Tristan Hessing

Tristan’s work incorporates dark room photography, 8mm film, sculpture and installation. Typically monochromatic and process driven, his work explores surface, geometry and place. The presence of his work is peripheral, providing a subtle arrival at a set of ideas, and hiding a meticulous and controlled process of trial and error. At the core of his work lies an enquiry into the way we interact with space and perceive our environment, brought about through subtle spacial interventions and manipulations and meticulous attention to detail. Tristan’s practice is informed by his many ongoing exchanges as part of his multiple roles as artist, gallerist and studio owner. He co-founded Moot gallery in 2005, and this project evolved into One Thoresby Street, an artist’s studio complex, project space and production facility where he currently holds the position of director.


Object 1

Silver gelatine print on fibre based paper, disband mounted
50x40 cm
Long exposure photographic work created by running a laser over a found rock.

(Untitled, New Work: Mark Harrismowicz & Tristan Hessing)

8mm projectors, 8mm films, 3mins, looped, suspended projection screens

A three-channel black and white 8mm looped film installation, featuring abandoned industrial landscapes in Belgium, Scotland and England.


acrylic paint

A 2mm thick white line, carefully masked and painted directly onto a black-painted gallery wall. A site-specific in which the white lines form a topography or landscape within which the exhibition rest of the group exhibition can exist.

Solo Exhibitions

2009      (New Work: Mark Harrismowicz & Tristan Hessing), Hinterland Projects, Nottingham, UK

2007      (40th Year Anniversary), Ratcliffe On Soar Power Station, Nottinghamshire, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013      On the Rocks, Attic, Nottingham, UK

2012      Illuminated, Quad, Derby, UK

2008      (Exhibitions, March - May 2008), Stand Assembly, Nottingham, UK

2007      The Parallax View, Airspace, Stoke, UK

2007      The Vandals Stole the Handles, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool, UK

2007      Parade 3 -Stuff Happens, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK

2007      Ariston, Moor St Station, Birmingham, UK

2005      Somewheretogo, Trinity School, Warwick, UK

Other Projects

Residencies and Awards

2005      present Director, One Thoresby Street studios and gallery, Nottingham, UK

2005      Artist in residence, Trinity Technology College, Warwick, UK

2005      2010 - Director, Moot gallery, Nottingham, UK