Marvin Gaye Chetwynd talk, Bristol: 19th October

Date 19.10.16

Time 6.30pm

Location Arnolfini


Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London, UK) studied anthropology at UCL before studying Fine Art at the Slade School of Art and Royal College of Art in London. Chetwynd’s work spans performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video each of which the artist infuses with elements of folk plays, street spectacles, popular culture and Surrealist cinema.


Her performances are characterised by the use of large groups of performers - many of them friends and relatives and typically feature handmade costumes, props and collaged environments. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012. Chetwynd will talk about her wider practice including her recent residency in Bristol as part of the project ‘Resilience Lab’.

Chetwynd is currently in the midst of a year-long series of performances and exhibitions in Bergen, hosted by Bergen Assembly 2016 and curated by PRAXES. Solo exhibitions and performances include those at Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2016); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2014); Studio Voltaire, London, UK (2014); Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy (2014); Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (2014); and The New Museum, New York, USA (2011-12). She has been involved in numerous group exhibitions such as ‘20 – An Exhibition in Three Acts’, Migros Museum, Zürich, Switzerland (2016); ‘Bergen Assembly’, Bergen, Norway, (2016); the Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, UK (2015); the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, Sweden (2013); and ‘Performance Now: The First Decade of the New Century’, various venues, USA (2012-14). Her most recent projects include performances at Glasgow International, Glasgow, UK in 2016 and her acclaimed film, ‘Dogsy Ma Bone’, commissioned for the 2016 Liverpool Biennial, developed in partnership with METAL. 

Organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, and the University of the West of England in association with Tessa J Fitzjohn and the University of Bristol Cabot Institute. Supported by Bristol City Council.

Free for UWE staff and students with ID. £6 / £4 Concessions. To book tickets call Arnolfni box office on: +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01 or email: /

Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.