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Common acts of social interaction and their resulting omnipresent etiquette are central themes in David Sherry’s work. In his performances Sherry provides an insight into the cultural codes and learned behaviours revealed in conversations, radio programs, newspaper articles or banal incidents in the street. Sherry’s work provides another way of thinking about the inspirational philosophy often found in this type of exchange, peering into the laws of the social mesh, repelling an accepted discourse and embracing other forms of meaning common to us all. Sherry’s often humourous performance works prompt us to question our daily rituals just at the point when they become unnoticed.


2019 Golden Thread Gallery Belfast, Belfast International Festival

2019 Das Dritte Land, Kulturforum Berlin at the Korean Garden

2019 Outskirts (performance), Platform Glasgow UK

2019 Euro Talkfest (performance), Deveron Arts Huntly, UK

2018 Parallax Something, Patricia Fleming, Glasgow

2018 Play it again, Firstsite Colchester

2017 I see doors of opportunity where there are no doors, Civic Room, Glasgow 


2016 Epiphany of Insignificance, Golden Thread Belfast  


2015 One million years of Laughter, Summerhall, Edinburgh 


2015 Maybe tomorrow or on the weekend, Outpost, Norwich 


2014 News of the World, London 


2013 Humanist Cumulative, Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow 


2013 Sense Makes No Sense, The Changing Room, Stirling 


2011 100 drawings on ham and cheese, Market Gallery Glasgow 


2011 Holding phones counting cars, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin 


2008 Zoo Art Fair, Mother’s tankstation (solo presentation) 


2007 Regulations for irrational procedures, Mother's Tankstation, Dublin 


2006 Something in between the teeth, Catalyst Arts, Belfast 


2005 Info Retreat, M and M Gallery, Antwerp 


2005 Public Spirit, Jack Hanley, San Francisco 


2003   Inter-remoteness, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 


2003 Natural Situation, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh  


2001 Comfortably Being Alive, Project space, Tramway, Glasgow  





2021 Garage Vivant, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art

2019 Hilbert Raum Berlin. Two person exhibition with Maurice Doherty.

2018 Good £uck, Glasgow International 


2018 Look Again Festival Aberdeen, commissioned performance 


2018 The Collection for the Poor Collector, Sperling Gallery, Munich  


2017 The Laughable Enigma of the Ordinary, Jose Campos Contemporary Arts Center, Azores 


2017 Ultra Eczema project, performances Het-Bos Antwerp and De-player Rotterdam 


2017 Leith Late performance, Punjabi Junction, Edinburgh 


2017 VAFT Video Art Festival Turku Finland and HUUTO Galleria Screening Helsinki, Finland 


2017 Greener on the other side, screening FAQ, Bremen 


2017 Performance Lecture, Edinburgh College of Art, Friday Talks Series 


2016 Guest Projects London group show and performance 


2016 Manifesta 11 Zurich, Cabaret Voltaire. Performances 


2016 Cains Brewery performance, Liverpool Biennial 


2016 The Royal Standard, Liverpool Biennial 


2016 Double Act, Art & Comedy, Bluecoat Liverpool 


2016 Circus Between Worlds, Glasgow International  


2015 Fix Performance Festival, Catalyst Arts Belfast 


2015 Devils In The Making, GoMA  


2014 Performance Lecture Newcastle University 


2014 Performance, exhibition at the CCA Derry/Londonderry 


2014 37 pieces of Flair, Newbridge Project, Newcastle 


2014 Motivational Deficit, Crawford Gallery Cork  


2014 Journey into the unknown, Performance CCA Derry-Londonderry 


2014 Screening for the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Bandstand 


2014 Generation, Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, the Traveling Gallery and Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow 


2014 RIFF, Baltic 39, Newcastle 


2013 Weingrull, Karlsruhe, two person show with Thomas Geiger  


2013 Performance, Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow 


2013 34 Knots, Group show and residency, Cuxhaven  


2013 Make Shift, The Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh  


2013 Red Sauce Mania Performance, The Common Guild Glasgow. 


2012 I want to believe, Incubate Festival, Tilberg, the Netherlands 


2012 Artists of the No, Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna 


2012 Tales of the City, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 


2012 Turin Over, Left Luggage, Performance, Turin Metro Station 


2012 Performing Sculpture, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh 


2012 Everything Flows, Performance, Glasgow International 


2012 Last, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 


2012 I love those paintings, Mother’s tankstation Dublin, Four person show 


2012 Title to be decided, Mexico Projects, Leeds  


2011 Glasgow/Turin, 150th celebration of Italy’s unification 


2011 Electrical Appliance, Performance at Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 


2011Oh my, oh my, Convocation House, Johannesburg 


2011 The Second Act, Arts Centre de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam 


2011 Somewhere Else, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona 


2011 Blue print for a Bogey, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 


2010 Dead Pan, The Royal Standard, Liverpool Biennial 


2010 Curated project, 798 Art Festival, Beijing 


2010 V1, MMX Berlin 


2010 Performance series at the Edinburgh Art Festival 


2010 One fine morning in May, GAK, Bremen 


2010 I am not here, De Appel, Amsterdam 


2010 Artist film and video at BBC Scotland 


2009 Public art commission, Birmingham 


2009 Singing Yoghurt, Log Gallery, Bergamo, Italy  


2009 Running time, The Dean Gallery, Edinburgh 


2009 Bad Faith, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 


2009 Grin and Bear it:, Glucksman Gallery, Cork 


2009 Bic Pen, Performance, The International 3, Manchester  


2009 Factory, MoBY, Israel 


2009 Liste, performance commission, Basel 


2007 Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn  


2006 Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin  


2006 1234, Work Place, Newcastle 


2004 Christmas visions, BBC 3 Commission 


2003  Gagosian, London group show.  


2003  Zenomap at the Venice Biennale.  


2003  Beck’s Futures, ICA London, CCA Glasgow and Southampton  


2002 Thoughts of the Unknown, Transmission, Glasgow 





2014 Exhibition review, The Scotsman 


2013 Optimism works both ways, Publication with Thomas Geiger  


2012 Creative Ireland, The visual arts 


2011 Counting cars, a N review 


2010 Health and Safety Effects, Published by Deveron Arts 


2010 I’m not here, De Apple, reviewed in Frieze 


2009 Limited edition, publication with Café Royal 


2007 Regulations for irrational procedures, Art Review 


2005 Armpit of the mole, published by Michael Quistrebert 


2003 Becks Futures, The New York Times  


2002 Dead dog on a fire, NIFCA publication 





2020 Creative Work Shop, Findhorn Bay Arts

2018 Cove Park, Residency 


2015 Fjuk Residency, Iceland 


2014 Creative Scotland Award 


2011 Creative Scotland Award 


2010 Artist Residency Deveron Arts, Huntly 


2009 RSA Residencies Award 


2009 Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council  


2008 Glasgow Visual Arts Award Scheme 


2006-07 Residency, Villa Concordia, Bamberg Germany 


2006 Scottish Arts Council Personal development Award 


2004 Scottish Arts Council Award 


2004 Artists Lab Residency, CCA Glasgow 


2003 Scottish Arts Council personal development Award 


2002 NIFCA Residency, Suomenlinna, Finland 

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