Approved: 19.11.2015

Adam Gruning

Artist, Graphic designer

Approved: 19.11.2015
  • Location: Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands
  • Contexts: Research
  • Artforms: Digital, Installation, Mixed media, Photography, Sculpture
  • Tags: adam gruning, installation, degree show, staffordshire university, photography, chrome, jordan, t-shirt, trainers, branding, readymade, object, airspace gallery, stock image, video art

Artist Statement

My current practice proposes ideas towards design, placement and a digital environment, using appropriated images and objects. Through playful, sometimes witty, arrangements of ready-made objects/sculptural edits and manipulated imagery; my work forms propositions on various spectacles in contemporary society, often referencing ideas and connections to existence, value, and aesthetic language, either questioning or re-addressing relationships with it.

More recent concerns in my practice have addressed ideas regarding masculinity and image as well as my own sense of male identity. From this, my research has centered around cinematic experience and its role in shaping the changing state of contemporary male ego, through the application of my own film-making, recreating iconic style cinema scenes but with an altered mundane, uneventful narrative. 

CV & Education


2012 --- BA (Hons) Fine Art [First Class Honours] Staffordshire University

Solo Exhibition

2015 --- TOUCH, ATTIC, Nottingham, England

2013 --- Designed for Life, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 --- Sheets Still Orange From Your Spray Tan, Paradise Projects, Leicester, England

2015 --- New Art West Midlands 2015, Birmingham Museum, England

2015 --- Nottingham Open 2015, Nottingham Castle, England

2014/15 --- Re-opening Exhibition, Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, England

2014 --- Art Rave, Birmingham, England

2014 --- AA2A, UniQube, Stoke-on-Trent, England

2013 --- Untitled, Cureé, Leeds, England

2013 --- Private Party, 2022, Manchester, England

2012 --- Studio Show 12, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England

2012 --- Exhibition, Staffordshire University Degree Show, England

2011 --- Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland

2011 --- NULC Degree Show, Newcastle-Under-Lyme College, England

2010 --- Studio O, Victoria Mill Gallery, Congleton, Cheshire


2015 --- 1 Month Residency, ATTIC, Nottingham, England

2013/2014 --- 6 - Month AA2A Residency, Staffordshire University, England

2013 --- 6 - Month Graduate Residency, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England


2014 --- AA2A Exhibition, UniQube, Stoke-on-Trent, England

2012 --- Studio Show '12, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England

 Talks & Lectures 

2014 --- AA2A Residency, Staffordshire University

2014/2015 --- Newcastle-Under-Lyme College

Awards & Honours

Nottingham Open 2015 Prize Winner

New Art West Midlands 2015 Selected Artist