Photo credit: Michael Forbes.

Michael Forbes

Resident Artist
STUDIO B5
www.michaelforbes.org.uk

Forbes explores his individual and cultural existence through his work, which is influenced by the relationship between Europe and Africa and its impact on world history and contemporary life.

Re-appropriating images and objects help him discuss areas of interest, such as diversity and difference, whilst acknowledging history for all its foibles and achievements. The figurines and sculptures he uses, harp back to a glorious European past, when men worn wigs and lace; and where trade in people, fabric, spices, metals and Liquor contributing to the Industrial Revolution.

Forbes works with Photography, Painting, Sculpture and Installations. On going photographic projects include: Carnival… beyond the glitz of the parade – which documents revellers surrounding the sound systems at UK Caribbean Carnivals. American Roadscapes – which documents urban American landscapes. Forbes work has been included in a range of shows in New York, Munich, Arles, London, Zagreb and Ljubljana.

Forbes has recently returned to Property Development  to financial support his artistic practice – he is in the process of buying a Police station and a couple of office buildings, to convert to residential accommodation. As these projects offer good financial returns, therefore Forbes is happy to explore Joint Ventures or investment opportunities.

Forbes plans to combine his areas of interest, by exploring the relationship between Art and Property, with Arthaus Nottingham – using empty and renovated properties to present exhibitions.

Forbes is a founding member of Primary (Chair 2006 – 2011) and played a leading role in developing the New Art Exchange, Nottingham.

In 2011 Forbes spent a year at the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York.

Exhibitions [Selected]

2016 Untitled, Harley Gallery, Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire
2015 Acquisition, Quad, Derby.
2014 Since 1843: In the Making, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2012 - Opem 2, The Collection Lincoln
- Next Generation: Contemporary American Photography, Pasinger Fabrik Amerika Haus, Munich.
- CPT:Time, History and Memory, Gallatin Galleries, New York
2011 - Metropolitan Wonderland, ISCP, New York
- Souls Of The Diaspora, ISCP, New York
2010 Because I can, Nottingham
2008 Next We Change Earth, The New Art Exchange, Nottingham
2007 The Redemptive Beauty Of Life After Death, The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
2006 - When Men and Mountain Meet, Gallery One, Zagreb
- Mostyn 2006 Opening Exhibition, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno

Curatorial Projects [Selected]

2012 Untitled, Primary, Nottingham
2010 - Because I can , ‘Pop up’ space, Nottingham
- Inconsistency Of Everything, Harminder Singh Judge, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
2009 Strength Of Feeling, Sokari Douglas Camp, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
2008 - Next We Change Earth, The New Art Exchange, Nottingham
- Once Upon A Time In The West There Was Lace, Godfried Donkor, Yard Gallery, Nottingham
2007 The Redemptive Beauty Of Life After Death, The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

Work History

2014 – Present       Property Development
2013 – Present       Freelance Curator
2000 – Present      Artist / Photographer
1994 – 2000           Visual Arts Officer: East Midlands African Caribbean Arts
1994 – 2000           Proprietor. Nottingham Property Developments

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