Since the early 1970s, Roger Palmer’s work has been shown in Europe, North America, Africa and New Zealand. Solo publications include Shanty (Aspex Visual Arts Trust, Portsmouth, 2008), Overseas (Fotohof edition, Salzburg, 2004), International Waters (John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 2001), Remarks on Colour (Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, 1995), The Event Horizon (Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg/ Ffotogallery, Cardiff, 1991) and Precious Metals (Serpentine Gallery, London/Cambridge Darkroom, 1986).

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Born Portsmouth, England, 1946
Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland
Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at the University of Leeds, UK
Represented by Commune.1, Cape Town, South Africa

Higher Education

1964-1968
Portsmouth College of Art; Dip AD
1968-1969
Chelsea School of Art; Higher Dip AD

Solo Exhibitions & Artist’s Projects

2014
Roger Palmer: Sediment: Commune.1, Cape Town
As the Crow Flies Glasgow/Nauru Commonwealth Games poster project

2012
Roger Palmer: The Cut, Halesworth.

2010
Latitude/Tropic (with Jeremy Wafer), PSL Project Space Leeds.

2009
Dislocated, Gallerija Vartai, Vilnius (with Paulina Egle Pukyte), ‘Artscape Vilnius 09 – United Kingdom’ Gallerija Vartai, Vilnius.

2008
Caledonia / Canal Zones, Wasps Studios, Glasgow (GI 2008, Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art commission).

2007
Shanty, Aspex, Portsmouth.
Botany Bay, Leeds City Art Gallery.
Plume, The Premises, Johannesburg.

2006
Plume, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town.

2004
Overseas, Galerie Stadtpark, Krems and Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg.

2001
International Waters II, Union-Castle House, Southampton, organised by John Hansard Gallery.

2000
Precious Metals, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
Grey Matter, Glasgow Print Studio Gallery.
International Waters, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.
Cell, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki.
Departures/Arrivals, permanent wall drawings in situ, Port Chalmers
Museum, Otago, New Zealand and Port Glasgow Library, Inverclyde, Scotland.
Dunedin Star, shop-window installation, 123 Princes Street, Dunedin, NZ.

1999
River, a permanent wall-painting in situ, Makerere University Art Gallery,
Kampala, Uganda.

1997
buttock & tongue, Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg.
in other words, Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh.

1995
"Remarks on Colour",Works from South Africa, 1985-1995, Oriel
Mostyn, Llandudno, North Wales, touring to Collins Gallery Glasgow (1996).
Coat-of-Arms, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art (Fotofeis '95 ).

1994
Un Message à Chickenman, Optica, Montréal.

1993
Blanc de Noir, Galerie Mosel & Tschechow, Munich.
Colour Blind, National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town.

1992
Verlorene Schiffe, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg.
Sight & Sound, Glasgow School of Art.

1991
Ffotogallery, Cardiff.

1990
Lost at Sea, Streetlevel, Glasgow.

1988
Precious Metals, Gardner Arts Centre, University of Sussex.
Lost at Sea, Air Gallery, London, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
TER MI NA TOR, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg.

1987
Precious Metals, Watershed, Bristol; Third Eye Centre, Glasgow;
John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Cambridge Darkroom.

1986
Salzburg College Gallery, Salzburg.
Falmouth School of Art Gallery.
Precious Metals, Serpentine Gallery, London;
California Museum of Photography, Riverside CA.

1985
Axiom Centre for the Arts, Cheltenham.
Pentonville Gallery, London.

1984
Cambridge Darkroom.
Spacex Gallery, Exeter.
National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford.

1982
Museum für Kultur, West Berlin.
Midland Group, Nottingham.

1981
Moira Kelly, London.

1979
Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.

1978
Oliver Dowling, Dublin.

1977
Angela Flowers, London.

1976
Leane Art Gallery, Listowel, Ireland.
Angela Flowers, London.
Aspects of the Landscape, Oliver Dowling, Dublin.

1975
Birmingham Arts Lab.

1972
Ceolfrith Gallery, Sunderland.

1970
University of Warwick Art Gallery.

Solo Publications

2014
Jetty (Fotohof edition, Salzburg): artist’s book of 50 photographs, with an essay by Timothy E Martin, 112pp, case-bound.
Phosphorescence (WAX366 Glasgow / Fotohof edition, Salzburg), artist’s book, 80pp, soft-bound, 21cm x 30cm, 2014: 49 images plus an introduction by the artist.
Macao Macau (Black Dog Publishing, London): artist’s book of 52 photographs with an essay by Tim Simpson. 104pp, soft bound.

2012
Circulation (Fotohof edition, Salzburg), artist’s book of 85 black and white photographs. Circulation also includes an interview with Lisa Le Feuvre and an essay by Penelope Curtis, 176pp., case-bound with dust-jacket, distributed by RAM Publications, USA.

2008
Shanty, (Portsmouth, Aspex Visual Arts Trust), documentation of exhibitions and projects in Portsmouth, Leeds, Cape Town, Johannesburg (2006/07); includes an interview with Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex and essay by Prof. Colin Richards (Wits University, Johannesburg), 112pp., soft-bound, distributed by Cornerhouse UK.

2007
K, (WAX366, Glasgow in association with the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad, Russia): slip-case containing two concertina books in English and Russian in an edition of 400.

2004
Overseas, (Fotohof edition, Salzburg), artist’s book of 80 black and white photographs plus an accompanying text , City Centre, specially prepared for Overseas by Ivan Vladislavic, 176pp., case-bound with dust-jacket, distributed by RAM Publications, USA.

2001
International Waters, (John Hansard Gallery, Southampton), includes documentation of projects in Uganda, Scotland/New Zealand, Namibia/New Zealand, & South Africa/England, 1999-2001. Essays by Bridie Lonie (NZ), Lloyd Pollak (SA) & Nikos Papastergiadis (Australia/UK); foreword by Stephen Foster, 72pp, 32 ills.

2000
Cell, (Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki), 24pp, 14 ills.; essay by Ian Hunt in Finnish & English.

1997
British Railways: Warships (WAX 366, Glasgow) silkscreen and letterpress, edition 300.

1995
Remarks on Colour (Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno in association with Collins Gallery, Glasgow); introduction by J. M. Coetzee and an essay by Stephen Bann, 36pp., 32 ills.

1991
The Event Horizon (Ffotogallery, Cardiff / Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg), 12pp., 4 ills.

1986
Precious Metals (Serpentine Gallery, London / Cambridge Darkroom), includes an interview by Pavel Büchler, 56pp., 21 ills.

1984
Roger Palmer: Eight Works (Cambridge Darkroom) includes an interview by Brian Human, 16 pp., 8 ills.

1972
Ceolfrith 17: Roger Palmer, Six Prints (Ceolfrith Press, Sunderland).

Public & Corporate Collections

South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Tate Gallery, London
The British Council, London
National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford
Arts Council of England, London
Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh
Leeds Art Gallery
Project Space Leeds
Northern Arts, Newcastle
East Midlands Arts, Loughborough
University of Nottingham
Nottingham Trent University
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Bolton City Art Gallery
The Big Flower Press, New York
Münchener Rüch, Johannesburg
Market Theatre Foundation, Johannesburg
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Galerie Stadtpark, Krems
Awards, Prizes, Residencies, Fellowships, Grants

2015
Artist’s Residency, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Kronstadt, St Petersburg, Russia

2014
Creative Scotland ‘20 for 14’ Commonwealth Games Commission

2012
Visiting Research Professor, University of Macau, China.

2010
AHRC Research Grant, Between, Journeys with Photography

2008
AHRC Research Grant, Tropic

2004
AHRC Research Grant, Zones of Silence: an artist’s exploration of colonialism and its influence on globalisation.

2001
Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, Photography, Place & Placelessness.

2000
AHRB. Small Research Grant in the Arts, Trade Routes: an artist's project exploring sea travel and its relationship to colonial expansion.
Artists at Work, International Residency, Otago Polytechnic School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand.

1999
British Council guest teaching and research residency, School of Fine Art, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

1998
First Ngoma International Artists' Workshop, Buluba, Iganga, Uganda

1993
Artist in Residence, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town.
Guest Artist in Residence, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
British Council Award for Research in South Africa.
South African Government Department of Education Research Award.

1991 & 1992
Visiting Associate, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town.

1990
Scottish Arts Council Major Bursary.

1988
The Bill Brandt Prize, awarded for the outstanding fine art photographic
exhibition/publication in Britain during 1987 (Precious Metals).

1986
East Midlands Arts Award.

1984-1985
Fellow in Photography, Department of Fine Art, Exeter College of Art & Design.

1984
South West Arts Award.

1980
Prizewinner: "Midland View 1", Stoke on Trent.

1979
East Midlands Arts Major Award.

1978
East Midlands Arts Award.

1976-1978
Arts Council of Great Britain Artist in Residence, Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham.

1976
Greek Government Travel Scholarship.

1973
1st Prize: Northern Printmakers & Photographers Exhibition, Billingham.

1972
Northern Arts Award.

1970
1st Prize: Pernod/Northern Arts Open Exhibition, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1st Prize: Northern Printmakers Open Exhibition, Billingham Art Gallery.

Group Exhibitions

2014/15
New City Art Prize: Beatrice Gibson, Siobhan Hapaska, Jimmy Merris, Roger Palmer, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes.

2013
Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979, Southampton Art Gallery, touring to National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; Mead Gallery, University of Warwick; Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, curated by Nicholas Alfrey, Joy Sleeman and Ben Tufnell (catalogue).
The Judgement is the Mirror, NYLO, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland, curated by Henk Slager

2011
Familiarities, Vantaa Art Museum, Finland

2008
Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

2007
Situation Leeds: Contemporary Artists and the Public Realm

2007
Photophobia, Kaliningrad Art Gallery, Kaliningrad

2006
Migratory Aesthetics, University of Leeds Gallery, curated by
Griselda Pollock.

2005
A Second Sight, International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery in Prague. Project No. 8: Ian Jeffrey UK
Antitheticals. Cat. Essay pp 182-186, RP pp 196/197.
From Königsberg/Kaliningrad with Love, Kronprinz Tower, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad, Russia.

2004
A Decade of Democracy, 1994-2004, Isiko SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, Cape Town.

2003
Conversation Pieces, THE INTERNATIONAL 3, Manchester.

2002
Scotland Calls, 20th Century Scottish Photography, BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, Boston, MA (curated by Murray Forbes) (catalogue).
Beyond the Material: Conceptual Art from the Permanent Collection, (curated by Emma Bedford) SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, Cape Town.

2001
Trentside, (curated by Nicholas Alfrey) DJANOGLY ART GALLERY, University of Nottingham (catalogue).

2000
Expressions: Scottish Art 1976 - 1989, ABERDEEN ART GALLERY, touring to McManus Galleries, Dundee and Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Fleeting Arcadias, HASTINGS ART GALLERY and national tour, Arts Council of England touring exhibition (curated by John Stathatos).

1999
Contemporary British Landscape, FLOWERS EAST, London(catalogue).
Small is Beautiful, Part XVII: Millenium, FLOWERS EAST, London.
Theory & Myth: Interpretations of Time and Place, (curated by Emma Bedford) SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, Cape Town.

1998
Offene Grenzen, L Baltz, S Bitter/H Weber, J Bolande, J Brohm, V Burgin, V Export, Fasoli m & m, K Kuss, M Moscouw, R Palmer, G Selichar,
G Spring. KÜNSTLERWERKSTATT, MUNICH (curated by Rainer Iglar & Michael Mauracher of Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg) (CD Rom Catalogue).
New British Photography, D Bellingham/J Hamlyn, M Durden, P Finnemore, R Palmer, B Smith, H Wiltshire. REAL, NEW YORK (curated by Mark Durden).
Work in Progress, Ngoma International Artists' Workshop Exhibition, MAKERERE UNIVERSITY GALLERY, Kampala, Uganda.
New Acquisitions, SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, Cape Town.

1997
Invasion, Saaremaa Biennaal, KURESSAARE, ESTONIA (catalogue).
Works from the Scottish Arts Council Collection, GYMNASIUM GALLERY, Berwick upon Tweed.
Taking Stock, STOCK EXCHANGE, Johannesburg.

1996
City Limits, STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY, STOKE-ON-TRENT.

European Photography Award 1996, Daniel Blaufuks, Daniel Canogar, Stephan Exler, Ola Kolehmainen, Roger Palmer, Florence Paradeis, Susan Trangmar; KULTURZENTRUM ENGLISCHE KIRCHE, BAD HOMBURG (catalogue).

1995
The Edge of Town, Burgin, Christo, Craig, Creates, Drury, Fulton, Harrison, James, Long, McCoy, Nash, Palmer, Parker, Sinclair, Smithson, Sonfist, Ukeles, Webster, Willats; Second International Distinguished Artists Symposium & Exhibition, JOSELOFF GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (curated by Bob Chaplin & Zina Davis) (catalogue & video).
Somewhere at a Distance from Both, Moshekwa Langa, Roger Palmer; Internet exhibition presented by SUB-CUTANEOUS, JOHANNESBURG (curated by Stephen Hobbs).

1993/94
Light Touches, Bob Chaplin, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Willie Doherty, Knut Maron, Roger Palmer; MAISON POUR TOUS, CALAIS (curated by David Reason).

1992
Nueva Fotografiá Escocesa, CENTRO CULTURAL DEL CONDE DUQUE, MADRID (catalogue).
Artists' Choice, ANGELA FLOWERS GALLERY, LONDON.
Salon Glasgow, CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, GLASGOW.
Chickenman Mkhize & Roger Palmer, CENTRE FOR AFRICAN STUDIES GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN.

1991
Persistence of Memory, The Third Israeli Biennale of Photography; MUSEUM OF ART, EIN HAROD (curated by John Stathatos) (catalogue).

1990
Camera Art in Scotland Now, FOTOFEST, HOUSTON, TEXAS (curated by David Brittain & Murray Johnston).
Eighty to Ninety, ASPEX GALLERY, PORTSMOUTH.
V: Five Years of Photography in Fine Art, GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART.
New Scottish Photography, SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, EDINBURGH; ABERDEEN CITY ART GALLERY (curated by David Brittain & Murray Johnston) (catalogue).

1989
Ways of Telling, MOSTYN ART GALLERY, LLANDUDNO.
Towards a Bigger Picture, TATE GALLERY, LIVERPOOL.
Anima Mundi; Still-Life in Britain, STILLS GALLERY, EDINBURGH, and CANADIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY, OTTAWA, Touring Exhibition (curated by Martha Langford) (catalogue).
Through the Looking Glass; Photographic Art in Britain 1945-89, BARBICAN ART GALLERY, LONDON (curated by John Benton Harris & Gerry Badger)(catalogue).
Metamorphosis of the Image; Recent Photographic Strategies in Britain, KOSTIS PALAMAS CENTRE, ATHENS (curated by John Stathatos) (catalogue).

1988
Images of British Landscapes, MEYERHOFF GALLERY, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.
Artists in National Parks, VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON.
Airmail, Artists` Postcards, AIR GALLERY, LONDON (Commission).
Group exhibition; MOSEL & TSCHECHOW, MUNICH.
s`Nachts Varen de Boten: Kunst Verbeeldt der Zee; Ships Sail at Night: Art & The Image of the Sea, MARITIEM MUSEUM PRINZ HENDRIK, ROTTERDAM (catalogue).

1987
Knowing Your Place, Artists` Parish Maps, ECOLOGY CENTRE LONDON (Commission).
A World`s Waste, BREWERY ARTS CENTRE, KENDAL & tour (Commission) (catalogue).
State of the Nation, HERBERT ART GALLERY, COVENTRY (curated by Sara Selwood).
Towards a Bigger Picture, New acquisitions, VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON.

1986
Landmatters, BLACKFRIARS ARTS CENTRE, BOSTON (curated by Garry Miller) (catalogue).
Boundaries, CAMBRIDGE DARKROOM (curated by Pavel Buchler) (catalogue).
1st Israeli Photography Biennale, MUSEUM OF ART, EIN HAROD.

1985
Railways in Art, CASTLE MUSEUM, NOTTINGHAM (curated by Ian Jeffrey).

1984
The Sky Show, CAMBRIDGE DARKROOM (curated by Mark Lumley).
Scottish Society of Artists `84, R.S.A., EDINBURGH (special photography section, curated by Thomas Joshua Cooper) (catalogue).
Midland View 3, MIDLAND GROUP, NOTTINGHAM.

1983
And the North, BREWERY ARTS CENTRE, KENDAL (Commission).
53-83; Three Decades of Artists, ROYAL ACADEMY, LONDON (catalogue).
Autographs, Inaugural exhibition, CAMBRIDGE DARKROOM.
Landscape Prints, BRIGHTON POLYTECHNIC (curated by Bob Chaplin) (catalogue)

1982
Presences of Nature, CARLISLE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY (catalogue).
Midland View 2, STOKE ON TRENT CITY ART GALLERY.

1981
Hamish Fulton, Roger Palmer, Peter Miller, IMPRESSIONS GALLERY, YORK.
3rd International Photography Symposium, FORUM STADTPARK GRAZ.

1980
Nature as Material, ACGB touring show (curated by Andrew Causey) (catalogue).
ROSC '80, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN (catalogue).
Midland View 1, STOKE ON TRENT CITY ART GALLERY.

1979
Three Perspectives on Photography, HAYWARD GALLERY, LONDON (curated by Paul Hill, Angela Kelly, John Tagg) (catalogue).

1977
Art Landscape/Landscape Art, HØDVIKODDEN, OSLO.
Aspects of Landscape; Recent Work by Ten British Artists, British Council Touring Exhibition (catalogue).

1976
5th International Print Biennale, CARTWRIGHT HALL, BRADFORD (catalogue).
Time Words & The Camera,(curated by Jasia Reichardt), KUNSTLERHAUS GRAZ, & tour to Innsbruck, Vienna, Bochum (catalogue).
Andrew Moran & Roger Palmer, HATTON GALLERY, UNIV. NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.

1974
4th International Print Biennale, CARTWRIGHT HALL, BRADFORD (catalogue).
Peter Stuyvesant Northern Painters & Sculptors, SUNDERLAND ARTS CENTRE.

1973
Northern Printmakers & Photographers, BILLINGHAM ART GALLERY.
Six Artists; Critic`s choice (William Varley), CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN GALLERY, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE (catalogue).

1972
Artists of the North East, RICHARD DEMARCO GALLERY, EDINBURGH.
Summer Season, SERPENTINE GALLERY, LONDON (catalogue).
Third International Print Biennale, CARTWRIGHT HALL, BRADFORD (catalogue).

1970
Pernod/Northern Arts Exhibition, LAING ART GALLERY, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE.
Northern Printmakers` Exhibition, BILLINGHAM ART GALLERY.

1969
Young Contemporaries, London.

Curated Exhibitions

2012
Pieces of Eight, PSL Project Space Leeds.

1996
"Earth & Everything", Recent Art from South Africa, Arnolfini Bristol, touring to CCA Glasgow, First Site Colchester, Wrexham Arts Centre, Oriel 31 Newtown (catalogue, co-curated with Tessa Jackson)).

1993
Artist's Choice, a Personal Selection from the Collection, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.

1990
"V", FiveYears of Photography at the Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh Museum. An exhibition of work by students, staff and eminent visitors to the Department of Fine Art Photography, 1985-1990.

Employment

2012
Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at the University of Leeds, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

2004-2012
Professor of Fine Art at the University of Leeds, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

2002
Awarded Professorship at the Glasgow School of Art.

1996-2002
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

1996-2004
Programmer & Organiser of the School of Fine Art (SoFA) Friday Event, a weekly public programme of lectures, performances and screenings held in the Glasgow Film Theatre.

1988-1996
Lecturer, MFA Programme, Glasgow School of Art (co-founder with Sam Ainsley & Sandy Moffat). Acting Course Leader 1992, 1995, 2001, 2002.

1987-1991
Lecturer Department of Fine Art Photography (full-time).

1985-1987
Lecturer Department of Fine Art Photography (half-time); Glasgow School of Art.

1986-1996
Annual Workshop Leader, International Photography Programme, Salzburg College, Austria.

1983-1985
South West Arts Fellow in Photography, Exeter College of Art & Design.

1981-1984
Part-time Lecturer, Department of Film & Photography, Falmouth School of Art; responsible for students working with photography in a Fine Art context.

1980-1984
Part-time Lecturer, Photography Department, Derbyshire College of Higher Education.

1979-1984
Part-time Lecturer, Department of Fine Art, Wolverhampton Polytechnic; responsible for students working with photography in Painting Department.

1976-1978
Arts Council of Great Britain Artist/Photographer in Residence, Trent Polytechnic Nottingham.

1969-1976
Lecturer (half-time), Department of Fine Art, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; in charge of silkscreen and photography areas, and teaching across the Department of Fine Art.