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Current & upcoming:

July 2021 6:15. A collaborative digital film work, produced in response to the Royal Society of Sculptors Gilbert Bayes award, curated by 2021 recipient Sarah Howe.

July 2021 What do we know (anyway)? at Bloc Projects, Sheffield. Group exhibition curated by JJ Chan as part of their ‘Longitudinal’ Residency, and Sunshine Wong. 10 -17th July.

Summer 2021Chrononaut editions available at South London Gallery, as part of Sarah Staton's Supastore Southside, Slingbacks and Sunshine. 9th July to 5th September. Editions documented here.

Studio production of new work towards Omen Formation, a 2021 solo exhibition, venue tba.

Sales of 1Big1, a series of apotropaic physical hashtags made during Lockdown, via the Artist Support Pledge.


Solo and Duo exhibitions: 

2016 Rubblewerk. A solo presentation at PLAZAPLAZA, as part of Art Licks Weekend 2016.

2013 Augury, solo exhibition at 38b Projects, London. In association with Art Licks Weekend.

2013 Bricoleurze With Annie Davey. At Space In Between Gallery, London.


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2020 Mantle, Monitor, Ledge #003 at ADAM, London. 3-artist online/physical show, during UK Lockdown 2.0
         With Líadáin Evans, Konrad Jakubowsky, and text by Kimmi McIntosh.

2020 BREEZE DE LA BREEZE at Zona Mista.

2019 neo:artprize shortlist exhibition, Bolton Museum Gallery.

2019 LASTING IMPRESSIONS II: Making and Re-Making the Replica. Conference exhibit, Pitt Rivers Museum.

2018 HIDDEN 2018  Courtyard and Hockney Galleries, Royal College of Art.

2017 XVII International Workshops of Art Casting, Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk.

2017 The Museum Has Abandoned Us at State of the Art, Berlin. Curated by Isthisit? 

2017 Relics from the De-crypt. Group show at Gossamer Fog, London.    

2016 Next Doör. A large scale solo commission for Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park.

2014 Red Mansion Prize Exhibition, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art.

2014 Liesma: Drawn through time with Charlotte Law. 7th ICCCIA, Pedvale Open Air Art Museum, Latvia.

2013 Artists Make Pub Signs/Group Show. LondonNewcastle Gallery.

2013 Orreries and other objects. Rogue Project Space, Manchester.

2013 An Arrangement in White XO, Leeds.

2013 RCA Secret Dyson Gallery, London.

2013 Un-Specific objects. The Royal Standard, Liverpool.

2012-13 Saint-Vincent Biennial Art Prize Exhibition 2012 (SVEART).
               Centro Congressi del Comune di Saint-Vincent, Valle d'Aosta, Italy.

2012-13 Canal and Rivers Trust Exhibitions: London.
               Nous Vous Collective, Arts Council England and the Contemporary Arts Society.

2012 MA Graduation exhibition Chelsea College of Art and Design.

2012 MICROCOSM with The Departure Foundation, Ellington Building, Leeds Valley Park.

2012 Prospectus: Radical Art Education and Exhibition as an Educational Technology.
           Chelsea College of Art and Design.


Awards:

2013 Artquest Workweek Prize with 38b. In Association with Art Licks.

2013 Red Mansion Prize Residency, Beijing.

2012 The GAM Gilbert de Botton Art Prize.

2012 Saint Vincent European Art Prize - Second Prize

2011 The Patrick Caulfield Scholarship, for MA study at Chelsea College of Art and Design.


Residencies:

2014-15 The Foundling Residency.

2013 Red Mansion Prize, Beijing.

2012 Shortlisted for the Nina Stewart Artist Residency, South London Gallery.

2012 LONDON – Canals and Rivers Trust/Contemporary Arts Society, with Nous Vous.


Education:

2019 PostGraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Teaching Fellowship Sheme, Royal College of Art.

2012 MA Fine Art, with Distinction. Chelsea College of Arts.

2011 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, with Distinction. Chelsea College of Arts.

2004 BA Fine Art, First Class Honours. Leeds Metropolitan University


Writing, speaking, events:

2020 1big1. Commissioned text for Issue 6: un/learnings, of Horrid Covid, a digital zine dedicated to the cultural side-effects of C-19: 

"Using making as a method of preservation in itself, and looking to older ways of thinking and doing, I’m leaning not towards this ‘new normal’ we hear about, so much as a reimagining of ‘older abnormals’: times when those who came before us might feel a need for connection and protection beyond the immediately tangible, whilst dodging dissociation in making as a method of my staying in the present"   Full text here:

2019 LASTING IMPRESSIONS II, Study day delegate, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

2019 The Artist Researcher, Artists and Museums Working Together.
         Artquest Panel Speaker, at The Foundling Museum, London.

2018 3rd Annual Dorset Iron Pour. Coles Castings, East Melbury, Dorset.

2017 The Three Tuns, The Bullyard, CV1. On Public Sculpture, for Pea Proposals Spotlight Series 2.0. 

2017 XVII International Workshops of Art Casting, Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk. Conference presentation. 

2015 End-Paper, the Foundling Museum. With Artquest, Esther Leslie and Helen Kaplinsky.

2014 In Conversation with Annie Davey and Natasha Hoare. For Bricoleurze at Space in Between. 

2013 IKTA. Digital radio broadcast of (Ch)o/aural Unction: Anthem for Coronation, a sound sculpture.

2011 Conclusion and Have it your way for Black Dogs Almanac – Fifth Edition.

2011 The Valuation of Artwork as an Exact Science’, for Next to Nothing – Black Dogs.


Press:

2021 ADAM gallery publication, available here.

2021 ADAM: Four Artists in an office off The Strand. Strandlines, Francesca Allfrey, January 2021. 

2018 Sky Marbles at the Foundling Museum, London:

"We displayed work made by children from Thomas Coram Nursery as part of an ongoing collaboration. Exploring our collections, children from the Nursery created colourful marbles and rag balls representing skies depicted in the Museum. This project was inspired by our 2014 Artist-in-Residence Tom Railton"

2018 Lily Cole: Balls review The Observer, Laura Cumming. Reference to Sky Marbles display (above).

2015 Ken, Madge and the Strange Rock, Radio 4, Peregrine Andrews. Collaboration for Unction referenced.

2015 Research Residency Interview with Tom Railton. Artquest. conducted by Nick Kaplony.

2014 ‘Through a different (window) frame’ Art Licks. Interview with Eva Rowson, 38b Projects.

2013 News from London. T-R-E-M-O-R-S. Hannah Newell, 26 October.

2013 Tom Railton Art Licks, Issue 13. Holly Willats. Featured solo exhibition Augury at 38b Projects.

2013 Art Licks Weekend: Peckham Tour This is Tomorrow, Rachel Guthrie. 15th October.

2013 Bricoleurze catalogue, Space in Between.

2013 Annie Davey & Tom Railton. Bricoleurze. Wall Street International, Art, 25th October. 

2013 The Catlin Guide 2013: New artists in the UK. Featured artist.

2013 Art projects and The Catlin Guide at The London Art Fair. The Arts Desk, Fisun Güner, 14th January.

2012 SVEART: St Vincent European Art. Catalogue - featured artist.

2012 UAL graduates nominated for prestigious award. Arts London News. Rowan Curtis, 22nd October.

2011 Art Speaks: An Interview with Tom Railton. Millpond. Elizabeth Holdsworth, 30th March.


Recent Posts: 

2019 Visiting Lecturer, Painting, Sculpture and 4D Hub, BA Fine Art, Leeds Arts University.

2018-19 Visiting Lecturer, BA Sculpture and Metalwork, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania.
A two-week residential workshop in 'alchemical' thinking and ceramic shell for bronze casting, hosted by The Faculty of Telšiai,  for Cirrus, the Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education. With David Snoo Wilson. 

2019 Visiting Lecturer, BA Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores University.

2019 Consultant, creative development, MAKE Liverpool.

2018/19 Artquest Peer Mentor Sessions with Pavilion, Fritha Jenkins and Jemma Egan.

2018 Associate Tutor, Ore and Ingot Foundry, Bronze Casting Workshop, Spike Island, Bristol.

2018 Visiting Lecturer, Materiality event, Graduate Diploma Fine Art. Chelsea College of Arts. With Zoe Laughlin.

2018 Visiting Lecturer pool appointment, BA Fine Art, Leeds Arts University.

2017 Sculptor/Tutor for This, but made out of That. Experimental kids' workshop in materiality and making, for LOST SENSES participation programme. Guest Projects, London. With Phoebe Baines, curated by Linda Rocco.

2015-2016 Committee Member, Build co-lead, DIY Space for London.

2015 Consultant, Pangaea Sculpture Centre, London.

2015 Visiting Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University.

2013 Speaker, Peripherique Lecture Series: Here come the apocryphal swords. Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

2010 Visiting Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University.


Born in Coventry, Tom lives and works in London, combining a multidisciplinary practice with teaching in Fine Art and Sculpture. He is a Fellow of the HEA, holding a specialist technical appointment at the Royal College of Art, and is a Visiting Lecturer for Leeds Arts University, and Vilnius Academy of Arts.

In 2015 Tom completed the Artquest Research Residency at the Foundling Museum, and joined the committee for DIY Space for London, following construction and opening of the cooperatively-run social centre. He was featured in the first St.Vincent European Art Prize and the Catlin Guide to emerging artists in 2013, and won the Workweek Prize for the solo presentation Augury at 38b Projects the same year. His work features in various private collections throughout the UK and Europe.


Contact:  t.c.railton[at]gmail.com