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

RESIDENCIES

If These Walls Could Speak - Axeneo7, Quebec, Canada, 2012 

Play Spots - South London Gallery, London, 2012

Lokal-Int - Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, 2011

Making Play - South London Gallery, London, 2010

You're The Boss - Chisenhale Gallery and Vital Arts, London, 2009

Helsinki Artist-In-Residence Programme, Finland, 2009

COMMISSIONS 

Text Mural - The Sisters Of The Order Of None Head - The Beer Shop, Nunhead, London, 2016

Text Mural - Things To Do To Make Your Day Better - South London Gallery, 2010

Participatory Artwork - The Public Acts, The Public, West Bromwich, 2008 

COLLECTIONS

Foundation Jan Michalski, Switzerland

Artist Book Collection, Chelsea College of Art & Design Library, London

Jeremy Copper,  Artist Postcard Collection, London

The Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

The British Wives Of Aliens, BookArtBookShop, London, 2016

I Am Not An Artist, AXENE07, Quebec, 2013

If These Walls Could Speak, AXENEO7, 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, 1996

Drawings, Lewisham Theartre, London, 1990

Drawings, Arts Theatre, London, 1986

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

International 

Vague d'Art, Centre d'Exposition L'Imagier, Quebec, Canada, 2011

1st International Biel City Zine Weeks, Lokal-Int, Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, 2011

Uber!Pusch!, Hottingerstrasse 4, Zurich, Switzerland, 2010

About Now, Perla-Mode, Zurich, Switzerland, 2009

Subversive Fair, Linz, Austria, 2009

Galerie Tam Tam, Leiden, Nederlands, 2008

You Find Yourself Here, RAP architectuurcentrum, Leiden, Netherlands, 2007

Printing Matters!, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2004

Berlin Book Fair, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany, 2004

United Kingdom

Art / Convertors, Studio 1:1 Gallery London, 2016

Peckham Platform Open (15), London, 2016

Animallage - The Poetry Society, London, 2015

Pool, Cafe Gallery, Bermondsey, London, 2015

Annual Open (31) Cafe Gallery, Bermondsey, London, 2015

Summer Salon, Angus Hughes Gallery, London, 2015

Peckham Platform Open (15) London, 2015

BAG Exchange Festival, London, 2014

The Nunhead Open, London, 2014

Sketch, Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Canada, 2012

The Nunhead Open, London, 2012

Annual Open, Cafe Gallery, Bermondsey, London, 2011

The Cut, [SPACE], London, 2011

The Cut, Olympic ViewTube Site, London, 2011

The Nunhead Open, Nunhead, London, 2011

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, Wales, 2010

NierghtravAOnWint’sIf A Teller, Gooden Gallery, London, 2010

Peckham Space Open, London, 2010

The Nunhead Open, London, 2009

Age And Memory, Orleans House Gallery, London, 2009

Annual Open, Cafe Gallery, Bermondsey, 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

The Wild As Will And Mediation, Wiebke Morgan, London, 2009

Travelling Alone, Waterside Project Space, London, 2008

Cafe Gallery Annual Open, Bermondsey, London, 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, London, 2008

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

Annual Open, Cafe Gallery, Bermondsey, London, 2007

Deviant Art Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Trolhatten, 2007

lonely heARTs, The Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania, 2007

Nunhead Open, The Surgery, London, 2007

Peer Esteem, Five Years, London, 2007

Smallworks, Mantle Arts, Leicester, 2006

I & Me, Studio Voltaire, London, 2006

Fred, various locations, Cumbria, 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, 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

Roman Roadparty, London, 2005

Abandon, Substation Project Space, Margate, 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, Nottingham, 2003

Annual Open, Café Gallery, Bermondsey, 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

Wellmade 3, Stratford, London, 2002 

Annual Open, Café Gallery, Bermondsey, London, 2002

Well-made 2, Stratford, London, 2001

Annual Open, Café Gallery, Bermondsey, London, 2001

The Florence Trust, London 2001

Raw Canvas Show, Aldwych, London, 2001

Self Service Painting, Five Years, London, 2001

Thirteen, The Florence Trust, London, 2000

Cable Street Open, London, 1998

Annual Open, Café Gallery, Bermondsey, London, 1995

The Genitals Are Beauty, The House of William Blake, London, 1992

2nd Coming, South London Art Gallery, London, 1990

Southwark Open, South London Gallery, London, 1989

1986 - Printing is Easy, Woodlands Gallery, London, 1986 

CURATED PROJECTS

The Kitchen Window Gallery June 2014 to June 2015 - monthly exhibitions and performances featuring British, Canadian, and European artists http://thekitchenwindowgallery.blogspot.co.uk

Founder member of This Happy Band - a troubadour style collective of artists and performers - performances at The Barbican Centre, Cabaret Voltaire - Zurich, The Camberwell Festival, Dead Season Live Art Festival, The Nunhead Festival, The South London Gallery

Artist Faire L’Artiste, Le Temporarie, 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, London, 2008

BINGO, The Nunhead Festival, London, 2007

I & ME TOO, Studio Voltaire and Cubitt Gallery, London, 2004

The Good, The Bad, And The ..., Campbell Works, London, 2003

Last Days In The Garden, Ashley Gardens, London

LIVE ART / PERFORMANCE

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, 2012

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

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, Brixton, London, 2010

Daniel Lehan Presents . . ., shift, London, 2010 

Dead Season Live Art, Margate, Kent 2010 

This Happy Band, Dead Season Live Art, Margate, Kent, 2010

Starry Stary Night, The Montague Arms, London, 2010

Super Heroes Night, The Montague Arms, London, 2010

The Montague Arms Festival, 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

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

BonkersFest, Camberwell, London, 2008

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, 2006 

INTERVENTIONS

Cardboard Poems, installed in various locations around London, 2012

Cardboard Poems, installed various locations in the City of Ottawa, Canada, 2011

SIDESHOW, various locations, Nottingham, 2006 

See & Collect, Consume Peckham, Peckham, 2008

HERE, Camberwell Arts Festival, London 2008

ARTIST TALKS  

AXENEO7, Quebec, Canada, 2011

Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa, Canada, 2011

The Society For Curious Thought, London, 2011

RADIO INTERVIEWS 

Radio Croydon - Readings from The Morning Glories - 2016

Resonance Radio - Discussion of collage work - 2015

Radio Croydon - Poetry reading - 2014

Radio Canada - Discussion of work made for Nuit Blanche event in Ottawa - 2012

POETRY READINGS

Unplugged - The Poetry Cafe - London

Tree Reading Series - Ottawa - Canada

The Montague Arms - New Cross - London

Beyond Words - Gypsy Hill Tavern - London

The South London Gallery, London

The Whitechapel Gallery, London

PUBLICATIONS

Visual Texts

The New Concrete - Hayward Publishing - 2015     https://thenewconcrete.wordpress.com/about

AND / OR - November 2015

Indefinite Space - 2015

Poetry & Paint Issues 3 and 4 2013 / 2014

Small Portions - 2014

This Is Visual Poetry - chapbookpublisher.com - 2013                      

The Delinquent - Issue 19 2012

The Cut - [SPACE] publications - 2010

Night Time - Acme Studios and South London Gallery - 2009 

Online              

Ditch

Ink Sweat & Tears     http://www.inksweatandtears.co.uk/pages//?s=daniel+lehan

Experiential / Experimental

Kumquat     http://kumquatpoetry-blog.tumblr.com/search/daniel+lehan+

Postcard Shorts

foam:e,     http://www.foame.org/Issue11/poems/lehan.html

Diagram

* 82 Review     http://www.star82review.com/2.1/lehan-cardboard.html

SHUF

M58     http://www.m58.co.uk/search/daniel+lehan+

SPUR

M58     http://www.m58.co.uk/search/daniel+lehan+

The Star Gazette

Small Portions     https://smallportionsjournal.com/2014/09/25/daniel-lehan-  lettershaped/

STORIES           

The Morning Glories - Wisdom Bottom’s Press - 2016

DRAWINGS        

Cahier de Catéchèse, Dark Windows Press - 2013

CONTRIBUTIONS TO

Art - Speak, REcreative - 2015

Alpine Phantoms, on the fantastic lure of the mountains, Dark Windows Press - 2012

Surrealism And The Uncanny - Dark Windows Press - 2011

The Sound Of Surrealism - Dark Windows Press - 2011

The Cat Came As A Tomato: conversations on contemporary art and play from the South London Gallery - 2011

Intoart: See The Revolutionary Art Exhibit - 2010

The Wild Pansy Press Book Of Rainy Day Activities - Wild Pansy Press - 2009

Night Time - Acme Studios and South London Gallery - 2009

EPOCH, introduction for exhibition by Christopher Campbell - 2006

PROJECT / EXHIBITION CATALOGUES

Katalog - Number 12, Lokal-Int, Biel-Bienne, Switzerland - 2011

NierghtravAOnWint’sIf - a book in 8 chapters and 4 dimensions - Wild Pansy Press - 2011

Social Club 09 / 10 - East Street Arts - 2011

Lines Of Desire - Oriel Davies Gallery - 2010

Textile 07 - Kaunas Biennial - 2007

Abandoned Chairs - Norwich Arts Centre - 2007  

You Find Yourself Here - 2007

Sideshow (2) - Sideshow Publications - 2006

The Stars Down To Earth - Nunnery Gallery - London - 2005

Gorgeously Repulsive - University Gallery, Univeristy of Essex - 2005

Mostyn Open - 2004 

WORKSHOPS DEVISED AND DELIVERED FOR 

                         Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood

                         Bow Arts Trust

                         The British Museum

                         Chisenhale Gallery

                         Create Arts

                         Creative Routes

                         Emergency Exit Arts

                         The Foundling Museum

                         Gasworks

                         The Geffrye Museum

                         London Borough of Greenwich

                         The Hackney Museum

                         The ICA

                         Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

                         The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

                         Lewisham Theatre

                         The Livesey Museum

                         The National Maritime Museum Greenwich

                         London Borough of Newham

                         Orleans House Gallery

                         Pupil Referral Centre, Teddington

                         The South Bank Centre

                         [SPACE]

                         St Paul’s Art Space

                         The South London Gallery

                         Studio Voltaire

                         Tate Britain

                         Tate Modern

                         Whitechapel Gallery

                         Wilton’s Music Hall