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Artist talk

part of Gary Stevens' Performance Lab
Richard Grayson is an artist, curator and writer whose work investigates the ways that we use language and its narratives to make sense of the world around us: and how those narratives in turn shape our reading of the world.
His works explore similar mechanisms in the current political, cultural and ideological spheres where political ideology is increasingly subsumed in the struggle of other totalizing subjective belief systems.

Grayson has presented work in the UK and internationally. In 2004 and 2005 he was commissioned by Matt’s Gallery to present two separate solo works Messiah and Intelligence. Other recent exhibitions include Suspicious Fires at the Yuill/Crowley Gallery Sydney, 2006, and group exhibitions Art Unlimited, Basel 2005 and The Werklitz Biennale, 2006.

Richard has also curated a number of exhibitions and festivals including the 2002 Sydney Biennale (The World May Be) Fantastic, which had as its focus those artists who use 'fictions, narratives, invented methodologies hypotheses, subjective belief systems modellings fakes and experiments as a means to make works’. More recently, he curated the 2006 Hayward Touring Exhibition A Secret Service – art compulsion concealment  and the Arts Council Touring exhibition This Will Not Happen Without You (works from the archives of the Basement Group / Projects Uk and Locus+ 1979-2006).

He was a founder member of the Basement Group in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (1979-84), and Director of the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide Australia (1992-97). He is contributor to Broadsheet Australia and Art Monthly UK. From 2003-4 he was International Studio Artist at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanian Berlin, and Arts and Humanities Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle, 2003-6.


Date and time

5 April 2008

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This is now a past event.


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