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RAE 2008

fine art


Neil Ferguson

Studied Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and Goldsmiths’ College.
MA at Sir John Cass School of Art, London Guildhall University.

Lecturer on MA by Project
Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University, London, Edinburgh College of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.

RAE Outcomes

Research Interests
Structuring personal "art systems" that employ rules and strategies to track small thoughts and imagining; exploring connections and experience in reflexive and reflective actions; promoting systems of thinking and making that highlight "internal detail" in situations and objects; using extensive series of images to display the versatility of image production; serialising projects to display the obsessive nature of capturing experiences through image; placing importance on "almost nothings" and "wee thoughts", as the moments of extreme clarity that sustain art practice and its theoretical development in the composition of art events, art projects and essayistic approaches to art production; promotion of drawing and painting, not simply as skills, but as thinking tools.

Selected Exhibitions

So Breathe…So Think…and, Deptfordx, London, 2001

So art it…, Deptfordx, London, 2002

Imagine/Image, Fondazione Baruchello, Rome, 2005

Systems Art, Unit 6, London Metropolitan University, 2007

Camden Arts Centre, London

Changing Circumstances, Seagate Gallery, Dundee,

Imposed Values, Bedford Hill Gallery, London,

Considering Work, ADD, Greenwich, London,

Hollow Laughter 3, British School at Rome

Selected Joint Exhibitions

SALE (with David Heywood), Varna International Art Exhibition, Bulgaria, 2002

Patterns of Intention (with Eve Thomson & Jim Mooney), Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

RANK CHEESEBOARD (with Fergal Stapleton), Five Years, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

The Difference Between You & Us, Five Years, London, 2001

14x14, Curtain Gallery, London, 2002

Esteem, Five Years, London, 2007

The London Group

Whitechapel Open

Celtic Vision, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Miniatures, The Agency, London

The MOSTRA at the British School at Rome

A Promise of Happiness, Five Years, London.

Event Organiser/Curator/Contributor

Imagine/Image1, one day symposium and event with Italian artist, Gianfranco Baruchello, 2004

Imagine/Image2, Symposium, Fondazione Baruchello, Rome, 2005

Co-edited Booklets

The Reflective Practitioner, co-edited with Linden Reilly, London Guildhall University, 2001

IMAGINE/IMAGE project booklet jointly published between London Metropolitan University and the Fondazione Baruchello to be published in 2007 (part of the Fondazione Baruchello FB collection, DeriveApprodi editions).


So Breathe…So Think…and…, Deptfordx, London, 2001

So art it…, Deptfordx, London, 2002

Considering Doing… a written contribution to What Work Does the Artwork Do? symposium at London Metropolitan University, 2003

Image and Non-Sense a written contribution to the Imagine/Image booklet for the Imagine/Image event and symposium with Gianfranco Baruchello at London Metropolitan University, 2004.


Abbey Austin Award in Painting, British School at Rome

London Metropolitan University