Approved: 22.02.2014

David Booth MRSS


Approved: 22.02.2014

I am inspired by material, process, context - especially site-specific and thrive in the challenge of responding to a space. This can result in the creation of large, ephemeral works which are created onsite.

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  • Location: Southport, North West
  • Artforms: Sculpture

Artist Statement

I am inspired by material, process, context - especially site-specific and thrive in the challenge of responding to a space. This can result in the creation of large, ephemeral works which are created onsite.

I believe in the importance of nurturing and encouraging the ability to reinvent. Evolving is a vital life skill - offering resilience, growth, escape, survival. I want my art to bring truth into being. For the display of the art to perform a kind of phenomenology so that it reveals something in such a way that the viewer understands it more perspicuously than they did before.

My work often references reinvention by deliberately exploring transformative ways of using and manipulating a material - in doing so I endeavour  to challenge my viewers to see new ways to look and expands  possibilities in an expressive gesture in order to recapture ambiguity that is present in pre-reflective experience and allows us to see the world afresh. I want to render visible something that is taken for granted with our lived experience of how we encounter things and for my work to carry expressive meaning that resonates.

A multi-disciplined Fine Artist, Booth's work encompasses sculpture, painting, digital, photography and drawing. The connection is his instinctive use of materials. His work draws on different aspects to layer his work - personal experience, phenomenology, site speci?c, context - and Booth's broad practice allows him to select how to respond. Booth has exhibited nationally in galleries and artfairs; Booth has been selected for residencies, collaborations, commissions and delivered for several arts organisations Arts Council projects and curators. Selected by curators to exhibit at Venice Biennial, Art and Archictecture 2020.



CV & Education



Member of Royal Society of Sculptors  (MRSS)

Queen Elizabeth II is the Patron of the Royal Society of Sculptors
and Membership of RSS is selective and the sculptor members of Council meet to review applications and select new members. Awarded Membership in Jan2014.


Venice Biennial, Art and Architecture  (29Aug2020-16Feb2021)
Lancashire Open (Aug2019)
FLUX 6  2019, London (14-17Mar2019)  
FLUX 5  2018, Chelsea School of Art (11-15Apr2018)
Life&Death, Derby (Feb-Mar2018)
Life&Death, Nottingham (Dec2017)
Art of being Out,  D-Contemporary, Mayfair, London (4-15Jul2017)
FLUX Summer Exhibition, London  (12-16July2017)
FRESH AIR Sculpture Show 2017, Quenington Gloucestershire (11Jun-2July2017)
FLUX, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London (2-6Nov2016)
MOZFEST 2016, Mozilla Digital Art Festival, MozEx curated by the digital learning teams at both the Tate and the V&A, London (28-30Oct2016)
Glitched Portrait, QUAD Gallery, Derby (24Sep-20Nov2016)
Manchester Buy Art Fair, Old Granada Studios (22-25Sep2016)
CodingCAMO, Leamington Spa (27Aug2016)
Sold,Artsmith (Apr2016)
Nature as Material for art, Exhibit with Sculpture Network, ArtSpace Studios (24Jan2016)
FLUX, The Royal College of Art Kensington (10-14Dec2015)
MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice - Arts Based Masters - Showcase, Article Gallery, Birmingham (4-10Sep2015)
Invisible Boundaries, Artcore (Aug-Sep2015)
Tarpey Gallery (Jul2015-Jan2016)
SeeArt Fair, Royal Tunbridge Wells (24-28Jun2015)
Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair (26-28Jun2015)
Size Matters, Exhibit with Sculpture Network (25Jan2015)
The Nightingale Sings, Berkeley Square House, Mayfair, London for ARTful (Aug2014-Jan2015)
The Moreton Gallery, Group exhibition in Cotswolds (15Aug-24Oct2014)
Future Showcase, The Old Chemistry Lab, Nottingham (30Apr2014)
Chelsea Art Fair, Catharine Miller Gallery (10-13Apr2014)
Place Matters, PATCH London showcase The Collective, The House of St Barnabas, Soho, London (Apr-July2014)
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, Catharine Miller Gallery (13-16Mar2014)
Catharine Miller Gallery, Chelsea, London (Dec2013)
Debut Contemporary, Notting Hill, London (Nov-Dec2013)
Purling London, Art Chess Set Launch, Debut Contemporary (30Oct2013)
The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London (17-20 Oct 2013)
Growth Spurts Forth, Enterprise Centre, Derby (Jun2013)
Framed-in-View, Debut Contemporary, Notting Hill, London (Jun2013)
Not A Rehearsal, The Lady Bay Arts Festival (May 2013)
Pub Games, Belper, Derby (Apr 2013)
107 Station Street, Burton upon Trent (Mar2013)
Salon 3 Contemporary, Cromford (23Mar2013)
The Making House, Burton upon Trent (Mar2013)
Debut Contemporary, Notting Hill, London (Feb-Mar2013)
Fertile Imagination, Friar Gate Studios, Derby (Feb-Jun2013)
PINT Contemporary Arts Festival, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent (Oct 2012- 16 Feb 2013)
Melbourne Arts Festival (Sept 2012)
The Big Show, Games People Play, QUAD Derby (July 2012)
Games People Play, Embrace Arts, Leicester (May-June 2012)
The Open Spaces Project, Derbyshire Open Arts (2-5 June 2012)
Breckles Hall, The Lady Bay Arts Festival (19-20 May 2012)
Games People Play, The Atrium Gallery, Nottingham (Jan 2012)
Games People Play/Card Deal, DepARTures Gallery, East Midlands Airport (Nov 2011 - March 2012)
Games People Play, Artcore, DEDA  ( 3-29 Oct 2011)
Card Deals, Artcore, DEDA  (1-28 Sept 2011)
Picaresque, Derby University (Exhibition 3-11Jun 2011)
National Broomhill Sculpture Final, Devon (Exhibition May 2010 - Apr 2011)
Royal Derby Hospital (Exhibition Oct 2010 - Feb 2011)
Tregoning Contemporary, Derby ‘The Christmas Show’ (25 Nov-23 Dec 2010)
Visual Dialogue, Group exhibition, Derby (12-27 Nov 2010)
The Big Draw, Gesture, Group exhibition, Derby (Oct 2010)
Wirksworth Arts Festival Curated Commission Programme (Exhibition 11-26 Sept 2010)
Derby City Open 2009, Winner of Banks Mill Studio Prize (Exhibition at Silk Mill Oct 2009-Jan 2010)
Wirksworth Arts Festival, Window Installation ‘Folded’ (2009)
Wirksworth Arts Festival, Art Trail, Moot Hall, Group exhibition ‘Celebration’ (2009)
Incubation, Group exhibition, Friar Gate Studios, Derby (2009)
Site Specific Installation, Ilam, Derbyshire National Trust (2009)
Hidden Disabilities, Winner of Fine Art Prize, Derby University (2009)
Anonymous09, Derby Museum (2009)
FRESH2 for Emerging Midlands Artists, Nottingham (2008)


Associate Member of Royal British Society of Sculptors  (ARBS) (Jan2014)
Finalist for Cygnet Fund, Derby (2010)
Derby City Open 2009  3D Prize Winner of the Banks Mill Studio Award (2009)
Enterprise Inc Bursary, Derby University (2009)
Winner of Fine Art Prize ‘Sciatica’ (2009)


Selected Exhibition

VENICE BIENNIAL, 2020   (23May-29Nov2020)
Invited by  European Cultural Centre
Time Space Existence
Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Giardini Marinaressa.  Venice, Italy

FLUX 6  2019, London (Mar2019)  

FLUX 5  2018, Chelsea School of Art (11-15Apr2018)

FRESH AIR Sculpture Show (11Jun-2July2017)

Invited by curator Anne Marie Fisher to exhibit at this biennial sculpture exhibition which provides a creative mixture of traditionally modern and cutting-edge contemporary work in a stunning outdoor setting.

FLUX EXHIBITION (Nov2016)  Invited by Lisa Gray.

Tarpey Gallery  (Jul2015)

Invited to exhibit at the launch of Tarpey Gallery NEW SCULPTURE SITE set in beautiful gardens surrounded by trees and farmland.
This inaugural exhibition will feature work by some of the most exciting artists working in the Midlands region. Richard Thornton, Sam Shendi, Martin Griffiths, David Booth, Sarah Fiander, Michael Thacker and Dale Shields will be displaying a diverse collection of work from the 11th July to launch this exciting project, including a selection of work by the estate of Paul Mason also on display. Indoor sculptural works by Richard Perry and Rachel Carter.


The Nightingale Sings, Site-specific Sculptural Installations, Berkeley Square House, Mayfair, London for ARTful (Aug2014-Jan2015)

Selected by ARTful London to showcase in Berkeley Square House, the premier multi-let building in the heart of Mayfair overlooking Berkeley Square. With an imposing presence on the East side of the square it is home to many blue chip companies as well as two Michelin stared restaurants and to compliment a private members club. ARTful exhibit a rotation of Art in the main entrance façade and pieces have included Black and Blue horses by  Mr Brainwash, Pouring vessel by Roland  Roland Piché, Vases by David Mach and Trilogie Des Obelisques by Nikki de St Phalle.


Place Matters, Site-specific Sculptural Installation, The House of St Barnabas, Soho, London for PATCH London (Apr-Jun2014)
Selected by PATCH London to be in The Collective showcase at the club at The House of St Barnabas which exhibits the most inspiring and uplifting visual art from established and emerging artists. The permanent collection includes donations from founding member Rankin, and celebrated artists Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, Mark Titchner, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Chris Levine, Djordji Ozbolt, Neil Gall, Kevin Francis Gray, Gordon Cheung, Jamie Shovlin, Simon English and Julie Verhoeven.

The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London (17-20 Oct 2013)
The Other Art Fair gives 90 of the best emerging artists working in the UK and beyond the opportunity to sell their work directly to the general public. The 2013 selection committee who reviewed application: Yinka Shonibare, MBE,  Turner Prize Nominee Artist; Rebecca Wilson, Director of the Saatchi Gallery; Mila Askarova, Director and Founder of Gazelli Art House; Nick Hackworth, Art Critic and Founder of Paradise Row Gallery; David Jaffe, Senior Curator of The National Gallery; Laura McLean-Ferris, Art Writer, Curator, Critic.



Selected Commissions

Invisible Boundaries, Arboretum Park for Artcore (Aug-Sep2015)

Shortlisted for Nightingale MacMillan Unit (NMU) Commission (Aug2014)
The Nightingale Macmillan Unit at Royal Derby Hospital is commissioning public art work to enhance the approach and welcome to the public entrance for Cancer Services at Royal Derby Hospital.

Shortlisted for sculptural commission ‘Tommies’  Derby City Art Gallery and Museum (2014)

Residency at Nottingham Trent University for Future Factory (2014)
Two Artists Awarded 12 week Residency - myself and Fiona Heron.

PINT Contemporary Arts Festival, Burton upon Trent (Oct 2012-Feb 2013)
Site-Specific Sculptural Installation at Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent, commissioned for PINT Contemporary Arts Festival
sponsored by Marston’s Brewery.

Residency at Burslem School of Art and Spode, Stoke-on-Trent (Jul 2012)
Commissioned by rednile projects in partnership with British Ceramics Biennial.
Second Collaborative Residency with Sun Ae Kim (Ceramic Artist), Holly Corfield-Carr (writer) and David Booth (sculptor).

Residency at Spode, Stoke-on-Trent (Nov 2011)
Commissioned by rednile projects in partnership with British Ceramics Biennial.
Collaborative Residency with Sun Ae Kim (Ceramic Artist), Holly Corfield-Carr (writer) and David Booth (sculptor).

Selected for Factory Night @ The Historic Wedgwood Institute, Stoke-on-Trent (Oct 2011)
by rednile projects in collaboration with British Ceramics Biennial
Factory Nights are an innovative new approach to commissioning art work and inspiring collaboration, with unique opportunities for attendees to apply for bursaries to conduct research residencies, collaborations or produce a piece of work responding to the space. Open to all artists, creatives and potters from studio, design and industry. Open to artists throughout the UK - only 10 places.
The historic Wedgwood Institute in Burslem, Stoke on Trent has been named by the Victorian Society as one of the top 10 buildings in the UK under threat. The grade II* Listed Institute was built with funds raised by public subscription to make arts, science and literature available to all and was named after the iconic potter Josiah Wedgwood.
This Factory Night is in partnership with the British Ceramics Biennial and aims to bring together a wide range of artists and potters from studio, design and industry to exchange and share skills. The night includes a guided tour of the property and includes access to the exhibition hall and balcony, the hidden original house that the institute was built around and the university lecture theatre. The night will be led by noted local historian and Sentinel Columnist Fred Hughes along with town centre manager Julian Read providing both past, current and future debate.

Visual Art Commission - Derby: City of Invention (2011)
Commission for digital artwork for hoarding project led by Derby City Council’s Art in the City Team and Derby Museum & Art Gallery.

National Broomhill Sculpture prize finalist (2010)
Selected by the judges to be one of 10 finalists
The judges
(Robert Bradford, Sandy Brown, Giles Penny, Peter Randall-Page, Mike Roles and Broomhill owners Rinus and Aniet van de Sande)
The Judges Winner - Glynn Griffiths with Earth Seed
The Public Speaks Winner - Claudia Borgna with Oasis
(Public vote:Claudia Borgna, Charlie Hawkins and joint 3rd place runners up Glynn Griffiths and David Booth)

Wirksworth Arts Festival Curated Programme (2010)
Commission for Site Specific response - sculptural piece for St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth
The curated programme explores the relationship between Art and Architecture, intervening in buildings and spaces
throughout Wirksworth.Lead artist is Goh Ideta. Other featured artists include Caitlin Maisley, an outstanding American photographic artist; Tony Hill and Darshana Vora, both with multi-channel video installations; French artist Bibi’s ‘Bigigloo’; David Booth will create a sculptural piece from balloons for St.Mary’s Church; Michael Miller’s triptych of mirror-gloss black canvases reflects back to viewers both themselves and the massive architectural space they occupy, subtly distorted by stretching and distortion of the paint skin; Optical trickery with 3D imagery from Sam Paechter of Boffin Projects(UK); Flore Gardner will wrap St Mary’s Church in a mile of French knitting as part of her re:place commission; and for the first time an artists’ film and video salon with entries from all over the world.





‘Sciatica‘       Hidden Disabilities, Winner of Fine Art Prize
                      Derby University permanent collection (2009)



Royal British Society of Sculptors Yearbook   2013-14    
Image of sculpture used on Front Cover
The Collective, The House of St Barnabas  2014
Featured in their quality brochure.



University of Derby  BA(Hons) Fine Art     2011