Tony Kemplen – detailed CV
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One Person Shows
Group Shows
Media Reviews etc
Published and Editioned Work
Work in Collections
Teaching Experience
Curatorial Experience

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One Person Shows
A decade of artist’s books - retrospective exhibition UWE Bristol
Snap, crackle and pop (sound installation funded by Arts Council England) Bloc Space, Sheffield
Encyclopaedia Mundi – Folly Gallery (Lancaster), Q Arts (Derby) and Pavilion (Leeds)
About Time - a sound installation in the main gallery at Sheffield Hallam University
SK329858 1944-1994 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield January-February
Domestic Disasters and Trivial Tragedies Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield January-May
A Case of Towermania - installation - Woodcock Travel, Sheffield.

Group Shows   back to top
My dog's got no nose... - Sylvester Space, Sheffield
Host Observatory - participating artist, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield
Conflict, 20-21 Gallery, Scunthorpe
Talking Points, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
Rockridge - Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
Day-to-day Data Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
Just when you thought it was all going so well... Graves Gallery Sheffield (October)
Memoir Raft (utk installation)
Cinema – a selection of artist’s films
Solitary Pleasures (utk) – LMU Gallery, Leeds – Angel Row Gallery
House Work – Angel Row Gallery
MAXIS festival of sound and experimental music
Everything is Number – Site Gallery
HOST – Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
HOME (between 8&10pm) – Rotherham Art Gallery
Tabs, teasers and tormentors – video projection by utk, commissioned by Site Gallery
Bulgaseaui – Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
fivestar – group show in disused industrial space
Guest House Twenty – utk curated project (funded by Millennium Awards scheme)
Anxious Words – Waterstones Picadilly (May 2000) curated by Sharon Kivland
‘How will it be?’ – video shortlisted for Beck’s Futures Student Video prize ICA, London
Lovebytes Digital Arts Festival 2000
Vim & Vigour – curated by MASS at S1 Artspace, Sheffield
Das Haus – utk group installation with Super8 films in a private house
Babel – touring to Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham and Mappin Gallery, Sheffield
Site Gallery - Commissioned work for CDROM (Arts Council new media grant)
Shape Shift - Manchester Town Hall
Spare Time - project curated by David Briers
Polyglot - new work commissioned by the Ikon Gallery for ‘babel’
Florilegium - site specific work in Sheffield Gardens
Typo - Ikon Gallery touring show
Bookways - Museum of Foreign Art, Riga, Latvia (British Council Show)
Infected Material - East Street Arts, Leeds
Dean Clough International Artists Book Fair
Challenging Rooms - utk make work in peoples homes
Charts, Evidence and Other Documentation - Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Editioned Miracles - Miracles Gallery, Edinburgh
FOTBAL - touring library (launched at Printed Matter, New York)
London Artist’s Book Fair - Barbican Centre - October
Route 31 - 5 artists (UTK) make work on and around the 31 bus route (A4E Lottery Funding)
Charts, Evidence and Other Documentation - Millais Gallery, Southampton (May 1998)
Comets and Stars - Brewery Arts, Kendal, Cumbria (January - March 1998)
Elastic Frontiers - media festival - Sheffield
Lexicon - Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London. Curated by Sharon Kivland
The Odyssey - sound installation in Waterstones Bookshop, Sheffield. Part of Site and Sound - curated by the Site Gallery.
“No Overall Control” - sound installation - part of ‘Size Matters’, a Redundant Technologies Initiative show.
The London Artist’s Book Fair - Barbican Centre.
Watch this Space - video work as part of Bradford Festival
Reading Rooms - Catalyst Arts Belfast
Buildings and Contents - Contemporary Art in a Museum Context - Bishop’s House Museum, Sheffield
Crystal Clear - Artists Challenge the Armouries - Leeds
Wexford International Artists Book Exhibition
Sheffield Contemporary Art Trust Open- Mappin Gallery Sheffield
Something to Tickle Your Fancy - Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
Worlds in a Matchbox - Public Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
Artists Book's - Tate Gallery London
Never Work with Children or Animals - Cupola Gallery Sheffield
Rebound - Site Gallery, Sheffield
Visual Puns - Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax
Small Objects of Desire - Leicester City Art Gallery
Bearings - Botanical Gardens Sheffield
National Student Print Exhibition - Falmouth
Boxing Clever - Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
Bookworks - Gallery II, Bradford
Art in Language - Sheffield Language Centre
Lyceum '94 - Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
1993 Ways of Print - Wreake Valley, Leicestershire
1986 Mappin Open
1985 Mappin Open
1984 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Published and Editioned Work   back to top
Eine Kleine Thriftmusik – CDR by Brass Monkey (
Contributions to Football Haiku – published by pocketbooks
Audio track for CD2 – Underwood Audio compilation of soundwork by artists
Polyphoto – postcard (composite image of polyglot – to accompany ‘babel’ at the Ikon Gallery)
The Price of Fish - a shoal of voiceprints (after Damien Hirst)
Tiny Tour to Here - work in the form of a leaflet freely distributed on Sheffield Buses (part of the utk show ‘Route 31’)
Our Son Arthur - Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonata meets IBM Voicetype speech recognition
Audio CD of Route 31 Journey Recorder
‘e by gum’ - multiple for issue 10 of Words and Pictures - launched at the ICA 26/11/97
Examined, Checked, Tested - RGAP (Derby)
The Odyssey - pages for STOP STOP ‘an exhibition in a book’ - launched at the Serpentine Gallery, London, supported by the Scottish Arts Council.
The Man - artist’s book
Read All Over - artist’s book
Field Study report - artist’s page
Khan Kubla - multiple for Words and Pictures issue 8
First Day Issue - monthly contributions to Pat Collin’s mailart project
WWW A Fatal Attraction - artist’s book
Buildings and Contents - cover design and artist’s page for catalogue
Kubla Can’t - artist’s book, published by Ring Pull Press ISBN 0 9526367 1 9 (unlimited)
Margherita Marghereater - artist’s book- rubber stamp, edition 100
Homage to Pollocks - multiple for Words and Pictures issue 6
Mail Art works produced while an invited artist at the University of Derby European Mailart Project April-May
Postcard comissioned by Crystal Clear to coincide with the opening of the Royal Armouries in Leeds
Contribution to issue four of 'Words and Pictures' (launched at the Artist's Book Fair, London, November 1995)
Ursa Major - artist's book, edition of 220 (offset Litho and silkscreen)
A Long Tour of Paris - On Foot - artist's book, edition of 220 (offset Litho)
A Long Tour of Paris - miniature version published by Ring Pull Press
ISBN 0 9526367 0 0 (unlimited)
Frogspawn Frogs Born Frogs Spawn - artist's book, edition of 100 (silkscreen)
Bolshevik Typewriter Fingering Chart - amended found object, 200 copies (double sided, 2 colour offset litho)
Contributions to issue two of 'Words and Pictures' (launched at the Serpentine Gallery, London, March 1995)
Artist's Page commissioned for the Artist's Book Yearbook (published by Magpie Press - May 1995)
Business Card for Outpost - Venice Biennale. (published by Outpost London- June 1995)
Object (multiple) commissioned for lucky bag/catalogue to accompany 'Bookworks' (published by University of Bradford)
Contributions to issue one of 'Words and Pictures'(launched at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, November 1994)
SK329858 - a pack of Artist's Playing Cards, with introduction by Sharon Kivland (published in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University)

Catalogues   back to top
Just when you thought it was all going so well… introduction by Dave Beech
Day-to-day Data ISBN 0 905634 71 3
Site Gallery Review 1998-2003 ISBN 1-899926-410
Encyclopaedia Mundi – published by Pavilion ISBN 0 9544775 0 2
Arts Council Collection Acquisitions 1989-2002 – Publisher: Hayward Gallery; ISBN: 185332230X (illustration of SK329858)
Solitary Pleasures – published by utk
Football Haiku – published by pocketbooks ISBN 0 7486 6309 6
housework – published by Angel Row Gallery ISBN 0 905634 53 5
Everything is Number – published by Site Gallery ISBN 1 899926 85 2
HOME (between 8&10pm) - published by MASS, ISBN 0953-605704
Guest House Twenty – published by utk
Fivestar – pack of six postcards with essay by Andrew Stones
Vim & Vigour – published by MASS, ISBN 0 863399045
Babel – Contemporary Art and the Journeys of Communication – published by Ikon Gallery 1999, ISBN 0 907594646
Books by Artists, Sarah Bodman (Ed), Impact Press 1999, ISBN 0 953607607
Bookways - The British Version, published by Neputns, Latvia 1999
Route 31 – published by utk 1998 – with catalogue essay by Steve Swindells
2nd Contemporary Artists Book Fair - ISBN 1 900243 06-7 published by Impress 1999
Current Research - ISBN 1 874011 82 6 - published by the Millais Gallery 1998
Art in the Atrium - ISBN 086 339 7603 - published by Sheffield Hallam University 1997
STOP STOP - ISBN 1 902052 00 5 1997
ACE CD-ROM of Arts Council Aquisitions 1989-95
Size Matters - Redundant Technology Initiative 1997
Private Views and Other Containers (book by Cathy Courtney) ISBN 1 871831 09 1 - published by Estamp

Published Writing   back to top
Three Private Functions – text for Challenging Rooms catalogue (written under name Florence Llewellyn-Bowen)
Catalogue essay for ‘Vim & Vigour’ show at S1 artspace
Tiny Tour to Here – piece about Route 31 show, in Contact Point Magazine January 1999
A Foot Soldier at the Bootsale – in Size Matters catalogue, published by Redundant Technology Initiative 1997

Media Reviews etc   back to top
AN Magazine October 2005 - review of Just when you thought it was all going so well…
Art Monthly August 2003 p43-4 review by David Briers of Encyclopaedia Mundi
AN Magazine June 2003, p12 - preview of Encyclopaedia Mundi
The Guardian – April 7th 2003 – review of ‘ArtSheffield03’ by Alfred Hickling
Mute Magazine issue 21 September 2001 p62 review of ‘Everything is Number’ by Pauline van Mourik Broekman - illustration of ‘The End’
The Guardian – July 6th 2001 – review of ‘Everything is Number’ by Alfred Hickling
Art Monthly March 2001 p43-5 review of ‘HOME’ by David Briers - illustration of my video ‘Bedroom Makeover’
AN Visual Arts August 2000, p11 - review of ‘fivestar’ – illustration of ‘set piece’
Contemporary Visual Arts issue 26, p28-33 – article about babel by Claire Doherty – includes illustration of polyglot
Art Monthly December99/January2000 p57 – review by Michael Gibbs of site&sound, CD-ROM including ‘Homer’s Baby’
The Guardian – October 16th 1999 – ‘Exuberant Word Play’ review by Robert Clark of babel
Art Monthly October 1999 p39-41 review of babel by David Briers - illustration of my piece ‘Polyglot’
Contemporary Visual Arts issue 24 - Eurocarols mentioned in preview of babel
The Playing Card – Vol. XXVIII No1. July/August 1999 – illustrated article by John Taylor about SK329858 – pack of artist’s playing cards.
AN Visual Arts November 1998 - review of Route 31
Art Monthly October 1998 p14 - letter
Art Monthly June 1998 p28-30 review by John Tozer of Current Research - illustration of my piece ‘Ostracart’
Yorkshire Television report on Route 31 including my sound installation 1/6/98
Circa - Winter 1996/7 - Kubla Can’t discussed in review of Wexford Artists’ Book Exhibition
Art Monthly November 1996 p44-45 - selection of recent work reviewed
Artist's Newsletter September 1996 - review of Kubla Can’t by Stephanie Brown
The Guardian 2/1/96 - review of Rebound
Artist's Newsletter January 1996 - review of URSA MAJOR by Stephanie Brown
Independent on Sunday 13/8/95 - SK329858 mentioned in article about artist's books.
Art Monthly September 1995 - Frogspawn Frogs Born Frogs Spawn reviewed by Cathy Courtney
Kaleidoscope BBC Radio 4 4/3/95 - playing cards discussed by James Malpas in a programme about the relationship between word and image
Art Monthly September 1994 - review of SK329858 by Cathy Courtney
Artist's Newsletter - November 1994 - pack of cards reviewed by Stephanie Brown
Printmaking Today Autumn 1994 - photointaglio print used to illustrate article on the Howard processes.
Radio Sheffield January 1994 - live interview about Domestic Disasters and other work at Mappin Art Gallery.
Yorkshire Television February 1994 - recorded interview about Mappin exhibition and history of Endcliffe Park crash.
Sheffield Star May 1993 - item about 'Towermania' installation.
Articles in Sheffield Telegraph, Yorkshire Post and other local papers about work on B17 crash and 'Rebound'.

Education   back to top
MA Fine Art (distinction) at Hallam University 2000
Sheffield Hallam University, BA (first class honours) Fine Art 1995
Open College of the Arts 1989-1991 (courses in art and design and painting)
University of Sheffield MB ChB 1982
Tiffin Boys School, Kingston -on -Thames 1970-77

Work in Collections   back to top
Arts Council of England
Tate Gallery, London (artists book collection)
Victoria and Albert Museum
Museum of the Book - Den Haag
Yale Centre for British Art (USA)
Sheffield City Art Galleries

Teaching Experience   back to top
Sheffield Hallam University – regular visiting lecturer in Fine Art 2002
University of Leeds - visiting lecturer in Fine Art Feb 2002
University of Derby - part time lecturer in Fine Art April/May 1996

Curatorial Experience   back to top
utk - is a group of artists working together to place work in predominantly non-gallery settings. As a founder member I have been involved in curating and administering all the groups activities.
To date we have had two projects funded by lottery grants:
Route31, in which five artists made work on and along a suburban bus route in Sheffield
Guest House Twenty, in which contemporary art was placed in 20 different homes or workplaces.
Other projects have included:
10x10x10 – ten artists, ten media, ten subjects
Challenging Rooms, when work was made in the homes of people who had responded to an advert in the local paper
Florilegium – site specific work in the gardens of a terrace of houses
Das Haus – an installation with super 8 film loops in a private house

Rebound was a book art event at the Site Gallery (formerly untitled) in Sheffield. I was asked to propose and organise an exhibition to run alongside the annual 'Off the Shelf' festival of reading and writing in October 1995. One hundred and fifty identical hardback books were sent to artists who answered an advertisement in Artists Newsletter. Participants were invited to work with or intervene in their book in any way they choose. Over 100 books were returned and the range and quality of work was such that the gallery decided to hold an expanded version in December/January. In this show, the altered books were shown alongside other bookworks by the same artists under the title 'Companion Volumes'

Co-organiser of Buildings and Contents, A site specific exhibition at the Bishops' House Museum in Sheffield by Sheffield Contemporary Arts Trust, October 1996. Fourteen artists made work in response to objects or other stimuli in this Tudor house which is open to the public as a museum. The work, which explored visual and historical themes, was placed throughout the building, alongside the existing objects and furnishings from the 16th and 17th centuries. As well as reflecting the architecture or details of the building and its contents, the work also commented on and questioned the use of the house as a museum and the way objects are collected and displayed.

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