Robin Footitt


Robin Footitt looks at the way we use our online presence, complete with its own language of emoticons, to punctuate our lives. His work alters distorts and reassembles the grammar of social media.

Robin Footitt (b. 1982) studied at Central Saint Martins and Royal College of Art, London. Footitt lives and works in Bow, East Londonand is a former resident of Acme Studios’ Fire Station Residency, Bromley-by-Bow, London (2010 – 2015), The Florence Trust, London(2009) and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2008). Recent exhibitions include 2016 Modern Grammar New Art Projects,What Cannot Be Contained, Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (2015); The Trouble With Painting Today, Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London (2014); Closed Circuit Saga, Edel Assanti, London (2014); A Town Without Pity, 4 Windmill Street, London (2013).

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Education 2009 MA Painting / Royal College of Art, London, UK
2004 BA (Hons) Fine Art / Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK
2001 Foundation / Wimbledon School of Art, London UK
Experience 2012 Royal College of Art, London, UK (Visiting Lecturer, MA Painting)
2010 Christies Education, London, UK (PG Dip, Modern and Contemporary Art)
2009 Christies Education, London, UK (PG Dip, Modern and Contemporary Art)
2009 Kingston University, Kingston-Upon-Thames, UK (Visiting Lecturer, BA Fine Art)

Recent Selected Exhibitions
Solo 2014 Closed Circuit Saga Edel Assanti, Vauxhall Bridge Rd, London, UK
2013 A Town Without Pity 4 Windmill Street, Windmill St, London, UK
2011 Mains Cole, Little Portland St, London, UK
Group 2015 What Cannot Be Contained Smiths Row, Bury-St-Edmunds, Suffolk, UK
2014 The Trouble With
Painting Today Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, UK
A Union of Voices Horatio Junior, The Lord Nelson, London, UK
2012 Part of a Collection: Outset Royal College of Art, London, UK
RCA Acquisitions 2009-11
2011 SUNDAY London 2011 Ambika P3, Marylebone Road, London, UK
Elizabeth House Elizabeth House, City of London, London, UK
Radiaal Moderne Art Rotterdam 2011, Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam,
Bergamo Arte Fiera 2011 Quartiere Fieristico di Bergamo, Italy
2010 SCREENING 203-205 Brompton Road, London, UK
Florence Trust 10 Florence Trust, London, UK
The Drifting Canvas Cole, Little Portland St, London, UK
The Panellists ABV Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Harold Golen Gallery, NW 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida,
Tour Operator 27AD, via Broseta 27, Bergamo, Italy
2009 Through the Wall A Foundation, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London,
site09 Darbyshire Award Site Festival, Museum in the Park, Stroud,
Gloucestershire, UK
SHOW RCA 2009 ONE Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, UK
Lexicon Hatdance Hockney Gallery, Jay Mews, London, UK
We Can Understand … The Crypt Gallery, St. Pancras Parish Church, London,
The Panellists Pravus Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Ghost Tank Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London, UK

Events and Collaborations
2015 Sound & Vision II music documentary film festival poster in collaboration with Love & Dishwasher
Tablets ( and Mediateca Regionale Pugliese, Bari, Italy
2013 The Lindt Big Egg Hunt 2013 in aid of Action for Children; February 12 - April 1 (touring
Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and London)
2012 2012 (all proceeds go to The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts) Sotheby's, London
2011 SUNDAY London 2011 – presentation with Ian Homerston
Acme Studios Fire Station Centenary Open Weekend
Art Rotterdam 2011 – ʻRadiaal Moderneʼ presentation with Simon Mathers with an accompanying
essay by John Slyce2010 Co-ordinator of ʻSCREENINGʼ, 203-205 Brompton Road – an independent exhibition of video
and painting project including Albert Oehlen, Armen Eloyan, Daniel Sinsel, Oliver Michaels, Paul
Pfeiffer, Ryan Trecartin and Toby Ziegler
Curator of ʻThe Drifting Canvasʼ, Cole Contemporary – includes publication essay
2009 Co-ordinator of ʻThrough The Wallʼ, Club Row, Rochelle School – an exhibition of 2009 MA
Painting, Royal College of Art Graduates in association with A Foundation
2007 Collaborative book project, live projections and album artwork with UK musician KT Tunstall
2006 Assistant to both Liam Gillick and Adam Dant for commissioned artwork by the Hayward Gallery
for ʻHow To Improve The World: 60 Years of British Artʼ
Arts Awards/Prizes
2015 East London Painting Prize, shortlisted
2014 Soho Sculpture Prize, shortlisted
2010 White Columns Curated Artist Registry, White Columns, New York - selected by Matthew Higgs
Programme 4 (2010 - 2015) Acme Studios work/live residency at The Fire Station, London
2009 British Airways Great Britons, winner
Florence Trust Studio Residency 2009/10, Florence Trust, London
site09 Darbyshire Award - selected by Tom Trevor
2008 Royal College of Art Paris Studio Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2006 Internship in the Curatorial Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, MoMA, New York
Internship in association with the Arts Council of England and Hayward Gallery, London

Recent Press/Publications
2013 The Fire Station Project, Acme Artist Studios 2013
2012 2012, Sothebys' International Publications 2012
2011 'Radiaal Moderne: a conversation between John Slyce, Robin Footitt and Simon Mathers' / Ditto
Press/Cole 2011
'Oliver Michaels: A Journey Between Two Fixed Points', discussion between Oliver Michaels & Robin
Footitt / Ditto Press/Cole 2011
Art Monthly, May 2011
2010 ʻThe Weight and the Carried Mark across Canalettoʼs Views of Londonʼ text by Robin Footitt / Turps
Banana, Spring 2010
ʻThe Drifting Canvasʼ text by Robin Footitt / Cole/Ditto Press, Summer 2010
ʻFlorence Trust 10ʼ text by Soraya Rodriguez / Florence Trust, Summer 2010
'Each, A Synchronised Painting' text by Robin Footitt / Generation Press/Monika Bobinska 2010
'Special Effects' text by Sachin Kaeley / Glass Magazine, Summer 2010
ʻSCREENINGʼ text by Sally Mumby-Croft / TANK, September 2010
2009 'This is not painting the living room, you understand ... 10 Artists You Should Meet' text by Richard Gray /
10 Men, Summer 2009

Amlin Collection, UK
Parallel Group, UK
Royal College of Art Collection (Outset Fund in conjunction with Tate and Whitechapel Gallery), UK
Sawiris Collection, Egypt
Tim Rollins + K.o.S, USA
Private Collections Worldwide

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