JONATHAN KELHAM [BORN 1986, EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE, UK.] LIVES & WORKS IN THE UK.

HIS WORK PREDOMINATELY EXPLORES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A ROMANTICISED, MELANCHOLIC NOTION OF ENGLISHNESS PRESENTED IN THE REOCCURRING QUALITIES OF SUBJECTIVE UTOPIAN PHILOSOPHIES. JONATHAN COMPLETED AN MFA & POSTGRADUATE TEACHING QUALIFICATION AT BIRMINGHAM INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN [UK.]

PREVIOUS SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND RESIDENCIES SINCE 2012 INCLUDE: EXETER AFTERMATH EXETER PHOENIX [UK]LEADERS OF MEN TOWN HALL TOUR MEANTIME SPOJECT SPACE [UK] AND PLAYLEADERSPLAY! A CITY-WIDE PARTICIPATORY PROJECT WITH GENERATOR PROJECTS/DUNDEE COUNTY COUNCIL [UK.].
 
GROUP SHOWS SINCE 2012 INCLUDE: SUMMER FETE CERI HAND GALLERY, DEPTFORD X INTERNATIONAL 2012 & 2015, STAND AND SEE WIMBLEDON SPACE [LONDON]LOT NO. LIONEL DOBIE PROJECT [MANCHESTER], FLATPACK FESTIVAL, THE EVENT AT THE LOMBARD METHOD [BIRMINGHAM]YUCK N’ YUM DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ARTS [DUNDEE]I AM A WARRIOR | PLAYGROUND JOHN HANSARD GALLERY [SOUTHAMPTON], STREAMING FESTIVAL [HAGUE] AND DISCO IMPOSSIBLE [ZURICH]. IN 2013-14 JONATHAN WAS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT CAMBERWELL COLLEGE OF ARTS [UAL, UK].
JONATHAN IS A LECTURER & COURSE LEADER FOR THE BA [HONS] FINE ART PROGRAMME AT COLCHESTER SCHOOL OF ART, UK. VISITING ARTIST LECTURER ROLES INCLUDE: UNIVERSITY OF CHICHESTER | UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND | CAMBERWELL COLLEGE OF THE ARTS & BIRMINGHAM INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN [UK.]. WHILST PREVIOUS ACE FUNDED ARTS AND EDUCATION PRACTICE-LED RESEARCH INCLUDES RESIDENCY A&E [CHELTENHAM] AND 5X5X5=WORCESTER ACTION RESIDENCY WITH NATHANIEL PITT [WORCESTER].

CURATORIAL PROJECTS INCLUDE: ACE FUNDED & BRITISH ART SHOW 8 ASSOCIATE PROGRAMME, UGO PROJECT SPACE [SOUTHAMPTON], PRESENTING LARGE SCALE, PUBLIC ARTWORKS [S MARK GUBB | STUART WHIPPS] IN A BILLBOARD FORMAT.

 

IN 2018 UCC RESEARCH FUNDED UGO 0.2: DIGITAL PROJECT SPACE, WAS LAUNCHED.​ THE PROJECT SPACE INTENDS TO THEORISE, TEST AND CONSIDER THE INCREASED FOCUS IN DIGITAL PRODUCTION AND CURATION IN CONTEMPORARY FINE ART PRACTICE.

THE DEVELOPING OUTPUT FORMS A PROGRAMME OF COLLABORATIVE, TEMPORARY, FORMAL AND SOLO RESEARCH PRACTICE PROJECTS BY STUDENTS, STAFF AND INVITED ARTISTS. COMMISSIONS INCLUDE: HANDLE THIS OLIVIA BAX, SIMILITUDES DAVE EVANS, THE UNION OF HUMAN INTELLIGENCE TASKWORKERS CHRIS ALTON AND VELÁZQUEZ VARIATIONS JOHN ROBINSON.

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