Yelena Popova, Elizabeth Rowe, Darren Banks, Holly Davey
25th June – 8th August 2015
Syson Gallery

Cornucopia convenes several historic collections and examines the individual stories of collectors who catalogued objects, compiled cabinets and constructed galleries. A word commonly used in the eighteenth century to describe eclectic personal collections (meaning ‘plenty’), Cornucopia features work made by contemporary artists in response to a particular setting or individual involved in the pursuit of collection. In some instances, the subject of the work is another artist within a collection.
Michel Foucault described museums as a specific kind of hetrotopia or sealed utopia – defining ‘a slice in time’. A personal collection can hold a mirror to an individual’s interpretation of a particular time and place. This exhibition takes its cue from the collections of assorted individuals who were able to collect for numerous social and economic reasons at different points in history; perhaps as a leader of industry, a pillar of Empire, through working in institutions -holding a scientific or artistic interest or simply through personal wealth. The work featured here is a mirror held up to those collections by contemporary artists.



Elizabeth Rowe, Clay Smith, Michael Forbes & Robin Newman
27th June – 6th September

This exhibition presents the work of four artists responding to the theme of ‘the Grand Tour’ and the period of the Enlightenment. Examining themes of tourism, class, scientific and cultural breakthroughs and seeking of knowledge, the artists reflect and consider with contemporary eyes this hugely significant period of history. Each artist presents a unique narrative of thought, whether offering a critical and contemplative view on the inequality of the Grand Tour (a pursuit reserved exclusively for the rich and privileged), the dawn of tourism and its impacts or the search of the acquisition of knowledge.

everything lasts forever nothing lasts forever


everything lasts forever nothing lasts forever
14th April – 23rd August 2015
The New Art Gallery Wallsal

Following a period of research and development in the Artists’ Studio earlier this year, Elizabeth Rowe embarked on an ambitious site responsive wall collage for the Garman Ryan Hall, bringing together film posters with seemingly disparate media images selected from newspapers and magazines. Taking the Buddhist concept of ‘Anicca’ or impermanence as a starting point, Elizabeth continually changed the work over a six-week period so that it remained in a constant state of flux. Paper cut outs were positioned, moved around, re-positioned and over-painted, a process that the artist repeated until the end of the residency period. The resulting wall work is a documentation of Elizabeth’s process and makes reference to scientific and philosophical ideas as well as the question of how far media images might be useful for imagining the world and our place within it.



Est, 1690
Opens Friday 1 March, 7-9pm
Runs until 30 April
Pitt Projects

Curator Nathan Pitt has worked with The Worcester Berrows Journal – the oldest newspaper in the world still in circulation – to invite four artists who work with media, print, public space and newspapers, Robert Barry, Candice Jacobs, Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Shaw Hughes, to feature in a special artists edition.

Photo: Nathan Spencer

Dudmaston Hall Residency


Dudmaston Hall Residency
January – November 2013

I will be in residence at Dudmaston Hall, a National Trust property in Shropshire until November 2013, supported by Turning Point West Midlands.

Responding to the Modern art collection held on site, I will be researching notions of ‘blankness’ in relation to a diverse selection of starting points such as, monochromatic painting, abstraction of information and the mind’s proclivity to block out areas of thinking that are perceived as beyond it’s understanding. The resulting drawings and writings will be published in newspaper format later this year.

The property is open to the general public from 17 March until the end of Autumn and you can visit me every Monday and the last Sunday of each month as I set up studio in the former kitchen.

Photo: Nathan Spencer

Spike Island | Book & Zine Fair


Spike Island | Book & Zine Fair
Saturday 20 October 2012, 10am-5pm

‘Magic Flick Book’ (featured in GIFF form on the home page of this website) makes it’s print debut at Spike Island Book & Zine Fair. Available to buy for £7 – email me to order a copy.

BREAD | Frieze Art Fair


Bread & Fortunes
Eastside Projects at Frieze Art Fair
Regent’s Park, London, UK
11 – 13 October, 12–7pm / 14 October, 12–6pm

Caroline Achaintre, An Endless Supply, BAZ, Simon & Tom Bloor, Kathrin Böhm, Alice Channer, Shezad Dawood, Tenzing Scott Brown, FormContent, Dora Garcia, Liam Gillick, Gunilla Klingberg, Kelly Large, Heather & Ivan Morison, Ciara Phillips, Giles Round, Elizabeth Rowe, John Russell, Michael Stumpf, Mark Titchner, Stuart Whipps, Yangjiang Group

Eastside Projects are selling artists bread and fortune cookies from our stall in Yangjiang Group’s large scale ‘Shu Fa at Cricket Pavilion’ structure, co-commissioned by Eastside Projects and Grizedale Arts earlier this year, and now a major part of Frieze Projects.

Eastside Projects is working in Birmingham with Loaf Social Enterprise Ltd in Stirchley to make artists bread available at the gallery each week. We have invited artists to design stenciled texts and images, such as Dora Garcia’s ‘Steal This’ 2012, which are then cooked onto the sourdough loaves. We are being useful by functioning as the central Birmingham distribution point for Loaf’s outstanding bread. For Frieze, Loaf recommended Brick House Bakery in East Dulwich to work with us. Each day Brick House will cook fresh artists’ bread for our stall.

Collage Party | The New Art Gallery Walsall


Collage Party
The New Art Gallery Walsall, WS2 8LG
Saturday 12 May

Turn up, tune in and cut out with me at The New Art Gallery Walsall. Everyone welcome. Materials and top tunes provided.

Castling | Glasgow International 2012


Castling | Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012
20 April – 07 May 2012

Shown as part of ‘Castling’ a project by ESP at Hanson Street Studios Project Space for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012.

A fourth ‘virtual billboard’ was erected online. This changed daily, alternately showing works made by invited Birmingham and Glasgow based artists, each responding to previous day’s ‘pasting’. Featuring Sparrow+Castice, Joey Villemont, Nita Walters, ERNEST, Kate Hanisch, Sarah messenger, Elizabeth Rowe, Beagles + Ramsay, Bancroft + Salisbury, Janie Nicoll, Paul Newman, Ortonandon, Tobias Hanisch, Lachlann Rattray, Gavin Wade, Ellie Harrison, Helen Brown, Ross Hamilton Frew, Anne Guest, Darren Banks, Gene George Earl and Erica Eyres this online conversation is archived online where all images are displayed together in a sequential order.

48 Sheet | Billboards & Collage Party


48 Sheet
100 billboards across Birmingham
2 – 29 April

I have some new work showing in Birmingham until the end of the month. Commissioned for a three panel billboard site at the junction of Moseley Road / Highgate Road, it is part of a city wide project by EC-Arts including 100 billboards across Birmingham.

Collage Party
Saturday 28 April
EC Arts hub, Mailbox, Birmingham

As part of the project I will be hosting a FREE Collage Party on Saturday 28 April, 12-5pm at the 48 Sheet hub in the Mailbox. All welcome. Materials and top tunes provided. Bring your own scissors and refreshments.