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Artist, writer, curator,

currently based in Berlin. 

​bryonyjdawson@gmail.com

@bryony_jean

Non-Productive Readers (currently on pause)

Non-Productive Readers is a Berlin-based monthly reading group for art writing, cultural theory and experimental criticism. Taking its name from artist Josef Strau’s essay ‘The non-productive attitude’, the group aims to explore relationships and hierarchies between theory and practice; talking and making; publication and exhibition. Each group session features a different text, which will be sent out two weeks prior to meeting.

If you’d like to attend, please email  bryonyjdawson@gmail.com to receive reading material and further information. 

Basket

Basket is an occasional event series for live art, performance, poetry and sound in Manchester. Co-curated with Jordan Hayward. Details for upcoming events here: @open__basket

 

Publications/Other

/A Response to ‘Tha-at’s Right': notes on the film by Rowland Hill, Motor Dance Journal, forthcoming.

/SORE: a selection of artists' writings edited by Mathilde Heuliez, designed by Lisa Lagova, featuring Jonathan Lubasch, Niklas Büscher, Tindra Eliason, Celine Mathieu, E Eriskat, Emma Bombail and Bryony Dawson. Here

/Trapped Nerve, pamphlet published by Earthbound Press. Here.

/Catalogue essay for Patric Sandri. Here.

/The Naming of Things -- riso publication to accompany the exhibition at Castlefield Gallery, featuring research material, images and writing from the participating artists. 

/Memories of Living: a COVID-response project from Islington Mill -- produced by Greg Thorpe. Here.

/OFF_CENTRE: DRAFT #1 -- Performativity - - ‘a new artistic research journal presenting and sharing a process of thinking through’ --  Edited by Katy Morrison, PINK. Here.

/CHAIN/MAIL Issue 3: Greater Manchester/ Lancashire/ Cumbria - Corridor8 -- Edited by James Schofield with contributions from Katie Morrison, Mel Galley and cover artwork by Bryony Dawson. Here.

/Podcast: In Conversation with Ryan Gander and Matthew Pendergast. We talk about art, language and the two exhibitions we had to postpone during the pandemic. Here.

Group Exhibitions

Dear all, curated by Hope, Kingsgate Project Space, February 2023

/ Open Studio with Olly Williamson, Islington Mill, October 2021

/The Naming of Things, Castlefield Gallery, September 2021

/OUT_PUT: An Exploration of Listening, PINK, online, 2021

/Underground Manoevres, Soft Spot, November 2020

/Picture Window, Soft Spot Online, May 2020

​/Manchester School of Art Degree Show, June 2019

​/Binary, Partisan, Manchester, April 2019

​/Manchester School of Art Fine Art Auction, Holden Gallery, Manchester, April 2019

​/Life Is Elsewhere, The Old Bank, Manchester, March 2019

​/Why Smash Atoms? Ps Mirabel, Manchester, April 2019

​/A Christmas Show, Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, December 2018

Curation

/Assistant curator at PINK, 2021-2022

/The Naming of Things, exhibition alongside Ryan Gander's The Annotated Reader at Castlefield Gallery, September 2021

/Underground Manoevres, Soft Spot Online, November 2020 (accompanying ekphrastic texts).

/Flat Instance, Soft Spot, September 2020, Featuring work by Babs Smith, Owen Herbert and Ben Allan.

​/Picture Window, Soft Spot Online, May 2020. Featuring work by Nina Porter, Hanne Lippard, Lydia Davies, Bryony Dawson, Georges Perec and Margeurite Duras.

/Pilot, Soft Spot, September 2019

​/Life Is Elsewhere, Exhibition at The Old bank, Withington, March 2019. A pop-up group exhibition with a bar and live performances in a closed-down NatWest branch, curated by Soft Spot.

 

Soft Spot was a collective of artists: Bryony Dawson, Ed Gwyn Jones, Alfie Sellers, Rosie Burslem, Jay Mulholland and Saoirse Lewis. We curated a gallery space in the basement of Ps Mirabel Gallery in Manchester from 2019-2021.

​Education

​/BA Hons Fine Art, Manchester School of Art, 2016-2019, First Class

/Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Manchester School of Art, 2015-2016, Distinction

Awards

​/Castlefield Gallery Spring Members Exhibition, selected by Ryan Gander, 2021

​/Castlefield Graduate Associates award 2019/20 

​/Foyle Young Poets 2014, Highly Commended

Residencies

​/Borrowdale, Lake District, UK, 2019

/Joya:air, Almeria, Spain, 2018

/Foyle Young Poets 2014 Winners Residency, Arvon Centre, The Hurst, Shropshire, UK, 2014

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