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Born 1955, Dunfermline, Scotland.
1973-77 Studied Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art
1978-79 Post Graduate Fine Art, Goldsmiths’ College, London
1998-2000 MA by Project ( With Distinction), at Sir John Cass School of Art, London Guildhall University
1996-97 Abbey Austin Award in Painting, British School at Rome
Lectured at the Sir John CASS School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University, 2001 – 2015
Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University, Edinburgh College of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
Structuring personal “art systems” that employ rules and strategies to track small thoughts and imagining. http://systemsart.org/artists.html
My practice uses extensive series of images to display a versatility of thinking in image production to promote systems of making that highlight “internal detail” in situations and objects.
This serialising of projects allows the obsessive nature of capturing “almost nothings” and “wee thoughts”in promoting the activities of drawing, painting and placement and making of art through “things.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1986 Tom Allen Centre,London
1987 Windsor Arts Centre, Jersey Arts Centre
1988 39 Steps Gallery, London
1988 New Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, London
1989 “Changing Circumstances”, Seagate Gallery, Dundee
1989 “The Role of the Spectator”, StamfordArts Centre,Lincolnshire
1990 “Imposed Values”, Bedford Hill Gallery,London
1991 “Considering Work”, ADD, Greenwich, London
1994 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.6, Art Now,London
SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.14 – Instant Film Format…and two red lights, Bedford Hill Gallery, Balham, London
1996 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.15 – Snippets…the paintings, London Guildhall University Gallery, London
1997 “Hollow Laughter 3”, Gallery, British School at Rome
2001 So Breathe…So Think…and…, Deptfordx, London
2002 So art it…, Deptfordx, London
2005 Imagine / Image II Fondazione Baruchello, Rome.
The IMAGINE/IMAGE project was hosted by the Fondazione Baruchello in Rome constituted the second stage of the IMAGINE/IMAGE project launched in 2003.
2007 16000 Paintings as a Sequence, Systems Art Symposium, Unit 6 London Metropolitan University, London
This exhibition was staged as a contribution to the Systems Art symposium at the Whitechapel(Laboratory) alongside the Art & Language exhibition, “Now They are Surrounded: Reconfigured.”
The extensive series of works followed on from previous large series of drawings produced
2013 THOTS… 1,234 Drawings. Mile End Pavilion, London
1990 “Patterns of Intention”, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (with Eve Thomson & Jim Mooney)
2000 “RANK CHEESEBOARD”, Five Years, London (with Fergal Stapleton)
2008 Rules to Hold On To: Appropriating Appropriate appropriation, FIVE YEARS, Unit 66, Regents Studios, London E8 4QN
2009 YES. YES. I KNOW. FREE SCHOOL.I KNOW, FIVE YEARS, Unit 66, Regents Studios, LONDON E8 4QN
2010 LECTURE HALL, FREE SCHOOL, FIVE YEARS, Bethnal Green Library, London E2 0HL
2012 “Exchange”, More Free School, with Five Years, Unit 66, Regent Studios, London E8 4QN
2013 October 2013, FIVE YEARS, UNIT 66, REGENT STUDIOS, LONDON E8 4QN
Selected Site Specific Actions, Installations & Activities
1992 LOOKING FOR SPECTATORS, 240 small paintings,
street installation in Lewisham HighStreet, Lewisham Festival
1992 The “WORK” Series, Greenwich,London
Sculpture for the PAINTER/WORKER,Greenwich,London
1993 “LOOKING FOR WORDS”, Greenwich,London
1993 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN
A Trilogy of Installation and Performance Pieces
No.1 Examination, April
No.2 Crossing, June
No.3 Held, September, Science Block, Brockley, London SE4
1994 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.2, The Agenda
SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.4, The Room
SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.5, “Like Being with Madonna…”
SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.7, Four Wooden Blocks (photographs)
All at the Science Block, Brockley, London
1996 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.16 Shelved at (…),London, SE13
1996 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.16
Installation work – Feet and pants at (…),London
1996 SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.17 On and Behind Toilet Doors,
at (…),London, SE13
1997 “HOLLOW LAUGHTER 1”, The Wilson Room, British School at Rome
“HOLLOW LAUGHTER 2”, British School at Rome
“HOLLOW LAUGHTER 4”, Studio 4, British School at Rome
AMORI with Industrial BALLS, Studio 4, British School at Rome
SCULPTURE FOR REDUNDANT MEN No.19 Madonna and the 4th Dimension,
at (…),London SE13
1998 The “What a Laugh Series” at (…),London SE13
1999 The Advertising Collages at (…),London SE13
2010 “Ivy Road is an Artwork”. LondonSE4
Circles “Walk Down the Avenue”, Commercial Road, London.
2011 Free School 2, Five Years Gallery
“6” Deptford, London.
Selected Group Exhibitions
1977 “Seven Young Artists”, Talbot Rice Gallery,Edinburgh
1980 LONDON GROUP, SouthLondonArtGallery
1982 LONDON GROUP, Camden Arts Centre and touring to Penrith Galleries, St.Ives
and the Gardner Centre for Arts, Brighton
1984 WHITECHAPEL OPEN
“CELTIC VISION”, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art touring from Madrid to La Coruna, Cork, Glasgow, Cardiff, Llandudno, Jarrow, Cornwall and Nantes
“The Red Lion Group”, Conway Hall, London
1985 Tom Allen Retrospective
“Out of Dereliction”, WoodlandsArtGallery,London
New Moon Studios at the Woodlands Art Gallery,London
“Starting A Collection”, Warwick Arts Trust, London
1986 “CELTIC VISION” Invitation Exhibition, Bank of Ireland Exhibition Centre, Dublin
Warwick Arts Trust Exhibition
1994 “MINIATURES”, The Agency,London
1997 The MOSTRA at the British School at Rome
1999 “Exposure”, Deptfordx, London
“A Promise of Happiness”, Five Years, Londonhttp://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive/archive_folder/shows/f_show.html
What is a Gallery ?”, Unit 3, London Guildhall University
2000 “Shoot For Art”, MA SUMMER SHOW, London Guildhall University
“STAR”, Five Years, Underwood Street. London
2001 The Difference Between You & Us, Five Years, London
2002 14×14, Curtain Gallery, London
2004 Vis-a- Vis, 291 Gallery, London
2007 Peer Esteem, FIVE YEARS,UNIT 66,REGENT STUDIOS,
LONDON E8 4QN http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/017/pages/017.html
2008 “Rules to Hold ON To: Appropriate Appropriation”, FIVE YEARS,UNIT 66,REGENT STUDIOS, LONDON E4QN
2009 INTERRUPTED CORRESPONDENCE? VICE VERSA: FIVE YEARS FRAGMENTS, James TAYLOR GALLERY, COLLENT ST, London
2010 SO MUCH FOR FREE SCHOOL,ETC. PUBLICATION/SEMINARS/DISCUSSIONS, IMAGES http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/044/pages/0441.html
2014 365 Drawings 365 Dessins, Brock Keep, Reading
Videos and Films
1995 6 Walls, 6 People. (30 minute video with Peter Bromley)
2011 NEIL FERGUSON: A Feature Length Documentary,
Directed by Peter Bromley https://vimeo.com/76577241
2015 Circulating Air. Film made with Matthew Vincent Townend
2004 Imagine/Image 1, One day symposium and exhibition of Italian artist, Gianfranco Baruchello. Unit 2 Gallery. Central House,London Metropolitan University.
Imagine / Image
The first stage of the collaborative IMAGINE/IMAGE project launched in 2003.
The collaboration would question the contemporary role of the image and imagination and looked to develop “conversations” through image, writing and wider practice.
The first part of the collaboration began with an exhibition, curated by Ferguson, of Baruchello drawings and videos followed by a symposium, with Baruchello in front of his artworks, supported by a booklet of writings on “Imagine/Image” containing contributions from Baruchello and Ferguson amongst others.
2005 Imagine/Image 2, Symposium, Fondazione Baruchello,Rome https://www.amazon.co.uk/Imagine-image-Baruchello-Foundation-Metropolitan/dp/1899764925/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507902749&sr=1-1&keywords=Imagine%2FImage+2007
2008 Curator: Rules to Hold On To: Appropriarte Appropriation, FIVE YEARS, Unit 66, 6th Floor, Regent Studios, London E8 4QN.
Participants: Neil Ferguson, Anthony Griffin, Charles Harrowell, Matthew Vincent-Townend
IN CONVERSATION with… Events
2015 IN CONVERSATION with (1)…Neil Ferguson & Fred Vernon
2015 IN CONVERSATION with (2) … Neil Ferguson & Matt Vincent Townend. “Circulating Air”.
2016 IN CONVERSATION with (3) … Neil Ferguson & Lucy McGeown.
“Ivy Road is an Artwork”.
2016 IN CONVERSATION with (4)…Neil Ferguson, John T. Freeman, Hugh Gilmour, Irene Godfrey, Qing Qi.
“From Where YOU Sit”
2016 IN CONVERSATION with (5)…
2016 IN CONVERSATION with (6)…Peter Bromley, Neil Ferguson & Matthew Vincent-Townend.
2017 IN CONVERSATION with(7)…Neil Ferguson & Carol Wyss. “Beyond Controls”.
2017 IN CONVERSATION with(8)…a Play
“The Reflective Practitioner”, co-edited with Linden Reilly, London Guildhall University, 2001
“Imagine/Image”: Co-authors: Gianfranco Baruchello, Neil Ferguson, Linden Reilly, Chris Smith, Carla Subrizi.
The third stage of the IMAGINE/IMAGE collaboration project launched in 2003.
Baruchello Foundation and London Metropolitan University, 2007 (part of the Fondazione Baruchello FB collection, DeriveApprodi editions).ISBN 978-1-899764-92-1 111 pages. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Imagine-image-Baruchello-Foundation-Metropolitan/dp/1899764925/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507902749&sr=1-1&keywords=Imagine%2FImage+2007
2010 Dolly Thompsett: Paintings: Interviewed by Neil Ferguson. Publisher:ArtSway,11/09/2010 ISBN: 9780955840692, 66 pages
2001 So Breathe…So Think…and…, Deptfordx,London, 2001
2002 So art it…, Deptfordx,London.
2003 Considering Doing… a written contribution to symposium, What Work Does the Artwork Do? at Unit 2 Gallery,LondonMetropolitanUniversity,
2004 Image and Non-Sense, a written contribution to the Imagine/Image booklet for the Imagine/Image event and symposium with Gianfranco Baruchello atLondon Metropolitan University.
2009 INTERRUPTED CORRESPONDENCE? VICE VERSA: FIVE YEARS FRAGMENTS. http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/053/pages/053-.html
2010 SO MUCH FOR FREE SCHOOL,ETC.PUBLICATION/SEMINARS/DISCUSSIONS, IMAGES http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/archive2/pages/073/SO%20MUCH%20FOR%20FREE%20SCHOOL,%20ETC/073PDF.html
2013 October 2013, FIVE YEARS,UNIT 66,REGENT STUDIOS, LONDON E8 4QN