Approved: 16.08.2006

Daniel Lehan

Artist, Writer, Gallery educator

Approved: 16.08.2006

Reading his palm Bob and Roberta Smith declared Daniel Lehan to be: The Most Stubborn Artist I Have Ever Met ! Frog Morris - Curator, Poet and Performer - says: Daniel's works often begin with simple instructions that any man, or woman, in the street can follow: 'Make a sign saying what you want', 'write down your darkest thoughts', 'collect unusual stories from the newspaper',

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  • Location: London, South East
  • Activities: Residencies, Workshops, Participatory projects, Creative writing, Gallery education
  • Categories: Book Works, Drawing, Live Art, Participatory, Text
 

Biography

Reading his palm Bob and Roberta Smith declared Daniel Lehan to be: The Most Stubborn Artist I Have Ever Met ! Frog Morris - Curator, Poet and Performer - says: Daniel's works often begin with simple instructions that any man, or woman, in the street can follow: 'Make a sign saying what you want', 'write down your darkest thoughts', 'collect unusual stories from the newspaper', 'draw a pie chart of your emotional life'. He uses understated calm and reassuring charm to encourage people to interact and create these works with him. The end products are a rich patchwork of thoughts and ideas gathered up from the minutiae of people's lives. Elaine Arkell - Artist - has declared: Daniel is a cross between The Cat Who Walks By Himself, and The Cheshire Cat ! Daniel Lehan - former paperboy, choirboy, shop assistant, ice cream seller, chip shop manager, petrol pump attendant, pub caterer, post office worker, theatre usher, cleaner, adult education tutor, leaflet distributor, front of house manager, t-shirt designer, screen printer, gardener, teacher.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions - I Am Not An Artist, AXENE07, Hull, Quebec 2013 - If These Walls Could Speak, AXENEO7, Hull, Quebec 2008 - Davina and Daniel - Open Surgery, The Surgery, London 2007 - BOAST, Wiebke Morgan Gallery, London 2007 - Davina and Daniel - Eight Weeks Of Change, Space Station Sixty-Five, London 2007 - Davina and Daniel - lonely heARTs, Space Station Sixty-Five, London 2000 - Dawn to Dusk, The Bull Arts Centre , London Group exhibitions 2012 - Sketch, Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Canada 2012 - The Nunhead Open , Nunhead, London 2012 - Vague D'Art, Centre D'Exposition L'Imagier, Gatineau, Quebec 2011 - 1st International Biel City Zine Weeks, Lokal-??int, Switzerland 2011 - Cafe Gallery Annual Open, Cafe Gallery, London 2011 - The Cut, [SPACE], London 2011 - The Cut, Olympic ViewTube Site, London 2011 - The Nunhead Open, Nunhead, London 2011 - Uber!Pusch!, Hottingerstrasse 4, Zurich, Switzerland 2010 - Above The Serious, The Gallery, Stoke Newington, London 2010 - At Play 2, South Hill Park, Bracknall 2010 - James Taylor Project 10, James Taylor Gallery, London 2010 - Lines Of Desire, Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys 2010 - NierghtravAOnWint’sIf A Teller: a book in 8 chapters and 4 dimensions, Gooden Gallery, London, London 2010 - Peckham Space Open, Peckham Space, London 2010 - The Nunhead Open, Nunhead, London 2009 - About Now, Perla-Mode, Zurich 2009 - Age And Memory, Orleans House Gallery, London 2009 - Cafe Gallery Annual Open, Cafe Gallery, London 2009 - Ishihara, Kube Gallery, Dorset 2009 - Police And Violence, Presented by The Guy Hilton Gallery at The Sassoon Gallery, London 2009 - Publish And Be Damned Fair , Oxford House, London 2009 - Suomenlinna Treasure Hunt, Helsinki Artist-In-Residence Programme, Finland 2009 - The Wild As Will And Mediation, Wiebke Morgan, Bethnal Green 2009 - Travelling Alone, Waterside Project Space, London 2008 - Cafe Gallery Annual Open, Cafe Gallery, London 2008 - Galerie Tam Tam, Windows and shops in Leiden, Nederlands 2008 - Meet The Artists, Orleans House Gallery, London 2008 - Suburbia Revisited, Wiebke Morgan, London 2008 - The King and I, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury 2008 - The Nunhead Open, Nunhead, London 2008 - You Find Yourself Here, RAP architectuurcentrum, Leiden 2007 - A Blakean Birthday Party, Tate Britain, London 2007 - Abandoned Chairs, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich 2007 - ArtSway Open07, ArtsSway, Hampshire 2007 - Beneath The Tarmac, The Grass, Bromley House Library, Nottingham 2007 - Cafe Gallery Annual Open, Cafe Gallery, London 2007 - deviant Art Festival, The Pumphouse Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Trolhatten 2007 - lonely heARTs at the Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania, M. Zilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas 2007 - Nunhead Open 4, The Surgery, London 2007 - Peer Esteem, Five Years, London 2007 - Smallworks, Mantle Arts, Leicestershire 2006 - I & Me, Studio Voltaire, London 2006 - The Stars Down To Earth, The Nunnery, London 2005 - a Mart: The Art Supermarket, Ale and Porter Arts, Wiltshire 2005 - A.A.A.B.A.M In America, West Coast Festival of Contemporary Art, San Francisco 2005 - A.A.A.B.A.M UPSTAIRS, The Upstairs Gallery, London 2005 - ArtSway Open 05, ArtSway, Hampshire 2005 - Gorgeously Repulsive, University Gallery, University of Essex, Colchester 2005 - Grounds For Designs, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, London 2005 - Kiosk (XIV), Istanbul Biennial 2005, Turkey 2005 - Kiosk (XV) Modes of Multiplication, ICA, London 2005 - Printing Matters!, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2004 - Abandon, Substation Project Space, Margate, Kent 2004 - Berlin Book Fair, Alexanderplatz, Berlin 2004 - Coverage, M + R Gallery, London 2004 - Embroidery At The Bull, artsdepot, London 2004 - Love And Bullets, Transition Gallery, London 2004 - Margate Rocks, Thanet Contemporary Arts Festival, Kent 2004 - Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales 2004 - Outdoor Habitats, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, London 2004 - State Of Independence, Leswin Place and Ilex Works, London 2004 - The Sex Show, Lotus Gallery, Bath 2004 - What's That In The Woods?, Millfield Arts Centre, London 2004 - You Are Here Festival, Various locations, Nottingham 2003 - Annual Open, Café Gallery Projects, London 2003 - Bow Arts Trust Open Studios, Bow, London 2003 - Come On You Intellectuals, Deptford X Festival, London 2003 - Feast, Miller's House, London 2003 - Flinch, sevenseven gallery, London 2003 - Margate Rocks, Thanet Contemporary Arts Festival, Kent 2003 - Nth Art Show, Ols & Co, London 2003 - Reduced, Century Gallery, London 2003 - Souvenir, Transition Gallery, London 2003 - Wellmade3, Stratford, London 2002 - Annual Open, Café Gallery Projects, London 2002 - well-made2, Stratford, London 2001 - Annual Open, Café Gallery Projects, London 2001 - Florence Trust Group Show, Marks and Spencer Head Office, London 2001 - Raw Canvas Show, Aldwych, London 2001 - Self Service Painting, Five Years, London 2001 - Thirteen, The Florence Trust, London 2000 - Cable Street Open, Cable Street Studios, London 1998 - Annual Open, Café Gallery Projects, London 1995 - The Genitals Are Beauty , The House of William Blake, London 1992 - 2nd Coming, South London Art Gallery, London 1990 - Drawings, Lewisham Theartre, London 1990 - Southwark Open, South London Gallery, London 1989 - Drawings, Lewisham Theatre, London 1986 - Drawings, Arts Theatre, London 1986 - Paintings, Arts Theatre, London 1986 - Printing is Easy, Woodlands Gallery, London Curated projects 2012 - Artist Faire L’Artiste, Le Temporarie , Hull, Quebec 2012 - The Austerity Olympics, Pump House Gallery, London 2011 - A Commemoration of the lives of Nicole Lehan and Daniel Polonsky, Carnivale, London 2010 - YOUR ART HERE (TOO), Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2009 - 50 NOT OUT !, The Montague Arms, London 2009 - This Happy Band, The Nunhead Festival, Nunhead 2009 - YOUR ART HERE, Camberwell Arts Festival, Camberwell 2008 - BINGO, The Nunhead Festival, London 2007 - I & ME TOO, Studio Voltaire and Cubitt Gallery and Studios, London 2004 - The Good, The Bad, And The ..., Campbell Works, London 2003 - Last Days In The Garden, Ashley Gardens, London Live/Performance 2013 - Cahier de catéchèse Book Launch , Full Stop, London 2013 - Poetry & Paint, Craft Central, London 2012 - Edgar Allan Poe Evening, The Constitution in Camden, London 2012 - Nuit Blanche, Ottawa City, Canada 2012 - Obituary Times: The Communist Gallery in Leeds, LAB / East Street Arts, Leeds 2012 - Poetry Platform, Netil House, Hackney, London 2012 - ScaleDown, The King and Queen, Fitzrovia, London 2012 - SpeakEasy, The Underground, Hastings 2012 - Spoonful Of Poison, The Stags Head, Hoxton, London 2012 - Survivors Poetry, Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden, London 2012 - What’s In The Bag, The Constitution in Camden, London 2011 - A Commemoration Of The Lives Of Nicole Lehan And Daniel Plonsky, Carnivale, London 2011 - Acoustic Sessions, Angus Hughes Gallery, London 2011 - Chutney Preserves ~ The School of Chutney, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2011 - Cover-Up, Lokal-??Int, Biel, Switzerland 2011 - Mermaid Song and Lustrous Balm, The Pharmacy of Stories, London 2011 - The Royal Act, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich Switzerland 2011 - This Happy Band , South London Gallery, London 2011 - This Happy Band At Green Plot, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2010 - Animal Fair, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2010 - Create YourTopias , Second Avenue Brixton, London 2010 - Daniel Lehan Presents . . ., shift, London 2010 - Dead Season Live Art- Shine The Light, Margate locations, Kent 2010 - Dead Season Live Art- This Happy Band, Margate locations, Kent 2010 - STARRY STARRY NIGHT, The Montague Arms, London 2010 - Super Heroes Night, The Montague Arms, London 2010 - The Montague Arms Festival, The Montague Arms, London 2010 - The Vaults Bazaar, The Vaults, Birmingham 2010 - This Happy Band , South London Gallery, London 2010 - VOTE This Happy Band!, Vyner Street, London 2010 - Witch Night, The Montague Arms, London 2009 - Contested Ground, 176 Gallery, London 2009 - Loud And Quiet Poems, The Montague Arms, London 2009 - MICROSQUIB, The Montague Arms, London 2009 - One Sandwich Short Of A Picnic, A Cafe Muses Event, London 2009 - PH7 Radio Show, South City Radio, www.southcityradio.org 2009 - Role Of The Village Idiot, Peckham Square, London 2009 - ScrapBookTales, The Montague Arms, London 2009 - The Big Event, Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell 2009 - The Nights of the Arts, Helsinki, Helsinki 2009 - This Happy Band , The Barbican Centre, London 2009 - Utrophia @ Shunt, Shunt, London 2009 - What Line Isn’t That Anyone?, Resonance FM, London 2008 - BonkersFest, Camberwell, London 2008 - Free, Free Art Fair, London 2008 - Micro Performance, The Montague Arms, London 2008 - Old Chaps Night, The Montague Arms, London 2008 - Play On Words, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich 2008 - Puppenspielerei, Wiebke Morgan, Bethnal Green 2008 - Scene In The Making, Concrete and Glass Festival , London 2008 - Stage Struck, Southwark Playhouse, London 2008 - Stone Cold Sober Evening, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2008 - Subliminal Seduction, Oxford Street, London 2008 - Suburbia, The Foreign Press Association, London 2008 - Uncle Jeepsie's Valentine Special, The Montague Arms, London 2008 - Walk HERE, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2007 - Bad Boy Billy Blake's Big Birthday Bash, The Ivy House, London 2007 - BonkersFest, Camberwell, London 2007 - Gorilla In The Roses, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2007 - House About That!, Streatham, London 2007 - Liberty Festival, Trafalgar Square, London 2007 - Nickolaus Tag Event, Wiebke Morgan, London 2007 - Peckham Petastic 3, Peckham, London 2007 - Peripatetic Proverbs, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2007 - Service Wash Tales, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2007 - Street Recipes, Campbell Works, London 2007 - The Curse Of Me, The Old Truman Brewery, London 2006 - Jumble It Up, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford 2006 - 'Splashdown, Whitstable', Whitstable Biennale, Kent Intervention 2012 - CARDBOARD POEMS , installed in various locations, London 2011 - CARDBOARD POEMS , installed in the City of Ottawa, Canada 2008 - From The Picturesque To The Demolished, Stratford, London 2006 - FRED, Various Locations, Cumbria Artist talks 2011 - All Me Own Work, Guv, AXENEO7, Quebec, Canada 2011 - All Me Own Work, Guv, Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa , Canada 2011 - The Society For Curious Thought, Lemon Monkey Cafe , London Residencies 2012 - Artist In Residence, AXENEO7, Gatineau, Quebec 2012 - Play Spots, South London Gallery, Sceaux Estate, London 2010 - Dear Diary . . ., Chisenhale Gallery and Vital Arts, The Royal London Hospital 2009 - Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground Residency, South London Gallery, London 2009 - HIAP Residency, HIAP - Helsinki Artist in Residence Programme, Helsinki Public commissions 2010 - Things To Do To Make Your Day Better, South London Gallery, London 2005 - Kolley Kibber R.I.P, Roman Roadparty, London Site specific 2008 - HERE, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2008 - See & Collect, Consume Peckham, Peckham 2008 - The Public Acts, The Public, West Bromwich 2006 - SIDESHOW, Various locations, Nottingham Publications 2013 - Cahier de catéchèse - ISBN-13: 978-0-9571644-7-5 2013 - Poetry & Paint Issues 3 and 4 - 2013 - This Is Visual Poetry - this is visual poetry chapbooks 2013 - We Open Up To Everyone - ISBN 978-1-898461-46-3 2012 - Alpine Phantoms, on the fantastic lure of the mountains, Dark Windows Press 2012 - The Delinquent 2011 - Katalog - Number 12, Lokal-Int, Biel-Bienne, 2011, Switzerland 2011 - NierghtravAOnWint’sIf - Exhibition Catalogue - ISBN 978-1-900687-37-9 2011 - Patricide - Uncanny Issue - ISSN 2043-6610 2011 - Patricide, The Sound of Surrealism, Issue 4, 2011, ISSN 2043-6610 2011 - Social Club 09/10 - ISBN - 978-1-906470-07-4 2011 - The Cat Came As A Tomato: conversations on contemporary art and play from the South London Gallery - ISBN 978-1-898461-39-5 2011 - The Cut - ISBN 078-0-9554060-8-9 2010 - Impulsive Random Platform 2010 - Intoart: See The Revolutionary Art Exhibit - ISBN 9780948835445 2010 - Lines Of Desire - Exhibition Catalogue 2010 - The Wild Pansy Press Book Of Rainy Day Activities 2009 - Night Time - work included in this artist's book by Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre 2008 - You Find Yourself Here - Exhibition Catalogue 2007 - Abandoned Chairs - Exhibition Catalogue - ISBN 1-872482-83-X 2007 - EPOCH - Catalogue introduction written for exhibition by Christopher Campbell - ISBN - 978-0-9548413-1-7 2006 - The Stars Down To Earth - Exhibition Catalogue 2005 - Second Chance - ISBN 0-9544339-1-2 2004 - Mostyn Open - Exhibition Catalogue