tickets online at or contact The Model's reception on +353 71 9141405. Event details, 7.00pm at The Model Art Gallery, The Mall, Co. Sligo, Ireland, 29 May 2014

For further information please visit or visit the Facebook page for details on how you can help and donate.


* Ironjelly will be exhibited in the FE Alumni Exhibition at UCA Maidstone. The private view is on Friday 16th May from 6pm to 9pm and the exhibition is open from 28th April to 23rd May 2014. The exhibition has been curated by Mark Selby and is in the George Rodger Gallery, University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Oakwood Park, Maidstone. ME16 8AG.


* New exhibition Helter Skelter by Edwin Aitken & Sean Williams at The Gallery at Harrow Arts Centre (HAC), Uxbridge Road, Pinner, London HA5 4EA. The exhibition is open from Wednesday 8th January 2014 - Sunday 2nd February 2014 from 10am to 4pm Monday to Sunday. Private view is Tuesday 21st January from 7pm to 8.30pm. During the private view the artists will present a talk about their work and the exhibition from 7pm to 7.30pm.


From the Press Release -

Helter Skelter

In their work, the symbiotic relationship between a place and a person can often be ambiguous. Each defines and influences the other via a complex web of associations and interactions. Both Aitken and Williams have an interest in the in-between spaces of everyday life. The locations and places portrayed in their work can be factual as well as symbolic, and their subject matter often relates to states of being and feeling, that can be just as unfixed, open to question and awaiting definition as any geographical locale that features in their work.

"We seek two things in our buildings. We want them to shelter us. And we want them to speak to us - to speak to us of whatever we find important and need to be reminded of." - John Ruskin

In their paintings, the suburban environment of Britain functions as a catalyst to explore a range of metaphorical and literal interpretations in relation to subjects and ideas connected to the home, the body, beauty, and the unnoticed facets of everyday life at the start of the Twenty First Century.

Through painting, drawing, site-specific work and photography, the artists explore a number of themes related to suburbia and how our sense of reality and identity, both as individuals and as a wider society are constructed and defined by our environment.


* The project Hands, Heads, Hearts, Minds, and Questions of Quality: Drawing and Thinking about the Body will be included in the new book 72 Assignments: The Foundation Course in Art and Design Today published by Paris College of Art (PCA) on November 21st. The London launch is at Chelsea College of Art. 


From the Press Release -

PCA Press Book Launch: 72 Assignments: The Foundation Course in Art and Design Today

Almost a hundred years have passed since Johannes Itten developed the Bauhaus's pioneering preliminary course - the model and inspiration for what later came to be called the Foundation Course in Art and Design. This book comes from a desire to understand Foundation courses as they exist today.

72 short assignments from around the world offer a reflection of current concerns, experiments, and ideas from artists, designers, educators and historians - the methods, skills, approaches, and key insights that working artists and teachers consider crucial to teaching in the twenty-first century.

This book brings together exercises related to a two-part conference called "A History Uncovered; A Future Imagined: The Foundation Course in Art and Design," a collaboration between 'Art School Educated,' Tate Research and Paris College of Art held in London and Paris in June 2013.

72 Assignments: The Foundation Course in Art and Design Today is intended as a practical source book for teachers, students, and anyone curious to try.


* Several drawings and works on paper will be exhibited with Floating World at Reading Room, Making Room, Drawing Room, 2-4 University Road, Belfast, County Antrim, BT7 1NH, Northern Ireland, Monday 10th June to Saturday 16th June from 10am. The exhibition will be open daily from 10am - 2pm. For more information - and at The Crescent Arts Centre


* Head 114 will be exhibited in Tasty Modern at Schwartz Gallery, 92 White Post Lane, Ground Floor, Building 2, London E9 5EN. The private view is on Friday 15th February 2013 from 6pm - 10pm. The exhibition will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12pm - 5pm until Friday 9th March 2013. The nearest train station is Hackney Wick. For more information -


* Edwin has been shortlisted for the beep Painting Prize 2012. This is a new painting prize that 'celebrates contemporary painting, embracing the best and most vital work being created today'. His work will be exhibited at the Volcano, 229 High Street, Swansea SA1 1NY. The private view is on Friday 20th July from 7pm and the exhibition continues to Saturday 10th August. The exhibition is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11am - 5pm. For more information -                                                                                                         

* Entropocide will be exhibited as a part of the Young Masters Competition fund raising exhibition and auction at Rupert Cavendish Antiques, 610 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW6. The exhibition opens on Monday 18th June and the auction/private view is on Thursday 21st June from 6.30pm. For more information -


* A new work Homace will be featured in Hamburg Vending Machine at the Kunst Altonale 2012. The Altonale is one of Germany's largest cultural festivals receiving over 500,000 visitors and features exhibitions and events in the fields of visual art, literature, music, film and drama. The festival runs through June 2012.    

For more information -


* Edwin Aitken's new book Blood and Bone is now complete and will be exhibited with other Floating World publications at Turn the Page Artists Book Fair 2012, Norwich, Friday 4th May and Saturday 5th May. Blood and Bone features a selection of new drawings completed in the first months of 2012. Copies will also be available from and shortly. An image of the cover is included in Books and Projects.


An extract from the introduction written by Glenn Holman:

Within these drawings it is as if Aitken is attempting to simultaneously draw out both these multiple selves and to compress the duration of a human life into a single image. The layering of marks and multiple viewpoints hint at an individual, who is simultaneously young and old, joyful and sad, alive and if not dead, clearly aware of their mortality. There is nothing nihilistic in Aitken's work however; instead these are images of great compassion and humanity. The faces that gaze out at us from the picture surface are like the ghosts of ourselves, they speak of their own experience, of being created, of being drawn into life through the work of a consummate draftsman.


For more information -


* The exhibition A Sort of Night to the Mind, A KIND OF NIGHT FOR OUR THOUGHTS - Illusion and Materiality in Contemporary Painting will be hosted by Artary Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany from Friday 4th November to Friday 2nd December 2011. This exhibition will feature new work not previously seen in the UK version of the show, and also a fully illustrated catalogue containing several essays and examples of work by each artist in the exhibition. For more information


* A new work will be featured in Venice Vending Machine. 100 international artists will showcase their work in a unique installation that will be hosted by Serra dei Giardini and Microclima. The exhibition will be open from 15th - 30th September at Viale Garibaldi 1254, 30122 Venice, Italy, 10.30am - 12.00pm and 4.00pm - 6.30pm. Closed Mondays. Curated by elysium Gallery and ART-E-MOTION. 


* Magma opening event Saturday 4th June, 3pm - 5pm. Featured artists; Edwin Aitken, Ian Brown, Oona Grimes, Mark Harris, Jim Hobbs, Brian Hodgson, Susan Johanknecht, Denis Masi, Gary North-Mouat, Kate Scrivener and Finlay Taylor.

Exhibition runs until 1st July, gallery is open 8.30am - 4.30pm (Monday - Friday) and Saturday 9am - 5pm. miilimetre: project site 01 @ House, 70 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8QZ. Further information:


* New work will be featured in the exhibition A Sort of Night to the Mind, A KIND OF NIGHT FOR OUR THOUGHTS - Illusion and Materiality in Contemporary Painting. Curated by Moyra Derby and Bob Matthews at Arch 402 Gallery, London.

Private View/Opening Party Thursday 5th May 2011.


A Sort of Night to the Mind, A KIND OF NIGHT FOR OUR THOUGHTS - Illusion and Materiality in Contemporary Painting

Phillip Allen, Edwin Aitken, Andrew Bick, Simon Burton, Varda Caivano, Leigh Clarke, Nigel Cooke, Moyra Derby, Pamela Golden, Mark Hampson, Beth Harland, Mark Harris, Vincent Hawkins, Claude Heath, Paul Housley, Roger Kelly, Bob Matthews, Andrea medjesi-Jones, Jost Münster, Martina Schmid, Joel Tomlin, Phoebe Unwin, Juilan Wakelin.


From the Press Release;

Arch 402 Gallery is delighted to present 'A Sort of Night to the Mind, A KIND OF NIGHT FOR OUR THOUGHTS', an exhibition of twenty three UK based artists engaged with painting. Curated by Moyra Derby and Bob Matthews, the exhibition will also host a series of talks and educational events led by some of the featured artists.

Two alternative translations of Honoré de Balzac's description of illusion from the 1832 short story 'The Purse' provide the title for the exhibition. First shown at the Herbert Read Gallery at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, 'A Sort of Night to the Mind, A KIND OF NIGHT FOR OUR THOUGHTS' demonstrates the recurring relevance of illusion and in counterpoint, materiality. Illusion and materiality can be argued as so inevitable in the context of painting as to hardly warrant remark, but at the same time they muster such historically resonant responses and strength of feeling that they can feel like a prompt to take sides. However it is an interest in the productive play between these two qualities of a marked surface that has brought this group of works together, an acknowledgement of the imaginative potential of oppositions; "In the half light the physical tricks used by art to make things seem real disappear completely… At the hour illusion reigns supreme; perhaps it comes with the night? Is not illusion a kind of night for our thoughts, a night which we furnish with dreams?" (1)

(1) Honoré de Balzac 1832 The Purse 'a kind of night for our thoughts' as translated by Sylvia Raphael 1977 Penguin Books, 'a sort of night to the mind' as translated by Clara Bell, Classic Literature Library.


Arch 402 Gallery, Cremer Street, London E2 8HD. Gallery hours: Wed - Fri 11am - 6pm, Sat - Sun 11am - 3pm (during exhibitions).

For further information about the exhibition please contact Arch 402 Gallery: (

Arch 402 Gallery opened in 2010 and showcases up-coming and mid-career artists from the UK and Germany. The gallery is located in a sensitively converted 2,700 square foot railway arch situated next to the new Hoxton overground station, and includes a unique outside space (to the rear) that highlights the work of prominent Urban Artists. The gallery aims to provide artists with a forum to explore the conceptual and aesthetic relationships between their work in contemporary and historical contexts. The gallery programme enables artists to collaborate in curated group exhibitions and with writers, art critics and museums.


* Two reviews of the exhibition Shadowboxing have been published;


Emma Cummins writes about the exhibition in Aesthetica magazine( and Lorena Munoz-Alonso in this is tomorrow magazine (


* Shadowboxing a new exhibition by the MA Curating Contemporary Art students at the Royal College of Art will feature a painting made by Edwin Aitken as a part of the artist Marysia Lewandoska's project 'Subject to Change'. Other artists in 'Subject to Change' are; Frank Auerbach, Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Victor Burgin, Ian Dury, Mary Fedden, Marat Haugas, David Hockney, Francesca Johns, L.S. Lowry, Tim Mara, John Minton, Malcolm Morley, Rodrigo Moynihan, Paul Nash, Camille Pissaro, George Shaw, Yukako Shibata, David Smith, Jack Smith and Henry Moore.


Shadowboxing 18th March - 3rd April 2011. Private View: Thursday 17th March, 6.30 - 8.30pm.

Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensignton Gore, London SW7 2EU. Exhibition is open: 10.00am - 6pm, admission is free. Information: +44 (0) 20 7590 4444.


From the Press Release

Shadowboxing brings together projects by four artists, Mariana Castillo Deball, Sean Dockray, Marysia Lewandowska and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, in an exhibition developed in collaboration with the graduating students of the Royal College of Art's Curating Contemporary Art MA. Using different strategies - from tinkering to direct confrontation - each of these artists considers how media and institutions that control our behaviour and ideology can be disrupted. At the heart of the project stands the question: How can one challenge forces that have become so internalised that they are indistinguishable from one's own shadow?

At a time when education is being radically restructured in the UK, Marysia Lewandowska's project reflects on moments when both radical artistic practices and student movements have opposed the more managerial turns in education throughout the history of the Royal College of Art. The artist's intervention in the gallery is informed by her long-term interest in 'the commons', raising questions of privatisation and enclosure in all aspects of knowledge production.

Questions of free and public access to culture are also at the centre of Sean Dockray's practice. For the duration of the exhibition, the College will host a temporary recording studio, where programmes will be made to be played back to a future and uncertain audience in the year 2021. His proposition for a dormant radio tower plays on the fact that radio, as a form of live broadcasting to a mass audience, will have been replaced by user-oriented digital transmission by that time.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh's moving image installations, housed within specially conceived architectural configurations, explore social conditions by focusing on relations and gestures in the public sphere. This becomes apparent not only through her subject matter, but also her methodology and process of production, which blur the distinction between performer and observer. Pertinho de Alphaville, a slide installation made in collaboration with female workers from a jeans factory in Alphaville São Paolo, is a montage of interrelating dialogues and scenes which addresses the relationships between collectivity, labour, public voice and cultural production in the face of changing economic conditions.

Often working within the framework of institutions such as libraries and archives, Mariana Castillo Deball playfully intervenes in the order of these symbolic cultural and educational structures. Producing books or devising alternative systems, Castillo Deball is interested in changing or deleting their order to create a space to divert and disrupt. For Shadowboxing the artist will present a selection of films and a commissioned intervention in the Royal College of Art library, which not only draws attention to processes of reading, but how we read the library space itself.

The ideas behind Shadowboxing will be further explored in a five-part publication and a series of events. The publication will make visible the processes of discussion, collaboration and production between artists and curators at different moments between February and June 2011. The programme of events, including artists' film and video, panel debates and lectures, will elaborate the various threads running through the project. What emerges from such an approach is less a coherent theme than a series of tactics and approaches to be deployed in the face of change.


* Head 35 will be featured in, Prophets at Home 17th March - 20th March 2011. Private View: Wednesday 16th March, 6.00 - 9.00pm.

Kingsgate Gallery, Kingsgate Workshops Trust, 110 -116 Kingsgate Road, London, NW6 2JG. ( +44 (0) 20 7328 7878.


As the conclusion of the current Kingsgate Workshops Trust, Emerging Artist residency 2010 - 2011, Kingsgate Gallery presents two exhibitions curated by Kingsgate residents Tom Helyar-Cardwell (who curates part 1) and Amy Moffat (who curates part 2).


From the Press Release

Kingsgate Resident Artists Curate (Part 1);

'Prophets at Home'

Edwin Aitken, Simon Burton, Geraint Evans, Tom Helyar-Cardwell, Ben Tate, Jamie Taylor, Chris Wraith

"A prophet is not without honour, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household". Mark 6:4

'The painter's role has long been overshadowed by the Romantic image of the isolated genius; misunderstood and driven by obsession. In response, artists have often chosen to situate themselves outside of the mainstream, or to seek consolation in perceived under-appreciation. Being only too aware of the state they're in, an artist might look beyond their locale to find a resonance for their voice - the allure of the exotic, whether that be geographical or temporal.

Amongst much contemporary figurative painting, there is an attempt to re-engage with a perceived art history, to reconnect with a grand tradition which under modernist discourse seemed to evaporate like a fleeting phantom, only to leave an absence which seems to be more of a legacy than had been thought.

Unlike the Futurists, who felt themselves to be standing 'on the last promontory of the centuries' and who wanted to 'destroy the museums', today's painting is self-consciously concerned with it's place within an ongoing tradition; indeed, to paint at all is perhaps to own a somewhat atavistic impulse.

Such artists may not see their utterances as prophetic, but all understand the need to summon the past in creating the future, to stand outside of the city walls and call to any who will listen, and ultimately, to risk the apathy of their audience.


*  A new piece of work will be included in the exhibition Magma at Millimetre Space London. Dates to be confirmed.


*  New work will be included in the group exhibition Prophets at Home in March 2011 at the Kingsgate Gallery, London.


*  A work on paper is in the auction Going Postal at the ICA London. August 13th 6pm - 9pm. Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH.


*  One Painting - a new artist book has been published by EBB in association with Floating World in a limited edition of 100 copies. One Painting documents the creation of a single painting by Edwin Aitken over six months from start to finish and includes sketchbook studies and supporting drawings. One Painting features the work, Head 35 and has an introduction written by Andy Parsons.


*  Artists' Books by Edwin Aitken will be exhibited with Floating World in upcoming shows at The Book House County Cavan Northern Ireland and at Enniskillin Castle Museum, Northern Ireland through July and August. More information:


*  A work on paper is in the exhibition be careful what you wish for at Space Station Sixty-Five. Artists have been invited by the gallery to express their hopes for art. The exhibition will change and evolve over time and is ongoing (from May 2010).

Space Station Sixty-Five, 65 North Cross Road, London, SE22 9ET,


* The artists' books Life and Death, Hybrid and Entropocide will be part of an exhibition about artists' books that have been published by Floating World. The exhibition will be presented at SIB Contemporary Art, Hacchobori,Tokyo, Japan,

The exhibition is from April 3rd 2010, to the end of May 2010. The gallery is open 12.00 - 6.30 pm (closed on Sundays). Please make an appointment at 03-3552-5090/ For more information about Floating World and their various publications and projects;


From the Press Release;

SIB Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the exhibition of Artist Books by artists associated with Floating World. The aim of Floating world is for the publishers to find ways that enable artists to disseminate their ideas as widely as possible using the medium of artists' books. Glenn Holman and Andy Parsons initiated the project in 2003. The artists invited to contribute a book were chosen to reflect the wide variety of contemporary practice and range from Sarah Carne whose work is performative and video based to Edwin Aitken who works primarily in painting.


*  The digital print Lovelock will be featured in the 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition. The tour dates for the exhibition are;

13th February to 21st March 2010: Beverley Art Gallery, Yorkshire. 15th May to 18th July 2010: Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle-Under-Lyme. 6th November 2010 to 1st January 2011: The Brindley, Runcorn, Cheshire.


*  Two reviews of the Salon 2010 exhibition are online. 'Salon 2010' by Kathryn Lloyd in The Journal and 'Salon' by Helen Harjak in The Student Review


*  A new Monoprint will be included in the exhibition Salon 2010 at The Embassy, January 23rd - February 7th 2010. Embassy is located in the tower of the Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU, Edinburgh, Scotland.


*  The artist book Entropocide by Edwin Aitken will be exhibited with Floating World at the Small Publishers Fair 2009. The fair will be in Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. The Fair will be open from 11am - 4pm. Nearest tube is Holborn.


*  A poster of Sp will be exhibited on the London Underground at Old Street Station, on the Northern Line platform 1. Exhibition will run from October 16th - October 30th 2009.


*  The new artist book - Entropocide and the painting Scapegoat will be exhibited in Reading Room at Sligo Art Gallery, Ireland, from  June 11th - July 17th. For further information; Preview June 11th at 6pm.


*  The artist books Life and Death and Hybrid are now sold out and no further copies are available from Amazon or Floating World.


*  A new digital print Lovelock will be included in the 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition. The exhibition will tour the UK starting at the London Print Studio in March 2009. London preview 26th March. For further information;


*  A new work on paper will be exhibited at Metro Pictures in New York as a part of the Postcards from the Edge event and exhibition. Private view Friday 9th January 2009. For further information;


*  A new artists' book titled Entropocide will be published in early 2009 byFloating World.


*  The Golden Record - Sounds of Earth will tour in 2009 and will be on show at The Collection in Lincoln from 21st March - 3rd May. For further information; Tel: 01522 550 990.


*  A new work on paper has been selected for the group exhibition The Golden Record - Sounds of Earth.


From the Press Release:

The Golden Record - Sounds of Earth' is a unique cross platform/ cross festival project which is part of both The Edinburgh Art Festival and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Artists, comedians and filmmakers come together for a contemporary remake of the original Golden Record - a phonograph record launched into space in 1977, containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, in an effort to communicate with intelligent extraterrestrials.

Curated by Collective Gallery's Associate Producer Mel Brimfield, over a hundred artists have created new work to be shown in the gallery space alongside newly commissioned video works. There will also be a series of live comedy events to accompany the exhibition in which nine comedians will vie to be The Representative for the Human Race.

Exhibition Dates: 1st August - 13th September 2008, Gallery opening times: (August) Tuesady - Sunday 11am - 6pm  (September) Tuesday - Saturday 12 -  5pm. Admission: Free.