Matthew Darbyshire

Matthew Darbyshire’s work critically explores the language of design and the nature of consumerism and collecting; the way we amass objects for in our home, and what we think these objects say about us. Juxtaposing valuable collectors’ pieces and handmade sculptures with readily available high street items, his work succinctly questions the political and economic agendas that inform our taste and value judgements; a provocative repackaging of the homogenisation of contemporary design.


Xerox - Dog Poo

Extruded concrete

Xerox - Dog Poo

Extruded concrete replica of dog faeces.

Sensitive Type

Digitally printed cotton T-shirt

Sensitive Type

An Eighties Aids awareness advert printed on white cotton T-shirt.

Fuck Aids

Digitally printed cotton T-shirt

Fuck Aids

An Eighties Aids awareness advert printed on a white cotton T-shirt.


Various objects, plinths


Mixed media.

The Object is Alive

Cement, MDF, paint

The Object is Alive

Objects made up of cement, MDF, paint.

Untitled Homeware No. 12

Chromed silver and gold toy robots, purple flocked telephone, painted white Beswick ornament, glass, and steel

Untitled Homeware No. 12

Chromed silver and gold toy robots, purple flocked telephone, painted white Beswick ornament, glass, and steel.

Walking Cat

Polystyrene and 20th century Windsor chair

Walking Cat

Polystyrene and 20th Century Windsor chair

Solo Exhibitions

2017 - Jousse Entreprise, Paris, FR

2017 - The Object is Alive, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, UK

2017 - Shin Gallery, New York, US

2016 - Passive Sensor, Herald St, London, UK

2015 - An Exhibition for Modern Living, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK Suite, Lisa Cooley, New York, US

2014 - Renaissance City, Stanny House, Woodbridge, UK

2014 - Public Workshop, Krolikarnia National Museum, Warsaw, PL

2014 - Oak Effect, Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, UK Bureau, Herald St, London, UK

2014 - Captcha, Jousse Entreprise, Paris, FR

2013 - Matthew Darbyshire and the W.A. Ismay Collection, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK 

2013 - Taro Nasu at G-Tokyo Art Fair, Tokyo, JP

2013 - Oak Effect, Bloomberg Space, London, UKA Way of Life (in homage to Jim Ede), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK 

2013 - The Soft Shape Room, Frac Nord pas de Calais, Dunkirk, FR

2013 - Call of the Mall, sculpture commission, Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht, NL

2012 - T Rooms Pt II, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (cat) T Rooms, Tramway, Glasgow, UK

2012 - Jousse Enterprise, Paris, FR

2012 - Stanley Picker Fellowship in Fine Art, The Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London, UK

2011 - Taro Nasu, Tokyo, JP

2011 - Leeds Met Gallery and Studio, Leeds, UK

2011 - Herald St (with Scott King), London, UK 2010 ELIS, Herald St, London, UK

2011 - Frieze Foundation commission, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK

2009 - Funhouse, curated by Tom Morton, Hayward Project Space, London, UK

2009 - Furniture Islands, Outpost, Norwich, UK

2008 - Nought to Sixty, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

2008 - Blades House, Gasworks, London, UK

2007 - Recreate (with Richard Wilson), Pump House Gallery, London, UK 

2004 - Urban Pastoral, Relais De La Baie, Noyelles-sur-Mer, FR

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 - A Contemporary Collection, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK

2016 - Night in the Museum: An Exhibition from the Arts Council Collection curated by Ryan Gander, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK

2016 - Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2016 - The Attenborough Centre, Leicester, UK The Science of Imaginary Solutions, Breese Little, London, UK

2016 - RECASTING, curated by Ruth Allen and James Cahill, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge, UK

2015 - Summer Exhibition, curated by Michael Craig-Martin, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK 

2015 - Figure of Speech, National Museum, Warsaw, PL

2015 - Following Hercules: The story of classical art, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK 

2015 - History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, UK 

2015 - Calisthenics, curated by Matt Paweski, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2014 - Show Off, Leakateandlouise, London, UKOn the Devolution of Culture, Rob Tufnell, London, UK

2014 - Work in Public, Decad, Berlin, DEA Sense of Things, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

2014 - Reclaimed - The Second Life of Sculpture, Glasgow International, Glasgow, UK

2013 - Ideal Standard Forms, Galleria d’arte Moderna GAM, Turin, IT

2013 - ICA Off-Site; A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now, The Old Selfridges Hotel, London, UK 

2013 - British British Polish Polish, Zamek Ujazdowski CCA, Warsaw, PL

2013 - The World Is Almost Six Thousand Years Old, The Collection, Lincolnshire, UK

2013 - Air de Pied-à-terre, curated by Lisa Cooley & Alan Reid, Lisa Cooley, New York, US

2013 - Jousse Entreprise, Paris, FR

2013 - Big Dinner, Limbo, Margate, UK

2013 - Pop Tarts, James Fuentes, New York, US

2013 - Dobbel, Substance P besøger Illums Bolighus, Illums Bolighus, Copenhagen, DK

2013 - Paradise Garage, Eighty One Curtain Road, London, UK

2013 - Costume: Written Clothing, Tramway, Glasgow, UK

2012 - Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK 

2012 No More Icons, Blackfriars, London, UK

2012 Paradise Garage, Eighty One Curtain Road, London, UK

2012 SNAP! Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK

2012 6 Chairs, Art House Foundation, London, UK

2012 You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, TH Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK

2011 Nothing in the World but Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

2011 You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, Miro Foundation, Barcelona, ES

2011 You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, ES 

2011 The Shape We’re In, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

2010 Recent British Sculpture, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, NL 

2010 The Camo Show, Cardi Black Box, Milan, IT

2010 British Art Show, curated by Tom Morton and Lisa Le Feuvre, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (touring) (cat) Newspeak, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (cat)Herald St, Taro Nasu, Tokyo, JP

2010 Paul McCarthy’s Cap, Peles Empire, London, UK

2010 Bold Tendencies, Hannah Barry, Peckham Rye Multistorey Car Park, London, UK

2009 Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Tate Britain, London, UK (cat)

2009 OTHER WORLDS: THE HAYWARD GALLERY PROJECT SPACE IN SOUTH KOREA, curated by Tom Morton, Platform 2009, Seoul, KR

2009 Eat Me - Drink Me, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US

2009 Monument for Study, Herald St, London, UK

2008 White Columns (screening), New York, USLe Chant du Rossignol, Matthew Darbyshire and Sam Gunn (screening), Herald St, London, UK

2008 Matthew Darbyshire, Jess Flood-Paddock, William Hunt, curated by Sasha Craddock, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK

2007 Deutsche Bank Pyramid, National Theatre, London, UK; Deutsche Bank, London, UK Supernova, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, US

2007 ReMap[KM], IBID PROJECTS, Athens, GR

2007 Matthew Darbyshire, Djordje Ozbolt and Alexander Tucker, Parade Gallery, London, UK Itchy Park, Limehouse Studio, London, UK

2006 Minotaur Blood, Fortescue Avenue, London, UK

2006 Internet Café (commission), Publish and be Damned, London, UK

2006 Sixteen Golf Course Makers (commission), Zoo Art Fair, London, UK

2005 Launderette, Ipswich Town Council Artists Gallery, Ipswich, UK 

2005 Open Garden, Fortescue Avenue, London, UK

2005 Public Meeting To Address The Phenomenon Of Materialization, with Olivia Plender, Man in the Holocene, London, UK 

2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm, Millers Terrace, London, UK

2004 Art School, Bloomberg Space, London, UK

Other Projects

Residencies and Awards