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Christian Newby’s practice suggests approaching the intersections of creative production through horizontal rather than vertical, or hierarchical paths. Through his practice he seeks to examine and broadly subvert metrics pertaining to value and skill within fine and applied arts practices. Newby is currently looking at the industrial carpet-tufting gun as a case study in how the roles of artist, artisan and fabricator are determined by terminal belief systems in productivity and commodification. His unique technique of ‘drawing with carpet’ redirects the manufacturing function of the carpet-tufting gun and instead explores its capacities as a mark-making tool, while observing its fundamental equivalences to the pencil, spray can, paintbrush and tattoo needle. Newby’s textiles carry an awareness of the anonymity of globalized commercial production and mass labour, in direct contrast with the skilful mastery equated with artisanal handicraft.


2021 NADA Miami, Patricia Fleming Gallery

2021 SWAB Art Fair, Patricia Fleming Gallery

2021 Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>Radicalism>Fantasy, Collective, Edinburgh

2021 The drum, the chime, the scrape, the splash, the jerk, Patricia Fleming, Glasgow

2019 Brick-Wall-Spider-Web-Post-It-Note, Beers London

2016 Tetracontameron, Space In Between, London

2015 Pots and Tiles, Ceramic shop with Ana Martinez 

Fernandez, Space in Between, London

2014 Party Time, Space in Between Project Space, London

2013 Blue and Blonde and Among the Living, Space In Between, London

2013 Breton Wall, w/ Ana Martínez Fernández, Vitrine Gallery, London

2011 Christian Newby, Galerie OÙ, Marseille, France

2011 Parlour Apes, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2011 Stillmatic, Studio Warehouse, Glasgow, UK

2009 Gazing Ball, curated by Nicolas Party, Glasgow Project Room Glasgow, UK

2009 Grey Goo, V8 Plattform, Karlsruhe, Germany

2008 Me Master, Him Blaster, w/ Nicolás Party,

SweetGeranium, Glasgow, UK


2018 Spring Syllabus, J Hammond Projects, London

2017 Yo Compro Calidad, Matadero, Madrid

2017 Soft Formalities, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent, Canterbury

2016 Only Lovers, Le Coeur, Paris

2015 Studio Leigh, London

2014 A House is Not a Hotel, Pi Artworks, London

2014 Light/Colour/Object, Super Dakota, Brussels

2014 Whitechapel Gallery/Swarovski Art Icon: Howard Hodgkin, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2013 Consomme, Kinman Gallery, London

2013 Always Be Working, part of the Dazed and Confused Magazine/Converse/Whitechapel Gallery

2013 Emerging Artist Award, Londonnewcastle Project Space, London

2013 Arts + Chips, MOT International Project Space, London

2013 Le Club des Sous L’Eau, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2013 Interior 301, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris

2013 Green Screen, Modern Edinburgh Film School, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

2012 Toilet Group/Shift Happening/Live and On Fire’, in collaboration with Amelia Bywater, Intermedia, Glasgow

2011 New Work Scotland Programme, collaboration with Amelia Bywater, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


2019 Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU, Artist-in-Residence, Hong Kong

2017 Matadero Madrid El Ranchito exchange with Arthouse Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria

2016 Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant Recipient

2015 URRA/Gasworks Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013 Dazed & Confused/Whitechapel Gallery Emerging Artist Award, London

2012-2013 Florence Trust Residency, London

2011 New Work Scotland Programme, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

2010 Triangle Arts Trust, Triangle France residency, Marseille.


2019 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow, published by Thames and Hudson, ed. by Kurt Beers

2014 The White Review (cover), Issue no. 10, London

2013 Nouvelle Vague, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2012 Rebecca, w/ Amelia Bywater, Printed in conjunction with Collective Gallery for New Work Scotland Programme, publication, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

2009 Victor & Hester Journal, Issue Four, commissioned centerfold image.

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