Approved: 12.09.2009

Chris A. Wright

Artist, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 12.09.2009





      Artist Statement

      A multidisciplinary artist, writer and researcher, I work both nationally and internationally investigating, developing and promoting the practice and theory of fine art and philosophy, undertaking exhibitions, commissions, residencies and conference presentations as well as occasional workshops and teaching. Current focus is the intersection of sound, including silence, time and body  but I also use photography, film, installation, sculpture and Internet as media.

      My main research area is  borders and transitory spaces but also important is the field of ideas and what-if’s that are often generated by found ‘objects’ such as snippets of overheard conversation, a lost bus ticket, an echo, a door left ajar with light and voices creeping out or an idea ‘found’ through being in a particular place at a particular time.  These represent the absolute now that peers through the cracks of everyday life and reveals its idiosyncrasies. In the studio, these fractures of the everyday are dissected, amalgamated, investigated with the mind of a scientist, even, to present, finally, a transient snapshot of the contemporary, a set of proposals that continues to ask questions.

      Taking sound and light as if tangible objects enables me to look at their influence on the space around them and also incorporates the sculptural sensibilities of the ‘object’. The conjunction of space and object creates an intersection, a continual disturbance through the dislocation of site. These constantly changing events and relations transform surroundings, creating, locating, altering and crossing boundaries. It highlights the situation of space – open, closed; public, private; belonging, free; institutional, restrictive or can transform space into place, re-configure a border zone and brings into play the concept of time.  My intentions are that by using sound and light to extend the remit of the solid artefact creates momentary structures as solid as the object that re-vision and act as springboard for new thoughts.

      Overall, I see myself as an artist for whom intense research is necessary both theoretically and practically, who is willing to take risks to produce artwork that presents an alternative viewpoint using knowledge that is woven from different disciplines thus creating a unique body of knowledge that is inherent within the final outcome. 


      CV & Education


      2018 Glorious Corruption performative paper at Aspects of Interdisiplnarity at University of Wolverhampton.

      2018 Performance with Louise Garland, Harrington Mill Studios, Nottingham 

      2018 Tenuto at Bormingham School of Art

      2018 Sonic Site, ongoing collaborative research project, Birmingham

      2018 Samantha’s and It was in where-how’s, The Hole, Queen’s, New York City

      2018 Sound, Time and Self – moving through the aural landscape in Il Suoni Vol. 4

      2018 The Nature of the Hole (essay) potential publication in association with Warwick University

      2019 Urban Flows and Non-Flows, a contribution to a volume about sound and its rhythms.


      2014 - 2017. Research Fellow, Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) at Birmingham School of Art.  Director: Professor Johnny Golding.


      2013  PhD Fine Art and Philosophy, Staffordshire University,  UK 

      2007  MA Fine Art, Staffordshire University, UK

      Solo exhibitions

      2014  Anywhere is Everyhere is a Circular Tale  tAd Gallery, Texas, USA

      2010  Exchange, Vault Gallery, Lancaster 

      2010 You are here, Stoke-on-Trent 

      Group exhibitions

      2018 Sur et Sous, Grenier a sel, Honfleur, France with Contre Courant

      2018 Ergh mmm and Estuary English in Five Years On, Birmingham City Museum and Gallery

      2018 Inside Outside and Untitled 2018 in Not Just Collective's Thresholds: an adjacent possible, Liverpool

      2018 Under in Vol. 9, Oneminutefilms, North Wales

      2017 Encountering/ It is as it was, Il Ghetto Centro d'Arte e Cultura, Cagliari, Sardinia

      2017 It is as it was Harrington Mill Gallery, UK

      2017 Drift and Unbroken at The Alternative Art Fair,  HMS, Athens

      2016 Small Talk, All-in-a-loop, Chiari, Italy

      2016 ergh mmm (Translating the Wind) at InDialogues Conference, Nottingham

      2016 Under in One Minute Volume 9, Rogue Cinema, Manchester

      2016 Under in One Minute Vol. 9 at Fábrica Braço de Prata's "Sala Visconti" Lisbon

      2016 Under in One Minute Vol. 9 at Teatro do Bairro, Lisbon (

      2016 2016 Under in One Minute Volume 9 Liverpool Light Night

      2016 Under in One Minute Vol. 9 at Directors Lounge Contemporary Art and Media, Berlin   at c.a.r. media art fair . (Contemporary Art Ruhr)

      2016 H2Au in Precious little Harrington Mill  Studio Gallery

      2016 H2Au in Precious little at Project Athina, Athens Art Fair with HMS

      2015 Palimpsestuous in Nottingham Castle Open. Sculpture.

      2015 Passage for Bees Haden Hill House, Birmingham. Sound work for the Outrider Project

      2015 Practical No. 4 in Hoard, Departure Foundation's final show in Leeds.Documentation of installation.

      2015 The Other Excursion, artist intervention,  for The Excursionist symposium, for b-side, Dorset

      2015 Small Talk Soundscapes and Sound Identities symposium, Italy

      2015 In Boxes Athens Art Fair (Inbox exhibition HMS group)

      2015 When Words Fail Athens Art Fair (Inbox HMS group)

      2015 Passage for Bees, Haden Hill House, Birmingham (Outrider Project)

      2015 Alone, We Decide Where to: conference Falmouth University(poster with QR linked video)

      2014 Urban Sunrise The Hanover Project, University of Preston. Photograph/publication

      2014 What I wanted to say in Grey, Harrington Mill, Nottingham

      2014 October My Home is My Castle Carnival of Monsters, Nottingham

      2014 Athens Art Fair as part of HMS group

      2014 Things happen in New Art West Midlands, Barber Institute of Fine Art, Birmingham

      2013  Column TAD Gallery, Texas, USA 

      2013 Parallel Horizons, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London

      2012 Badedammen, Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, East Midlands 

      2012 Inside, Blank Media, Manchester

      2010  Badedammen, Cube Open, Manchester  

      2010 Grass is Greener (on the other side), Departure Gallery,  London 

      2010 Grass is Greener, ZOOart, Cuneo, Italy 

      2010 Lightwaves, Sonic Juke Box, Soundfjord , London  

      2010 Play, Waterside Open, Manchester 

      2010 Shipping Lanes, PSL, Leeds 

      2010 Taking Off and Landing, AV Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne

      2010 This is the place where.. in Architectural Disorder, Ovada Gallery, Oxford 

      2010 Taking Off and Landing, Art in Unusual Places, Leeds 

      2010 Flaskepost, Stavanger, Norway 

      2009 Taking Off and Landing, Birmingham ArtsFest, Birmingham 

      2009 This is the place where.. in Perhaps Nothing Perhaps Something , Leeds Met Gallery 

      2009  Constellation, Media and Interdisciplinary Centre, Auckland, New Zealand 

      2007  New Significances, Up The Wall, Chester 

      Curated projects

      2012  Hoard, Warehouse, Leeds;  

      Artist talks

      2010  Somewhere and Nowhere, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway

       2011  Thinking with Hands and Eyes, Staffordshire University 


      2017 In The Hole Residency, Canada

      2016  East Coast Stories, Residency

      2016 Prefab lab residency Bath

      2014 Summer Lodge residency, NTU, Nottingham

      2014  Land Strategies and theCommons Harrington Mill, Nottingham. Documented at

      2010 - Re-Semble, Empty Shops Project, Derby

      2010 TAOH Residency, Stavanger, Norway

      2007 Metamorph, Albert Dock, Liverpool.  

      Public commissions

      2010  OPEN, Staffordshire University, Stoke-On-Trent

      2007  A small step Creative Partnerships, Newcastle Under Lyme;  

      Conference Papers 

      2017 A Collective Intake of Breath, paper, LIstening after Pauline Oliveros, University of Leeds

      2017 Urban Flows and Non-Flows, paper, FKL Soundscapes conference, Cagliari, Sardinia

      2017 Not the Hole Story, Losing Ground conference, University of Warwick

      2015 Sonic Topologies conference paper at SounDay, University of Urbino, Italy

      2015 Anywhere is Everywhere, A Virtual Traveller’s Tale, EVA,  British Computer Society conference, London

      2015 The Identity of the Everyday FKL Soundscapes and Sound Identities Symposium, Italy

      2014  The Value of Failure as a Methodology in Art Practice, in What is Success? EMVAN, Nottingham Contemporary

      2013  The Narrated Present,  for Going the way of the dodo symposium at  Lincoln Museum and Gallery

      2011 Kiss me Baby one more time: Place and Placelessness in the Interborder Zone, Prato, Italy (Withdrawn due to lack of funding)

      2009  Place: The Future was Here  at OneDay Sculpture symposium, Wellington, New Zealand  2009  Place: The Future was Here at On Space Colloquium, Staffordshire University, UK


      2016 Wolfson Residency, Oxford

      2014 Alexandra Reinhardt Award 


      2018, 17 EVA Programming committee, London

      2017 Emvan, Meet the Artist