Roger Hiorns artist talk

Date 22.03.17

Time 6.30pm

Location Arnolfini


Turner Prize nominated Roger Hiorns is concerned with how we sustain materiality, how we can translate substance, propose new technological surface, and even insult objects.



He uses unlikely materials from brains, to copper sulphate crystals to transform found objects or even change architectural spaces into extraordinary new forms, where the familiar is remodeled into what he describes as 'possibilities of an inconsistent future'.

Hiorns will talk about his expansive practice including his 2 current works for Bristol, a major public work for Temple Quay and a commission made with the pupils of Ashton Gate Primary School, commissioned by Foreground.

Roger Hiorns

Roger Hiorns (1975, Birmingham, GB) is an artist whose sculptures investigate material and form in the broadest sense. Roger Hiorns studied at Goldsmiths College in London. Significant solo exhibitions include The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, (2013), MIMA, Middlesbrough (2012), Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2010), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2010), the Tate Britain, London (2010), the Camden Arts Centre, London (2007) and the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2003). He has participated in numerous significant group exhibitions internationally including Taipei Biennial, Taipei (2014), 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013), Marrakech Biennale 4th Biennale, Marrakech  (2012). In 2009 he was nominated for the Turner Prize with his installation 'Seizure', commissioned by Artangel, in which he filled an apartment in London ready for demolition, with a copper sulphate solution, which through chemical process resulted in an interior fully covered with gleaming blue crystal formations.

Organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, University of the West of England in association with Field Art Projects and the University of Bristol

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.

Supported by Foreground.

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.