Approved: 14.12.2013

Daksha Patel

Artist, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 14.12.2013




    My practice is concerned with how the human body is measured, mapped and scanned by modern technologies. I am intrigued by what remains immeasurable, is illusive and unseen, despite our increasing capacities to reveal the structures of the body. Questions about how visualisations of the internal body can change perceptions about our somatic selves, and perhaps even our experience of the body run throughout my work.

    The process of drawing – with its simplicity, immediacy and directness - is at the heart of my practice. I experiment with materials that are unstable and fugitive such as animal fat, vellum, clay and latex, to investigate ideas about unpredictability and the unknown, as well as working with graphite on paper to examine the relationship between drawing and measurement. Ultimately, I am interested in exploring what a drawing can reveal that a scientific document cannot.

    I am currently undertaking a residency in medical imaging at the University of Manchester as part of an Arts/Science collaborative award.

    CV & Education

    Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions


    Women Artists: From 1861- 2015, Touchstones Rochdale, group show


    Paper, Wall, Table and After, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, group show

    Cravings, MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester), group show

    Noisy Bodies, John Rylands exhibition, solo show

    Arts Science Collaborative residency, University of Manchester


    Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference, Contemporary Art Space Chester, group show

    Bodytopos, Touchstones Rochdale, solo show

    Dust, Paper Gallery, Manchester, solo show part of Manchester Science Festival

    Cottonecropolis, Imperial War Museum North installation, part of Asia Triennial Manchester

    Painting the Pixel, Gallery North, Newcastle, group show


    Noise+Signal bio-mapping events, FACT, Liverpool and Cornerhouse, Manchester

    Baltic 39, Newcastle, ‘Digital Sensations’ exhibition, group show

    Brains: The Mind as Matter, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, an interdisciplinary art/science Wellcome Trust exhibition

    Centro Cultural Raiano Museum, Portugal, installation and drawings, group show

    Android, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, group show

    Gallery North, Newcastle, ‘Mind Wandering’ animation screening, group show



    FACT Liverpool, open call for The Wall, solo show

    Centre for Life, Newcastle, group show

    Drawing Paper 5, publication:



    Diffusion, Asia Triennial Manchester, Public arts commission,

    Piccadilly train station, Manchester

    Micro commission, Cornerhouse, Manchester

    Whisper Residency, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

    Laboratory Life Residency, Lighthouse, Brighton

    Altered States, Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester



    Latitude, Manchester Modernist Society

    Analogue is the New Digital, AND festival, Manchester

    The Christie Hospital residency, radiology department, Manchester



    The Courtyard Gallery, Hereford, Solo show

    Histories of Healing, The John Ryland University Library, Manchester



    Art of Sound: Sound of Art, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

    Origins of Nine, Islington Mills, Manchester

    Internal Spaces, Central Art Gallery, Ashton under Lyne, Solo exhibition



    School of Art Fafa Gallery, Helsinki, group show

    Harris Museum and Gallery, Preston, Solo show in the projects space



    2011 Awarded AHRC funding for practice-led PhD (on going), Northumbria University, Newcastle

    2006-2008  MA Fine Art , AHRC funded, Manchester Metropolitan University

    2000-2003  BA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University



    Arts Council Grants for the Arts funding for ‘Diffusion’ project, 2011

    Paul Hamlyn Micro Commission, Cornerhouse, 2011

    Arts Council Grants for the Arts funding for professional development, 2006

    Collections – The Christie Hospital, Manchester 2010



    2008 – present, Associate Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University (contextual studies programme)

    2006- present, Freelance workshop leader (Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Gallery Oldham, Mid Pennine Arts and schools throughout the North West)