Stuart Layton works across video, installation, sound and writing to explore time, memory and class. He examines the various methods employed in order to convey history, folklore & childhood retention.
Often working within small, regional communities that co-exist within post-industrial towns, Layton’s investigations into the fallibility of memory invariably lead to investigation into the validity of history itself.
It is often assumed that history is a straight-forward representation of past events, but Layton’s work makes cause for the invocation of historian E H Carr’s maxim that: ‘There is no such thing as history, only historians.’
In a similar vein, Leopold von Ranke taught that to articulate the past historically does not mean to recognise it ‘the way it was’. In short, history, like memory is constructed and reconstructed in relation to the perspectives and prejudices of the individual.
The common theme in all of Layton’s work is his critical examination of memory and editorial
choice in the formation of political and personal histories and personally political histories. He
often considers the ‘just-past’ too, in order to scrutinise the much-contested site of ‘contemporary history’.
Layton is an emerging artist whose work has been exhibited across the UK and Internationally.
“Stuart Layton’s films originate from a fragment of information. They are paeans to anecdotes, passing comments or passers-by. Layton weaves a narrative rich in humour, pathos and nostalgia. His works begin on a local and intimate scale but ultimately come to represent something more profound and global.”
Jane Morrow – Artist Development and Studio Network Manager, Firstsite, Colchester.
Layton recently graduated with a Masters Degree in painting at the Royal College of Art, London, where he was awarded a distinction for his Thesis entitled “The Impossibility of Living in the Present: The act of retention & notions of time within the context of moving image”
Lives/Works London & Worcestershire
MA Painting 2013-2015, Royal College of Art
BA Honors First Class, 2009-2012, Fine Art Practice, University of Worcester
The Act of the Spartan Boy [screening], Belmacz, London, 2016.
You Never Wash Up After Yourself & Other Observations, Three Gallery, BPN Architects Birmingham, April 14.
You’ll Never Work in this Town Again, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 29th June – 14th September 2013.
Selected Group Shows
MONO – Stroboskop Edition, Stroboskop, Warsaw Poland, 6-7 May 2016
Lux Scotland Artist Moving Image Festival, Tramway, Glasgow, September 2015
Show RCA, Royal College of Art, London June – July 2015.
Small Worlds, New Art Gallery Walsall, May – September 2015.
Mono2, Courtyard Theatre, Hackney, London May 15 2015.
Film Open, Spike Island, Bristol, May 2015.
Light/Matter, UAL Chelsea, January 2015.
Now & After – International Video Art Festival, Moscow, Russia, April 2014
RCA Work In Progress, Royal College of Art, Kensington, London January 29th – February 2nd 2014
Act 1: Zombie Poverty, ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, November 2013
OpenRepo, Online exhibition, http://0p3nr3p0.net/furtherfield.html June – July 2013
Creating Curiosity, Ragley Hall Gallery, Warwickshire, May 2013
New Art West Midlands, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery & Grand Union. February 2013
Flood Alert, Be Prepared, The Hive, Worcester. July 2012
Light/Matter, Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, January 2015.
Kill Your Television, Worcester Museum & Art Gallery, February 2014.
This is What we like to call Old School, is_Space, Worcester, July 2012.
Shortlisted Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 Manchester International Festival Bursary Winner 2015
Shortlisted: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015
Awarded distinction for MA Thesis: The Imposibility of Living in the Present; The act of retention & notions of time in relation to moving image
The Lucy Halford Bursary. October 2014
The Elmley Foundation Scholarship. 2013/15
The Bransford Trust Scholarship, 2013/15
Residency: ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham, November 2013
New Art West Midlands Runner Up 2013
Grand Union Graduate Bursary Winner 2013
Residency: Pitt Projects, Worcester. February 2013
Delegate artist at Frieze Festival on behalf of Worcester Arts Partnership/Turning Point West Midlands. October 2012
The Boffy Award for Art & Design 2012
University Of Worcester Academic Scholarship, 2010, 2011
Waving Not Drowning 2015, BIAD, March 7 2015.
Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Wolverhampton, January 2015
Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art, HE Diploma, Royal Leamington Spa College, 2014/15.
Grand Union Bursary Winners Artist Talks, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Feb 2013.